The Dremel Rotary Tool – An Incredible Luthier Tool!
Where would I be without my Dremel? This tool has proved to be just the ticket for many duties, that I can’t even name them all. Dremel are light, powerful, dependable and one of the most versatile tools you can get your hands on. Couple one with a few slick accessories and you can do the following jobs:
Cutting Rosette Channels
Cutting Channels for Tail Purfling
Cutting Channels for Back Strip Purfling
Cutting Purfling Channels for Back and Top Binding
Cutting Purfling Channels for Headstock Binding
Cleaning Out Fret Grooves
Helping To Detail Classical Guitar Signature
Cutting Channel For Nut
Cutting Channel For Saddle
Cutting MOP and Abalone Inlay Recesses
Enough said? I could keep going about the efficiencies of this little tool and what a great time-saver it really is.
The Ideal Dremel:
Dremel 4000 3/34 Rotary Tool Outfit
The Dremel is a long-time guitar shop favorite for small-scale routing, grinding, cutting and polishing jobs. It’s a workhorse tool for routing inlay cavities, bridge saddle slots, purfling channels, and lots of other precision tasks. The latest model is more comfortable to hold at any grip position. You can dial-in speeds from 5000 to 35,000 rpm, for woods, plastics and metals.
The Dremel 4000 is part of a complete outfit that includes 30 accessories, 2 attachments (circle cutter and sanding guide). Everything fits into a sturdy molded storage case for fast, convenient transport and access.
Another good model would be the Dremel 4000-6/50. It also come in a kit and will be sturdy little machines for many years.
Be Cautious of the Dremel 4000-2/30 with the exception of very light work – this machine is not up to the task.
With the kits you will get quite an assortment of cutters bits etc. You will also get a circle cutter which you could use for the rosette channels.
Stewart MacDonand has come up with several slick Dremel Add-ons that I have purchased and I would recommend them to you. They are:
The Binding Router Guide:
This versatile attachment was designed for use with the StewMac Binding Router Bit. It screws onto the Dremel tool, and its thumbscrew-adjustable edge guide lets you cut an accurate ledge for any binding thickness up to .220″.
Made of precision-machined aluminum and brass, it’s great for routing the edges of archtop instruments, where a standard router base won’t work. It installs easily on Dremel MultiPro™ or Professional rotary tools (and Black & Decker Wizard™/RTX™ tools), replacing the threaded plastic collar on the tool housing (fits 12 threads per inch).
Designed to be used with 5/16″ diameter carbide-tipped Binding Router Bit.
Precision Router Base:
Each turn of the brass thumbwheel adjusts your cutting depth by precisely .035″ (.889mm) and holds it at that setting. No guessing, no sloppiness. The twin handles give you excellent control for freehand and straight-line cuts.
Closeup work is easy, thanks to the router base’s compact size and open view of the cutting area. This tool has the built-in nozzle for attaching an air tube to blow away dust.
The Precision Router Base is great for widening fret slots and routing for inlays. It also works for routing bridge saddle slots and sound-hole rosette channels.
Installation is easy:
Unscrew the threaded plastic collar on the nose of the Dremel, and screw on the router base. Fits:
- Dremel, Professional, MultiPro™, and models made since 1986
- Black & Decker Wizard™ & RTX™
Sound-hole Rosette Routing Jig
This machined aluminum/brass jig lets you easily cut circular purfling and rosette channels, or a soundhole in a new guitar top. It attaches to our Precision Router Base, for use with your rotary tool.
These are well-thought out jigs by the folks at Stewmac and great shop aids that you will want in your toolbox. We will have reviews and examples of how all of these accessories work. We will get you off on the right foot and save lots of time, money and frustration.