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Happy Halloween to all of our Dremel® friends. Once you’re done creating jack–o–lanterns with the Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit, try your hand at wood carving, or prep your house for cold winter weather with a variety of Dremel tools.
Dremel Rotary Tools Take Carving to the Next Level
When Jordan Straker’s brother bought him a Dremel tool for Christmas 20 years ago, Straker was a bit skeptical. He was recovering from a recent hand surgery and wasn’t so sure a tool could be used for therapy during his rehabilitation process.
“What will I do with it?,” Straker recalls asking. His brother suggested carving a bird. “I dare you,” he challenged, giving Straker the extra push he needed.
Without any prior knowledge of carving techniques, Straker carved his first bird out of stone. Not only did his hand heal fast, his first carving won best in show at a local showcase. He’s been hooked ever since.
Now the expert carver enters about two to three shows a year and sells nearly all of his pieces. In fact, his latest piece just sold for $20,000 (pictured with this article). But while his carving has transformed from a therapeutic hobby into a profession, he has never used another tool.
“The speed and reduced vibration of the hand shaft allows me to carve as fast as I think,” Straker says of his Dremel tool. “People always ask me what kind of high tech tools or lasers I use. I just laugh and send them to the nearest home center!”
His original model 732 Dremel rotary tool is still his “right–hand tool” today, although he has now added to his collection and runs three Dremel rotary tools at a time for up to 14 hours per day. Most of his pieces take around eight weeks to produce and are made from basswood. Straker uses his Dremel rotary tool to create his designs from start to finish, often carving at such a detailed level that his pieces almost do not look like wood at all. Many mistake his shoe and garment carvings as wearable items!
Although Straker acknowledges that there are not a lot of power carvers out there, he says he gets a letter asking about his technique almost every day. His first piece of advice for someone who wants to try their hand at carving? “Buy a Dremel,” he says.
For more information on Straker and his carvings, visit him online at www.jordanstraker.com.
What’s New at Dremel
Dremel Multi–Max™ Universal Adapter
For the first time, users of any brand of oscillating tool can now utilize Dremel oscillating accessories thanks to the new Multi–Max Universal Adapter. The adapter allows all Multi–Max accessories to be used with the most current oscillating tools in the market from brands including Fein, Rockwell, Bosch, Craftsman, Rigid and Masterforce. The adapter includes first–of–its–kind pin fin technology, which prevents the accessory in use from sliding or loosening. All Dremel oscillating accessories, except for the sanding pads, utilize the brand’s innovative Quick Fit accessory system, which allows users to change accessories in half the time competitive systems require. The adapter is now available at hardware stores and home improvement centers nationwide for an SRP of $4.99.
Trio™TR800 Straight Edge/Circle Guide Attachment
Launching this fall with the new Dremel Trio is the TR800 Straight Edge/Circle Guide Attachment. Two attachments in one, the guide assists users in cutting circular holes from 4– to 13–inches in diameter in many types of material as well as making straight cuts up to 6 ½–inches from the edge of the material. All you have to do is flip the attachment over. A pivot knob provides balance and control when using the attachment, which is a great tool for installing recessed lighting.
Getting to Know Your Tools
Routing: Rotary vs. Trio
When it comes to routing, there are only two types of Dremel tools that can tackle the job: rotary tools and the Trio. Find a comparison below to help you pick the best tool when you’re faced with a routing project.
At present, Dremel offers nine different routing bits for rotary tools, allowing users to make a wide variety of cuts. Bits include piloting bits, straight bits and specialty bits. Two attachments also expand rotary tools’ routing versatility: the 231 Shaper/Router Table, which allows users to rout small pieces by mounting the tool, and the 335–01 Plunge Router Attachment, which turns the Dremel rotary tool into a mini plunge router for freehand routing or forming decorative edges and cutting straight slots.
Many people find that the size of the Plunge Router Attachment is not as conducive to routing in tight areas compared to the Trio. However, by using a rotary tool with the 565 Multipurpose Cutting Kit as a mini router base, the rotary tool is able to rout in tight areas much more easily.
Made for routing projects requiring more power than those accomplished using a rotary tool, the Dremel Trio is a great solution for a light duty routing applications without the size and weight of using a full–size router. Its telescoping foot provides accurate depth control and its non–marring base protects delicate work pieces and provides a stable routing platform with great visibility. An optional Compact Depth Guide attachment (available January 2011) reduces the overall size of the telescoping foot for routing in even tighter areas.
Currently three routing bits are available for the Trio with more available in early 2011. The Trio should only be used on projects that are large enough to clamp down and still move the tool.
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 e–mail.
Replacing Window Glazing with the Dremel Multi–Max
A little preparation before winter weather rolls in can keep your utility costs low as you turn up the heat. Replacing old window glazing is a simple way to reduce drafts that can increase heating costs.
Step One: To remove old glazing, begin by lining the window panes with masking tape. This will reduce the risk of scratching the window frame. For easy removal, use the cordless Dremel Multi–Max oscillating tool with the MM450 Wood and Drywall Saw Blade. Set the tool at a low speed and insert the blade in between the muntin or sash and the glazing. Caution: Wear eye protection. Metal glazier’s points may be used to secure the window pane to the sash and these will come loose when the old glazing is removed. When all glazing is removed, wipe the area with rubbing alcohol to remove any remaining residue and remove the tape.
Step Two: To re–glaze, line the seam with fresh tape. Hold the edge of your putty knife toward the joint at a 45–degree angle. Apply steady pressure on the glazing compound while moving the knife at a smooth speed along each side of the window pane.
Pumpkin Carving Contest
To celebrate the spooky month of October and Halloween, Dremel and Home Depot have teamed up to find the most creative jack–o–lanterns carved with the Dremel cordless tool. Simply submit photos of your ghoulish masterpiece on the contest page, housed exclusively on Facebook for your chance to WIN a $100 Home Depot gift certificate. Then vote by ‘liking’ pictures of your favorite pumpkins found in the photos tab. The top 50 ‘liked’ photos by October 31, 2010 will be judged by our Pumpkin Experts, and the top 20 ‘liked’ jack–o–lanterns will receive a $100 gift certificate from The Home Depot! For a little inspiration, check out our instructional pumpkin carving video. We look forward to seeing all of your scary creations!
Congratulations to the five lucky winners of the September giveaway, who received a cordless Dremel Multi–Max kit for knowing that two batteries come standard in every cordless Dremel Multi–Max kit. The winners are: Shirley Armitage, New Sharon, ME; Robert Toy, Monument, CO; John Fitzpatrick, Babbitt, MN; Stuart Holoman, Raleigh, NC; and Patti Delvalle, Hawkins, WI.
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