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Bosch PCM 7 Mitre Saw for making picture frames
The Bosch PCM 7 Mitre Saw retails at R2389.00 if you buy direct from, which is affordable when you think of the time- and labour-saving benefits as opposed to using a mitre box for cutting angles and bevels. This tool is definitely an investment buy for your workshop and you can quite easily justify the cost by taking orders for picture frames until you recoup the cost, and then continue to make picture frames... for profit.
Joinery made easy with Kreg
The Kreg Pocket Hole Jig continues to be a must-have joinery jig for every woodworkers workshop. The K5 jig is the fifth generation of this impressive system and, while the pocket hole principle has remained unchanged, the new jig is a radical departure from the K4 pockethole jig. In this feature we look at the latest addition to the Kreg range of pockethole jigs.
Bosch PKS 16 Multi Circular Saw
If there is one power tool you simply must add to your list, it's the Bosch PKS 16 Multi Circular Saw. Having just tried out the latest addition to the Bosch range I am definitely going to be adding this one to my list. Although it is listed as a circular saw, the Bosch PKS 16 also cuts tiles... so this is definitely one tool for your workshop!
Skil 0530 laser measuring tool
Any homeowner who has ever measured up for tiles, laminate flooring, or to caculate quantities for materials will tell you that using a measuring tape can be laborious and time consuming. Working out floor or wall space, or determining total square metres is far easier if you use a powerful and accurate laser measuring tool.
Tips on using a Bosch PFS spray system
If you love to make your own furniture, or make furniture for others, using a Bosch PFS spray system is the easy way to give painted projects a professional finish. I use my Bosch PFS 65 and PFS 55 spray guns on a weekly basis, both for personal and professional painting projects. Having recently completed a project for a client, I decided to share some of my painting tips when using a Bosch PFS spray gun.
Bosch PLS 300 Cutting Station
A new toy to add to our collection, and one that will definitely be introduced at our DIY Divas workshop, is the Bosch PLS 300 Cutting Station. If you use a jigsaw you know how difficult it can be to cut angles and bevels accurately. With the Bosch PLS 300 you can now cut angles and bevels accurately and easily.
Skil 3-in-1 sander does it all
At our DIY Divas Workshops we always recommend that anyone tackling DIY projects in and around the home have more than one sander. Now you can have a 3-in-1 sander with the new Skil multi sander. The Skil multi sander is a delta sander, an orbital sander and a random orbit sander.
Clever crafting with Bosch
To make sure you are kitted out for crafts in 2014, Home-Dzine and Bosch are giving away a craft hamper that includes the new Bosch Tacker, Bosch Glue Gun and a Bosch Glue Pen. Competition closes 31 January 2014.
The new Bosch PKP 3,6LI Tacker - Staple Gun
The new Bosch PKP 3,6 LI Tacker is now available and makes upholstery projects a breeze. The previous model was slightly hard on the controls, but the new Li-Ion Bosch Tacker is smooth, easy and simple to use. Plus, it's even more lightweight and charges quickly.
Tips for using an electric planer
Using an electric planer allows you to shave, trim and easily remove excess wood for edges. You can use an electric planer for cutting doors to size, levelling uneven floorboard or planks and removing saw roughness. In this article we will introduce you to using an electric planer for the first time, as well as provide a few tips, tricks and techniques.
Cut a straight edge with a circular saw
Cutting a straight edge with a circular saw can be a challenge. Here's a great way to cut a guide that you can use over and over to make sure your cut edges are straight every single time.
Tool tips for DIY Divas & DIY Guys
The do-it-yourself trend continues to grow throughout South Africa as DIY Divas and DIY Guys realise the benefits of having the knowledge and basic skills to tackle home improvement, maintenance and repairs, and be able to make your own furniture and accessories with a few basic hand tools and Bosch power tools.
Jigsaw - A must have power tool

While there are a few power tools that every DIYer should consider adding to their workshop, a jigsaw is probably the most essential. Not only for basic cutting, you can use a jigsaw for fine woodworking and furniture making.


Affordable jigsaw for DIYers

The Skil 4181 AA Jigsaw also has great features such as a large comfortable switch with ambidextrous lock-on button for continuous use, integrated key storage; a cable clip for easy storage and an adjustable foot for making bevel cuts at 15 to 45 degrees. Available at retail outlets at a recommended price of R 299 (incl. Vat)


Build furniture without brackets and braces

Pockethole joinery allows you to build furniture with strong joints that are fast and easy to do. The Kreg pockethole jig is fully adjustable to take timber and board of various widths that is clamped to allow drilling a hole at an angle.

Bosch PSB Combi Drill/Driver

Bosch PSB 14,4 LI-2 and PSB 18 LI-2 cordless combi drills for DIY are 15 percent shorter and 13 percent lighter. Plus the Bosch PSB combi drill/driver drills wood, steel and masonry.

Accessories designed to make DIY easier

I am often asked for my advice on the best drill bits to buy, and actually discuss this as part of our DIY Divas workshops. For me, it makes sense to buy a quality brand that not only makes any job easier but also lasts longer - and that brand is Alpen. You can buy Alpen drill bits at your local Builders Warehouse.

Bosch PBH 2500RE Rotary Hammer Drill

Bosch now adds a new rotary hammer to its Compact Generation, range for DIYers, the Bosch PBH 2500RE. This tool has 50W more power and ten percent more impact than the most powerful tool previously available in this range. This means it is now possible to drill diameters of up to 22 millimeters into concrete, 30 millimeters into wood and 13 millimeters into steel.

Our Top 10 gifts for the DIY-er

The festive season will soon be upon us and I am constantly asked for advice on what tools to look out for, either to buy for yourself or to add to your Christmas List for Santa. Here is my recommended of the best tools to buy for those wanting to start out in DIY.

Essential power tools for every DIY-er

Whether you DIY your home improvement, DIY home repairs or DIY for fun, do-it-yourself is the way to go. Those that DIY not only save a bundle, they also know that a job is done properly (with ther right knowledge), and professionally (with the right tools). These are the essential power tools that every DIY-er should have in his or her workshop...

How to use a planer

On impulse, I treated myself to a Bosch Planer. It was on special offer at Builders Warehouse and thought it would be a nice addition to my growing power tool collection. When I finally took it out of the box a couple of months later, it was to discover that this is actually an excellent tool to own.

Using a table saw

There are going to be times when you need to use a table saw and it helps to know the basics for using a table saw safely and correctly, so let's get down to it. As with any power tool, the table saw has a set of procedures - or guidelines - for correct usage:

Bosch PFS spray gun
I have been using my Bosch PDF 65 for the past 4 years and it still works like a dream. It gets used on a regular basis and I have painted countless projects with the Bosch PFS and can recommend it to anyone who is tired of using a paintbrush.
The new Dremel Saw-Max
It's time to toss aside the angle grinder and put the circular saw back on the shelf. The Dremel Saw-Max reinvents cutting as you know it. Powerful enough to cut through virtually any material and simple enough to be able to control with one hand.


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