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Whether the kids surprise dad with a cool new tool for his workshop, like the Dremel® Work Station™ or the family takes a hike together, Dremel has you covered this Father’s Day.

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Take a Hike Call on Dremel for an Extra Hand

When not at work caring for the grounds of his local high school, Bill Nelson can be found taking long walks along the beach, perusing antique stores and whittling away in his workshop – all with one goal in mind. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario-resident makes practical walking sticks, canes and staffs from the wood he picks up along Agawa Beach and interesting adornments he finds at antique shops.

In honor of his Métis heritage (Métis is one of three recognized groups of aboriginal peoples in Canada), he calls his creations Métis Man Walking Sticks, Canes and Shafts. He sells a few customized pieces for special requests and gives many away to friends or people in need.

The hobby started nearly 15 years ago after Nelson realized the beautiful pieces of pine and birch he and his wife found on their daily walks could be turned into something useful. From the start, Nelson used Dremel rotary tools (an assortment of models over the years) for carving spirals and other shapes into the shaft and drilling holes to affix jewelry. He has used a variety of attachments and accessories, including the 225-01 Flex Shaft Attachment, which increases his tool flexibility.

“I like working with Dremel tools because they’re reliable, good quality and they last a long time,” said Nelson.

He also uses knives, chisels, woodburning tools and special ink to color some of his more intricate designs. Because they like the designs so much, friends and customers sometimes choose to display Nelson’s products as art. Nelson has used glass, agates and chains as decorations and even an old-fashioned faucet as a handle. As an example of his creativity, he hung a blue glass ball from the tap to resemble a drop of water.

Nelson keeps many examples of his work at home and encourages anyone interested in learning more about his work or commissioning a custom-made walking stick to call him at (705) 248-1431.
Featured Product: Dremel Work Station

The Dremel Work Station (220-01) integrates three different functions into one convenient attachment, helping users focus on the project at hand. Grouping a drill press, stationary tool holder and flex shaft tool holder together, this easy-to-use work station enhances project quality and productivity while simplifying applications such as precision drilling, delicate polishing and wood carving. Dads can use it this Father’s Day to sand wooden toys for their kids, make a cribbage game board for themselves or to hold a Dremel rotary tool with Flex Shaft Attachment while carving a wildfowl decoy.

Drill Press: Transforms a Dremel rotary tool into a quick solution for any drilling need, allowing users to precisely control drilling depths of up to two inches.

Stationary Tool Holder: Perfect for delicate projects that require a light touch or applications such as grinding, polishing or sanding that often require the materials be brought up to the tool.

Flex Shaft Tool Holder: Provides the ideal location to suspend a Dremel rotary tool above a workbench while the Dremel Flex Shaft Attachment (sold separately) is connected to provide users with fingertip control.

The Dremel Work Station is available at most hardware and home improvement centers for a suggested retail price of $44.99.
Expert Advice Polish Makes Perfect

In March, the Dremel Experts shared advice for using Dremel’s cleaning accessories to spruce up your home for spring. The next step to keep your house in sparkling, tip-top shape is polishing with a Dremel rotary tool and accessories, following these helpful hints:

Step one: Determine what stage in the polishing process the material is in.
  • Rough stage: Characterized by the material’s surface having ridges or rough spots that can be felt when running your fingernail over the surface. To achieve a shiny surface in this stage, you need to remove rough spots or ridges and smooth and buff the surface.
  • Semi-rough stage: Characterized by the material’s surface having some roughness, but not as much as described in the rough stage. To achieve a shiny surface in this stage, you need to smooth and buff the surface.
  • Smooth stage: Characterized by the material’s surface being smooth, but lacking shine. To achieve a shiny surface in this stage, you need to buff the surface.
Step two: Choose the right accessories.
  • Rubber polishing points (461, 462, 463) and emery-impregnated wheels (425, 520): Designed for the rough stage of polishing because they work to remove the ridges and scratches of the surface. Do not use polishing compound with these accessories. Remember that emery-impregnated bits have a more abrasive surface than rubber points. Apply some pressure and use a lower speed.
  • Felt accessories (414, 422): Designed for the semi-rough stage of the polishing process because they can remove slight rough spots, bringing the material to the smooth stage. They can be used with or without polishing compound. The felt continually renews its surface while being used. Apply light pressure and use a medium speed.
  • Cloth and felt wheels (423E, 429): Designed for the smooth stage of polishing because they bring the surface to a high luster. They have a soft, open structure and are designed to be used with a small amount of polishing compound. Apply little or no pressure and use a high speed.
Purchase cleaning and polishing accessories separately or together (along with other essential accessories) in the new 707-03 Dremel 75-Piece Accessory Kit, available now at Wal-Mart and in additional retail locations in August 2008.
Dremel News

Dremel Goes to College: Derby 101

Last month, 48 engineering students at Gateway Technical College’s Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation in Sturtevant, Wis., teamed up to compete in the inaugural Dremel Derby 101 event. Teams of two had only two hours each to construct, paint and decorate a wooden derby car using Dremel tools and materials provided by Dremel before putting their cars to the test in a race. Dremel tools have been involved in building wooden derby cars for many years, but several weeks typically go into designing and finishing a car. It was evident many teams put thought into their derby car design ahead of race day, because the cars – and the entire event – turned out to be a huge success as the school is already planning another one for next year.

Dremel Dads

Just in time for Father’s Day, Dremel wants to reward dads who’ve been hard at work on projects using their Dremel tools this last year. Send us a picture of your dad using a Dremel tool (or have a family member take a picture of you using a Dremel tool if you are a dad), along with a maximum 100-word description of what project(s) you’ve used Dremel tools for recently, and 10 lucky respondents will be picked to win a Dremel Work Station. Please include your name and phone number, the name of the dad in the photo, and dad’s phone number and mailing address in the body of your e-mail with the subject line “Dremel Dad.”

Congratulations

Congratulations to the ten winners who responded to last month’s eNewsletter and were chosen at random to receive a new Dremel 75-Piece Accessory Kit: Jean Heenan, Cincinnatiti, OH; Jimmie L. Dolezilek, Cypress, TX; Henry Bikhazi, Newport Beach, CA; Dean S. Demmery, Matthews ,NC; Ron Bloomfield, Dix Hills, NY; Robert Valdez, San Francisco, CA; John Lowe, Cahokia, IL; Michael Johnstone, Cahokia, IL; Kay Borer, Palm Coast, FL; and Robert Meltesen, Racine, WS.

Stay tuned for more Dremel news this year!

Safety reminder: When working with Dremel brand or any other power tool, always wear eye protection and a dust mask, and read and understand the owner’s manual prior to using.