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Dental Tools
Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, October 2, 2003 4:39 AM
Some of the most invaluable tools I have on the workbench are various and sundry dental picks. They can be used to apply super glue, adjust alignment of freshly glued pieces, scrape paint, etc, etc. I also have ground down a couple of picks to needle like points and use those as center punches prior to drilling holes. Dentists also use a variety of excellent tweezers. Make friends with your dentist, I know that's easier said than done, and they just might part with some of their broken or well worn tools. Fortunately, I have a cousin who is a dentist and I don't have to endure the chair that often in order to acquire his cast off tools.
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  • From: Sandusky Ohio, USA
Posted by Swanny on Thursday, October 2, 2003 6:52 AM
My dentist, who lives right around the corner from me, and his father, another dentist, are both modelers and keep all their old dental picks in a cigar box so anybody who should ask can pick through them and take what they wish. Some very nice guys. Another point about dentists, it's amazing how many of them are modelers compared to other professions. I personally know at least four dentists that are modelers yet only one fireman and no brain surgeons.
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  • From: Saratoga Springs, NY
Posted by Jeeves on Thursday, October 2, 2003 7:19 AM
It's good to have a wife that is a dental hygienest and who has three or four boxes of dental tools from when she went to school ;)
Mike
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  • From: Sandusky Ohio, USA
Posted by Swanny on Thursday, October 2, 2003 7:32 AM
And is that why you started dating her? Just to get at her tools?
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  • From: Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Posted by maddafinga on Thursday, October 2, 2003 8:02 AM
I'm a dental technician and have access to tons of great tools. Not just all sorts of pics and sharp impliments, but scrapers, mixers and the like. The best ones though are my variable speed hanpiece and the hundreds of bits for it. Whenever I need something dremeled, I just take it to work and work on it after hours.


madda
Madda Trifles make perfection, but perfection is no trifle. -- Leonardo Da Vinci Tact is for those who lack the wit for sarcasm.--maddafinga
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  • From: Saratoga Springs, NY
Posted by Jeeves on Thursday, October 2, 2003 7:03 PM
LOL....uh...nope ;) Just a fringe benefit!
Mike
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, October 6, 2003 12:17 PM
That will pay off the money i gave for dental treatment and fillings
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 17, 2003 4:36 PM
My step-dad is a dentist and I get a bunch of neat tools and pics from him. One neat dental tool I got from him was a really cool looking heat lamp. I figured I would use it to help paint and future dry faster. I put a He-111 under it and went to get a sandwich and watch a little tv. An hour later I had a puddle of warped and melted plastic. OOOPSTongue [:P]

I know what happens when heat meets, plastic thats why I keep my modlels in a cool, dry place, and I always keep them away from heat. But in my head I didn' t relate "heat lamp" with heat. I just thought my step-dad uses it to make stuff dry/cure faster, so can I. DUUUUUUHBlack Eye [B)]
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 17, 2003 9:54 PM
My dentist handed me about 25 old picks when I asked him. I also bought some alginate from him used for making impressions. Great for casting one or a few parts.
Anybody else try this stuff?
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  • From: Sandusky Ohio, USA
Posted by Swanny on Saturday, October 18, 2003 8:51 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by nwilliams

My step-dad is a dentist and I get a bunch of neat tools and pics from him. One neat dental tool I got from him was a really cool looking heat lamp. I figured I would use it to help paint and future dry faster. I put a He-111 under it and went to get a sandwich and watch a little tv. An hour later I had a puddle of warped and melted plastic. OOOPSTongue [:P]

I know what happens when heat meets, plastic thats why I keep my modlels in a cool, dry place, and I always keep them away from heat. But in my head I didn' t relate "heat lamp" with heat. I just thought my step-dad uses it to make stuff dry/cure faster, so can I. DUUUUUUHBlack Eye [B)]

Sounds neat but you are opening the door to serious "Orange Peel" problems with accelerated paint and Future drying.
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  • From: Hayward, CA
Posted by MikeV on Sunday, January 11, 2004 4:23 PM
I have never asked my dentist for any old tools. Maybe I should since I have been in his chair more than 90% of the people on this planet. Big Smile [:D]

I did buy this set on Ebay however for $6.50 plus $3.50 shipping.
They arrived yesterday and look to be pretty good quality.



Mike

Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. " Charles Spurgeon
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, January 12, 2004 1:07 AM
My dentist displays some of his models in his office. The quality of his models and miniature figures is tremendous. He sort of specializes in "dentist-phobic" patients, and the stuff he has on display is sort of reassuring. You know, if he can do that, he must have good hands. He's part of the reason I got back into the hobby after so many years.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, January 15, 2004 8:18 AM

Hey, what's a dentist?

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