How to Use a Dremel Tool?

How to Use a Dremel Tool

The Dremel tool is a very necessary and important power tool. If you have ever been to a woodworking shop or a metal shop, you must have seen a Dremel tool. Many people use it in their house to do some small work.

The Dremel tool comes with a variety of accessories and attachments. These accessories allow the tool to do a lot of work.

In this article, I am going to tell you about how to use a Dremel tool.

How can you use a Dremel tool?

Dremel tool is mostly known for arts and crafts related works. This tool is also very helpful for wood, metal, glass, electronics, and plastic related works.

This rotary tool is essential for many home-related small works.

The learning procedure of using a Dremel tool can be divided into two parts:

  • Learning the basics
  • Cutting with Dremel.

In the following article, we are going to discuss both processes.

Learning the basics

Choosing your Dremel


There are various kinds of Dremel tools available in the market. At first, you need to choose one of those according to your requirements.

You can choose between some basic features. You can choose between cordless and fixed features. Buy a Dremel tool which is light in weight. It will help you to control the tool in a better way.

If you choose to buy a cordless tool, then make sure the battery life is much longer. So, you will be able to work for longer.

Choose a tool which has a variable speed trigger. Sometimes you need high speed and sometimes low. This trigger will help you to control the speed.

Read owner’s manual


Before using the tool, read the owner’s manual very well. It will help you to understand the specification and use of the tool.

It will also help you to know, which works this tool is best.

Wear safety gears


Don’t forget to wear your safety gear while using the tool. Always wear rubber gloves and glasses to protect your hands and eyes. You can also use earplugs to protect your ears from the sound that produces during the cut.

Practice inserting and removing bits and attachments

Practice inserting and removing bits and attachments

There are various types of bits and attachments come with the rotary tool. You can do various works with those.

Each of the bits and attachments is for different works. You need to change the bits or attachments while you switch between works.

Press down the shaft lock to unlock the attachment. Then just put the bit or attachment in place and lock it to the tool.

Choose the right bit for the job

Choose the right bit for the job

If you use a plastic cutting blade to cut wood, then the blade and the tool both will get damaged. So, it’s important to use the right bit or blade for the right job.

When you are carving or engraving, you should use a high-speed cutter, engraving cutter, carbide cutter, or diamond coated cutter blades to make a perfect cut.

Router bits are perfect for routing type works.

When you are going to drill, drill bits are the best option you have.

So, choose the blades according to your work to work properly and keep your blade and tool safe.

Clean the tool after every use

It is very important to keep your tool clean and dust-free. Keeping the rotary tool clean will increase the tool’s life.

So, clean your tool and blades after every time you use the tool.

Cutting with the Dremel

Use your Dremel tool for small cuts and detailing

This tool is so light in weight which makes it very easy to handle. Easy handling and well control helps you to make small detailing in little cuts also.

You can hold the tool like a pen sometimes to get better control over the tool. It’s easy to make very little cuts in this process.

With a sanding bit, you can also make the edges look finer.

Secure the object

When you are cutting material with this rotary tool, never hold the material with your hand. It may cause uneven cuts and can cause accidents.

So, hold the cutting material with a clamp or vise.

Cut at the appropriate speed

You cannot cut each material at the same speed and too high or too slow speed can damage your tool and the cutting material.

When cutting thicker material, make several small cuts. It will ease your cut. If the material is too thick, use a reciprocating saw instead of Dremel.

When you can see smoke or discoloration of the cutting material, it means you are going at a very high speed. Immediately decrease the speed.

If you hear the motor sound is dropping, that means you are pressing the tool very hard on the material.

So, don’t go too high or too low with your rotary tool.

Try cutting plastic

While you are cutting plastic, use a flat saw blade. It will make the cut easy and smooth.

Keep the tool speed between 4 to 8.

If there are any uneven edges, you can sand the edges to make it perfect.

Cutting metal

You can also cut metals with your Dremel tool. Keep the tool speed between 8 to 10 while cutting metals.

Just wait until your tool gets to the maximum speed and then go for the cut. Diamond blades are best to cut metals.


You can also grind with this tool. You can use grinding stones, wheels, chainsaw sharpening stones, abrasive wheels to grind objects.

Sharpening or sanding

There are two more useful tasks that you can do with this tool: sharpening and sanding.

There are various sizes of sanding drums available with this tool. You can sand any uneven edges with these sanding drums.

You can also sharpen any metal objects with this tool. Active sand drums can help you in this sharpening process.

Polish metal

Polishing metals is a good way to look attractive. Dremel tools can also polish metal objects. You can easily do it with a polishing tip or wheel.

Polishing should be started at a slower speed. Slowly increase the pace and continue when it reaches a medium level. This will make the metal shinier.


To get the best result from any tool, you have to know how to use a Dremel Tool properly. Dremel is a tool used for various works. Know the proper application of the variety of equipment and attachments that come with this tool. After that apply that knowledge to make the best use of the tool. I hope this article will help you to use the tool properly.

About Jose Wilson

Jose Wilson

Hi, I am Jose Wilson. I am an avid DIY woodworker. I love to try out new woodworking tools. In over 6 years I have tried several wood working tools including circular saws, table saws, chain saws, and jigsaw among the rest. My inspiration came from watching my dada work. I also learned that many people didn’t quite understand how to use these tools. Today, I have helped so many people to learn the use, benefits, and how these DIY woodworking tools operate. I have created a number of work-tools related posts, built websites, and developed social media pages. Follow me here to learn more.

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