DIY Lathe #2: The better base!

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Blog entry by Marcel T posted 05-24-2008 01:25 PM 7113 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey guys! Taking advantage of the long weekend here in Canada, (so this was last weekend) I made a better base for my dremel. I was taking it apart to see why it was squeaking (trapped sawdust) when the idea hit me – drill the existing screw holes all the way through the body, and get a longer screw to hold the dremel together (like the old screws) and hold the dremel to the base. Well, I didn’t have a screw quite that long and thin, but I did have some short screws of the correct diameter. So I screwed them into the dremel, through a piece of pine ~1/8 thick. I then drilled/chiseled out space for the screw heads in the base, and glued the ~1/8 thick piece of wood to my previous base. This is now one sturdy dremel! Some pictures may clarify that…
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A picture of screwheads and holes for them, highlighted for your viewing pleasure. The black stuff is paint, which I (over liberally) smeared on the tops of the screwheads to mark their position, so I can press them into the to-be-drilled board, to leave an imprint, so I know where to drill. I didn’t work perfectly, and I ended up chiseling that one hole.

As a side note…
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The evolution of my clamp setup. By the time I finished, the need for the clamps was minimal, as the glue had already set! Lol.

This is what it looks like now
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And from the top
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That rag on the dremel is my safety glass ‘case’, strategically positioned to minimize dust infiltration into the dremel.

Turnings to be showcased in next entry! :) (But you did get a peak in that last photo :)


P.S – I still need a source of pen kits with cheap mailing! Anyone? Anyone at all?

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#1 posted 05-24-2008 01:47 PM

Lot of work but I guess it working fine , how do you hold your wood in the dremel

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#2 posted 05-24-2008 01:53 PM

Meh, just some spare time I’d probably otherwise use watching TV or something of the sort. I use the screw mandrel that I got with my dremel (which was originally intended for buffing pads or something), pre-drilling a bit.

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