|About the Issue
Happy Father’s Day! This month’s issue is packed with tool news and insight Dad is sure to love – from restoring old tools to common around−the−house projects. And if you’re looking for the perfect gift for the father in your life this June, be sure to enter this month’s giveaway for a corded Dremel® Multi−Max™ by submitting your all−time favorite activity with Dad.
Dremel Restores Connections to the Past
Most people are familiar with the popular mantra, ‘in order to know where you’re going, you must understand where you came from.’ People have always searched for connections to the past, either by digging through family heirlooms or touring museums on the weekends. Ultimately, people find different and unique ways of connecting to their roots. For Mark Kuehn, connecting to the days of old means restoring antique tools, relics of eras gone by.
“As a kid back in the late 1950s, I used to watch my grandfather use a variety of tools in his workshop,” said Kuehn. “Years later, I inherited his tool set and began restoring some of the pieces so they could be displayed as the historical artifacts they are.”
The tool restoration process can be a revealing experience. Most antique tools are sturdy and once refurbished, can still be used to complete modern day home improvement projects. Kuehn has restored everything from old Stanley rulers and Ford Model A wrenches to a spark plug wrench from an Indian motorcycle and a set of old brass oarlocks. He has even restored an old Dremel Model #2 tool using the Dremel 4000.
Kuehn begins his restorations by cleaning the given tool with a Dremel rotary tool and a Dremel abrasive buff accessory. He then utilizes the Dremel brand’s 520 Polishing Wheel to continue scraping away at old rust and buildup that may have accumulated throughout the years. After taking the tool apart, Kuehn then uses grinding wheels, such as the EZ 541 1 ½−Inch Grinding Wheel, to remove grime in tough areas and finish the job.
Kuehn, who worked with Dremel for 15 years as a member of the brand’s ad agency, fell in love with Dremel tools when he bought his first home. Tasked with many different home improvement projects after the purchase, Kuehn’s affinity for Dremel grew as he used the tools for cleaning and polishing door knobs, old hinges and other tough to reach places.
“I have been using Dremel tools for more than 30 years to clean and restore other tools,” said Kuehn. “I even own four Dremel rotary tools dating back to the 1940s and they still work – they’re a vital component of all my restoration projects and I’m discovering new uses for them all of the time.”
Sometimes Kuehn’s work unearths interesting links to his own past. When cleaning and polishing an old shoe-maker’s tool belonging to his great−great grandfather with the 535 Brass Polishing Brush, he uncovered a set of initials that had been painstakingly scratched into the set over 100 years ago, a discovery that Kuehn confided prickled the hair on the back of neck.
On average, Kuehn completes about ten of these restoration projects per year, mostly for display on his mantle at home.
“I like restoring and bringing something back to life – these items have a story to tell,” said Kuehn.
For more information on Kuehn’s work and some great tales from an ad man’s perspective, visit Kuehn’s blog.
What’s New at Dremel
Dremel Website Redesign
This month, the Dremel brand launched a newly redesigned website offering the complete Dremel brand experience. The brand new site has improved navigation to new product categories that reflect all of the Dremel brand’s “versatile tool systems.” Finding a product on the site is now faster, whether visitors know what they are looking for and especially if they don’t.
Product images are larger, the range of product offerings are more clearly marked and there are more product and how−to project videos, as well as an advanced Accessory Fast Finder to easily locate the best accessory for your next DIY project. The site is enabled for social media users with links to Dremel brand pages on Facebook and Twitter.
To check out all that the new website has to offer, visit the Dremel brand online at www.dremel.com.
‘Tackling America’s To−Do List’ with Chip Wade
The Dremel brand is thrilled to announce that that we’ve just kicked off a new partnership with expert craftman and HGTV star Chip Wade. Wade will star in a series of online videos featuring the latest Dremel tools and solutions for tackling the top projects on Americans’ home improvement to−do lists this year. In fact, Dremel and Wade recently shared a sneak−peak of one of the upcoming projects, based on results of a nationwide homeowner survey, on the Dremel Facebook page.
Be sure to keep an eye on the Dremel Facebook page for the full survey results, as well as upcoming how−to videos and advice from Chip on tackling your to−do list!
Getting to Know Your Tools
Trio TR820 Compact Depth Guide/Dust Port Adapter
While using your Dremel Trio in tight spaces, the TR820 Compact Depth Guide/Dust Port Adapter can create an easy way to manage detail work while keeping the workplace clean. The Compact Depth Guide is smaller than the standard tool base, allowing for better visibility of the cutting space. It also has a lightweight foot for additional comfort while cutting on a wall or overhead, as well as a round front and side that can be used for tracing a pattern, template or following an edge.
The Dust Port Adapter lets you attach a vacuum hose to the Trio to clean up any debris or woodchips made during projects. This helps to keep the work place clean and your line of sight clear, especially when routing. It also fits a standard household vacuum and has a friction fit so the hose can be positioned with the handle in either position. These two attachments are used for separate purposes but sold together.
Tip: When utilizing the TR820 Compact Depth Guide to trace a pattern or template, be sure to adjust the size of your template to account for the 1” distance between the side of the base and the cutting bit itself.
Still have questions? Contact the Dremel Experts at (800) 437 3635 Monday through Friday between 7a.m. and 6p.m. CST, or send us an email.
Flush Cutting Wood Dowels with a Dremel Multi−Max
For any DIY and home improvement enthusiast, flush cuts are needed for a variety of different projects. From cutting base board for flooring installation to cutting a pipe for a remodel application, flush cut applications are endless. One of the most common flush cuts among DIY’ers is flush cutting wood dowels. Using the Dremel Multi−Max, MM440 Wood Flush Cutting Blade and the correct technique, one can easily produce a true flush cut in wood, with no marring or burning.
Step One: Insert a MM440 Wood Flush Cutting Blade into your Dremel Multi−Max. Tighten the screw with a hex wrench to secure the blade in the holder.
Step Two: Plug the tool in and set the tool to maximum speed.
Step Three: Keeping the blade flat to the surface, push the tool away from you in a forward motion until the cut is complete. Repeat this process until all dowels are cut.
To view a video demonstration of the project, click here. For other project videos, visit the Video Projects page on the Dremel website.
Corded Dremel Multi−Max Giveaway
Father’s Day is right around the corner, and we want to know your all−time favorite activity with the father in your life. Whether playing catch outside, taking that annual summer camping trip or helping Dad with a few DIY fixes, we’d love to know your thoughts! If you’re a father yourself, feel free to submit your favorite activity with your kids. Send us your one−sentence answer in the body of an email along with your name, shipping address (no P.O. boxes) and home phone number with “Dad” in the subject line. We’ll pick five winners at random to receive a new Corded Dremel Multi−Max and announce their names next month.
Congratulations to our five lucky eNewsletter readers who won April’s Dremel Trio Giveaway: Alesia Adams, Birmingham, AL; Ronald Maynor, Fayettville, NC; Terry Trudeau, Brushton, NY; Alrene Martinez, Battle Ground, WA; Jean Mussack, San Leandro, CA. In last month’s issue, we inspired Dremel fans to try something new, whether a new project using your Dremel tool, rock climbing or eating a vegetable you’ve been avoiding. Thanks to everyone who submitted an entry!
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