First steps

OK – it’s here! Unpacked, all accessories and attachments taken out of the case, examined, sort-of understood, and put back. (Is that how they were in that box? Seemed neater and more organized before.. Damn OCD…)

And – drumroll – what the heck to do with this thing?! I mean, I had had some ideas, none of them fleshed out in any soft of detail, but now that the Dremel was here – where to start? As I’ve mentioned, I bought the thing mostly for fun, to do something new with. There weren’t any jobs just waiting for it around the house. I needed to get creative.

Here’s the thing about moving into a modern apartment in a new country – not a lot of scrap material lying around.

In my old place, I could have probably scared up some wood or plastic on which to practice, at least, but this new place was pretty sterile. Salvation came in the form of a wooden knife block. Its underside provided some space to try out a few of the accessories suitable for wood.

The 150 drill bit held nothing new. It drills holes. 1/8″ (3.2mm) in diameter. It…drills them well, I suppose.

The engraver – now, this was interesting. My 4000 came with the 191 high speed cutter, whose cutting head is the same diameter as the shank – 1/8″ (3.2mm). I had read about using the Dremel with engravers before and remembered this bit of advice – whenever possible, move from right to left, against the direction of rotation. Very wise words! When following this advice, the cutter offers more resistance than when moving from left to right, but this allows you to control it much more precisely. In the worst case scenario, when moving left to right, it is possible to completely lose control of the tool. I did eventually manage to cut a shallow circle into the wood 🙂 .

Dremel 4000 wood engraving.jpg

Sanding drum & sanding bands. The kit came with two types of bands – grit 60 and grit 120. (Note to self: lower number means rougher sandpaper.) 60 grit is aggressive! It wore away the soft wood of the knife block without any hesitation. Use carefully.

This was the end of the first trial runs. One things that was becoming very clear, right from the beginning, is that Dremel’s mantra “Let the tool do the work” is spot on. At best, applying pressure to whatever accessory you are using will wear it out more quickly, while at worst, the accessory will get caught on the material you are working with, and those 35,000rpm will become nearly impossible to control.


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