In this post I am gonna show you how I made treadle (foot) powered Dremel Station First, I inspected the sewing machine desk and then designed the three alternatives. I chose one and started converting the sewing machine desk into treadle powered Dremel station.
About The Sewing Machine Desk
This is an old sewing machine desk designed for Excelsior 81 sewing machine. I think it is from the 1980s and it is in decent condition. All parts are here, even the key for the top board which always end up lost. The desk is made out of wood and plywood which separates this one from all other desks out there. It is fairly small in size and lightweight. So, it is perfect to move around in the shop if there is a need for that.
In the video below you can enjoy watching how I made this treadle powered dremel station!
The Build/Restoration Process
I started by dismantling partially the desk and removing the sewing machine. This gave me enough room to insert all necessary parts for this build. I kept the big wheel and foot pad on the desk and decided to use a hand crank grinder in the upper part as a connection between the Dremel extension cable and big wheel attached to the desk.
Choosing a hand crank grinder gives me a lot of advantages and the biggest one is definitely high RPM output for the Dremel itself. I also will have less parts to worry about during installation. I started with a blue one, but later in the project I found out that that one spins a bit difficult even though I inspected it and greased up. Instead of that one I took a smaller red one which spins much smoother.
I made a wooden stand to hold the hand crank grinder and tension pulley. After marking, drilling, screwing and adjusting I was finally happy and could proceed with the project. I added the leather belt and did a first successful test.
Now I disassemble everything and change the wobble parts with tight fit ones. This gave me better control over spinning and lower noise level.
Back to square one
So far so good. The next step was to partially restore the sewing machine desk by light sanding, removing surface rust and applying black paint on hinges and oil mixture to the wood.
After that I start to put everything back together and to test out the Dremel on wood, brass and rust.
The final look is discrete and modest
I was surprised with the power and how it works well. The only thing that I don’t like is the noise. It is not too bad but it is a bit louder than I anticipated.
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