Space is a problem for many people, especially those who live in apartments and don't have the luxury of a basement workshop area. For them, mini power tools may be the answer. Dremel is the leading manufacturer in this field, and among the tools they offer are the Moto-Tool (small drill), a mini belt sander. a table saw. a table scroll saw, and a wood lathe. With attachments, the Moto-Tool can be turned into a drill press and a router. If you have a space problem, look these tools over. They arc not intended for large or heavy-duty work, but will do most of the normal jobs in furniture restoration. They store easily and are convenient to use.
Two very handy tools lor the furniture worker—the router and the dovetail jig Use the router lor making grooves and in repair work as well as with the dovetail jig.
This hand grinder by Dremel has a flexible shaft and has cutters, grinders, sanding wheels and other accessories sume that the more expensive models are made to survive heavier work. We think those units in the middle to top price range arc the best buy.
Attachments Attachments add to the versatility of your drill. Good ones to consider at the start include: scrcw driving units; a buffing and sanding set consisting of a rubber pad. a lamb's wool buffing pad, and sanding discs; and a collection of drill bits. Bits come in small storage cases containing a range of sizes. Your collection should include wood/metal twist bits in sizes from '/32to Vi inch. Add to these some wood spade bits from V2 to 1 Vi inches. If you drive many screws, a set of screw-mate bits can be helpful. Use these to drill pilot holes for screws. The bit not only drills a hole of the correct depth, but also widens the top of the hole so that the screw is automatically countersunk when you drive it.
Stands A drill can be turned into a small workshop if you buy a stand for it. The stand holds the drill so that you don't
This is a grinder and wire brush Sharpen tools on the grinder polish hardware with the wire brush or a cloth buffing wheel.
A circular saw is useful for straight cuts Always use it with an edge guide
The sabre saw can be used to cut curved shapes, such as a new chair splat or rocker
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There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.