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We’re not advocating that you practice home dentistry — though we recommend good dental hygiene, of course —  but you’ll easily find uses for dental tools around the shop.  As a lifelong home renovator, I’ve used my old flea-market-find dental tools for scraping the last bit of paint from the details in stripped woodwork, removing a century of crud from various corners and crevices, cleaning out clogged gas burners, and picking out little stuck things from places I can’t reach with any other tool. 

If you don’t want to hit the flea market, dental tools are easy to find, both individually and in kits.  Kits generally include an assortment of picks, spatulas, carvers, scrapers, probes, and specialty tweezers.  The Dr. Klick’s Kit (pictured) comes from the Duluth Trading Company and includes seven stainless-steel picks and four stainless steel tweezers, all in a zippered 9.5″ x 6.5″ case for $30.

Dental tools have more possible uses than I can possibly list here, and you really should own some.  Maybe those of you who do could help me enlighten the rest: what do you do with yours?

Dr. Klick’s Kit [Duluth Trading Company]


10 Responses to Dental Tools for Your Home Workshop

  1. Bill says:

    I used to have a set of these in my gun cleaning kit. Super handy for getting the unburned powder residue cleaned up.

  2. Ivan says:

    I just can’t imagine having these in the shop. Reminds me too much of the dentist or some bad movies.

  3. Saluki1 says:

    A good friend of mine actually used a pick to get a bead out of his daughters nose when she was 4 (kids being kids, she just shoved it up there). This was a last resort after trying to get her to blow it out and trying to massage it out.

    Needless to say, his wife didn’t know what was going on until the job was done (daughter came through alright).

    Picks seem pretty useful for all kinds of applications!

  4. Hank says:

    I have that kit, I think, or one exactly like it. I have added to my dental tools over time. Hell, once lost my mind and actually bought a full set of dental tools, with pullers, and some very painful looking tools. Out of the 40 or so that came with the auction, only about 2 are useful in the shop.

    What I use the picks and small chisels for is refinishing work on furniture. When I am changing the piece, I dig out all the old gunk with the little tools. I use them at least once a week for something. I love them.

  5. Brau says:

    I have an old set on my toolbench and they come in very handy. Sure beats grabbing a jeweller’s screwdriver to use as a scratcher/pick as the curved ends really help.

  6. Guy says:

    Free Dental Tools

    Just ask you dental hyginist or dentist to save their worn out tools for you. They’re usually glad to do it and they always run them through the autoclave so they are sterile. The scalers (scraper) are always being sharpened and are replaced quite frequently. The probes get bent or broken too, so both these type are easy to get. Often the tools are double ended, but they toss them out even if only one end breaks. Give it a try, no harm in asking. I’ve always been able to get a bunch when I explained that I used them around the shop.

    The case looks great- anyone have an extra they can send me?

  7. ambush27 says:

    I use them for digging the coin out of the seatbelt slot.

  8. David Culberson says:

    I use them regularly in electronics work. If you have to solder onto a circuit board trace, you can use a sharp pick to scrape the solder resist off the trace. Also can be used to scrape corrosion off a contact that needs soldered or re-soldered. I also use a straightened dull pick to help push contacts out of multi-conductor Molex (or similar) connectors..

    They’re just generally handy for a thousand things!

  9. Eddie says:

    I’m a dental supply dealer, I can’t tell you how many things I sell that I use in the garage or how many dental instruments are in my various tool kits. Locking college pliers offer more precision that forceps\roachclips for intricate work, they also offer a third hand when working with small electronics or wiring.

  10. Michael O'Hara says:

    As a prize-winning Needlepointer i have found these assorted picks
    and tweezers invaluable for removing unwanted dog hair from my needlework and the picks for both “laying” multiple threads and pulling erroneous stitches.

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