Clamping a figure down when using a dremel
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Clamping a figure down when using a dremel

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Hi,

So what kind of clamps/ immobilization methods do you use on your action figures, when drilling a hole in them?
I know, it's a silly question, but it would be sillier to not ask, and then drill a hole in my hand by mistake....

Especially for small parts, like (say) drilling a hole in a custom head, to make it compatible with a steel ball set in the neck of the figure.
How do you make sure that the head is immobile? Detailed answer would be VERY appreciated....

And while we are on the subject of clamps: what types in what size come in handy?






Posted by Aquila08
on Saturday, March 15, 2008
User Comments
Gambit4Hire -
Monday, May 5, 2008
If you're still worried about hurting yourself, this may work... Take a board and place it firmly against a stationary flat surface, say a wall. Then get the itty bitty head and another board to firmly sandwich the head in between the two boards. Like an oreo cookie. There is your makshift clamp out of two 2 x 4's. Use your body weight or your free hand to hold the bord firmly in place well away from the head being drilled. You will also want something flat and stable underneath the boards and the head so if you slip, the dremel drill bit doesn't go through your living room floor!!
QFC. -
Friday, April 11, 2008
Wheres the part where you drill your self in the chest lol? Sry it Reminds me of that Amature Surgeon game.

Hasn't happened yet................................yet.
markiemarky -
Friday, April 11, 2008
Wheres the part where you drill your self in the chest lol? Sry it Reminds me of that Amature Surgeon game.
QFC. -
Friday, April 11, 2008
If I hold the figure I try to hold it as close to my body as possible to prevent movement. If able I hold it down on the desk and violate it with the dremel
markiemarky -
Friday, April 11, 2008
Yea same here, hand is the best way, Plus if you cut yourself you can have some cool war stories to tell your girl, and a good subject changer if she ask you why you still play with toys at age 22.


Try practicing a bit on junky toys, to get the feel for the dremel. If your still worried about losing a thumb try using those quick grip Mini Bar Clamps, the kinda that tighten with a lever, not the scissor like spring ones, we had them at my old job for about $4 for a set of two. Then have different sizes.



I didn't kno there was an adjustable chuck... I could soo use that, I get tired of having to change collets.
sandlvlan -
Friday, April 11, 2008
hand is the best way to go. ii use a set of channel locks to push pins through knees/elbows, and their also good for holding very small things while you drill
Mint Condition Customs -
Friday, April 11, 2008
Totally just use my hand. I'm always careful as hell with my dremmel though. And I always drill or dremmel in small bursts to make sure I don't overdo anything.
Henchmen4Hire -
Sunday, March 16, 2008
They should, just make sure you have the right sized collet. Or better yet, just get an adjustable chuck for the dremel (it's like 10 bucks) so you never have to change collets.
Aquila08 -
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Thanks for the replies!

Cowboyink-- haha, you make customizing action figures incredibly exciting--- maybe too exciting!

All right, well I will just need to get used to the feel of the tool.

By the way, the bit collet sizes are industry standard, right? As in, a non-Dremel brand rotary tool can fit
drill bits from Dremel???

Aquila08
cowboyink -
Sunday, March 16, 2008
same here, or I have my girl stand across the room and I wear a blind fold and charge blindly with the dremel, so far so good, have had enough jewlery to fill the holes
Henchmen4Hire -
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Yeah, I just hold the figure with my hand, I know what I'm doing so there's no problem unless someone yells in my ear and startles me while I'm doing it...
Esbat -
Sunday, March 16, 2008
HOld it betwixt my thumb and forefinger, pray, then drill. I have black and decker hobby table for like cutting wood and what not but its only good for wood lol.
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