If you’ve ever built a model plane, cut the head off a rusted bolt, or buffed out handcuff marks from your bedpost, chances are you’ve used a Dremel rotary tool.
I’ve had one ever since I watched Dad of Bachelor Guy employ one in the building of a massive train set in our basement back in the 70’s. (When massive basement train sets were considered a source of pride among neighborhood dads.) It etched out mountains and places for trees, ground burs from the metal tracks, polished train cars… everything. It has been an indispensable part of my toolbox ever since.
The newest Dremel, the Stylus, has a new contour-grip design, which makes using it is as easy as holding a pencil. It’ll also give you more control for those projects where precision is critical. Like at-home dentistry. (That is, of course, a joke. Please don’t email me and ask where you can by tooth-drilling attachments).
Speaking of which, the Stylus comes with 25 assorted accessories in the box, enough to let you clean, carve, grind, sand, and polish, without heading back to the store. And the speed control dial lets you pick the perfect rpm for whatever material you’re working on. Bedpost or otherwise.
$69.99 Available at most hardware and home improvement stores