Most teenagers have car magazines or the latest issue of T3, I had Dremel and Minicraft catalogues! For my 14th Birthday I asked for and got a Dremel 395! The design is still pretty much the same 15 years later and it’s still a very good tool so I thought I would do a quick review and describe why I went for this model and not the cheaper alternatives. To start with, there is the sheer amount of torque available from a mains powered drill. At 125 watts, you are never short of it. I have used mine as a general household drill for 15 years and it’s never let me down. It won’t drill into brickwork, but it coped pretty well with some extremely hard oak beams.

Although some of the other drills match or come close to the 125 watts, I never found a mini drill that matched the quality of the Dremel.




As you have probably guessed by now, I have a bit of a thing about my tools! Some time ago I walked down to Hatton gardens during Jewellery week. There were people all along the street demonstrating their various crafts. The one that I remember most was a lady demonstrating how she carves jade.  To be honest, jade jewellery doesn’t appeal to me but the thing that struck me was the beautiful drill she was using with diamond wheels. The smoothness and precision was obvious from her work.

There are a massive number of accessories for the mini drill. Available in all shapes and sizes and colors!

But what are they actually for? Which are just a gimmick and which are indispensable? I hope this article sheds some light on the subject!


I used to live in a VERY small flat! And every time I did any painting, the inevitable complaints about the fumes from my wife were driving me nuts to the point where my work virtually ground to a halt. When we moved house, one of the first items on the shopping list was a spray booth.