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#410 - Kitchen Renovation / Part 1

Featured Tool - Rotary Tool

A rotary tool is probably one of the most under used power tools. One of the reasons, I feel, is because there are so many accessories and bits (over 150) that it can be confusing as to which to use for what project. Truth is, many rotary tool owners say it rivals a cordless drill/driver in terms of its versatility and usefulness. A lightweight power tool, it can work on a variety of surfaces and materials and accomplish a number of different tasks. My best suggestion, if you own one, but don't use it - set aside some time to give it a try. Take out the manual, the tool and the accessories and actually practice on leftover material.

Some of the things you can use this tool to do:
  • Cut
  • Sand
  • Drill
  • Buff
  • Shape
  • Grind
  • Polish
  • Route
  • Clean
  • Engrave
And on a variety of surfaces and materials such as:
  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Stone
  • Ceramic
  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Drywall
  • Laminates
  • Even your car!
All you need is the right bit! Common uses: cutting off nails, sanding tight spots or corners, drilling pilot holes, and buffing a car!

While most other power tools rely on force to operate, a rotary tool uses speed. Depending on the model, the tool can operate at speeds between 5,000 - 35,000 rpms. Because of the tool's high capacity for speed, you just need to guide the tool, making it very easy and user friendly.

A rotary tool came in handy for us during the kitchen remodel when we removed the panel from a cabinet doorframe and replaced it with decorative glass. We tried to use a wood chisel at first, but that didn't work so well, so we thought we would utilize the rotary tool. We used a circular cutting bit first to cut (score) about 1/8 of an inch deep groove to act as a guide. Then we switched to a cutting bit (that looks like a drill bit) to finish off the job. We needed to stay on the scored line, so we took advantage of one of the accessories: a depth guide - we made two passes with the tool - it's best to make several passes, cutting out a small amount of material at a time.

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