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The holidays are just around the corner, so this month, Dremel® is giving eNewsletter readers homemade gift ideas along with a “must-have” wish list for festive tool lovers. We’ve also partnered with DIY Network’s Paul Ryan to share quick home improvement ideas for the time-starved DIYer. Be sure to check out our “30 Minute Miracles” and enter the contest to win great prizes!

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Holiday Gift Giving Unwrapped

The most important part of giving a gift is the thought behind it. This holiday season, consider skipping the malls to create homemade holiday presents that will save money and add meaning to the wrapped packages you hand out to family and friends.

The following are inexpensive projects that are a wonderful way to unwrap the sentiment and thought behind gift-giving this holiday season.

Personalize an address plaque or toy box
A personalized gift is something that everyone can appreciate. To make a useful and one–of–a–kind gift, rout a name or address into a home plaque or the top of a wooden toy box. Simply sketch the name or address to be routed on a wood plaque or the toy box lid and select the desired depth. Using a rotary tool like the Dremel 4000 with a 335-01 Plunge Router Attachment, follow your outline, removing material until the letters or numbers take form. After your letters are cut, switch your bit to route the edges of the plaque or toy box lid. All that’s left is to do is paint and finish in the recipient’s favorite colors.


Engrave ornaments
Cars A simple glass ornament can be transformed into a holiday treasure by etching a design onto its surface. First, determine the pattern or design you wish to etch onto your flat, solid glass ornament. Marker usually works best to trace the design on the glass. Use a rotary tool set between 15,000 and 25,000 rpm, and carefully trace over the drawn image with small strokes. Etching glass requires some practice, so be sure to experiment on less expensive glass objects first, trying out different bits to get different results. After your pattern is complete, wipe the area clean with a cloth. Your friends and family will have a personalized ornament to treasure for years to come.


Derby cars
Cars For car-enthusiasts of all ages, a derby car is an ideal gift. First, draw a car pattern on a wood block showing the top, side, front and back views. When the drawing is complete, secure the block in place with a 2500-01 Multi-Vise™. Make cuts along the outline using a rotary tool and smooth, even motions. To even out rough edges, attach a sanding band of your choice and again use steady and even motions to smooth out the surface. Make any other cuts necessary to achieve your desired shape. Finally, add finishing touches such as paint and decals.


Clean model railroad track
Cars We all have memories of a model train running around the base of the tree. Time to bring it back. To remove rust and debris from your forgotten, but beloved railroad track, use a rotary tool and 511E Finishing Abrasive Buff. Set the rotary tool to 15,000 rpm or slower and secure the track in the 2500-01 Multi-Vise. Using a light touch and a slow and steady motion let the tool remove the rust or tarnish. Angle the tool accordingly to get to hard to reach places. With your track now clean, connectivity is improved and your train should run smoother.


You can share your own homemade gift ideas on the Dremel Message Board and watch project videos on Dremel.com.

Featured Product – Holiday Wish List

This year, update your toolbox and make gift giving easy for your friends and family by drafting a simple checklist. Print a copy to fill out and take with you as you’re shopping for friends and family, or share it with people shopping for gifts for you. Here are some gift ideas to get you started. For more ideas, visit www.dremel.com.

Dremel Oscillating Tool
6300–01 Dremel Multi-Max™ Oscillating Tool System


Dremel Corded Rotary Tools
4000–3/34 Dremel 4000 Rotary Tool Kit (new!)
300–2/28 300 Series Variable-Speed Tool Kit
Other: _____________________________________


Dremel Cordless Rotary Tools
1100–01 Dremel Stylus
8000–03 10.8-Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Rotary Tool Kit
760–04 Cordless Golf Cleaning Kit
761–03 Cordless Pet Nail Grooming Kit
Other: ________________________________________


Dremel Attachments
2500–01 Multi–Vise
220–01 WorkStation
225–01 Flex Shaft Attachment
Other: ________________________________________


Dremel Accessories
Dremel Multi-Max
MM501 1/16–inch Grout Removal Blade
MM900 60–grit Diamond Sanding Paper
Other: _________________________________________

Dremel Rotary Tools
EZ406 Dremel EZ Lock™ Starter Kit
707–03 75–Piece Accessory Kit
EZ471SA Detail Abrasive Brush
EZ472SA Detail Abrasive Brush
EZ473SA Detail Abrasive Brush
Other: _________________________________________

Expert Advice – Expert Tips for 30 Minute Home Improvement “Miracles”

In tough economic times, many homeowners are forced to trade “moving up” for “fixing up.” Yet home improvement tasks can prove daunting if you have little time or money to spare. That’s why Dremel has teamed up with home improvement expert Paul Ryan, host of DIY Network’s popular “Kitchen Renovations” series, to provide DIYers with easy–to–follow tips for completing 10 of the most common home repair and remodeling projects – all in 30 minutes or less. Check out the Dremel brand’s “30 Minute Miracles” projects here.

In addition to providing expert advice, Dremel is giving you the chance to flaunt your home improvement skills by entering the “30 Minute Miracles” contest. Today through December 31, 2009, you’re invited to visit www.dremel.com and submit your best home improvement or remodeling tip that can be accomplished in 30 minutes or less using your Dremel tools. The grand–prize winner will receive a $2,500 American Express® gift card.

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Purchase a new Dremel 4000 rotary tool and we’ll send you one each of the new Detail Abrasive Brush accessories for free! Click here to print your rebate order form.

Congratulations

Thanks to all Dremel readers who participated in our October eNewsletter tool giveaway by sharing their project ideas. Congratulations to Eugene Raybon, Ardmore, OK; Clark Masters, Westboro, MA; Belinda Manning, Pleasantville, NJ; Don Hicke, San Diego, CA; and Bruce Frumoff, Lake Worth, FL, who told us about their Dremel 4000 project ideas and won a new Dremel 4000. We received a host of great project ideas including creating custom patterns on Christmas gifts, making jewelry with seashells, completing dollhouse projects, shaping scenery on a model train layout and modifying the pickup cavities of a solid body electric guitar.

Stay tuned for more Dremel news this year!

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 owner’s manual prior to using.