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Great for polishing small ornate items,
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I bought this tool as a gift for a family member who likes wood carving. I have used it first though, as I needed to polish up and restore some brass door furniture. The polishing was taking forever by hand, but as soon as I applied the felt disc supplied with this kit (comes with 4, in 2 sizes) I could see the difference immediately. It still took a long time, as I was working to eradicate 20 years of tarnish and weathering. The job was completed in a third of the time with this tool.
I think it makes a lot more sense to buy this kit, than the basic model, as with all power tools, I find accessories are always so expensive if you buy them separately afterwards.
If you're reading this and want to change the look of your front door, but keep the existing 'door jewellery', the way I did it was like this. Get everything off and cook the various pieces in a large (uncoated) saucepan for 15 minutes with 2 teaspoons of Sodium Bicarbonate, with the lid half on. For the letterbox, turn it upside down and complete the other half in the same way, 15 minutes each side, make sure there is some overlap. This will remove all the old bits of aged lacquer. Then apply Rubbing Compound until you can see a lot of the tarnish has come off. Then polish it with Brasso. I didn't re lacquer as I live in an area where its not suited. So to make the polish last longer, I just sprayed each piece at the end with Lord Sheraton's furniture wax (silicone free).
Top pet hates: tarnished front door furniture and meter boxes with doors missing or half hanging off!!!
I've used this for a couple more jobs, especially cutting small pieces of metal. Two things I noticed, you have to take care with the small sparks that fly off whilst operating it at high speed. It is quite noisy at high speed, so I use ear-defenders for a long session.
I was doing a particularly tricky bit of drilling into a tight space and found my standard drill was not narrow enough to reach very far. The interesting thing about using the dremel with the drill attachment, is that you can take the collar off and you end up with a very narrow drill for awkward spaces. It also allowed me to assign separate jobs to each tool - that saved me loads of time! (I was building raised beds with very interesting Japanese joinery.)
I've used the mini circular saw in this kit many times since purchase. Considering its the only circular saw in the house, you can imagine how essential has become. Always take care with flying sparks when cutting metal at high speed.