Today, it's easy to make your own furniture. Tools are easy to use, materials are readily available, and you can hone your skills at a DIY Divas workshop. Janice Anderssen offers some tips on what you'll need and how to start out.
Cutting curves with a jigsaw is easy if you following these simple tips. If you have never used a jigsaw before, practice on some scrap pieces of timber or board to gain more confidence using a jigsaw.
With the Kreg Mobile Project Centre you can make any space your workspace. The Project Centre folds down in seconds for a totally mobile workshop.
If you use a table saw or router table, you'll know how tricky it can be to push board across the table. The MicroJig Gripper is a universal pushing jig that will revolutionise how you use a table saw or router table.
Since the launch of DIY-Divas in 2005, and our collaboration with Bosch Power Tools, we have seen the evolution of Bosch in favour of the (female) home DIY enthusiast.
The Bosch IXO or PSR Select are a great addition to Dad's toolbox and a practical gift idea for Father's Day.
I have had my router table for just over a year and have reached the stage where I couldn't live without it - or use a conventional router.
The Bessey Company has grown to be one of the largest hand tool manufacturers in the world. Their Bessey cutting technologies are now leaders in metal cutting snips and represent a tradition in the manufacture of a comprehensive range of tin snips.
Bessey has expanded its TW16AW adapter range for use of its clamping elements on all common workbenches with a hole system.
The next generation of Bosch’s Quigo III allows DIY enthusiasts and decorators to be more creative, thanks to enhanced precision, visibility, and length.
A cordless drill / driver is an essential tool if you plan to make furniture, do home improvements, or fix things in and around the house. We go back to basics with a few tips on using your drill / driver the proper way.
Kreg pockethole enthusiasts would be pleased to note that the Kreg plug cutter is now available in South Africa.
Sanding is an essential part of the preparation required for virtually every type of surface treatment. Find out which is the right Bosch sander for your application, in combination with selecting the correct abrasive.
Thanks to the Bosch PHO electric planer, it's possible to carry out wood and board project with greater precision and faster turnaround times.
The Skil 4600 AA CombiSaw combines two popular DIY tools in one: a reciprocating saw and a jigsaw. Just click and slide the handle, and you can smoothly switch between reciprocating saw and jigsaw.
It saves you time to invest in the right tools. There are tools that not only make DIY easier, they also speed up the process, which means you get to do more - in less time!
Fitting drawer slides is easy with the Kreg Drawer Slide Jig. Now you can eliminate the guess work and make the process easy by holding the slides and the drawer box in perfect position, leaving both hands free to attach the slides.
The Kreg Concealed Hinge Jig and 35mm Hinge Bit makes it easy to install concealed and Euro cabinet door hinges for doors. The Concealed Hinge Jig and Bit provides accurate, consistent drilling using a drill / driver.
The Bosch PMF 250 CES multi-function tool provides the perfect support for DIY and handymen for a wide range of renovation and repair tasks.
When you are drilling repeat holes in timber, board or walls, drill stops can be fitted to your drill bit for accurate drilling every time.
Whether you choose Bosch or Dremel, multifunction tools offer a variety of functions from cutting, sanding and scraping - all in one tool.
Bosch Power Tools, which has 40 years of experience in design and in-house production of SDS plus drill bits, brings the new 6mm SDS plus-5X for professionals, which allows the user to quickly drill into rebar – significantly increasing efficiency for projects.
If you own a Kreg Pockethole Jig but haven't yet put it to use, we offer a few tips and tricks for using this amazing tool to best advantage and for professional jointing of projects.
The Centipede table system offers multiple uses to set up table space anywhere - anytime. You can use the Centipede to set up an instant workshop, for parties and promotions, and even for displays and catering.
The Tork Craft Decking Tool is great for DIY Divas! Now you can cut down on the time spent drilling pilot holes and having to countersink all the holes by using one easy accessory.
With Olfa's CS-5 combination keyhole saw and cutting knife you only need one tool. With its dual blade system you have a snap-off blade cutter and keyhole saw all in one.
Kreg are proud to introduce the Automaxx clamp range for quick, convenient clamping with automatic adjustment.
Tork Craft's Dimpler automatically drill and countersinks screws fast and accurately into all types of wood materials. The Dimpler prevents the screw head from penetrating board and timber too deep.
Most DIY enthusiasts give little thought to buying a planer, but when you own one you discover how valuable this power tool can be, especially if you make your own furniture.
Vermont Sales recently added the Bondhus HexPro Pivot Head Hex and TORX Wrenches to their extensive range of products. These wrenches allow tool users to insert the wrench into socket head screw once only, then pivoting around obstacles.
Here's a way to make DIY tasks easier. The Bosch V-Line accessory sets are sure to be appreciated by any handy dad this Father’s Day.
Not your average clamps, Armor Clamps have a revolutionary auto-adjust mechanism - a significant breakthrough in the world of clamping, and one that solves many clamping problems.
The Alpen Profi range offers Tungsten carbide multi-purpose drill bits - the first all-rounder drill bits, with cylindrical shank, that are available in both a short and long series.
Vermont Sales brings the Rivedrill system to South Africa. The Rivedrill can be fitted to any drill - both cordless or corded - and replaces a hand riveter for easy riveting of steel sheets.
Power tool manufacturers are taking cognisance of the fact that more women are doing DIY these days. But more than that, they know we want power tools that are lightweight and easy to use.
When you need to cut timber or board down to size you want to do it as easily and as quickly as possible. Bosch and Dremel have the right cutting tools for the job.
Tork Craft’s new Palm Wrench is probably the most useful, clever tool that has come to this country. Soon to be in every DIYers toolbox, the Palm Wrench can be kept in your car, carried in a bicycle kit or motorcycle toolbox. The Palm Wrench is great for all DIY gals and guys.
Anyone who does their own tiling will appreciate the precisely accurate cutting results and reduced risk of shattering tiles with the new Bosch PTC 470 and PTC 640 tile cutters featuring innovative slashing and breaking technique.
If you are looking for a great gift idea for the DIY Diva or DIY Guy that has everything, the Bosch PSR Select is sure to impress
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.
The Bosch PCM 7 Mitre Saw retails at R2389.00 if you buy direct from www.tools4wood.co.za, which is affordable when you think of the time- and labour-saving benefits as opposed to using a mitre box for cutting angles and bevels.
The Kreg Pocket Hole Jig continues to be a must-have joinery jig for every woodworkers workshop. The K5 is the fifth generation and, while the pocket hole principle has remained unchanged, the new jig is a radical departure from the K4 pockethole jig.
If there is one power tool you simply must add to your list, it's the Bosch PKS 16 Multi Circular Saw. Having just tried out the latest addition to the Bosch range I am definitely going to be adding this one to my list.
Working out floor or wall space, or determining total square metres is far easier if you use a powerful and accurate laser measuring tool.
A new toy to add to our collection is the Bosch PLS 300 Cutting Station. If you use a jigsaw you know how difficult it can be to cut angles and bevels accurately. With the Bosch PLS 300 you can now cut angles and bevels accurately and easily.
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:
I have been using my Bosch PDF 65 for the past 4 years and it still works like a dream. It gets used on a regular basis and I have painted countless projects with the Bosch PFS and can recommend it to anyone who is tired of using a paintbrush.
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.