So, you are the proud owner of a new Dremel Rotary Tool. You are probably aware that a Dremel can be used for hundreds of different jobs and projects. Not only is a Dremel a very useful tool, but it is also an extremely creative tool.
This article is aimed to introduce you to some easy and interesting projects and tasks. This is pitched at a beginner, but long-time Dremel users may find it interesting too. It’s only a short read, but it will be worth it.
The projects here involve working on wood, metal and a few ‘organic’ materials. Intrigued? Read on…
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- 1 Dremel Starter projects:
In the past, Dremel tools were used in reasonably basic way; mostly cutting and engraving. However things have now changed. People are now using Dremels for all sorts of hobby projects including dog nail cutting, ambitious grinding tasks, and polishing.
OK, so are you ready to ‘Dremel’ like a pro? Let’s get started…
Dremel Starter projects:
Project 1: Trimming your dog’s nails
When you notice your dog’s nails getting too long or you notice the extra sound when he is walking on a hard surface, it’s time to trim your dog’s nails.
The Dremel rotary tool has an extraordinary facility that most people do not know about. All you need to do is to convert your wood cutting bit into a nail trimmer. It is then able to trim your dog’s nail very accurately, with no damage or personal injury.
To complete your nail cutting project you just need a Dremel rotary tool, some food for your dog, and a wood cutting bit.
You need to switch on your best Dremel rotary tool for a little while. Give your dog his favorite food before start your trimming work. Do this action repeatedly so your dog gets used to the sound and feels OK with the presence of the tool.
If you proceed slowly and gently your dog will get used to the noise and the unusual sensation.
You can place your dog on your lap so he cannot easily move. He will feel comfortable like this.
Please make sure that the grinding of the nail is done at a forty-five-degree angle. Don’t rush the process.
If you do this task slowly and carefully your dog would probably allow you to trim his nails at any time you like. This video will help you perfect your technique:
Project 2: Crafting wood:
Learning to use your Dremel with wood will allow you to become a perfect wood crafter.
Please make sure that you select the correct Dremel bits for working with wood. Here are some ideas of what you can do…
You can start your wood crafting project by making some signs. It is easy to build some signs. Just take 1-inch thick wood piece and start making simple greeting signs including welcome and farewell for your business and home.
This project is very simple. You need to stick together several pieces of wood board to add a roof, every side, and bottom part. You can choose any kind of wood for this.
My advice is to start with cedar, eucalyptus or mahogany because these kinds of wood are relatively soft, easy to polish, and they look really good.
Making a key holder:
This is the easiest project I have ever seen. It is simple and does not need any measuring or multiple cuts. You can make a key holder by just taking a small piece of wood and making it into an attractive and/or interesting shape. All you need then is to screw in some metal hooks and you are pretty much there.
You can do some sanding to make a really good shape and then use the Dremel to add some words. Maybe a cool quote or some other personalization. Here’s a video to give you some ideas:
Project 3: Wrapping up Christmas lights:
In this project, I will show you and amazing Christmas light manages by wooden plaque. You just need two 8 inch circular wooden plate and dowel bars.
First, you need to mark by using pencil and ruler of every 4 inches and about 2 marks to make the handles.
You have to use a handsaw for cutting the dowel stick and make them even. Just use 150- grit sandpaper.
When you are drilling on bars make sure you put them on a flat surface to make them holes. You just need of premium hole of the 2 handles bar.
Then, just use 3/32 drill bit for the power drill and adjoin the pilot hole to the center of the both closing stages.
You have to use a ruler for marking on the wood plates and use a pencil to make a line and make sure you are marking at the center of the plaque.
Start slowly drilling using the same drill bit and make the pilot holes then screw them. So, it sticks with the plaques. You need to use Philip head screwdriver to attach the screw from the outer surface.
Again, when you complete your drill work stick the handles with wood adhesive. So, your plaques will complete and assemble them together. You will finally get wooden plaques.
Project 4: Grinding Glass:
So, you need to use your Dremel rotary tool as beginners to start grinding glasses. You have to use special tool bit made of diamond or silicon carbide.
You make sure using water while you grinding your glass other it will be a risky job. Dust from the glass may cause severe health injury.
You must use slow but consistent speed and slight pressure for better grinding glass work. Glass is very sensitive so never be hurrying to finish your job.
If you want to perform your grinding project smoothly, Dremel would be the best option and need some tips; some blocks including wood or foam would be fine.
Also, you require protective glasses, water, glass and some paper towel. After inserting the special bit then you need to tighten the rotary chuck. It helps you to control vibration.
Put the glass on the ground or on even table surfaces and for continuous water supply use tub or towel on the glass.
Start your Dremel and grinding the glass gently to reduce the risk of sparks or even awarded broken glass.
You need to clean up the glass and you need to check is there any grit or dust.
Project 5: Engraving candles:
You have to make sure you have best Dremel rotary tool along with a piece of paper, one pen, tape and large diameter candles.
You need a big surface area to perform your task. You can make dots, flowers, and leaves. Stick the papers surrounding the candle.
Use solo tape so it will stick in your desired place to trace them up. Now use pencil shape engraving attachment that comes along with your Dremel tools.
You able to make a design by turning on your Dremel bit. Just follow these steps then you will discover a nice engraved candle.
Project 6: Making wall hook:
You need a wood strip make sure it is 2 foot long. Make a plan of your rack sizes for your wall.
It is best practice if your wall hook is 2 foot long. Use Dremel saw-max to cut them to make a base that you need to fix your total design and stick onto the wall.
Once you complete your base works you need to start cutting different pieces that you have to stick with your base.
Make sure you need to cut 45-degree angle to get the best outcome of your bottom part. Start drilling exact hocks and 2 sides of the planks.
You have to make a spin point so that hooks can easily in and out from your rack. You need to cut metal piece and place through pivot point to metal rod and size would be ¼ inches.
Use a vice to secure your bar you need to use SM20 wheels for metal cutting through already you marked lines.
Use adhesive to attach the base except for hooks and do not glue more than 2 planks at a time for maximum results.
Once you find that your glue becomes hard now you can use varnish or paint according to your choice
Finally, put them onto the wall and stick a picture to the frame hanger at the back for uncomplicated mounting.
If you start practicing by your own sometimes you may feel distressed, frustrated for unsuccessful projects. But my honest advice keeps going do not stop.
If you fail several times do repeat tasks it will increase your perfection about the particular job. If you know some basics about drawing or graphics design it will add extra value and ensures the better success of your project.
So, begin with small projects, if you practice many easiest Dremel tool projects then it will boost up your confidence level so that in future you can start big with greater perfection.