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About the Issue
It is the month of love, and we want our readers to know how much we appreciate all of you! This month, we’re giving you tips for tackling a project you’ve likely had on your to–do list for a while, expert advice for building a winning Pinewood Derby® racecar, plus a chance to win the newly updated Dremel® Stylus™.

Table of Contents 1   Feature Story
Race Tips from the Dremel Brand’s Pinewood Derby Pro
  Table of Contents 4   Featured Project
Removing Broken Floor Tiles with the Dremel Multi-Max
Table of Contents 2 What’s New at Dremel
Dremel Stylus Features
Longer Run Time
Table of Contents 5 Giveaways/Promotions
Dremel Stylus Giveaway
Table of Contents 3  Getting to Know Your Tools
Trio Sanding Bands
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Feature Story
Race Tips from the Dremel Brand’s Pinewood Derby Pro

Dremel Derby While his official title might be “Director of Consumer Services,” here at Dremel we also like to call Jim Corman our “Pinewood Derby Pro.” He’s been involved with the Pinewood Derby for more than 30 years, since his sons were Boy Scouts. Ten years ago, he started an annual tradition of involving the entire Dremel Customer Service staff in their own Pinewood Derby race. And in 2008, he helped kick off the Dremel Derby 101 program, where Dremel partners with engineering groups at various universities across the country to allow them to put their engineering knowledge to use in a fun, hands–on approach.

Therefore, we felt he was the perfect person to provide exclusive tips for building a winning Pinewood Derby race car for those of you unable to attend our in–store clinics.

  • Always use the maximum allowed weight for your car, usually 5 ounces.
  • Place weights on the bottom of the car or preferably inside the car body. Use a Dremel rotary tool to rout or drill out space for weights.
  • Position weights in the back/middle of the body so that the balance point of your car is between 1 ¼ and 1 ½ inches from the rear of the car.
  • Smooth the wheels to remove any imperfections. Friction = your enemy. Use a wheel mandrel with very fine sandpaper mounted to a Dremel rotary tool to polish tread and inside hub.
  • Remove the burr under the nail (axle) head. Mount the axle in a rotary tool using the 4486 Dremel Chuck, then use a fine file to remove the burr.
  • Polish the axles. While axle is still mounted in a rotary tool, use fine emery cloth and 421 Polishing Compound.
Finishing Your Car
  • Prepare car body for painting by using a wood sealer (check packaging to make sure your block is not already sealed).
  • Apply several coats of a good primer: white for light colors, gray for dark colors. Lightly sand between coats using fine sandpaper (600 grit).
  • Paint with the color of your choice. Spray paints work well, and water-based paints dry quickest if the race is coming up soon. Apply several light coats and sand gently between applications (600+ grit).
  • Apply a few light coats of a clear coat finish to give your car the ultimate shine.
Other Miscellaneous Tips
  • Utilize full allowable length (7 inches) and consider drilling new axle holes to extend the wheel base if allowed by your rules.
  • If rules allow, lift one front wheel slightly to further reduce friction.
  • Avoid use of streamers, flags, body styles or other accessories that can catch air.
  • Allow between 1/16– and 1/32–inch clearance between wheel hubs and side of car.
  • Test car on a flat surface to make sure it rolls straight. If not, try switching wheels around or, if necessary, slightly bend axles to achieve a straight roll. Use a small amount of white glue to hold axles in place once you are satisfied with the car’s performance (at least 24 hours before weigh–in).
  • Lubricate your wheels and axles with graphite before racing. Lubricate frequently and spin wheels to distribute evenly. Do not over lubricate as this can actually cause the wheel to bind up.
  • Build two cars. After completed, try to improve the slower car. On race day, use the car that is faster at that time.
For a hands–on demo of car building tips, visit your local Lowe’s store on Saturday, February 19 or March 5 from 11a.m. to 1p.m. for our final Dremel Pinewood Derby Days Demos.


What’s New at Dremel
Dremel Stylus Features Longer Run Time

Dremel Stylus Dremel fans’ much–loved Dremel Stylus cordless rotary tool has gotten an upgrade. Starting this month, new Lithium–ion cells are being installed in all new tools, which offer users a 12 percent longer run time. Battery amp rating was increased from 1.0 ah (amp hour) to 1.3 ah.

The Dremel Stylus is the only Dremel rotary tool to feature a t–shaped grip for added precision and control. Instead of the battery being at the back of the tool and its weight creating an unbalanced feel when the tool is being used in the pencil–grip position, the battery on the Stylus is inside the tool’s grip and held in the palm of the user’s hand, making the tool’s center of balance very low and perfect for precision work. Because of its size and shape, it is an ideal tool for intricate projects, including detailed drilling, carving, cleaning, detailed sanding, engraving, cutting and polishing.

Lithium–ion battery technology holds a charge for up to two years in storage, and Lithium–ion batteries are smaller, lighter and last longer than similar voltage nickel–cadmium (Ni–Cd) batteries.

The Dremel Stylus still retails for a suggested price of $69.99 at hardware and home improvement centers nationwide.


Getting to Know Your Tools
Trio Sanding Bands

Trio Sanding Bits One of the functions that makes the Dremel Trio™ so versatile is its ability to sand freshly cut lines without changing tools. Read on for tips to utilize Trio sanding accessories to their fullest potential.

Trio Sanding Advantage
One of the biggest advantages of sanding with the Trio is its large base guide, which can be used to keep the tool at a consistent 90–degree angle to the edge being sanded. The TR470 Trio Mandrel and Sanding Bands are 3/4–inch long, compared to 1/2–inch long for those offered with Dremel rotary tools, providing greater depth and more sanding capacity, allowing the Trio to sand a thicker piece of wood. A great project for testing the effortless sanding the Trio affords is sanding the edge of a door.

Navigating Grit Strength
When sanding, it’s always wise to start with the lowest grit strength to remove larger rough spots and work up to the highest grit strength for precision sanding. Three grit strengths are currently available for the Trio: 60 (lowest grit strength), 120 and 240 (highest grit strength).

Changing Sanding Bands
Once you’ve worn out your current sanding band or are ready for a new grit strength, changing sanding bands is easy. Simply loosen the screw at the top of the sanding drum, remove the sanding band (may require a little tug), and slip the new band on the drum. Retighten the screw and you’re all set.

Still have questions? Contact the Dremel Experts at (800) 437–3635 Monday through Friday between 7a.m. and 6p.m. CST, or send us an e–mail.


Featured Project
Removing Broken Floor Tiles with the Dremel Multi–Max

Broken Tile Video We’ve all done it. Your arms are full, you lose your grasp and a heavy item tumbles to the floor, cracking your tile in the process. No need to panic. With a Dremel Multi–Max™ oscillating tool (corded or cordless) and a new tile, you can quickly and easily remove and replace your damaged tile.

For this project, you’ll use the MM500 1/8–Inch Grout Removal Blade and either the MM11 Hook and Loop Pad and MM900 Diamond–Coated Sanding Paper or MM920 Carbide Rasp.

View a video demo of this project, or follow the instructions below.

Using the grout removal blade positioned in a right angle at a slow to medium speed, first grind away all grout, dust and tile. Sweep or vacuum away debris. Dense tile may require the assistance of a chisel to pry it away from the surface.

Next, use the MM11 Hook and Loop Pad with MM900 Diamond–Coated Sanding Paper or MM920 Carbide Rasp to grind away all of the old thin set beneath the tile.

Once the surface is cleaned to the subfloor, remove any dust with a wet sponge. Affix and grout your new tile following the manufacturer’s instructions.


Dremel Stylus Giveaway

Dremel Stylus Want to be one if the first to experience the new Dremel Stylus with expanded run–time? We’re giving away five this month. To enter, send us an e–mail with the answer to the question, “How much longer run time does the new Stylus boast?” (Hint: read above!) Along with your one-sentence answer, include your name, shipping address (no P.O. boxes) and home phone number in the body of an e–mail with “Stylus” in the subject line. We’ll pick the winners at random and announce them next month.

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