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About the Issue
The new year is nearly upon us – have you made your resolutions yet? Whether you aspire to spend more time with your family, or get your hands dirty with more DIY projects, Dremel® has the tools and resources you need in this issue!

Table of Contents 1   Feature Story
The History of Pinewood Derby®
  Table of Contents 4   Featured Project
Winterizing Your Home with Chip Wade
Table of Contents 2 What’s New at Dremel
2011: A Year in Review
Table of Contents 5 Giveaways/Promotions
Dremel Saw-Max Giveaway
Table of Contents 3 Getting to Know Your Tools
Getting to Know the EZ Lock Mandrel System


Feature Story
The History of Pinewood Derby®

Built for Speed

Built for Speed! Pinewood Derby Days

Dremel Pinewood Derby Accessory Kit

Dremel Pinewood Derby Rotary Tool Accessory Kit

Did you know that a fast Pinewood Derby car can reach a speed of almost 20 miles per hour? Or, that if every Pinewood Derby car made this year took just one run down a track, the combined distance would be from the Earth to the Moon and back? Or, that over the years, Cub Scouts have made more than 100 million race cars? These interesting facts and tidbits are all reflective of the cultural phenomenon the annual Pinewood Derby has become.

The heavily-anticipated Pinewood Derby is nationally recognized as a celebrated ‘rite of spring’ for boys and girls around the country. The racing season, which begins in December and ends in March, is full of fun, creativity and quality time spent with parents and their children.

With 4 million children participating annually, one may wonder how the tradition of designing, creating and racing wooden cars originated and how it gained such popularity. In 1953, Don Murphy (now known as the father of the Pinewood Derby), was looking for a way to, “devise a wholesome, constructive activity that would foster a close father-son relationship,” while also promoting craftsmanship and good sportsmanship during a competition. He came up with the idea of a car-making and racing competition to engage parents with their children in a friendly spirit of competition. Murphy’s company, North American Aviation decided to sponsor the event which was held for his son’s Cub Scout pack. The Derby was a success with all participants enjoying the miniature racing event and shortly after, the Los Angeles County Department of Recreation made it an annual occurrence, spurring Cub Scout packs across the country to host their own Pinewood Derbies.

Since that time, it’s estimated that some 43 million parents and children have participated in Pinewood Derby events. This year, Dremel and Lowe’s® have partnered together to host in-store clinics to offer Derby enthusiasts tips on how to build a winning race car as well as what tools are best to use. These events will be held on Jan. 7, Jan. 21, Feb. 4 and Feb. 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at all Lowe’s stores nationwide. For more information on the clinics and the Dremel Pinewood Derby Rotary Tool Accessory Kit made exclusively for Lowe’s, please visit


What’s New at Dremel
2011: A Year in Review


The Dremel Multi-Max MM40


The MM482 Wood/Metal Flush Cut Blade

With four new tools and a variety of new attachments and accessories to round out our versatile tool systems, our tool users should be well-equipped to tackle all of their 2012 projects – no matter how unique they may be. In case you missed anything, here’s a recap of what’s new from the Dremel brand:

Rotary Expansions
In September, the Dremel 3000 – a revamped version of the brand’s staple Dremel 300 Series rotary tool – hit store shelves. The tool features key upgrades to enhance the tool’s comfort and functionality, including the brand’s first EZ Twist™ nose cap design with an integrated wrench for accessory changes.

Several new additions to the brand’s popular line of EZ Lock™ accessories help facilitate quick and simple accessories changes, including new EZ Lock Sanding Discs EZ411SA, EZ412SA and EZ423SA. The new A550 Shield Rotary Tool Attachment redirects flying debris and sparks while cutting, sanding, grinding or polishing materials.

Multi-Max™ Expansions
Two new brand oscillating tools – the Dremel Multi-Max MM20 and Dremel Multi-Max MM40 – allow consumers to tackle a wider array of oscillating applications with their increased power and capabilities. Both hit store shelves this fall, and feature 2.3 and 2.5 amp motors, respectively. The MM40 also features a Quick Lock™ accessory change interface for tool-less accessory changes.

In addition, a line of larger oscillating accessories – including the MM480 Wood Flush Cut Blade, MM482 Wood/Metal Flush Cut Blade and MM452 BiM Segmented Saw Blade– allows consumers to make quicker cuts.

Specialty Expansions
The brand was proud to debut the Dremel Saw-Max™ in October. A compact, handheld saw, the Dremel Saw-Max allows users to make precise, clean and straight cuts in a wide variety of materials using compact cutting wheels.


EZ Lock Mandrel System Video

Watch as the Dremel brand shows users how to change its newest EZ Lock accessory in this EZ Lock Accessory Demonstration

Getting to Know Your Tools
Getting to Know the EZ Lock Mandrel System

Since its advent in 2006, the Dremel EZ Lock Mandrel System has saved rotary tool users countless hours of searching for a screwdriver and meticulously changing accessories by unscrewing then re-screwing a mandrel screw. Instead, accessory changes are as easy as pull, twist and release.

The system continues to expand with new EZ Lock-compatible accessories added every year. Users can now utilize the system with a variety of cut-off wheels, grinding wheels, sanding discs, detail abrasive brushes, cloth polishing wheels and finishing abrasive buffs.

The Dremel brand also introduced its first EZ Twist™ nose cap design on the Dremel 3000 this year, featuring an integrated wrench that allows the nose cap to be used as a wrench to tighten accessories and eliminates the need for a separate wrench.


Featured Project
Winterizing Your Home with Chip Wade

Chip Wade

Expert craftsman and TV personality, Chip Wade

It’s official, a chill is in the air and the winter season is here. To keep heating bills low and the house cozy, it’s essential to take the proper preventative measures to keep warm air in and cold air out. To provide you with information on how to best winterize the home, we tapped expert craftsman and friend of the Dremel brand, Chip Wade, to share his tips and advice to help you survive the winter season in comfort.

Q: When checking the home to ensure warm air stays in, where do you start?
A: An easy place to start is to simply search for obvious cracks. Open cracks on the exterior walls of the home are usually the biggest culprit in energy loss. Be sure to also check around the tops of exterior door frames and around outlets and switches.

Q: How do you seal or fix these holes if and when you locate them?
A: I would recommend using an elastomeric caulk to seal any holes under Ό -inch and expanding foam sealer for larger holes. You can also purchase outlet gaskets and new weather stripping for your outlets and doors. Another great tip is to keep your Dremel Multi-Max (any model) around for cutting, sanding or removing materials.

Q: After taking care of these cracks, what area of the home do you look to next?
A: I typically like to head to the attic next to check for insufficient insulation. We all know that hot air rises to the top of any home. If it is not contained by sufficient insulation in the attic or the ceiling, we are letting precious dollars float silently away. A good rule of thumb is, if you can see the framing lumber, you’re probably losing too much energy. The good news is, this can be easily fixed by purchasing insulation at your local hardware store and adding it strategically where it may be lacking.

Q: What other areas should be checked while winterizing your home?
A: Windows, windows, windows! They could definitely be letting in more than sunshine! I recommend replacing old windows that rattle, leak or don’t insulate well. If replacing them isn’t in your budget, consider a cost effective window winter insulation kit. They’re affordable and seal warm air in. Just be sure to cover the window and trim to maximize its effectiveness!

Q: Paying attention to your heating system is also important this time of year. What do you recommend to ensure your heater works correctly?
A: Being proactive when it comes to your heating system is of the utmost importance. You should check it before the cold actually comes to prevent dealing with issues that will keep you from adequately heating the home. One simple maintenance tip is to buy a large pack of air filters and change them monthly. It’s a small measure but goes a long way toward keeping everything running smoothly.

For more from Chip Wade and ideas for winter projects, please visit


Dremel Saw-Max Giveaway

Dremel Saw-Max Cutting A Baseboard

Dremel Saw-Max cutting a baseboard
If you’ve been dying to try the new Dremel Saw-Max, here’s your chance! We’ll pick five winners at random from all complete entries. To enter, answer this question in the body of an email: what material do you most frequently turn to tools to cut? Along with your answer, include your name, shipping address (no P.O. boxes) and home phone number in the email body and “Saw-Max Cuts” in the subject line. We’ll announce the winners next month.


Congratulations to the five lucky winners of a Dremel 3000 via last month’s eNewsletter giveaway. From the feedback we received, many of you are eager to try this new tool! The winners, picked at random, were: Ray Stubbs, Bakersfield, CA; LeRoy Hanson, Phillips, WI; Lisa Gibson, Lincoln, MT; Phil Poston, Chester, VA and Randy Bryan, Rhinelander, WI. Thanks to everyone who submitted an entry!

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