|Project by doubleDD||posted 03-27-2017 03:00 AM||3878 views||31 times favorited||34 comments|
A big thanks to Paul (shipwright) for his help and inspiration on this.
I needed something small to carve names on boxes and other projects. To me, routing names freehand, just looks a lot more personnel. I tried free handing with a dremel tool but it always looked too shaky. I have routed a lot of names, addresses, sayings, etc in the past with a small router but it wasn’t small enough to do some projects . This takeoff of his inlay router works perfectly.
At 4 1/2’’ square and only 6’’ tall, this really fits the bill. The piece holding the tool is split in half, then two bolts hold the Dremel snug when tightened. Pic 3 gives a good idea of it. The four knobs are used to raise or lower the unit and works very precise. Pic 2 shows the lower knobs used to set the height and the top two knobs tighten the tool in place.
In Pic 5, you see my trials an errors on testing it. Within an hour I was really getting the hang of it. You get an extremely amount of control with this, and that’s what I needed.
Very easy to build using just a few scraps and two 6’’ pieces of threaded rod. In the last picture I added a couple rubber caps to cover the rod so there were no sharp edges. I love this little thing and other tools can be added if needed. I made the knobs on the lathe and embossed them for a grip, although there really is no need to make them too tight. Questions and comments are welcomed. Thanks for looking.
-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.