Introduction: DIY Dremel With Reversible Rotation

There has been a while since I wanted to build my own dremel, so I built mos of this about 2 years ago, but I had a problem with the chuck. Now, after some thinking, I created this way to make a chuck using something sold on almost any store for 1 or 2 euros: a bit extension, and for the attachements something that everyone has laying around: broken bits (or new If you don't mind using them). Also, this solves another of everyone's problems: screws. Don't you hate when you have to unscrew long, almost torqueless screws? If yes, just put a regular bit in this tool and it will unscrew or screw it for you!

Step 1: The Materials

For the materials you need:
an old printer motor,
a piece of PVP pipe with an inner diameter similar to your motors diameter,
an old bit extension,
a jack,
2x two position 3 pole slide switch (or a single six pole two position slide switch),
an always off pushbutton,
some plastic piece to cover the top of the pipe,
and a gear that has about the same diameter as the bit extension.

Step 2: The Wiring

For the wiring you need to follow the schematic.
First: the inverter. It inverts the poles from the power source to reverse the motor.
First glue the slideswitches with hot glue.
Then solder the wires to the plug and then to the middle pole of the slide switches.
Now solder a small piece of wire to one corner of each slide switch.
Solder each small wire to the opposite corner together with another wire (for the motor)
Now solder a pushbutton to one of the wires to the motor and then both wires to it.
Now you're done. Easy, right?

Step 3: The PVC Tube

You need to do some modifications to the PVC pipe.
Mine already had the modifications becouse as I said it was built 2 years ago, but I disassembled it to show you how to make it.
First cut it to leght. It is the lenght of the motor plus 2 or 3 centimeters (more, if you prefer, like for example to put batteries in it).
Now cut a groove to insert your pushbutton wires.
At last drill two holes in it. One for the motor's ventilation (make sure it's aligned with the motor's ventilation hole) and the other to put your pushbutton inside (just to make the pushbutton more leveled with the pipe). Make sure it sits confortably in your hand and that it doesn't cover the ventilation holes, ideally they would be aligned across the diameter).

Step 4: Assembling

To assemble this thing follow this steps:
1- insulate the electronics with hot glue,
2- insert the motor in the pipe (make sure the motor's ventilation holes are aligned with the ones in the pipe),
3- hot glue the motor in place,
4- pass the pushbutton wires by the groove,
5- hot glue the pushbutton and it's wires in place,
6-hot glue the plug and the inverter in place
7 cover the hole with some package plastic hot glued in place

Step 5: The Chuck

For the chuck I didn't took many picture, but it's an easy process.
First cut the hexagonal part from the bit extension and keep it (it may be usefel for attachments)
Then drill the remaining hexagonal part (you will know when you have drilled it all becouse they were pressed together and a gap (big) was left after it.
Now with the gear in the motor (dremel from now on) working and a chisel, flathead screwdriver, use it as a lathe and chand«ge the gear's diameter until it is slightly bigger than the space you have created in the bit extension.
Next remove the gear from the dremel and after pouring some super glue in it hammer it into the hole in the bit extension and:
the chuck is made, just put it into the dremel like a regular gear and you now are the owner of an homemade dremel.

Step 6: Attachments

I already have 4 attachments:
a cutting wheel from a broken bit, a D sized battery terminal and hot glue;
a sanding disk from a lid, a broken bit, hot glue and sanding paper;
a sander from a coffe machine coffee squeezer (I'm sure this is not it's real name, but I don't know it and this is the best description I can give), another broken bit, hot glue and more saanding paper
and finnally bits. They work for any electrocs screw and save a lot of work.
However, I haven't realised yet how can I make a drill bit chuck for this gadget. If anyone knows how, please comment it.

Step 7: Power Supply

To power this machine I use an old repurposed 70w laptop charger with a changed plug. It's output is 19v 3.42 amp.


stuart57 made it!(author)2013-06-22

Nice one, might give it a go. would like to have known if it worked well though.

tgferreira184 made it!(author)2013-06-23

It sands anything you put in it. The cutting disk is very accurate and doesn't need to be sharpen (after trying to sharpen it started cutting not as well, so I had to make it pointless again). I know from previous chuck tries that it drills holes very well, but I am still thinking in a way to make a drill bit chuck. If you have any Ideas please help me.