Dremel Router Bits
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Posted 10 August 2010 - 01:05 AM
I have recently made my own router table for my dremel. I have seen the type of bit that dremel sells, and I am not impressed. I wanted to try and get or make a bit that would do a 1/2 or 1/4 round over, but they only have a 1/8". I have already but a dowel on a bit and lathed a round over attachment out of wood. The only thing is, I epoxy'd sand on to the wood to make a grinder, and when I used it, the sand came off. So now I am stumped on how to make my own round over bit for my dremel router. I dont have access to any metal lathing, and would suffice for a sander/grinder. Does anyone have any ideas on how to make something a little better then a wooden sanding bit? Or you think I should try a different way of attaching sand to the bit?
Posted 10 August 2010 - 04:36 AM
Arrophius- It may be quicker and easier to just buy a small router (Called 'lami trimmer' here) and get the appropriate size bit - even here you can pick one up for $40.
Posted 10 August 2010 - 08:02 AM
I would think that balsa would be about the only wood you could use with an epoxy/sand shaper. I have a DIY dremel router table and the amount of wood you are wanting to remove, in my opinion, would put too much strain on the smaller shaft of a dremel bit. I would not forsee the set up lasting long and then of course the risks associated with it. A laminte trimmer or router table would be your best bet for hard woods and only if set up as to avoid injury.
Most of my baits are smaller and in my opinion not user friendly for routing. I did set up a jig/pin system to route some larger baits but still wasn't happy with the results and saftey of the system. My only real success has been with larger balsa cranks and a drill press/bit combination. I utilize a clamp to hold the crank and can rather quickly shape the bait but these are larger cranks with thicker bodies.
Posted 10 August 2010 - 07:16 PM
Well, the hardest wood I really use is poplar. I wanted to steer clear of traditional router because the baits I make are usually smaller. I really dont want to lose a finger tip and I think the dremel is just a lot safer. Owell, i guess i will just have to think on it more.
Hazmail, what shaft size are the lami routers?
Posted 11 August 2010 - 11:16 PM
Laminate trimmers or "compact routers" are usually 1/4" and have many of the advantages (and dangers) of a regular router. You might also consider a Foredom rotary tool, which is the big brother of the Dremel. It has variable speed controlled by a foot pedal, a flex shaft drive and accepts up to 1/4" shaft diameter bits. The Foredom is more expensive than most laminate trimmers, however. Good luck with it - I just can't bring myself to try routing 2" bass baits at 30000 rpm. Like Clint says "A man should know his limitations". I like the Foredom for hand shaping baits with a sanding cylinder.
Edited by BobP, 11 August 2010 - 11:17 PM.
Posted 16 August 2010 - 08:44 AM
I have been trying to find plans to build my own sanding/routine table for my dremel tool. I recently moved to NYC and don't get to fish much, so over the last 6 months I have turned my attention to lure building an am turning an extra closet into a work area. Any chance you could post some pictures of that router table you built. I want to put a "self" with a hole in the center to use as a sanding/routing bench. I cant find and good ways to attach the router however. Any ideas would be appreciated.
Edited by sammy01007, 16 August 2010 - 08:44 AM.
Posted 16 August 2010 - 12:57 PM
Here's something that might help you. Go to the link below and on the menu on the left side of the page click on "Dremel Accessories". When you get to that page scroll to the bottom and click on "3". That will carry you to the third page of the Dremel Accessories. Once you get there scroll down until you see "Milescraft Rotary Tool Plunge Attachment". I believe that's what your looking for. It should allow you to mount, and use, your Dremel as a router. And it's only $20. I've bought several items from eHobby tools and they seem to have good prices and prompt service. They also have quite a selection of hobby tools that are well suited to what we do.
Edited by RayburnGuy, 16 August 2010 - 12:57 PM.
Posted 16 August 2010 - 01:53 PM
Ok, so I thought I would post a picture of what I came up since someone asked. I pretty much just took a dremel mini router attachment and epoxied it into a piece of wood. I am not done with it yet because there is a whole other section i want to try and make. This thing will eventually be a mini lathe/router hopefully hehe. I am not sure I will go that far yet though, I have school coming up. Pretty much though, the attachment put in the would is square with the surface of the wood and it holds the dremel just fine. I am not a wood worker really, so the construction is not all nice looking, but it is solid.