How to Use a Dremel Router

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The Dremel Rotary Tool is a handheld multipurpose tool that can do just about anything if you have the right attachment. In addition to drilling, sawing, planing and tool sharpening, this Dremel tool can also be used as a router. A Dremel router, thus is a rotary tool with the router attachments such as the router bit or plunge router attachment. Here's how you can use your Dremel router.

Things You'll Need

  • Dremel attachments and bits as needed includes
  • Router bit
  • Plunge router attachment

Using a Dremel Router as a Handheld Unit

Consider the project to determine which Dremel accessory needed to create your Dremel router. Use only the router bit for creating decorative edges on large standing pieces or those that cannot lay down for routing. Connect the plunge router or router table attachments when working on a piece of flat wood, for example.

Attach the router bit by inserting it into the tip of the Dremel Rotary Tool. Tighten the tool around the bit according to your owner's manual. Often this involves pushing and releasing a shaft lock button located toward the tip of the tool, near the opening in which the bit is inserted.

Move the rotary tool as needed to create the desired patterns.

Using the Dremel Plunge Router Attachment

Create a Dremel router using the plunge router attachment. First, insert the bit as described in section one. Place the Dremel Rotary Tool into the plunge router attachment, with the corded/battery end sticking up. The shaft lock button must face forward.

Place the mounting nut from your plunge attachment kit onto the tip of the rotary tool. Because of the limited space inside the plunger, you will have to first screw it on by hand and then tighten with the wrench provided in the kit.

Adjust the depth of the cut by placing the plunge router on the piece that you are working on. Find the adjuster nut which near the handgrip. Turn both upper and lower adjuster nuts as needed to reach the depth required. Turn the handgrip until it loosens, the router shout touch the piece.

Push down on and hold the release button so that the depth stop touches the base of the router. Turn on the router. Twist the depth stop up so that it matches the depth measurement needed.

Repeat this after each cut for multiple depths. If you are using just one depth, simply feed the router as needed to create the design. Refer to the diagrams available in the resources section of this guide for more information.

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