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Blog entry by scottb posted 03-04-2007 06:05 AM 927 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

More cross-blogging (two-for one) fun.

I burned out my Dremel working on my lamp. I put it out to pasture. Contemplating if cordless is the way to go for the replacement.

Received a couple packages today as well. Some diamond sharpening stones for my bench chisels, and gonna try my hand at sharpening a table saw blade before I ship of a bunch for a real professional job – thanks to suggestions and a referral from my lumberjock brothers.

Also went for broke, and bought a “lifetime supply” of epoxy. Seen some neat ideas in turning magazines – pinecone vases, laminations, and so on, that the tiny sqeeze tube at the Big box store just doesn’t seem cost effective.

This, plus a trip out to the aforementioned big box store, filled my coffers with 3 orange plastic 6-in-1 screwdrivers destined to lose the orange handle for a nice wooden one, and I finally found some brass rod for the hinge mechanism for the kitchen tongs I’ve been longing to make for the kitchen.

Last weekend, I found a book featuring 21 different projects for box making, each more complex than the last. The objective of the book was to teach fundamental (and more advanced) woodworking skills through these projects.

So often I’ll put a project on hold while I seek out the parts I need to start (or in some cases finish) that by the time I get them, I’ve lost interest in the project. Or I can’t seem to find the plans! This weekends shopping ventures were successful in that I managed to get everything I need for a satisfying and relatively quick start-to-finish tomorrow, or in the coming week!

Small projects galors! Screwdrivers, tongs, boxes…. where to begin? If I get overwhelmed, I suppose I can always fall back on sharpening, now that I have something a little less intimidating than my (overpowered) grinding wheel. That’ll still make for a productive weekend.

(Added 3/4)

Forgot to mention that my waterslide paper showed up earlier in the week. So many options, so much new stuff to play with, where to begin!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/



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David

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#1 posted 03-04-2007 07:22 AM

Scott -

What is the title of the box project book?

Hope you will post photos and a blog or two on converting the screwdrivers.

Sounds like you have a lot of work a head of you! ;-)

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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MsDebbieP

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#2 posted 03-04-2007 01:36 PM

turnings of magazines??

re: Dremel, I have the 400 multipro and the cordless. I LOVE the cordless and use it all the time. 1) It fits beautifully in my hand 2) It has its own little stand to put it in between uses (especially nice when working on a project), and 3) no cord to get in the way
(Of course, I don’t use the tool like you do so I can’t compare durability/power)

My multipro is currently “permanently” in the workstation being used in the drill press. That is working wonderfully with my scroll saw.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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scottb

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#3 posted 03-04-2007 04:02 PM

David- The book is called “Box by Box” by Jim Stack, put out by popular woodworking.

I will be posting photos – have a bunch in the camera, and just need to get them downloaded/photoshopped.

Debbie, thanks for the input on the Dremel. I haven’t really put mine through the paces before the lamp, so perhaps I was asking too much, but it is 5-7 years old, so it did outlive a cordless drill!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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oscorner

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#4 posted 03-04-2007 04:32 PM

There’s nothing like an endless list of projects to build. I’m addicted! I have hundreds of plans from woodworking magazines and off the web, but find myself looking for more all of the time.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 03-04-2007 04:52 PM

Scott
Have you ever looked at Foredom# flexshaft tools. Most carvers use them. I think they’re more comfortable to hold for long periods of time, & they have more power.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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scottb

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#6 posted 03-04-2007 04:55 PM

ooh, thanks for that link Dick.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 03-04-2007 05:01 PM

I have a flexshaft tool made by Montgomery Wards. I bought it at one of their outlet stores years ago, for about 20 bucks. It came with about 50 bits in a holder.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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scottb

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#8 posted 03-04-2007 05:22 PM

We lost our Montgomery Wards a few years back – not long after they bought out, and closed Lechmere. Appreciate the link, I’ll look into that. certainly sounds like I can find a more powerful tool, more affordably.
then I’ll either have some dremel bits to pass on, or perhaps I’ll have use for the cordless one in a pinch, where less horsepower is needed.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 03-04-2007 05:33 PM

I think the bits are the same. 1/8”

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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scottb

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#10 posted 03-04-2007 05:35 PM

Even better!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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MsDebbieP

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#11 posted 03-05-2007 02:18 PM

here’s part of the email that I received from Dremel Support:
“As long as the ventilation to the tool is good it should should run
for a minimum of 50-60 hours - until the motor brushes wear down which
are replacement. Be careful not to cover the air vents. This blocks
the air flow and causes the motor to overheat. Some dust may also
collect in the motor. There is routine preventive maintenance that should
be done to keep the tool clean and free of dust. To clean dust use a
hose equipped vacuum cleaner or compressed dry air. Take the motor
brushes out and clean the tool using air on all vents and through motor
brush holes trying to get as much dust out as possible. Tap the motor
firmly with a screwdriver handle or small non marring hammer to dislodge
dust.”

(I bolded the 50-60 hours for your reference).

I was using my cordless again yesterday. Oh yah.. nice… carried it around the shop, twisted, tilted, raised, lowered… anywhere i wanted to go, there it was!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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MsDebbieP

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#12 posted 03-05-2007 02:20 PM

oh and I have the flexshaft for my Dremel as well but prefer the cordless as it is formed to the hand. No hand strain (thus far anyway)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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dennis mitchell

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#13 posted 03-05-2007 03:13 PM

I’m waiting for Dremel to come out with a chainsaw.

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Obi

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#14 posted 03-05-2007 03:34 PM

Dennis, the closest you’re gonna get to that is the Lancelot by King Arthur Tools

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