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Prepared for Anything

Updated on October 21, 2017
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Denise has been studying and teaching art and painting for 40 years. She has won numerous prestigious awards for her art and design.

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Not every woman has a Dremel tool in her closet but I think she should. I bought mine more than a decade ago for artistic purposes. I love to carve in wood and soft stone like soapstone and alabaster. The soft wood such as Basswood can be carved with a knife but it is so much more intricate when you use the small attachments for the Dremel tool. The Dremel tool has attachments that make that a breeze. But when I got it, I had no idea how many other things it would come in handy for.

I bought a mug and found later it had a little sharp edge at the base of the mug I hadn't noticed before. I could have taken it back to the store, but instead I pulled out the Dremel tool and used a grinder attachment. Moments later the sharp edge was gone.


Everything from ice to wood to pumpkins

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Trouble with teeth

Most recently my husband had a little trouble with his dentures. He doesn't like to wear them everyday and because of that one of his teeth had shifted just enough to make the dentures hard to put on. We were headed to a dinner party and it looked like he would have to go without his teeth. He did not like the idea of that. I noticed the last time I was at the dentist that she pulled out a Dremel tool to adjust his dentures last time. So I got my tool out and ground down the smallest little bit where it was too snug and presto. It fit perfectly. I don't recommend not seeing your dentist for things like this, but it was an emergency. We went to the dinner part and all was well. On the way home my husband was singing my praises. He said "how many men have a wife with a Dremel tool in the closet?" Well, precious few, I guess. But there should be more.

We have used it for everything from carving the hole bigger to fit a new lock in the front door, to leveling a chair leg, to grinding a name ID on the bottom of personal property. It is a very handy tool to have.

Ever find yourself needing a tool you don't have?

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      Denise McGill 2 years ago from Fresno CA

      Thank you all for visiting!

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      Denise McGill 3 years ago from Fresno CA

      @Sylvestermouse: I know. We were pretty amazed that it worked. Thanks for visiting.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      That is fantastic! I know from personal experience the Dremel tool has a variety of uses, but using it for denture repair is fabulous!

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      Denise McGill 3 years ago from Fresno CA

      @Wednesday-Elf: I love to have tools like that around for any and all uses and the Dremel it the thing.

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      Denise McGill 3 years ago from Fresno CA

      @Ruthi: Well, as an artist I love to notice what tools the dentist is using. She made an impression of his teeth and gums with a fast hardening plastic-like polymer that can also be used for sculptures. She handed me a little "left over" piece one day and I created a little cat in just 60 seconds before it hardened. She was amazed that anything other than a cube or ball could be formed from it that quick. Funny.

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Amazing what can be accomplished with this versatile tool. Excellent review.

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      There was a time, in my younger years, when I had or had access to any tool I might need for a project. Unfortunately, I now find myself with not much more than a hammer and a glue gun (which I've yet to use!) I think it's great that you knew just what to do to help your husband through that rough spot with your handy Dremel!

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      Denise McGill 3 years ago from Fresno CA

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you so much for visiting my lens. You are an encourager!

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      I love your ingenuity. That video was cool. I'm going to make one of those carvings. Thanks for this review. Appreciated!