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A few days ago I posted a precision drill I made for drilling very small holes in marquetry packets. In a related forum topic, the idea of using a Dremel style router base came up a couple of times and was one of the inspirations for the little jig that I eventually designed. The thing is that router bases and drills do different jobs and require different fittings.

Once I had the drill I started wondering how to make it work as an inlay router and quickly decided that the best way was to make a separate base to fit the same tool clamp. Now I have a very nice little inlay router and a really nice little drill and the cost to me because I had everything around the shop was nothing. If I had to buy it all it still would have been under $50.

Here's a little video that I made to illustrate how they work.




That about tells the story.

Thanks for looking .

Paul

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That is really cool and def would be handy in my shop. Its going on the build list. Thanks for sharing and the video is awesome. Thanks
 

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Paul, nice work as usual. I love the sense of craftsmanship that you give to your jigs and shop-made tools. It may not work on this application, but Home Depot sells compression springs. Small PVC can act as extensions. See here.

The link to your video is not functioning, you may want to check on that. I would like to see it.
 

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It works for me Al but I added the text link anyway for those with iPads.
Thanks for the comment.
 

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Nifty. Need to add this to my to do list. Really, points out the ups and downs of Marquetry :) or would it be ins and outs?
 

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Geeez mate do you ever switch of that brain of yours:) Another great answer for a problem
cheers Pete
 

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Great idea on both of these Paul. I guess you won't be selling these tools for $50/pair?
Just kidding . . .
 

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Nice Paul, When I saw the post of the drill, I started thinking and wondering what the speed range of this little carving motor was, because it would make a nice mini router for inlays, and here it is. You're a classy guy.
 

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Now that is just darn right clever.
I could see how this would be useful, and how it differs from drilling. Kind of the same, kind of different. Supple yet firm.

Keep it up Paul, this is great.
Steve
 

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Great device and nice video. Thanks.
 

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Paul,
Another creative and well designed solution. I believe Grit Laskin uses a similar Foredom tool fixture to do his spectacular pearl guitar inlays. So, you're already in pretty stratospheric company. Nice one, as always.
Roger
 

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Paul … very cool. The only thing that would make it better is the addition of a small LED flashlight to illuminate the area around the bit. Other than that, great DIY Tool.
 

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Awesome device! I can see how i might use something like that in my work , gotta make one!
 

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That is a great little tool that allows for good visebility of the bit and cutting area which is always a problem .
A nice and precise shopmade tool !

Klaus
 

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Just saw your video. Beautiful tool. Wouldn't it be cool if that bottom piece of ply was acrylic. Maybe an integral led? Just a thought.
 

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Very nice tool Paul.
 

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I like tools that work well and this one certainly does the job Paul. I like the price too. I'm thinking that those with a Dremel tool could use the cable accessory if they have one, which is round and which could easily be held with an appropriately sized wooden collar. That would save them having to buy the HF carving tool.
 

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Thanks everyone.

Mike, right you are , my mistake. My Dremel has a shaped handle that would make accurate clamping a bit challenging but I see that they also have a heavy duty model that is cylindrical.

Ron, this is a concept thing. I made mine with what I had in the shop and it works fine for me but feel free to use the idea and add your own personal touches.

tyvecboy, see above. I can see fine with the lights I have in the shop so I don't need to clutter it with more parts but there are certainly times when an attached light could be an advantage.

Thanks again
 

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Nice tool, nice video…great job. Thanks for sharing this!
 

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I'm thinking about the cable that attaches to a standard Dremel tool Paul.

 

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