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Project by doubleDD posted 03-27-2017 03:00 AM 4337 views 32 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.





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CharlieK

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#1 posted 03-27-2017 03:08 AM

Nice job, Dave! I like to use a dremel like this for inlay work.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#2 posted 03-27-2017 03:27 AM

Fantastic little jig Dave! I need to make me one! Excellent build! I have a dremel and your nice photos to follow!
Thanks for sharing!
Oh…. what bit are you using?

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 03-27-2017 03:29 AM

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shipwright

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#4 posted 03-27-2017 03:34 AM

Looks great Dave. I’m glad I could help.
I use mine all the time, mostly in drill mode but often enough in router mode.
I hope it serves you well for a long time.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#5 posted 03-27-2017 03:58 AM

Looks great. Great job buddy

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 03-27-2017 04:45 AM

Very GOOD, Dave…

LOOKS real COOL…

Looks like it very easily be adapted to using a Guide in order to route nice Straight lines for inlays, etc. or plain decoration.

Did you use a simple Drill bit? ... if not, what?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#7 posted 03-27-2017 05:45 AM

Another project to add to my list, thanks Dave!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#8 posted 03-27-2017 06:52 AM

Wow! Great work. I’m just buying today one for my Proxxon for 30$, but this one looks more beautiful.

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#9 posted 03-27-2017 12:11 PM

Excellent Dave. Looks like it should work real nice! Freehand is tough, I print what I need to write and use contact paper.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#10 posted 03-27-2017 12:24 PM

This is a beautiful base for a dremel tool and beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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doubleDD

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#11 posted 03-27-2017 01:05 PM

Charlie, I had this dremel tool for years and never realized how valuable they can be.. I will be using it a lot more in the future.

Tony, I inherited the tool from my mother and she use to do a lot of small crafts with it. So far I only tested it with the grinding bits that came with it. I ordered a few v bits and core bits which should work better. I’m kind of new to the dremel but lately I’m finding out how versatile they can be.

Thanks Rick.

Thanks Paul. I know I will be using it more in the future. I haven’t added springs for the drill mode yet but plan to soon. Right now working on what I need it for.

Thanks hoss12992.

Joe, haven’t used any drill bits yet, just a few asst grinding bits. I ordered some bits that should be better for carving names. Straight lines should easily be accomplished with a guide.

Thanks John. I’m glad it could be of some value to you. I’m getting hooked on it.

Ivan, I found out they make a router accessory for the dremel right after I built this. At least I save 30 bucks.

Thanks for the tip Jeff. That could be helpful for different applications. I’ll give it a try.

Thanks Charles. What’s amazing is to build it is so easy. Wish I done it a long time ago.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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kiefer

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#12 posted 03-27-2017 01:36 PM

Nice tool looks well made and love the visibility of the bit .

Klaus

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shipwright

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#13 posted 03-27-2017 01:38 PM

The best way to go if you want to do the drill version is to make a separate base with smooth rods instead of the threaded ones and just move the tool and the yoke over to the new base. They are different enough to be better separate.
Also if you are making the drill you will need the pieces of tubing that I used to slide on the rods.

Again, nice work.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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doubleDD

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#14 posted 03-27-2017 01:56 PM

Thanks Klaus. When I made the base I wanted to have a good vision of where I was going to cut the next letter. The large diameter works well and gives enough room for light. It’s the shavings that I have to keep blowing out of the way.

Thanks for the tip Paul. I see your point with a smooth rod for drilling purposes. I have some rod in mind and a separate base is a cool idea. I’ll give it a go.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#15 posted 03-27-2017 02:09 PM

great idea looks like a lot of work

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