The Versatile Dremel
My New Dremel 300
When I first purchased my Dremel 300, I only had one use in mind for it......more precise gourd carving. I had read how many crafters use this little hand tool to carve beautiful gourd art and I thought it might be something I might utilize for carving gourds. I had no idea of the many other uses I would find for it.
I've personally used my Dremel for carving and sanding gourds, removing grout and excess glue and residue from small projects, making recesses in wood to hide screw heads, sanding wood putty, driling holes and cleaning metal and even giving my dog a pedicure!
Light weight and well designed for comfort, it fits in the palm of your hand and is shaped for maximum control and precision. The Dremel 300 is powered by a 125W motor and has various speed settings from 10,000 to 33,000 RPM and these little guys are great at getting the job done in a hurry. If used for long periods of time, the motor gets hot, though and it's probably best to complete your projects in segments, letting it cool down periodically.
My Dremel came with 55 attachments but you can purchase individual bits and discs at Lowe's, Home Depot, etc. It also had an easy to understand manual written in English, French and Spanish. According to the booklet, some other uses for this versatile little hand tool include:
- Grinding and sharpening knives, mower blades, boat propellars and chain saw blades
- Easily cutting light box holes in drywall, cutting tile, plaster, marble, concrete, bricks and soft and hard wood
- Slotting and slicing soft and hard wood, fiberglass, plastics and laminates
- There are attachments for slicing metal, wood and plastics
- You can grind, polish and sand with a Dremel
- You can even etch glass with it!
The Dremel manual has step-by-step guides on how to remove small dings and dents in your vehicle, how to refinish a damaged chair back, install a perfect baseboard corner, rout a keyhole to hang a shelf, and restore painted metal fixtures and hardware. The list goes on and on. And yes, it even has instructions on carving a dried gourd into a birdhouse.