Category: Accessories

Guest post – this and that

Brian kindly left this comment under Christmas #2.  As it is chock full of useful Dremel-related miscellany, I am republishing it as a post, with his permission of course. Here it is, with a few minor modifications (and with a few comments from me in italics):

EZLock now has an extended range & overseas readers may find the SpeedClic info helpful.

EZ495 EZ Twist Nose Cap

Note: (As discussed here) collets have the advantages of better grip & less of the tool sticking out vs the chuck. That reduces vibration. If you use Router Bits in a chuck they often come loose.

The EZ Twist is just a new Nose Cap for the 4000 & older Dremels. It is used instead of the flat metal 90962 Wrench (spanner) to tighten & loosen the black Collet Nut & the silver Driver Cap or Driver Adapter used for the Flex Shaft (225), Mini Saw (670), & Right Angle Attachment (575).

I can say that the new EZ Twist Nose Cap works great. It can be retrofitted to most existing Dremels & just replaces the existing nose piece. It isn’t very expensive either at under $10. I have used it on a 395 Multipro as well as the 4000.

To use it you just unscrew it. It comes forward off the mounting thread & then the internal socket fits onto the Collet Nut to allow you to loosen or tighten it. You don’t have to take it off the neck of the tool to use it. Just slide it forward enough to fit the Collet Nut.

Simple & easy & nothing to go wrong.
Great that you can “upgrade” an older tool :-)

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My Dremel 4000 review – Part II

Dremel 4000 - Dremel Amateur logo

With nothing else to put here, I doodled a logo of sorts 🙂

In the first instalment, I gave my opinion on the Dremel 4000 rotary tool itself, the part that forms the core of the various kits. I wrote that overall I was very happy with the 4000 as a versatile and powerful platform for a wide variety of applications. This part of the review will focus on the accessories that come with the various Dremel 4000 kits. Rather than going through everything piece by piece, though, I’ll take a broad overview of what’s included in the purchase. Once again, I don’t want to pretend to be an expert, so please have a look at the rest of the blog, or at least at the Who Am I? page to put these opinions into a proper context.

First, a bit of explanation for Dremel’s terminology: Rotary tools have attachments and accessories. Accessories are the bits that actually come in contact with the material you are working on, while attachments are things that make work easier. You can have a look at the Let’s Get Up to Speed and Reference Guide pages for more info. Dremel’s naming scheme for the 4000 kits is the following: 4000-A/#, where “A” is the number of attachments included in the kit, and “#” is the number of accessories. “A” is typically small, in the 1-6 range, while “#” can be over 100 in some special edition kits. Continue reading

Wooden earrings, and how to cut wood with sandpaper

Mari is a lucky woman! After buying a rotary tool, her boyfriend has showered her with wooden rings, a plywood ring, and now – earrings. Not to mention that he doesn’t look half bad in a pair of safety googles!

Dremel 4000 blueprint - earringsMore to the point of this post – making wooden earrings with the Dremel 4000 (click the image on the left to embiggen). Overall, this was little different from the rings I had made before – a shape (though not a circle this time) with an internal hole. Most of the steps were similar to what I had described before (e.g. here) – drilling, cutting with a high-speed cutter, cutting with a cut-off wheel, shaping with a sanding band, finishing with a grinding stone and an abrasive buff. I wouldn’t have written this post were it not for one thing that I did differently. Continue reading

Another one bites the dust…

The New Year Day’s weekend saw me finally making some headway with my pen rack idea. After doing a final sketch in Paper, I scaled it up and traced the design onto plywood.

Dremel 4000 blueprint - pen rack final

At present, the only accessories in my arsenal that can be used for cutting are the EZ456 cut-off wheels, which are intended for making short cuts in metal: cutting off rusty bolts, re-slotting stripped screws, etc. Out of necessity, I’ve been using them to make cuts through wood, but the results have been far less than perfect. The cut-off wheels were certainly not going to work here, where more intricate cuts were necessary. In the past, I probably would have resorted to the inelegant but functional technique of drilling holes along the perimeter and then joining them with the 191 high-speed cutter, however this was no longer an option after the cutter’s recent demise.

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The one where I do something useful

My in-laws are redoing their kitchen, slowly but surely. About a month ago, my father-in-law and I spend half of a Saturday laying wall tile. A Dremel with a tile cutting bit would have been immensely useful, especially as we had to cut out internal holes in several tiles to accommodate various bits of architecture. Sadly, this was before my Dremel 4000 purchase, so things had to be done the hard way.

Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, and we found ourselves back at it, this time painting the kitchen doors and windows. The window frames had already been sanded, but one of the doors still had lots of old cracked paint on it. Luckily, my trusty Dremel was with me. Continue reading

Polishing a fork

Sure, this might not be the most epic post. Then again, if you’ve got a lot of forks to polish… I’m just sayin’.

I haven’t done any work with metal yet, so I thought I’d give it a go. Nothing major here, just trying a few polishing accessories. I used a standard stainless steel fork that was in a decent enough shape overall, though it was covered in small scuffs and scratches from years of use. I’ll let the picture do the talking first: Continue reading