How to Use a Dremel Tool

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A Dremel tool can be used for cutting, grinding, sanding, buffing and shaping materials such as wood, laminate, ceramic and metal. Learn about the many uses of this versatile tool with tips from a professional carpenter in this free video on Dremel tools.

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Hi, I'm Steve Anthony, I'm a handy man and carpenter here in New York City. In this clip I'm going to show how to use a Dremel tool. Dremel tool is a high speed rotary cutting machine, it looks a little something like this. It's amazingly versatile tool. It has a five speed, a five position speed setting. It, you can run the motor anywhere from five thousand to thirty thousand rpm in case of this particular model. They make various different models that have different capabilities as far as the rpm and the fittings that you can use, the attachments. In this case I do have an attachment to show you. This is the basic tool with the basic setup. If you, there's a motor here and this Collete, this is an eight inch Colette and this, you spin the lock so you can run an attachment, in this case this is a wire brush that you can use for scraping rust off of metal for example. I'm going to show you on this metal table, we will just take a little bit of the... So if you were going to want to repaint this and there was some rust flaking on there you could easily grind it off with the wire brush, prep the surface for paint. Now if I wanted to remove this particular bit, I simply take my wrench, get my spindle to lock. You turn it and you'll feel it snap into place. Loosen the Colette, move the bit. Now in this case I'm going to put in a router bit and this is a rounding over bit. Tighten it nice and snug, you don't want it to come loose on you. It can be very dangerous spinning at high speeds. Now the router attachment you simply remove this collar and replace it with this device which is simply the router attachment that Dremel makes for their tools. And actually I'm going to have to lower the bit depth a little bit so I can demonstrate how this works. Ok. Put on the router attachment. And this will enable you to slide this up and down to change the depth of the cutter that you are using. In this case we'll put it right there so we can put a nice round edge on this piece of wood. In the case of this demonstration you can see I just did a rough rounding over. You want to work against the rotation of the tool so it doesn't pull your tool out of your hands, so you are sort of pushing it against the rotation of the bit. That's just a basic overview of the Dremel tool. Be sure when you are using it always to use safety glass because of the high speed, if the bit should come loose or some chips of wood they fly at you at very high speed. Always wear eye protection. This is Steve Anthony, thanks for watching.

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