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First thought: own this project!

We’ve included every step you could possibly need, and every tool you could possibly need.  That might be good for where you’re at, confidence-wise.  Or it might be more hand-holding than you care for.  Just remember: this is your build. Ours is just a serving suggestion.  So ignore any tools you already have; change build steps to suit if you have a different vision; do the steps in a different order if that makes best sense for what you want to build; skip any steps you don’t need for your variant. Note: you should still check all the steps off though, so the build gets marked complete after you’re finished.

Video: the power and peril of the multitool

If you don’t have a Dremel multitool, you’re gonna want one: it’s the ultimate do-lots-of-things tool and essential ingredient in any hacking and making toolkit.  They’re great if you do any kind of modding or making that involves plastic and other soft materials.  But, they collect accessories like iron filings to a magnet!  And those too often end up in the junk box.  What to do?

They're called multi-tools...

Multi-tools, rotary tools, or Dremel tools, are small drill-like things that work with a huge (really huge!) world of bits and fittings, to do a wide variety of crafting, cutting, smoothing, shaping and drilling tasks.  Traditionally they had a power cord, which allowed them to be more powerful, but also made them less convenient to use.

Cordless Dremel tools are ideal for product modding and crafting.  They’re smaller, lighter, cord-free; yet powerful enough for actual work.  Originally, we recommended the Dremel Micro.  Lately though, this model has been going out of stock, and we suspect they are phasing it out.  

So now we are recommending the Dremel Lite, which is very similar except for one sweet addition: it has tool-free bit changer, so you don’t have to buy the quick release like you did with the older model! It’s also got a soft grip body, long battery life, easy USB charging, and includes a few accessories.

dremel-lite
Dremel Micro: compact, cordless, powerful enough.

...because of their magically multiplying accessories

Dremel tools are super useful, and also just plain fun to use. However, since a Dremel can do so many things, many owners find themselves overwhelmed with accessories: drill bit set, cutoff wheels for plastic, burrs, grinding stones, and more.

This is a tiny fraction of the accessories you'll end up with!

Chaos is the default

Dremels seem to have some sort of magic to magnetically collect more and more specialized bits and attachments!  And, there’s no easy way to store these accessories.  Most people just dump them in a box.  And then struggle to quickly find what they need.  Also, the delicate edges can easily get damaged this way.

This is not the way to store Dremel accessories!

The classic alternative to the junk box

Some people solve this by drilling holes in a wood block, to hold all their bits in view and in order.  OK, sure, that works.  But it’s ugly, clunky and takes up a lot of space.  And honestly, at the end of the day’s it’s just not very interesting.

OK, sure, that works. But it's ugly, clunky and takes up a lot of space.

A creative improvement to the wood block

Enter today’s idea: if we drill holes in a creature figurine instead, so the stored tools look like spines, would that be practical and attractive storage?  I think so!

Is this the primordial way to store dremel accessories?

Next step: what tools do we need to store?  What creature would make a good base?

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