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If your holiday wishes came true and a new Dremel® tool was wrapped specially for you, or if you’re ready to get back to work with your faithful Dremel tool, the Dremel brand is here to help you get started with your first projects of the new year. Whether you’re an experienced or new user, we’ll help you put that Dremel product to use with kitchen and bath project ideas and expert advice for working with ceramic.
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Featured Projects — Kitchen and Bath Updates for the New YearBegin the new year with a clean slate by giving your kitchen and bathrooms fresh starts. We’re sharing tips that can help you update these high–traffic areas with simple and inexpensive home–improvement projects. With a few easy steps and the Dremel Multi–Maxô Oscillating Tool Kit, these projects can be done on a budget and will make a big impact.
Refinish kitchen or bathroom cabinets
Refinishing cabinets in a kitchen or bathroom is an inexpensive way to update the look of the whole room. To begin, detach all of the drawers and doors and store them in a clean, dry place. Inspect the cabinets for any damage, and repair with wood putty or by sanding. Then, wash cabinets to remove any dirt that has accumulated over time. In order to make the next step, sanding, as effortless as possible, use the Dremel Multi–Max with its sanding pad and sand paper. We recommend MM70W 120 Grit Wood Sandpaper. While sanding on medium speed, keep the sanding pad flat to the wood. Always move the pad in the direction of the grain. Finally, paint or stain the cabinets. It’s a small project to take on, and one that will surely brighten any room.
Remove old caulk
Removing old sealing caulk from around a sink or bathtub is a simple way to refresh a room. Begin by lining caulk with masking tape to reduce the risk of scratching the porcelain or tile. For easy removal, use the Dremel Multi–Max tool with an MM610 Flexible Scraper Blade. Set the tool at a low speed and insert the blade in between the wall and the caulk. Make sure that the screw head does not make contact with the surface during the scraping process by holding the tool at an angle to the blade. Work the line between the sink and the lower edge of the caulk and peel away the remaining caulk. When all the caulk is removed, wipe the area with rubbing alcohol to remove any remaining residue and remove the tape.
To re–caulk, line the seam with fresh tape. Hold the nozzle of your caulking gun toward the joint about 45 degrees out from it. Apply steady pressure to the trigger while moving the gun at a smooth speed along the length of the seam. You’ll see a noticeably refreshing difference in appearance.
For more tips and project ideas, visit www.dremel.com or call the Dremel experts at (800) 437-3635.
Expert Advice — Tips for Working with Ceramic
Dremel rotary tools are extremely versatile and perfect for cutting many types of material, including ceramic. To help our eNewsletter readers take on ceramic projects with confidence, we’ve collected expert advice for do–it–yourself and craft applications. As always, be sure to wear eye protection and a dust mask when completing these projects.
Cutting ceramic tile
Many home remodeling projects require cutting ceramic tile to fit in place. Different tile ratings and desired cuts will require different attachments and cutting accessories, so before you begin, consider your project needs. Floor and wall tiles with a rating of one or two should be cut with an EZ545 EZ Lockô Diamond Wheel. If your project requires deeper, straight-on cuts to tiles with a rating of one or two, use the EZ545 EZ Lockô Diamond Wheel with a 575 Right Angle Attachment. Most wall tiles, however, have a rating of three and can be cut with a 562 Tile Cutting Bit. When using the 562 Tile Cutting Bit, be sure to use the 565 Cutting Guide to increase control, manage depth and protect your fingers.
To make small cuts in ceramic tile, use a Dremel 4000 rotary tool with an EZ402 EZ Lock Mandrel and EZ545 EZ Lock Diamond Wheel. Secure the tile in a Dremel Multi–Viseô and mark your desired cut. Set your tool to a maximum speed of 20,000 RPM and hold with both hands to grip and guide the tool. Begin moving along the line of your cut remembering that thicker tile may require more passes. Less aggressive, more frequent passes will make a better cut and extend the life of the accessory. Continue cutting as needed.
Cutting mosaic tiles
Mosaic tiles add eye–catching detail to a variety of craft projects. You can also use the tiles as a creative way to spruce up a table top or almost any other surface and you donít have to be a professional to make them. Begin by drawing your design on a piece of paper. To cut tile pieces that will fill the design, use the Dremel 4000 with the appropriate attachment for the tile you wish to cut. Use an EZ545 EZ Lock Diamond Wheel for floor and wall tiles with a rating of one or two, and a 562 Tile Cutting Bit for wall tiles with a rating of three. A 575 Right Angle Attachment may be helpful for straight cuts.
Set the tool to a maximum speed of 20,000 RPM and be sure to apply slow and steady pressure as you begin cutting. Follow the line of your cut until the mosaic piece separates. Once separated, sand away any rough edges. Then lay the pieces of cut tile on the drawn design to be sure you have enough pieces of each color and cut additional pieces as needed. When your design is filled, remove the tiles, lay a sheet of clear acrylic over the design and spread a layer of adhesive to the back of each tile. Place the tiles in the correct position, keeping less than 1/8–inch between them. When all tiles are in place, spread grout over your mosaic and use a damp sponge to remove any excess.
If you have additional questions, please contact the Dremel Experts via e–mail or 800.437.3635. We can be reached Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST.
Dremel NewsDon’t forget to register!
If you received a Dremel addition to your tool box this holiday season, be sure to register your new tool. You can fill out and mail the warranty card or simply register online. Additionally, the Dremel Customer Service department is a great resource for any tool questions you may have.
Win a Dremel 4000 Rotary Tool Kit
We’re giving all eNewsletter readers who didnít get the new Dremel 4000 they had on their wish list a chance to win one! In one sentence, e–mail us your idea of a kitchen or bathroom project with a big impact for a chance to win a new Dremel 4000 rotary tool. Send your response along with your name, shipping address (no P.O. boxes) and phone number in the body of the e–mail and “Dremel 4000” in the subject line. We’ll pick five entries at random and announce the winners next month.
Thanks to all Dremel eNewsletter readers who participated in our December giveaway by sharing their home project resolutions. Congratulations to Daniel Holt, New York, NY; Tom Prussack, Keansburg, NJ; Amber Steel, Madison, WI; Larry Cole, Gun Barrel City, TX; and Jonathan Russell, Laytonsville, MD, who shared their Dremel 4000 project ideas and won a new Dremel 4000 to help them get to work. Their great ideas included rebuilding antique dining room chairs, refinishing the wood frame of an old mirror and mounting it above the mantle, making multi–sized circle mirrors for wall art out of a recently broken bathroom mirror, carving a headboard and completing a sports bar with custom made cabinets, countertops and trim.
Dremel & Lowe’s Pinewood Derby® Days
Reminding all race fans! As the Pinewood Derby season begins, donít forget to visit Dremel & Lowe’s Pinewood Derby Days 2010 Web site. Parents and racers can go online to get Pinewood Derby car building tricks and expert advice. We’re also bringing all the winning tips you need to a store near you. Click here for a schedule of in–store clinics and expert tips to help you build a car you’ll be proud of.
30 Minute Miracles
Thanks for your entries to our “30 Minute Miracles” contest. We received a plethora of great, quick and easy project ideas and will announce a winner soon. In the meantime you can still visit the “30 Minute Miracles” project guide online.
Safety reminder: When working with Dremel brand or any other power tool, always wear eye protection and a dust mask, and read and understand the ownerís manual prior to using.
Stay tuned for more Dremel news this year!