As a living, breathing organism - even after being cut - timber has to be maintained for its lifetime, especially in our harsh South African climate. Here are a few points to note when caring for timber.
It's not always easy to keep screws, hardware and small items organised. This wall-mounted hardware organiser is a 30-minute project that will help keep your workshop or workspace clutter free.
DMT has sharpening products for almost everything that needs to be sharpened, and sharpening can also be done by anyone in the home. From scissors and kitchen knives to workshop tools - all can be sharpened easily with the right DMT stone.
While we women like to think we're just as good as men when it comes to DIY... we have our limits! So, when you're doing projects that require the use of a hammer, such as tapping in panel pins or wire nails, invest in hammer that is specifically designed for women.
A topic that we discuss regularly at our DIY Divas workshops is the use of plastic or nylon wall plugs for mounting or hanging items on brick walls - why they are different and why it's better to use nylon wall plugs.
MPS Blades are leading producers of high quality cutting - the masters in sawing technology - with long lasting blades for all types of cutting machinery
Cut into aluminium, copper, mild steel (sheet metal), stainless steel (sheet metal), zinc, wood, and PVC with ease using a Tork Craft bi-metal hole saw.
Use this handy homemade tool to accurately determine the centre of a square or circular work piece.
Another innovation from Kreg - the cabinet hardware jig removes the guesswork by allowing you to drill straight, accurately positioned holes every time, so that every piece of hardware is positioned correctly and consistently.
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.
DIY drilling for Euro or concealed hinges is easy with the new Tork Craft CUP1100 Hinge Jig from Vermont Sales.
Rawlplug is one of the world's leading manufacturers of specialist anchoring and fixing systems, with over 90 years of industry experience.
If you are working on your own, adjustable corner clamps are like an extra pair of hands.
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.
Thanks to Tork Craft, these handy drawer front clamps will save you aggravation, time and offers 100% accuracy. Simply clamp, adjust, fasten and you're done.
When you use your drill bits regularly, they soon become dull. Rather than have to replace dull bits you can now invest in a self-powered drill bit sharpening system and save some money.
Here's the perfect accessory for every DIY workshop. The Tork Craft Measuring Plate takes the guess work out of any drilling and allows you to select drill bits, screw and bolt sizing, wall plugs.
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.
When doing your own home maintenance, repairs or projects, using safety gear is essential. Here are four items you should already have in your toolbox or workshop.
Pro-Tech router bits have been used by carpenters and woodworkers for almost 30 years. Not only are their router bits sharper than other cutters, they are also very affordable and excellent quality and are available in a wide range of routing profiles.
Not everyone owns a mitre saw, so we look at a way to make a modified French cleat if you don't have a mitre saw and need to hang heavy items.
Every home should have a can of WD-40 and I think I just found another use to add to the over 2000 uses. You can use WD-40 to remove labels from wood without affecting the finish. You can also use it to remove sticky labels from other items as well.
Gloves are essential for projects in the workshop, such as when handling wood, grinding and cutting. You should also wear gloves when working in the garden. And gloves are a must for racing and riding enthusiasts.
Citric acid is one of the easiest, safest, and least abrasive ways to remove surface rust from old steel tools and accessories.
I'm an avid DIY fanatic who loves to make decor accessories and furniture. But I don't make everything I own - I have come to know my limits and what I can and cannot make on my own. So when do you DIY or buy?
When you are working on your own to make furniture or projects, it's always handy to have a trick or two up your sleeve. This handy corner clamp jig is one of those!
When working with reclaimed timber pallets you have to not only inspect and select the right pallets, you have to exercise caution when breaking these down. Here are some tips to keep you safe and make the job easier.
If you have ever filled a screw hole with wood filler, and especially in SupaWood / MDF, you will know that the wood filler cracks or even falls out. Here's a quick tip to ensure holes stay filled and prevent cracks.
You invest a lot of money in power tools, so it makes sense that you look after them. Keeping them cleaned and lubricated is essential. Here are some tips to help you look after your power tools.
Ever tried getting just a tiny amount of oil into the workings of a lock or some other confined space and given up – or put so much in that it overflowed all over the place?
This simple drill-bit storage pipe will keep your drill bits free of moisture, and safe from damage, and is easy to make using PVC pipe and fittings.
We may be taking a step back in time here, but there are still plenty of DIY enthusiasts who still use a handsaw for cutting. Here's how to cut 45-degrees mitres to make a variety of projects, including a basic frame bed for a child's bedroom.
Wood filler is an easy and permanent way to cover up screws in wood. There are a few tips and tricks that should know that will help in a professionally finished project.
When you are making your own furniture you want perfection... or as close to it as possible. Here is a tip on how to achieve perfectly rounded corners for all your projects.
Plug cutters are handy to have if you love working with wood. But if you don't want to go to the expense of buying a drill press, here's a nifty way to make your own plugs without a drill press.
A countersink bit is essential when joining projects with screws. A countersink bit allows the screw to be driven below the surface of board products to allow for a variety of finishing options.
Even a beginner DIY enthusiast can create perfect projects. It is important to note that no project is free of flaws but there are tips and techniques that you can apply to create a project that looks perfect.
When investing in a sander the DIY Divas recommend that you have an Orbital sander for large areas, and a Random Orbit sander for fine sanding and finishing. Here's a great way to save money on consumables, such as sanding pads.
Start the year off by signing up for a DIY Divas workshop in Joburg or Cape Town.
Even the most experienced DIYer can struggle to drill perfectly horizontal holes in walls, but beginners struggle even more. Here's a tip to make drilling straight holes easier.
When drilling into or painting ceilings mess and drips are inevitable. Now you can recycle a plastic bottle into dust and drip collectors.
When fitting new lights fixtures, smoke detectors, security alarms or fans to a ceiling, it is safer to use the proper fixings to ensure fittings are secure and won't fall down.
Pipe cutters are handy to have when you need to cut pipe to length. Vermont Sales offer a range of pipe cutters that you can find at hardware stores around the country.
When undertaking any type of upholstery project you will want to equip yourself with a staple gun. Nowadays there are various types of staple guns on the market, ranging from the heavy-duty manual staple gun, to a pneumatic or air staple gun.
Using the patented pockethole jig and accessories the pockethole system creates an angled slot for a strong and sturdy joining method. While the kits do come with a few pockethole plugs, more than this and you will need to buy additional plugs. In this project we show you how to make your own pockethole plugs.
Epoxy putty for wood - QuikWood - allows you to instantly repair chips and dents, or even rebuilding broken or missing pieces on detailed wood furniture.
If you need to cut moulding or trim, a mitre box allows you to easily line up and trim sections to size. Here's how to make a simple mitre box for your workshop.
The DIY Divas will be hosting DIY Workshops for Kids and Teens during the October school holidays. If you have a DIY wunderkind in your family... send them along!
I have dabbled with dovetail joints and made furniture using mortise and tenon joints, but at the end of the day I make furniture that is affordable, modern and takes the least amount of time. Traditional carpentry has it's place if you are looking to make heirloom furniture, but for most DIY enthusiasts we want to use materials that are readily available and fit in with our modern lifestyle.
If you enjoy arts and crafts and crafty DIY projects you won't want to miss the Dremel Tools workshop this coming Saturday at DIY Divas in Randpark Ridge.
There comes a time when you need to drill circular holes in a project if you want to add design features. We provide some tips on how to use a hole saw.
Quite a few smaller tools comes in tins these days, and it seems a waste to throw these away. I turned my empty Bosch Tacker tin into a handy tool kit.
For many DIY enthusiasts and amateur woodworkers sanding is probably the least enjoyed part of any project. But if you do it right, you can spend less time sanding and save money on sanding paper or pads.
Most amateur DIY woodworking enthusiasts generally have most of the latest tools and machines but are always on the lookout for that one tool that is so clever is actually makes projects easier - the Kreg Pockethole Jig is one of those 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.
Making your own picture frames allows you the freedom to create custom picture frames for a home. This simple picture frame clamp holder makes the project even easier.
Mitre joints are handy for a variety of projects, but getting them perfect every time can be a challenge. We offer some tips on achieving accurate mitre joints that match up nicely.
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.
In today's world, finding a reliable and competent contractor can be challenging. That's why online services such as that offered by Handyman Direct are a lifesaver. They can assist you with a handyman for all your building and property maintenance needs.
Using candle wax to protect your small wood projects is an easy way to apply a water resistant finish that looks gorgeous - and only costs the price of a wax candle!
It's affordable and easy to work with, but there are safety precautions that need to be in place when working with SupaWood or MDF.
Skil has launched an extremely user-friendly DIY platform that offers helpful information and advice to assist people with their home projects, regardless of their experience or prior knowledge of DIY.
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.
Summer is definitely here and South Africans will be spending more time outdoors. If you haven't already made yourself a garden table you might be interested in the new range of FLAT table bases from Eclipse.
Use meranti to make a simple yet practical wall-mounted shelf unit. For this shelf we show you two methods of joining the boards together; using a biscuit jointer or using a Kreg pockethole jig.
Mounting drawer runners can be tricky if you don't get the measurements right. I recently posted easy DIY tips for mounting metal drawer sides on runners and in this feature you will discover an easy way to mount ball-bearing drawer runners. Once you see how easy it is to mount drawer runners this way you will soon be making chests of drawers and adding drawer storage to cabinets!
Drawer runners are essential if you are making furniture that incorporates drawers. There are various types of drawer runners, but the ball-bearing ones offer smooth opening and closing and are easy to fit.
Around this time of year and as part of my annual home maintenance regimen I like to grab a can of WD-40 and go around the house, spraying essential components to protect them from damage by moisture and rust.
When you are making picture frames or projects that require corner clamping, these homemade frame clamps allow you to do away with straps and large clamps. The clamps are designed to fit into any corner and allow you to use standard quick clamps for securing glued frames.
I recently posted a feature on how to dress up a plain hollow-core door. In the feature I didn't include the fact that the screws in the door were completely stripped and impossible to remove. So for anyone who encounters this problem, here's how to remove stripped screws...
When you buy fittings and shelves, these usually come with plastic wall plugs and screws for mounting. The first thing you need to do is throw away the plastic wall plugs, because they are useless! Use them and sooner or later (most probably sooner), the fittings will start to come lose.
Gaps in and around window and door frames should be sealed as soon as any cracks or opening in the joints occurs. Failure to fill in these gaps will result in moisture gaining access to the wood and leading to wood rot and eventual disintegration of the wood.
While power tools may have made the handsaw obsolete, there is still a place in the home workshop for this hand tool, especially for cutting timber and if you don't own a jigsaw or circular saw. There are various types of handsaws, each with its own unique characteristics and uses.
When making doors out of 16mm SupaWood you have to take into consideration the weight of the finished doors. If you are building a largish cabinet, say anything from a height of 800mm upwards, the doors will be heavy and require heavy-duty hinges rather than standard butt hinges. Using an overlay hinge is the answer.
Glass and tile drill bits are the answer to drilling holes in glass and tile, but minor chips are inevitable. The new Alpen Keramo Extreme glass and tile bit is designed to drill holes in extremely hard porcelain tiles up to Mohs/Ritz hardness 9, as well as glass and ceramic tiles.
Buying your first set of power tools can be intimidating. If you don't know exactly what you want, you could end up with something you don't need. In our how to shop for a drill/driver we take a look at where to buy a drill/driver and the various models available, so that when you are ready to buy your first drill/driver - you know which one you need.
Selecting the right screws for your project can be confusing, especially when instructions start referring to pan head, round head, drywall and chipboard screws. Here on Home-Dzine we try to keep it simple and use screws that you will find at your local Builders Warehouse.
More people are realising that do-it-yourself is not just a way to knock a hole in the wall. Attendance at DIY Divas workshops is a sure indication that Gals and Guys are looking to empower themselves with the skills to tackle a wide variety of home improvement, maintenance and repairs.
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.
As far as affordable furniture goes, Ikea definitely offers the widest range of options for living room storage. Unfortunately we can't buy Ikea furniture here in SA, but that doesn't mean you can't grab your tools and make your own stylish storage furniture. Here are some tips to guide you...
When you restore, upcycle, repurpose or make your own furniture, painting you want to be able to paint handles and hardware to match the finished project. Plus, you can't always find what you need in the stores, so it helps to know that you can - and how to - paint handles and hardware.
No DIYer or Home Handyman should ever be without a spirit level - small or large. A spirit level is used for determining horizontal and vertical levels and can be used on a variety of DIY projects in and around the home.
When taking on DIY projects such as tiling walls, fitting cabinets, installing door and window frames, or any project where you need to determine the level of a vertical surface, you will need to use a plumb bob - or laser level.
Being able to use SupaWood for bathroom furniture projects allows you much more scope when designing affordable cabinets and cupboards for a bathroom. However, we know that SupaWood is super-absorbent and should not be placed on a bathroom floor, or else it will swell. To overcome this problem I add roofing washers to the bottom of my bathroom furniture.
At our DIY Divas workshops we often get asked how power tools and hand tools should be cleaned. Not only does regularly cleaning your tools extend their life, it also allows you the opportunity to ensure they remain free from rust (if they have metal parts) and apply lubricant.
You will normally find cam screws on furniture designed to be shipped as flat-pack or where some assembly is required. Cam or locking screws are 2-part screws where the cam is fitted in one piece and the screw in a piece to be joined to this piece. By slotting the two pieces together and tightening the screw you have a reasonably secure join.
There are always a few tips and tricks that you can put to good use - whatever DIY project you may be tackling. Here are just a few clever tricks I have learned along the way...