At our year end DIY Divas Workshops it always seems to pop up that it's time to treat yourself to quality power tools that make DIY easier, or ask family and friends to buy you something you really need for a change!
Anyone who owns a belt sander will be surprised to know how easy it is to use a belt sander as a stationery sander - simply by using an parallel and angle guide attachment.
The table saw is one of the most dangerous power tools to use and is responsible for one injury every 9 minutes*. SawStop takes the risk out of using a table saw.
For anyone who enjoys DIY projects like making picture frames, the Tork Craft Picture Framing Kit is a great gift to give or receive.
The Skil 7445 orbital sander boasts a powerful 430W motor, and a built‑in sanding pad brake to rapidly stop the sanding motion after switching-off. This ensures scratch-free sanding, with reduced risk of accidental damage to the work piece after switching-off.
The Bosch IXO cordless screwdriver is available with an exciting range of accessories, making it one of the most versatile tools available.
Painted furniture allows DIY enthusiasts to create beautiful furniture for a home at a fraction of what it would cost to buy new furniture. Here's how to achieve the most professional finish for your painted furniture.
Over the past few years there have been several tools launched that make DIY projects so much easier. Here's my list of the top tools and equipment you should have in your workshop when starting out.
A high-pressure washer is one of the those items that you don't really how much you need one until your buy one!
If you are involved in large DIY or woodworking projects where you need to make repeated cuts, cut bevel or mitre joints, take a look at the Bosch 1800 SD mitre saw.
DIY and hobby enthusiasts can now undertake projects with more precision with Dremel’s comprehensive range of multitool attachments. Ideal for use in numerous applications, from metal polishing to wooden frame engraving.
The Skil 3-in-1 Fox multi-sander allows you to achieve the finest finishing on all types of furniture, as it combines standard delta, orbital and random orbit sanders in one handy tool to ensure greater convenience and efficiency.
For the average DIY enthusiast there are many different types of power saws to choose from for cutting timber and board. But which one is the best for your particular needs?
I decided to take on the task of repainting all the burglar bars and security gates at home. While I started off with paint stripper - I soon gave this up and took a faster and less messy route.
Over the past few months I have done quite a few projects using a router and wanted to take a closer look at the various routers available, and how you can get more out of your router by using a router table.
For most amateur DIY enthusiasts, a workshop is usually a small space set up in a garage, outdoor shed, carport, or even a spare room in the house. Keeping this space clean and cutting down on dust is important.
For many, sanding is the most tedious part of a project, but with the PRR 250 ES sanding tool you can sand wood, metal, remove rust or varnish with the same tool - simply by changing the sanding accessory.
Studio Hardie are just one of the many Triton Brand Champions and the collective skill team behind the exceptional project builds for George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, shown here in South Africa on The Home Channel.
Pneumatic power tools are used around the world for their convenience and ability to speed up DIY project. Here is South Africa we still have to discover the practicality of using pneumatic power tools.
When you are tackling home repair, home maintenance or home improvements projects you don't want inferior quality accessories to let you down while. Quality accessories might cost you more, but at the end of the day they actually save you money.
The new compact Skil Multi Saw can cut wood, board products, ceramic tiles, aluminium and plastics with ease and with an adjustable cutting depth up to 28.5mm, it's a handy tool for ripping pieces down or cutting to size and far less cumbersome than using a circular saw.
If you own a router, making jigs cuts down the amount of work on repetitive projects. In this case, we made a jig for cutting slots for mounting shelves.
Soon to be available in South Africa, the Kreg Foreman pocket hole machine will open up a host of new opportunities for beginner and advanced DIY enthusiasts alike.
Emitting a laser beam that can be projected horizontally, vertically and diagonally, the Skil 0504 AA is easily set up by means of a levelling platform and a scrolling wheel that adjusts the laser beam.
As DIY continues to gain popularity, DIY enthusiasts are looking for affordable options to make projects easier and simpler. Tork Craft have launched a Biscuit Joiner that is within the price range of the average DIYer.
Being able to use a router to make decorative kitchen cabinet doors allows you to replace old cabinet doors with do-it-yourself doors in any size or design.
The Bosch GSB 162-2 RE impact drill is the ideal tool for the professiona handyman or contractor. Suitable for applications that involve screw-driving and drilling in tough materials. The drill features a 1500W high performance motor with high overload capability for hard applications.
The average DIY enthusiast is always on the lookout for easy ways to make every project quicker and simpler. Easy-to-use Bosch PHO planers make light work of all planing tasks and are easy to use - even for DIY chics!
The Triton workcentre is the perfect solution for a small or large workshop and can be used if you are a beginner or advanced woodworking enthusiast. You can use the Triton workcentre with a variety of power tools including Bosch.
Designed with women in mind the Bosch PSM Primo sander is one of the most comfortable sanders to use. It's comfortable to hold and has less vibration than other models.
More than just a combination screwdriver and drill, you can use a drill / driver for so many home DIY projects and tasks by using various and accessories that enhance what a drill / driver can do.
Festool have introduced a joining system that replaces traditional mortise and tenon joints. The Festool Domino joinery machine with its unique cutting action and adjustable hole widths make loose tenon joinery faster, easier, and more accurate than ever before.
Working out floor or wall space, or determining total square metres is far easier if you use a powerful and accurate laser measuring tool.
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.
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 3,6 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 the right knowledge), and professionally (with the right tools).
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.
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:
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.