Tuesday, December 20, 2011

21 rotary tool tips and tricks for makers

21 rotary tool tips and tricks for makers

My latest installment of Dug’s Automata Tips, Techniques and Tricks has been published. While past articles have focused on construction methods such as how to make wooden circles or how to make a wooden head, this one takes a look at the power rotary tool, or "Dremel" as we often call it. I offer a number of tips ranging from safety to how to work with materials such as wood, metal, and glass. I also share tricks on getting the most from common accessories. There is a link to a chart that specifies which rotary tool bits work best at which speeds. There is also a link to an interactive bit-finder which helps you select the best tool for the job. I hope you enjoy the article!

Here is a link to Dug North's article on 21 rotary tool tips and tricks for makers of all sorts. Here is where you can find previous installments of Dug's Automata Tips, Techniques and Tricks.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very practical tips not only for automata-makers but for woodworkers in general. You're generous in sharing your know-how with us.


December 21, 2011 at 2:10 AM  
Blogger deanS said...

Good article
But on #11 I believe the burning out of burrs is mainly recommended for Tungsten Carbide Burrs(those kind of scary looking ones).

Also on #2 more info on the need for dust control masks or dust collectors(as simple as a air filter strapped to a box fan). Especially if using exotic or found/recycled wood due to allergic reactions.

I've been more careful lately with my woodworking after being grossed out by the sawdust build up in my nose.

December 21, 2011 at 6:26 AM  
Blogger Dug North said...

Glad you found it useful, Charles!



December 21, 2011 at 8:06 AM  
Blogger Dug North said...


Regarding #11: That makes sense. Those pointy Tungsten Carbide bits can get pretty clogged up with sawdust. Do you suppose a few seconds under a torch would harm other metal bits?

Regarding #2: I mentioned dust masks later, but you make a valid point. I could have emphasized their importance in #2.

Thanks for the constructive additions!



December 21, 2011 at 8:14 AM  

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