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Unread postAuthor: MountainousDew » Sat Jun 20, 2009 2:25 pm

Today me and my friends were skateboarding in Lowes, we made some ghetto ramps in the plywood section and were having fun! Okay, not really but how cool would that be?!

Anyway, I found this awesome setup for a dremel, that basically turns it into a drill press. It can be found here. It is called "Dremel Work Station", pretty unique right?

I don't know if it has been posted here before, because I didn't obey the first rule of posting, which is using the search function. But either way, I found it today and I wanted to share it!

Lowes wrote:Works with almost any Dremel tool

Tool Holder--Holds tool at 90 degrees horizontal for tasks such as polishing metal objects, sanding different shapes and grinding metal pieces

Flex Shaft Tool Stand--Allows telescopic adjustment to any height between 16 and 29 inches

Crow's nest provides on-board storage for drill bits, wrenches, and other Dremel accessories

Questions, Comments, Flames?

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Unread postAuthor: POLAND_SPUD » Sat Jun 20, 2009 2:43 pm

man... I am considering buying a dremel and I was about to write a thread to ask what to look for when I read yours

it looks pretty cool but I have no idea how useful it is becasue I've never even used a dremel...

BTW have you ever heard about The Rep Rap project ?? It a self replicating 3D destktop printer... it can build pbjsects from a computer based model by means of additive fabrication... well the project is quite ambitious as it aims at creating a fully selfreplicable machine LINK
well I've mentioned it becasue I think that it would be cool if they added a sort of dremel based mill to it... AFAIK there are plans to do this


now sorry if I highjack this thread asking this... but what should I look for when buying a good dremel ?? could I use one to cut copper pipes? (and cut 'ports' in them too?? )

just how useful are they ? I know they are quite popular among RC hobbyist and alike but just how useful they are for a spudder (consider that I am mostly working with copper or malleable iron fittings as I tend use high pressures most of the time)
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Unread postAuthor: Gaderelguitarist » Sat Jun 20, 2009 3:02 pm

Great find!

I've only seen attachments meant to make the dremel into a router.

And how much mountain dew do you drink? I drink one can every day at least. :D

@Poland_Spud: The RepRap is an incredible advance in the economy. People could download the dimensions for a product from the internet and make it

Dremels are amazing little tools with a near infinite list of uses. You can cut anything providing you have the right bit.
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Unread postAuthor: MountainousDew » Sat Jun 20, 2009 3:18 pm

@Poland_Spud: Don't worry, I don't mind the occasional hijack... I myself am looking into buying a dremel, and while looking around I found the mini drill press. I would love to buy or try to make a RepRap printer, but seeing as how I live in the US, it would cost more than $500 because of the exchange rate. Nonetheless, the printer is pretty awesome, if I may say so.

If only someone in the Spudding community had one, or would build one, imagine how much money they could make or how much we could improve our guns...

@GaderelGuitarist: I usually only drink two cans a day, because if I binge drink them, I break out into an awesome form of myself where I have too much fun for my own good... I'll post a picture in a second of the cans I get in bulk.


Does anyone know if a air powered dremel is better or worse than a electric one?
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Unread postAuthor: c11man » Sat Jun 20, 2009 3:26 pm

air is much better! are you talking about a die grinder because that is usealy what the air ones are called. but yeah they are faster more powerfull and stuff like that
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Unread postAuthor: MountainousDew » Sat Jun 20, 2009 3:33 pm

I'm not sure what a die grinder is, but I'm gonna look it up after I type this, so when you read this I will either be researching or I will already know what it is.

The reason I brought it up was because they were selling one for ~$30 USD and the electric ones were closer to $45 or $50.
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Unread postAuthor: mobile chernobyl » Sat Jun 20, 2009 7:38 pm

to run a die grinder any where near consistantly as the electric counterpart you need a larger volume compressor though.

I do like die grinders, but for actual material removing, and not just cutting, I def prefer the electric angle grinder.
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Unread postAuthor: Hotwired » Sat Jun 20, 2009 7:43 pm

Air powered grinders are great. No motor makes quite a difference, welding workshop I was in had some air tools. Best in a workshop really where there's a fixed air supply because yes you do need a decent compressor.
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Unread postAuthor: mobile chernobyl » Sat Jun 20, 2009 8:00 pm

Yea I got a intern job working/welding in a stainless TIG fabrication shop myself making super high end water purification units for power plants and others... acquiring skills for my next cannon... and hopefully getting a certification in pressure vessel welding.

onto the dremel - I wouldn't waste you time on a dremel drill press lol.

Just buy a $50-60 small drill press complete from harbor freight - they even come with an adjustable chuck, I'm pretty sure the dremel is still reduced to using different sized collets. Now don't get me wrong, the dremel has a time and place - but that's for sanding small amounts of material and cutting small stuff, not for being a drill press.
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Unread postAuthor: THUNDERLORD » Sat Jun 20, 2009 8:47 pm

Not to "parrot" but I second everything mobile chernobyl said.
I own a "30,000 rpm" 5 speed craftsman rotary tool.
It mostly stays in a box, once in a while I need it for very small or intricate stuff.
Great tool.
But it has it's place, and can do nowhere near the way they make it look on the Dremel commercials.
Not sure about the Dremel, but on mine when I unscrew the larger plastic ring on the front body of it, a metal part (called???:oops:) (looks like a cast metal light socket sort of, flat bottom, has flange and 4 holes around edge,cheap), anyway threads onto it, and I've used that for making jigs similar to drill press or router or solid mount. (I'll search for it's term).

I got a 90 degree attachment for it, but it slows the speed some.
Mostly I prefer an angle grinder,and a hand or drill press.
It's pretty puny for that stuff, I used it to slot a tiny stripped philips head yesterday (first time in a while), But I am using it to cut slots in brass for a BFB design. The bits/ cutters are rediculously expensive which is like a joke too. I usually come up with mods or my own stuff for bits.

BTW, Cool vid with dremel and drill use (Mostly I like the guys shirt though) :P 8)
EDIT:Called a Floor Flange Hope the link works. Not sure the size and can't get to it now.

EDIT2:@MountainousDew: What's up with you changing the post topic, After I replied??? (and everyone else) Hope it's a strange joke(???)
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Unread postAuthor: MountainousDew » Sat Jun 20, 2009 9:44 pm

I am sorta hijacking my own thread here, because I don't want to start a new one, okay? Anyone object? Good.

Does anyone know where I could get a small "machining machine" for plastic working?

I'm sorry if I'm not giving a great description, but basically what I want to be able to do is:
-Turn down a piston.
-Modify PVC fittings.
-Make grooves in PVC fittings and a piston.
-Whatever else comes with the package.

The piston will be a 2.5 inch coupler, so it will have to have enough torque to spin it. I'm only 13, but my 14th birthday is in a few days (July 5th) so I will get some new income. I'd like to try to keep the price as low as possible, too.

P.S. Sorry THUNDERLORD, its not a joke... Its kinda still on topic...
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Unread postAuthor: THUNDERLORD » Sat Jun 20, 2009 9:57 pm

MountainousDew wrote:I am sorta hijacking my own thread here, because I don't want to start a new one, okay? Anyone object? Good.

Does anyone know where I could get a small "machining machine" for plastic working?

I'm sorry if I'm not giving a great description, but basically what I want to be able to do is:
-Turn down a piston.
-Modify PVC fittings.
-Make grooves in PVC fittings and a piston.
-Whatever else comes with the package.

The piston will be a 2.5 inch coupler, so it will have to have enough torque to spin it. I'm only 13, but my 14th birthday is in a few days (July 5th) so I will get some new income. I'd like to try to keep the price as low as possible, too.

P.S. Sorry THUNDERLORD, its not a joke... Its kinda still on topic...


It's cool man. I never understood "hijacking" being used so broadly, Like for slightly off-topic but related things myself.
yet if you create a new post that's weak that's worse IMO.
Not sure how a "Mod" would feel about it.
No need to be sorry. 8)
As for the machine needed, Working in PVC it's not all that nessesary for expensive equipment (although nice to have).
Even advanced designs like MrCrowley's 2" piston, he was able to do with standard tools IIRC.
Maybe mention what tool you DO have and we can give you suggestions for a particular operation here(?)...(Break it down a little(?)) 8)
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Unread postAuthor: MountainousDew » Sat Jun 20, 2009 10:14 pm

I have very few tools, which I shall now list:
-Handsaw
-Circular Saw
-Miter Box
-Electric Drill
-And Wrenches 'n Such

I was thinking of getting a drill press, but I didn't know where to get one...
Would this be a good investment?

Edit: Is it possible to use rotary bits on a drill press?
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Unread postAuthor: THUNDERLORD » Sat Jun 20, 2009 10:29 pm

MountainousDew wrote:...Would this be a good investment?


From experience, I have never bought any tool that was a bad investment.
As far as that particular one, I'm not familiar with it.
But any decent work shop has one, so it's better than nothing.
Usually you do get what you pay for, and the lowest side of the "good investment" tools have been the cheaper one's.
I suggest looking at different models even price ranges and maybe used sources too (newspaper, computer ads, pawn shops(?))
I do prefer my $40 ryobi angle grinder over my friends expensive but older Milwauky Steel model but it's been heavily used.

EDIT: In that price range (actually less) I am willing to bet This one Is better...the chuck and looks more solid in general.
EDIT2:Those both only drill 2" down, for deeper drilling you will need to raise the table and drill deeper. Sooner or later you will want or need a bigger drill press. (but still they're good to have).
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Unread postAuthor: MountainousDew » Sat Jun 20, 2009 10:48 pm

Thanks, do you know anything about the rotary cuter bits being used with drill presses?
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