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About dbrazelt

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  • Birthday 11/24/1928

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    Bradenton, FL
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    Miniatures and models of all kinds. For 6 years, I was pleased to have a part time job demonstrating Dremel rotary tools. I have built more than a dozen dollhouses. I also build architectural models of buildings generally in the planning stages from the architect's conceptual drawings. Examples of all these can be seen on my website.

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    Five or more
  • Real Name
    David Brazelton
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    United States
  1. I make it a practice to dress up all the tabs and square up the holes before I begin dry fit. It makes the whole project go along more smoothly. I square up the tab ends and widen the holes to the tab widths as well as squaring the ends of the holes. A hint: Those large fingernail sanding boards are just the right thickness for the holes and do well for squaring. A couple fo licks through the holes is all it takes. Dave
  2. My current workspaces are distributed around our house. Most of my activities are conducted in the airconditioned spaces. That is one of the constraints for crafting in Florida. Being retired with the children grown and out of the home provides lots of space many of the younger folks don't have. The obvious starting point for a task is located in the normally least used room in the house, the living room (we actually live in the den.) The drafting board is used to layout scratch built items and occasional designs. As you can see, the room also houses some of our dollhouses. Next
  3. The Mini-Mite has been updated and is still available as the model 750-02 tool. I have seen them at Lowe's and I am sure that the Sears version is available. Batteries and charger for the the original 750 are still available also. Contact the customer service folks at www.dremel.com. for sources. Dave
  4. I am fortunate in that I spent 6 years demonstrating the Dremel Rotary tools and possess and have used just about every one that is currently available. Being a miniaturist, I look at them from that standpoint also. I think the new cordless tools powered by the Li-Ion battery are the best and most useful for our purposes. The wonder of the Li-Ion battery is the fact it does not self discharge as does the Ni-Cad batteries used before for cordless tools. I have one stylus that was charged in January and still has enough power in it to run without immediate charge. The new Stylu
  5. I am one who likes tape wiring and have had very few problems with it. My Beaumont house is fully tapewired, 15 years old, and still working even though the lights are turned on at each showing to friends and guests (Probably 1000 off on cycles by now.). I use brads and have been taught by experts how to insert brads to stay. I use folded corners, even though they add bulk; however, if it will be unsightly, I may try an overlap. All ceiling mounted lights have their wires extended through holes in the ceiling to the floor above and the tape that supplies them is located there.
  6. Nice photo of a good job. Keep them coming. Dave
  7. Congratulations on the new Dremel. You will learn to love it. The 300 series is a good basis for all the accessories and the attachments that are not specific for the 400 tool. You can shape some moldings with the accessories included in the kit. I did for years before the larger family of attachments became available. I suggest,however, that you will be a lot happier with the molding job if you invest in the model 231 shaper/router table and the 600 series router bits. These make the job quicker, better, and safer. Dave
  8. I always read the instructions all the way through before I start any project. There is a good reason for this. I was associated with a jet fighter airplane, a number of years ago, that had a placard on the left hand canopy rail with the seven steps required to operate the ejection seat. If you waited until you needed to eject to read the directions, you would be shocked to see that at step 3, the canopy was ejected along with steps 4 through 7. OOPS! :lol: I always read all instruction through at least once before I begin to avoid an "OOPS!" Dave
  9. It would work quite well if you are careful to avoid the tool guide slipping over the thin ruler. Try it on some test pieces and let me know how you did. Dave
  10. I agree that the Dremel Multipurpose kit with the multipurpose bit will make short, easy work of this project. I have used it several times for door and window openings. I avoid the tendancy the bit has to wander by taping a straight edge on to the surface to guide the tool. The bit cuts so easily that the tool doesn't push too hard on the straight edge, so taping it down is practical. Another advantage to this tool is you can adjust the cutting depth so you have little or none of the bit poking through the backside. This is specially useful in a case such as described here wh
  11. Welcome! Ask away, that is what we are here for. We help each other and from expert to novice, there are always questions to be addressed. In my humble opinion, the only stupid question is the one you already know the answer to. Dave
  12. You can see photos of my Beaumont at this link: http://davesminiplace.homestead.com/dollhouse.html It is a great house and worth any of the prices folks have mentioned. Dave
  13. Tiffany, What I see from your photo is that, from this angle, the left side of the house is biased towards the left as it progresses to the bottom. I think this is an optical illusion because the house sides below the windows do not look equal to the impression the windows give. Also the right side shows almost the same problem,except there are no windows to aggravate it. It may be nothing more than a perception caused by the high contrast of the window frames with the rest of the house. Before you start ripping things apart, I suggest you paint the window frames in white, as su
  14. Kelly, I have this item already built that has been holding the workshop's window sill in place for a while. I will be happy to offer it you and and him to help get the job done. All I ask is $2.00 for the package plus the postage to send it to you, which I will be happy to wait for until after you get the item and see the cost of the stamps. Let me know, offline, your snail mail name and address and I am sure it will be a done deal. Dave
  15. I second that! You have done so much more with "Fluffy" in the few weeks you have been working with it than I did in several years with my scroll saws. Of course, the names I often ascribed to them were much less elegant than "Fluffy." Maybe the saws were offended. Of course, it might have been that I spent too much time using the saws as demo items and the idea was to show quickly what could be done with the saw from an agility aspect rather than beauty. It tended to make me sloppy. I guess my work is cut out for me to settle down and use your great stuff as incentive to
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