How to cut wood with a dremel

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How to cut wood with a dremel
There is an easier way to cut wood--use a Dremel rotary tool. (tools image by Vaida from

The Dremel is a multipurpose rotary tool. It has a very high rate of speed, which makes it able to cut a vast amount of materials. There are a wide variety of accessories, bits and cutting wheels available for use on the Dremel. The Dremel can be used to cut wood, but it is not intended for heavy-duty construction cuts. Baseboard, flooring, trim and hobby wood projects are examples of Dremel woodcutting applications.

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Things you need

  • Dremel rotary tool
  • Wood-cutting blade
  • Clamp or vice
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Sandpaper

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  1. 1

    Mark the piece of wood to be cut using the pencil and ruler. If the piece of wood is an awkward shape or long, clamp it to your work table or place it in the vice. If you use the vice, you may want to pad both sides of the wood with an old rag or piece of foam to protect the wood from damage from the pressure.

  2. 2

    Install a woodcutting blade on the Dremel. Turn the Dremel on the highest RPM setting and beginning at the top of the piece of wood, apply pressure to initiate the cut. Move down the pencil line slowly, applying more pressure as needed, to complete the cut. The Dremel's rotary method of cutting is designed to do the work with the user controlling the positioning and pressure.

  3. 3

    Thick pieces of wood may require you to initiate a cut from the back side of the wood as well. If this is the case, simply turn over the wood and begin to cut as described in Step 2. Sand the finished edge of the wood if desired, depending on the application.

Tips and warnings

  • If the Dremel sounds as if it is bogging down, you may be applying too much pressure. Let up on the pressure and let the tool do the work.
  • There is a large assortment of Dremel accessories available including various cutting blades; be sure to read the blade's applications before you decide which one to purchase.

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