Step 1: Collect the proper components
If you are like me, then you are too lazy to brush your own teeth and have relied on the ministrations of an electric toothbrush for years. The trouble with these and any other consumer item is that they become obsolete. Electric toothbrushes are no exception, and the slim, mouth-friendly models of today mock the clunky jaw spreading antiques of yesterday. As the NiCad batteries in my old Philips sonicare (with quad pacer) gave up the ghost, I upgraded to the latest, slimmer sonicare. Not one to throw anything with any remote possibility of usefulness out, I saved my old toothbrush for the day when it could be retasked to a new, more glorious application. That time has come.
These toothbrushes are a marvel of engineering, waterproof, powerful, and oscillating at high frequency the Philips sonicare can cut through plaque and tartar build up with ease. If this unit can cut through mouth funk, then why can't it cut through mouth too? No reason, no reason indeed. So I set out to marry my trusty X-acto knife with my outdated but hard working Philips Sonicare toothbrush to yield an amazing new tool, the vibro-scalpel.
Search for vibro-scalpel on the series of tubes know as teh Internets, and you will find a variety of hits, all of which involve role playing games of some type. So the idea isn't that new I guess, but the implementation appears to be.
To build your own vibro-scalpel you will need the following (quantities in bold).
1x Electric toothbrush motor body (Philips Sonicare HX4511)
1x Electric toothbrush head compatible with the above motor body
1x X-acto knife, the small size #1
Hacksaw (not Jim Duggan)
5/32" Drill bit
13/64 Drill bit
Below you can see the X-acto knife and toothbrush used for this project, as well as a close up of the business ends of both.