Dremel circle cutter and edge guides

by brae  

Today was power tool day.  I mentioned how loud the cutting part was when I cut some plywood circles, so I bought a pair of quality ear plugs.

They come in a little plastic case for safe keeping.  I can highly recommend these -- there was zero discomfort in cutting today.  Mushroom trees!

Here is the Dremel 678-01 Circle Cutter and Straight Edge Guide, which makes circles from 3/4" to 12" in diameter.

I used this to make a circular hole in one of the side walls of the Creatin' Contest kit.

I wanted to make the existing window opening larger, so I thought that would give me the opportunity to try out the edge guide.

Here is the edge guide attached to the Dremel.

I set up the guide to follow the straight edge, using the existing window opening as a guide.

I cut to the end and then turned the tool to follow the next edge.

The remaining two cuts were too far in for this particular edge guide to work, so I moved over to the Dremel TR800 Circle Cutter and Edge Guide which allows for cuts farther away from the edge.  The clamps I used to hold my boards in place are Jorgensen 6" bar clamps, and they are heavy beasts.  :D

I personally think the Trio edge cutter is easier to work with since the cutting area is open and you can easily see where you're going, but both did what they were meant to do.

It's not a perfect end cut, but considering it was my first time using the attachments I think it worked well.  There will be final finishes anyway, so the rough openings are all I needed.  With practice, it will go more smoothly as it did with the circle cutting.

That's looking good!  :D

I've mentioned previously that Jasper stays out of places that are occupied.  This is what happens when you empty a cabinet space and forget to close the door.

11 comments

Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

Awesome! Love the circular cutting ability. Cute kitty too :D

02/21/15 @ 18:22
Comment from: Daphne K [Visitor]

Oh Jasper! That’s an adorable photo!

Love the demo on the Dremel tools – helps demystify what the attachments do for some of us still considering the tools. :D

02/21/15 @ 19:03
Comment from: Pepper [Visitor]

I wear those ear plugs at night (Husband snores like a bear) and they are excellent. I talked the joiners into getting a dremmel trio after one of your posts. I’ll have to have a go with the attachments. It looks far easier than using a jigsaw =0) Contest build is looking very interesting =0)

02/22/15 @ 00:24
Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]

I would like a mini version of the cabinet with the multi-coloured drawers. (Maybe a mini version of that very cute cat too.)

02/22/15 @ 00:36
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]

Jasper is the sweetest looking cat…but that cabinet, that’s pretty sweet too!

You’ve got the jump on me, cutting into the kit first. I’ve got wiring supplies on order, I need to get the wiring figured out first because it’s going to determine how thick certain pieces of wood need to be.

02/22/15 @ 04:02
Comment from: Jane [Visitor]

Is it terrible that I saw the ear plugs and just started to wonder what they might become or could be made into? I know sometimes a earplug is just a earplug…But that box they came in….

working hard on your contest house eh? &#59;)

02/22/15 @ 07:47
Comment from: Andrea [Visitor]

LOL - Jane - the same happened to me:)))
Something that just is what it look like is rare in miniature blogs.
And I’m also happy, that Jasper is “real". He looks so cute!

Oh Brae, I’m curious what you have in your mind for this front(?). It looks very attractive.
Best wishes
Andrea

02/22/15 @ 11:16
Comment from: Lynn [Visitor]

Yipppeee! She’s back! So glad to see a new post. Can’t wait to see what you’re up too…

Love your kitty. Hope you are feeling better.

02/22/15 @ 12:01
Comment from: Doug [Visitor]

Hi Brae,

Thanks for the picture of the Dremel Circle cutter. My wife bought me one for Christmas, and I have been afraid to try it out! But your picture made it clear how the thing is supposed to work! Halfway there, I can finally see myself trying.

Your Creatin’ Contest start looks very cool! Can’t wait to see what it becomes!

02/22/15 @ 19:45
Comment from: Madformod [Visitor]

I love the circle cutter, I may have to check into that. Your RL cabinet is so cool and Jasper looks great in it!

02/23/15 @ 09:31
Comment from: BunnyD [Visitor]

Oh love the attachments! Aren’t Dremels just the best thing? I must try those earplugs. I can’t stand certain noises. I wish they would invent some that would allow birdsong in and cut out lawn mowers and air conditioners. =X

09/15/15 @ 11:27


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