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Can you get guide bushings for the dremel plunge base sold on Amazon? Also, can you get downcut sprial bits for the dremel? Does anyone have a dremel plunge base, and is it any good ? I want to do some inlay work on very small keepsake boxes. Any help is appreciated. Thanks, John
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Can't help with your inquiry John but I'm sure someone will be along shortly.

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I'm not sure about the bushings but I've read an article in Fine Woodworking where Steve Latte used one for string inlays so it's a good chance.

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Hey John.

Yes there is a plunge base for the Dremel..

Dremel Plunger Router Attachment-335-01 - The Home Depot

I had one for a couple years then I ended up breaking it. More my fault than the equipments. Worked fine in soft woods, pine, popular and the like. In hard woods I really had to take it slow and very shallow passes.
Straight line work was the best, curved work took a great deal of care to get it right and looking nice. I never tried anything other than the dremel bits so with whats out there today, things may have changed dramatically for the better..

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I haven't seen bushings for the Dremel plunge base which I have read about as being less than professional grade. I just bought a Stew-Mack (Stewart-MacDonald) mini router base for my Dremel. Also no bushings. All metal, (Aluminum and Brass) and very precise. Stew-Mack is a luthier supply outfit and worth a look just for that.
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very nice!!!

STEWMAC.COM - Precision Router Base Complete Set

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I have a dremel with both fixed and plunge base. I haven't used it a lot, I did order some bits for it. I think it was infinity had a set of round over and various bits in 1/8" shank that I aquired to work on some small boxes I was making. They have a brass pilot so can be used in tight places. I remember that I liked the feel of the plunge base, and I think I used it for doing some inlays with the inlay bushing if I remember right. So if that is the case it takes the PC bushings.

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Man, that StewMac looks very nice and precise. I've put off fooling with inlays because it looks like even a Colt is overkill. Thanks for the info.
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Man, that StewMac looks very nice and precise. I've put off fooling with inlays because it looks like even a Colt is overkill. Thanks for the info.
Amen Little mistakes become huge when overkill is applied
thanks for the stew mac link

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There are alot of way to go about laying down inlay's. And about just as many tools, gizmo's, gadgets and methods to get em down. IMHO it comes down to working with what
you have and learning what it takes to get the results your looking for. Most of the tools and equipment out there "speed" up the process, they don't necessarily make the end result any better.

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