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Project by Bearpaw posted 12-05-2013 03:33 AM 1866 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There are times that you do not have the money for a new tool or the tool does not exist. So I just go and make what I need.

I have started making bent wood bracelets, but there is just so much you can do with just wood. You can emphasis the wood grain or color, use exotic woods, or use combinations of different woods. I wanted to inlay some turquoise into this one. The wood is sapele.

I have done inlay before and it is very easy, but this bracelet did not have voids to fill. So I will have to make a void. I looked at my 3 HP Porter Cable router and that was a bit too much. I will use my Dremel, but I need to make the lines straight.

I had to have someway to hold the Dremel and a Dremel router table would be the answer. Dremel wanted $80.00 and the hole was too large to do what I wanted to do. So off to the jig building part of my brain and this is what I came up with. It is all scrap from the shop.

I found a suitable piece of 3/4” plywood for the top and layed out lines for where I wanted the Dremel bit to come through. Those lines would later become reference lines.

I did not have a bit as large as the body of the Dremel. I cut it on my band saw and used my oscillating orbital sander to get a good fit. I used a scrap piece of T track to hold the fence. The center line gives me a reference line to measure from the center of the bit to the face of the fence. I made it to be held in my bench vise.

In using this it can be dangerous so be careful if you make one. Make sure you know exactly what you want to do. THINK.

The last 2 pictures show the finish product.

I would like to know if anyone else has done something like this. It would be nice to see if we were thinking the same.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin





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Ken90712

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#1 posted 12-05-2013 09:38 AM

Nice job,,, That’ll work…..

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 12-05-2013 02:35 PM

Good Idea ,well done.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 12-05-2013 04:32 PM

It’s a great addition to your shop. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 12-10-2013 11:30 AM

Simple, yet elegant… I like it.

Spencer

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#5 posted 06-11-2014 01:02 AM

I would think an inexpensive Harbor Freight router will be a good choice. One advantage over the dremel is you get a standard size chuck.

-- woodNfish

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