Etching lines with a Dremel?

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I've just been using the Engraving Cutter #107 bit and a steady hand to etch faux-panel lines in my newest project, but I was wondering if there was a better, more efficient way to etch clean, straight lines with a consistent depth and width in Bondo. Does anybody have any tips or tricks to share? My lines have to be a 1/4 inch wide and an 1/8th of an inch thick. Thanks in advance!
 
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chuckyAPP

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I usually score a line with a blade first, the work progressively larger metal files to enlarge it. The stengel is great but one slip and you know what happens
 

tubachris85x

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You should use the router attachments for the dremel. Thats the only way I could think of getting perfectly leveled lines using a dremel..
 
@chuckyAPP: That sounds like a great method for straight lines on a flat surface, but my project is curved. Thanks for your input, though.

@tubachris85x: I think you've got the right idea. I'll pick up a routing attachment on the way home from work today and test it out. Thanks, Chris!
 

Volpin

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I like to use a lino block engraving tool, followed by a set of small files. A little slower than a dremel, but easier to control.

The tool:

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groone

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I do the same as Volpin (he kids though, it's a LOT slower than a dremel) but when I do use a dremel I make sure I use a cordless. The dremel cord use to mess me up so bad. The cordless one is so much easier to use.
 
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