For some inexplicable reason Dremel does not make a cheap, widely-available footswitch for their hand-tools. This is all the more outrageous given where they placed the switch: on the side of the tool! Not a trigger, not a push-button near the tip (which would be accessible when doing the "pencil-grip" thing). Naturally, I went in and made my own to remedy the situation.
It's a simple enough set-up:
project box $3.00 Radio Shack wall socket $0.50 hardware store plug $0.50 hardware store 1/4" mono jack* $2.00 Radio Shack 1/4" to 1/8" adapter* $2.00 Radio Shack footswitch $5.00 Radio Shack wire (duh!) $0.05 your garage Total cost: About $13
*Note: You could go with a 1/8" jack and skip the extra step of the adapter, but 1/4" inch jacks are invariably sturdier. In fact, odds are you have an open, guitar-type jack lying around already.
|On the outside looking
This is what it looks like inside when the back of the project box is removed.