Monday, July 10, 2017

DIY Mini Marquee Sign using Dremel 4300 Rotary Tool

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diy mini marquee sign using dremel 4300

Have you ever wanted a tool that can do all the little things?  Like make small holes, cut metal, sand crevices, grind and sharpen blades plus so much more?  The Dremel 4300 Rotary Tool is the ultimate in multi-capable applications all with the ease of a quick change three-jaw chuck and a light that pivots where you want it.

Today I'm sharing how I made this mini marquee sign using the Dremel 4300 with step by step instructions down below.

 dremel rotary tool with pivot light

I used the cutting bit to make holes into little wood letters.  You can see the pivot light provides precise placement on your work surface.

And can we talk about the storage case?  Every amazing tool comes with a well planned out storage system and carrying case and this Dremel rotary tool is no exception.  A place for everything and everything in its place.

dremel 4300 rotray tool carrying case


Step 1: To make the mini marquee sign use precut mini wood letters and determine your word.  Paint the letters first and then glue onto 1/4" plywood rectangular shape to fit your word.

mini wood punch letters

Step 2: On the back side of the front piece attach 1/4" plywood scrap pieces using wood glue to act as spacers.  This gives a place for all the excess wire to live and adds thickness to the sign.

mini marquee sign front with spacers

Step 3: Using the Dremel 4300 with the cutting bit make multiple holes in each letter evenly spaced apart.

mini marquee sign light holes

predrilled holes with dremel 4300

Step 4: Prepare the back plywood piece.  First make a small hole just off center for the wire then feed the wire through the hole.  Attach sticky back velcro to the battery pack and the center bottom of the back plywood.  For additional insurance staple the velcro to the plywood.

mini marquee sign back plywood

Step 5: Fold and insert the lights into each predrilled hole. 

insert led lights into mini letters

Once the light is in position secure it using duct tape on the backside of the front panel.  (Note the front panel in the photo below does not have the spacers attached yet.) 

mini marquee sign assembly

Step 6: Once all lights are in position fold up the excess wire and place the battery pack on the velcro.  Sandwich the front plywood with spacers to the back plywood using wood glue and 5/8" finish nails.

adding frame to mini marquee sign

Step 7: Add frame using wood glue and 3/4" finish nails.  The frame will hide the battery pack and acts as a stand.

led lights mini marquee sign

You can see the LEDs protrude ever so slightly just as a light bulb would on a larger marquee.

I find myself using the Dremel 4300 on all kinds of various projects.  The round sanding bit was the perfect fit to sand the interior curved shaped of this cut out pennant:

dremel rotary tool sanding bit

I guarantee you have a use somewhere in your home or workshop for many of the various attachments that come with the Dremel 4300.

mini marquee sign with led string lights

framed diy marquee sign

Want to see more projects, ideas and how-tos using the Dremel 4300 rotary tool?  Check out my fellow bloggers posts and reviews here:

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  1. Oh my goodness mini marquee letters, so cute.

  2. Si cool!!!
    I'd love to make one with my kids names and using the warm lights for a nightlight effect!!