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Pallet upcycling is all the rage today. But, if you’ve ever tried to actually remove wood planks from a pallet, you know that it is not an easy task. The nails that are used are typically spiral nails and are designed to really grip that wood. And if that’s not enough, they usually shoot 4-5 nails per joint. Sheesh, you’d think they were building a foundation for a 10 ton elephant. Okay, actually it is the foundation that has to hold tons of product as it is lifted by a fork lift. Which explains why harvesting pallet wood can be a labor intensive task.

I figured you’d appreciate it if I shared with you the quickest and easiest way I’ve found to salvage this beautifully rustic pallet wood.



Lay the pallet on a flat surface.

Set your circular saw depth to about 1/4″ beyond the pallet wood.

Saw through the pallet board close to the joint. However, make sure that you are far enough away from any nails. (It is a good idea to look underneath before you begin to cut.)

Cut along the opposite side of the board where it meets the other side board. You should have two cuts now, but the board is still nailed in the middle.

This is a good time to break out the Dremel Multi-Max. (Side note: Dremel sent this tool for me to try — and I have to say — it was a huge help for cutting through all those excess pallet nails. I really liked the tool and it fit nice in my (small female) hand. I haven’t tried any of the other attachments yet, but will be using it to cut the baseboard trim in the bonus room soon.)

The Dremel Multi-Max comes with a few attachments, but you can buy other attachments as needed. Check out the Dremel accessory finder to figure out which bit or blade you need for your specific project.

To install the cutting blade, remove the collet nut on the Multi-max with an allen wrench (1). Loosen the nut until you can slip the wood & metal blade underneath.Line the pins up with the holes in the blade (2). Tighten the collet nut on the Multi-Max.

Insert the Multi-max blade flush with the bottom of the pallet wood. Let the blade saw through the nails. Don’t force or rock the Multi-Max.  (I was able to cut through the outer nails, but couldn’t reach the inner ones.)

Hammer a pry bar under the edge of the loosened board. Pry up the edge a little.

Slip a hammer underneath the pried up side and slide the crow bar into the opposite side of the board. Gently rock the hammer and crow bar outward to lift the board free.

To remove nails still in the pallet board, turn the board upside down (1). Hammer the nail through the board (2). Flip the board right side up and use the claw on the hammer to pry up the nail (3).

After a few hours I had amassed quite a collection of pallet boards and scrap wood from the shop. I used ALL of it in this project.

Stay tuned!

Read more tips on harvesting  pallet wood on Instructables.

Disclosure: Dremel sent me the Multi-Max to try out in a product review. I was not compensated to write this post, nor was I told what to write or how to use the tool. All opinions and instructions are my own.

327 replies
  1. Lisa E
    Lisa E says:

    Love your blog and talent. If I would have this tool, then I would be more apt to finally tackle taking apart pallets which I’ve totally avoided thus far.

  2. Courtney
    Courtney says:

    Holy cow I’m in love with that saw max! I am totally afraid of the circular saw (I can use the table saw and miter saw no problem, but the circular saw scares me! I’m such a dork.)

  3. Natasha J
    Natasha J says:

    LOVE THIS POST! if i would i would make tons of pallate crafts. i LOVE them and always wondered how to do it. now i know. and if i had one of those the possabilities are endles!

  4. Darlene
    Darlene says:

    I would love to have a Dremel! It’s been on my wishlist for awhile, but since I am “building” my toolbox, it hasn’t been a necessity. But oh how I would love to have one!

  5. shelby roberts
    shelby roberts says:

    Where could I NOT use it is the real question! It would work wonderfully with some of the furniture makeovers my husband and I are working on.

  6. Robin
    Robin says:

    I would like to say that I have only just recently “found” you – and I am so thankful. My husband and I have always been too quick to hire someone to do something for us — without even trying first ourselves. Already after just a couple of weeks of seeing your posts I am feeling more confident and most importantly, more interested in trying to tackle some home improvement projects. You are an inspiration! Thank you!

    Cary, NC

  7. Jackie S/FL
    Jackie S/FL says:

    Buckets, do I need a Dremel! I’ve collect a bunch of sea glass and shells that need some spiffy holes drilled into them so I can make some jewelry and crafty home decor. These goodies need some repurposed love, instead of being cooped up in their plastic bags and jars! I just love your blog and follow you on facebook! I’m inspired by your great projects and ideas! I’m also a fan of reclaimed wood and I could turn out some great projects with a Dremel:) Ohhhhhhh, I hope I win!

  8. brandi sims
    brandi sims says:

    1. I would definitely use it to do what you have just taught us to do! I have gotten several pallets from work & could never figure out how to take them apart! 🙂

  9. brandi sims
    brandi sims says:

    4. I just found you yesterday somehow (don’t recall the source!) & I LOVE YOU! You are amazing. My best friend & I have just started refinishing/painting vintage & funky styled furniture. We are teaching ourselves. We want to be able to repair AND build furniture as well. YOU are an inspiration!!!

  10. Rebecca Pietila
    Rebecca Pietila says:

    I would use this tool along with others I have collected over time to make the job of creating my kids a playhouse a much easier task! I read your blog all the time and Follow you as well!

  11. Angela
    Angela says:

    You now have an icon on my smart phone. I’m new to pallet up-cycling and wondered how the heck to remove the nails…thanks so much for the tutorial. I keep up with you on Pinterest now but will follow you on Facebook after making this post. Genius…simply genius answers to DIY issues that always seem to pop out of nowhere (kinda like the “snake in a can” party trick…).

  12. jo
    jo says:

    I would use the Dremel Multi Max to remove grout. The person who installed the tile in our laundry room did a lousy job (deep ruts) Sweeping the floor in there is truly a chore – what should only take a few minutes takes much longer since I have to sweep the kitty litter out of each and every groove cause it gets caught.

  13. Peggy Cardenas
    Peggy Cardenas says:

    I found you through pinterest and now I follow your daily blog. Love it! I, too, am a repurposer and donate many of my items to charity auctions. I would use the Dremel Multi Max in so many different ways for many different projects. I just love the inspiration from your blog. I have a potting bench to repurpose and finish, and I would like to repurpose free pallets to make furniture for my patio area. I would love to send you some photos of my completed projects. Thank you for this opportunity.

  14. autum
    autum says:

    I would love to win the Dremel Multi Max. I have wanted to try some pallet wood projects, but my husband has discouraged me because they are so difficult to take apart.

  15. Destiny
    Destiny says:

    I love your blog! You inspire within me the desire to create/repurpose. Now I just have to make the time and start gathering tools & supplies.

  16. Kristin McNamara Freeman
    Kristin McNamara Freeman says:

    I would love to have a Multi-Max for creating my own frames for my artwork and for cutting pieces to use in my three dimensional wood sculpture pieces.

  17. Tammy T
    Tammy T says:

    I looooooove you on FB!! Just recently found and started following you, but so glad I did! You are so creative :-)). I will check out the pinterest too!!
    Oh, and I WANT that Dremel!! 😀

  18. Kristin McNamara Freeman
    Kristin McNamara Freeman says:

    The directions for using the pallets are fantastic! With a ready supply from a close to me business I am already envisioning some new projects. Thanks for the push!

  19. Amanda
    Amanda says:

    I have about 20 old classic cocacola shipping pallets I got my hands on!!! I’d def need a dremmel to take them apart for all the projects I’ll be starting (coffee table, wall signs, shelves etc!) the possibilities are endless! DIY is amazing! Your site teaches me so much!!!!!! And I love the colors you
    Choose for your pieces… I’d never think that I’d like them… Than bam!!!!! Gorgeous! I am now following you on pinterest as well!!!! Keep the tips coming…. All my projects and crafts support my family when they are sold 🙂

  20. Jerri C. TN
    Jerri C. TN says:

    What wouldn’t we use the Dremel for?? I am always tinkering with DIY projects & my husband is always building something. Love reading PHG, you are so talented!!!

  21. Jeannie-JB
    Jeannie-JB says:

    I would love to be able to cut thru boards easily (I want to make a Farmers Market sign), and make cut Egg Decorations for Easter. I’m sure there are so many things that I would use it for, I love crafting and DIY refinishing and learning new things. Thanks for the opportunity.

  22. Zan
    Zan says:

    Oh my gosh! I have wanted one of these! I would put that baby to good use in my polymer clay and jewelry crafting. Of course it would be used for work around the house.

    Thank you for offering the giveaway!

  23. beth
    beth says:

    Wow, I think that is what I need to trim the tile around my outlets! And since I am collecting pallet wood that is a BONUS. Thanks for the chance to win that awesome tool.

  24. beth
    beth says:

    follow you on fb. You know I consider myself A pretty good DIYer but compared to you I am a novice. I do a lot, I tile ( floors and walls) I paint( alot) I have scraped off the cottage cheese in four rooms to make beautiful smooth ceilings, I craft, do decor projects but I have been afraid to do much wood working and you have inspired me to start that as well.(I got a nail gun for Christmas and haven’t even used it yet) PS I’m tired of waiting for my husband to catch up with my projects. I figure that if you can work the circular, reciprocating and miter saws , so can I . Thanks for the inspiration to tackle another challenge. Brittany you are awesome.

  25. Pamela M
    Pamela M says:

    I follow you on Facebook. I love this tool. I am doing a few projects but I’m doing a cabinet that we are putting trim on to be decorative. This cabinet is being made to look built in when it really isn’t since we rent. It should be finished in a month or two.

  26. Mary Stewart
    Mary Stewart says:

    I didn’t win your room makeover contest, but I’m making over my kitchen a little at a time.

  27. Michelle Byrd
    Michelle Byrd says:

    I’ve been enjoying your blog for a while now and recently discovered that you are also in the Raleigh area! I’d love to meet you in person one day. I admire your great work and ideas. (Also would love to have this dremel for the pallets. I know what nightmare that can be!)

  28. Cheryl Burns
    Cheryl Burns says:

    I have always wanted a Dremel. We are converting our well room into a pantry and this would be perfect to shorten the door mouldings so the tile would butt right up to the wall.

  29. Kathy Nielsen
    Kathy Nielsen says:

    Like I’ve told you before…….love all the things you do and try most of them. The dremel is an awsome tool everyone should get one. Tell Santa!!!!! Kathy Nielsen

  30. Pammie Combs
    Pammie Combs says:

    I lost my job recently, some health issues and have now quite a bit of time on my hands. When I can I like to work on antiquing furniture and looking for technique’s I found you and have been following you every since. I love your work and I found you inspire me to do the things that I love to do again! Thank you so much!

  31. dragongirl
    dragongirl says:

    Thanks so much for this great giveaway!
    There are a ton of projects I could use the Multi-Max for. Things like removing and then new installation of vinyl flooring, crafts for fun such as sign making, cutouts for holiday decoration,etc. etc and of course easier removal of boards from pallets like you did. (Thanks for showing us how). One thing for sure is that I’d also purchase that Multi-Max Multi-Flex tool. OMG That would come in SO handy at times!

  32. dragongirl
    dragongirl says:

    Last but definitely NOT LEAST is a nice comment to you!!
    I know others have said it a million times, but I sure hope you truly – down in your bones, realize the wonderful positive impact you are having on todays’ women. There are a ton of websites out there in internet land with lots of tutorials, ideas, etc. but I have to say that yours is the one I really enjoy most. I’ve learned more from you than from watching years of programs like “This Old House”. THAT’s how important you are!! You not only pass on knowledge of doing things around the house, but you also offer opinions about what works for us smaller-handed females, give us tool reviews so we know what might work for us and on and on. I just happen to think you’re wonderful to be sharing all this with us and have recommended you to almost every woman I think would be interested. So, Thank-you so much.

  33. lindabug
    lindabug says:

    Bad caulk? Check. Stuck door? Check. Broken tile? Check. Pinterest follower? Check. E-mail? Check Sure could use that Dremel Multi-Max? Check

  34. Lisa Kubin
    Lisa Kubin says:

    I am so thankful for your salvaging pallet wood tutorial!! I have been saving a few of them for a while and was just not sure how to start! Now I know what to do!!

    Lisa K.

  35. Lisa Kubin
    Lisa Kubin says:

    After viewing the Dremel multi max video – all I can say is what wouldn’t I use it for. I have had Dremel tools in the past but haven’t used it in a long time. I am going to have to go find where I put the old one I have.
    Lisa K.

  36. Sally B
    Sally B says:

    I could use the dremel in countless ways, so often a larger tool is so much bulkier than the job demands. I would use this to refinish my dining table in the areas of detail (sanding) to cut off nails, to do so many tasks. I am always working on something!:0)

  37. PeggyAnn
    PeggyAnn says:

    I just installed vinyl flooring in the master bath, the Dremel Multi-Max would have made the job much easier. It looks like a tool you can use in so many home/craft projects. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  38. Stacey
    Stacey says:

    I would soooo love the MultiMax to cut an outlet in my drywall. Well, actually, not the drywall, but plank boards that I would like to install. One of the reasons I haven’t attempted the planks yet is because I am a little anxious about cutting out the openings for outlets and switches. This would really help me jump right in.

  39. Barbara Mars
    Barbara Mars says:

    I appreciate what you do for all the women DIY’ers out here in www and how you share your findings and how to’s. You are my ‘go-to girl’ for how to do anything and have been receiving your email updates to your blog for quite some time. You are appreciated – believe me! And now this fabulous give-a-way! WOW! What I’d give for THIS tool! Sanding wood, cutting pipe, etc., and the multi-flex attachment – just drooling over that one!!!
    Hope I win!!!
    Thanks again –
    Barbara in TN

  40. Stacey
    Stacey says:

    Here is your nice comment … this summer I watched your video on cutting with a circular saw. Because of you, I felt confident enough to take over our circular saw and jump right in to 2 different builds. I built an outdoor side table and a rustic letter A for our outside garage wall. They’re posted on my site above under “projects”. Thanks Brittany for showing us gals how to do cool stuff!

  41. Ferne
    Ferne says:

    This is a great giveaway! I just found your blog through Pinterest and will have to hit the subscribe button next because I am loving what I see. My old Dremel was kind of confiscated by my boyfriend and he uses it for everything so I would love to have one that is all mine! (like that would happen) Anyway, I will be checking back to see what new projects I just might want to tackle like the under the sink mess!

  42. Lara
    Lara says:

    I would use a Dremel Multi-Max for SOOO many things! I’m refinishing my dining room chairs, and it would come in handy for sanding. I also need to install toe moulding all over the house, and a Dremel would make cutting so much faster.

  43. Lara
    Lara says:

    I love that I found your blog, especially the post on harvesting pallet wood. I had some pallets, but couldn’t get the darn things loose, so I gave up. Now I know what to do!

  44. Kathie
    Kathie says:

    Hi! I love my Dremel, I was so excited to see this new accessory! I have an oscillating tool as well, unfortunately I think a friend borrowed it and I may never see it again. I love your blog. I grew up using tools and working on our house with my dad and now I work on my own. I also started following you on Twitter and Pinterest. Have a wonderful day!

  45. Allison
    Allison says:

    I love your blog and would LOVE a new dremel tool!! We are new homeowners and have started on a million DIY projects. This tool would be a great addition to our ever growing toolbox!

  46. Debbie w
    Debbie w says:

    My husband and I are into harvesting pallets….it is a tuff job, could use tool on them. Also on some wooden boxes we make out of up cycled wood! Thanks for chance to win

  47. Janet
    Janet says:

    Any of the DIY projects would be done at one time or another, the battery post cleaning was just done with much more difficulty that there would have been with this tool. I think the next might be the dead bolt strike plate, though it would be a toss-up depending on when I got the tool.

  48. Janet
    Janet says:

    I follow you on pinterest. That lantern tutorial is great. What patience you have! I can see myself burning myself getting the glass out of the oven, lol.

  49. Janet
    Janet says:

    I subscribe to you and always enjoy your blog. I messed up trying to link The Colleen Jacobsen fund and you helped me do it right. Talk about computer illiterate blogger. You know why I’m not in linky parties; can’t get it to work.

  50. Dale
    Dale says:

    tHANKS for all the handy tips! I am following you on Facebook, Pinterest. I want to build a tool/garden shed out of pallet wood, and maybe a bed headbooard. Hopefully I’ll win the dremmel to help me. It also appears from their site that it would help me to work on gourds!

  51. Loretta
    Loretta says:

    I recently removed an old built in oven from a floor to ceiling cabinet. I need to do some precision cutting to adapt the cabinet so I can add some much needed counter top space. I have been wishing I had one of these tools for the job. I have my fingers crossed !! : )

  52. Elizabeth H
    Elizabeth H says:

    Wonderful tool. I would first of all remove the grout and then regrout tile in my foyer. I really love all the tips and DIY you give us through your blog. You are really a handy girl!

  53. Tonya
    Tonya says:

    Awesome Post ..I love old pallet wood & like you have found them to be a real challange to rip apart so your post was perfect…I’ve got all the tools mentioned except the Dremel Multi Max. So I would love to win this one. I could use it not only to rip apart pallets but in creating many of the Prim Gatherings I create..It would be a huge help since I just had hand surgery on my left hand & soon to have surgery on the right hand. Using tools is difficult unless they have a nice fat handle like the dremel.
    I’m a faithful follower on your blog..I love all the how to’s you sahre with us. I know you have helped many a lady decide to take the challange to do things on there own thanks to your easy to understand & follow how to’s!

    Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge with us!

    Warm Blessings

  54. MO
    MO says:

    Multi Max is my dream tool. Just went to use my regular dremel, it’s broken 🙁 Someone related to me by marriage) seems to have “done something” arrrggg.

  55. Ginger
    Ginger says:

    I follow you on Pinterest, Facebook, & your blog.

    This would be perfect for all the wooden projects I’ve got that are calling out for me to get started on them!

  56. Jennifer Madigan
    Jennifer Madigan says:

    I’m going to be redoing our shed and I could really use this to help get rid of the boards that are bad. What a great giveaway.

  57. Jennifer Madigan
    Jennifer Madigan says:

    You have a great site. I’m sorry everyone has been having issues with content piracy. I hope it’s taken care of very soon.

  58. Elizabeth B
    Elizabeth B says:

    I would use my Dremel Multi-Max with my Dad to do DIY projects at home. I love working with him and this is one tool he would actually let me use!

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  59. Kathy
    Kathy says:

    I follow you on Pinterest. Having a tool like this would totally get me motivated to work on those pallets I am accumulating and hoping to use soon.

  60. Melissa Whitcher
    Melissa Whitcher says:

    Love your insights on getting the pallets apart. I just picked up about 5 of them off the side of the road the other day and haven’t had the time to pull them apart and work on them yet. This tool you mentioned would help me out immensely.

    Thanks for the post and giveaway!


  61. Victoria Wolford
    Victoria Wolford says:

    TheDremel Multi-Max would be a great addition to our woodworking area (garage!). I’ve been collecting projects this summer, waiting for the kids to go back to school so I could start on them!

  62. Lisa B
    Lisa B says:

    I would use this to bring to life a creation for a ribbon rack I have in my head. My daddy was always my builder – I would come up with the ideas and creations and he would bring them to life. He is in heaven now and I would love to start bring life to my ideas in his honor 🙂

  63. Sue B.
    Sue B. says:

    I’ve re-designed 4 large planter boxes and 2 window boxes on paper. I plan to re-use the current wood and having the Multi-Max would surely help in this endeavor…thanks so much for the opportunity to win!

  64. maria
    maria says:

    I really really need to get a new garden shed and just can’t see a pre-built on in my near future I could use that Dremel to re-cycle pallets to help make that shed

  65. Jessica Moore
    Jessica Moore says:

    I’ve been lusting after this for a while. We just installed laminate flooring and used a Dremel 800 to undercut our molding and doorframes–not fun! If I got this I’d use it to make the bathroom and kitchen flooring projects go a lot faster.

  66. Jonelle L
    Jonelle L says:

    This would be perfect for the playroom/family room remodel. I’m currently in the planning stages and could use this on a number of projects I have on my list.

  67. Michele
    Michele says:

    Hi Pretty:)

    I love your Pintrest and FB posts! I also get great ideas from your blog. This post about the reclaimed pallet wood came at just the right time. I recently moved into my newly renovated (by my dad, uncle, and me) home and have left over wood and pallets to recycle. Can’t wait for more ideas. Thanks a bunch!!!

  68. Tracy Latham
    Tracy Latham says:

    I would start by carving pumpkins. Then it would be handy to pull up linoleum in two bathroom I am going to tile. It looks like it could cut door jams, which is tricky without the right saw. I have trashed so many pallets before, now I can collect them and attempt to make a desk from them.

  69. laura
    laura says:

    My husband is deployed so I’ve finally had to start learning to use power tools. Oh my! What fun! Still have a lot to learn though. I took apart pallets with a hack saw, what a pain..i would definitely start on more pallets if I had an amazing tool. I follow your blog and on pinterest, thanks for the inspiration to continue on this new, exciting journey.

  70. Francesca
    Francesca says:

    I have never considered myself a DIY kinda gal, but in the last year or so, I’ve been irresistibly drawn to DIY sites featuring women, like this one. If I had this tool, I might actually be emboldened to try laying new tile in the guest bathroom instead of just thinking about it!

  71. Michelle Brotherton
    Michelle Brotherton says:

    I am now following all your boards. I recently got into DYI and I am obsessing over it. I wish I could just spend $1000 right off the bat to get everything I need. But no dice! I am a fine artist and graphic designer and I love designer furniture but I can;t afford them. I know I would be really great at making furniture if I just had some basic tools. My birthday is on September 28th, check my facebook I speak the truth. I would love to win this giveaway. Thanks for the consideration. I’ll continue to dream big!

  72. Jayjie
    Jayjie says:

    I am now following your Pretty Handy Tutorials board on Pinterest. I am just starting with that one. I look forward to seeing more!

  73. Jayjie
    Jayjie says:

    If I had a Dremel MultiMax I would finish my kitchen and bathrooms “repair and update” much faster, with more confidence, and happily.

  74. Jayjie
    Jayjie says:

    Hello, Brittany “Pretty Handy Girl” Bailey, Thank you for your encouragement and your SUPERB tutorials. I speak for many when I say, Thank you for having real, true tutorials, that don’t skip anything that is necessary, and that have clear, step-by-step photos. You really care! You really want to run a top-notch website! I speak in gratitude for all of us that you will never actually meet – but inspire? YES! delight? YES! teach? YES!

  75. Alice
    Alice says:

    I follow you on Pintrest and like you on FB. I have very few DIY tools that are not manual except for the electric drill and screwdriver and other small tools that I borrow from my husband . I’ve always been a crafter and refinisher but now wish to build some items and turn a small room into a real craft room. I pass pallets every day on my way to the beach and would love to be able to pick some up and actually be able to use them. Thanks for all your free projects.
    Alice G.

  76. Suzanne B.
    Suzanne B. says:

    Brittany – praying you get better quickly. I can’t wait to see your bonus room makeover. I’d love to win the Dremel especially for when we are working on our Grand Prix cars(like Pinewood derby).

  77. mary fanara coleman
    mary fanara coleman says:

    Since I love birds and I have many gourds perfect for it. I would love to make some gourd birdhouses to add to the ones I already have in my yard. This dremel would be perfect. My husband would also like it to for some of his wood projects.

  78. Sue DeChant
    Sue DeChant says:

    I would sooo love to win this!! I would use a Dremel Multi-Max to remove some vinyl tile in my kitchen and for a ceramic tile repair job in my bathroom and, I have no doubt, dozens of other uses as I fix up my house!!

  79. Kathy Piere
    Kathy Piere says:


    Just found your awesome site and immediately am following you on facebook and pinterest. We are building a new home and I know I will be incorporating some of your awesome ideas. Thanks for the chance to win. My toolbox needs more than just a hammer and screwdriver! 🙂

  80. Sue DeChant
    Sue DeChant says:

    I love your blog and project ideas…..very empowering, helps me get up the courage to tackle some “fix ’em up” jobs that I might not have considered before.

  81. Madeleine Goodner
    Madeleine Goodner says:

    The dremel would be awesome .. as I just started gather ing my own “tools” I borrow a lot of my husbands as I began multiple projects couple years back.. My boys are all in scouting so we work on their pinewood derby cars, just recently we did a raingutter regatta [whew that was different!] and we have a house out in the country and I “save” many odd ball items as well as pallet wood, cause i see something in em I want to make and it works out.. and even when it does not work out.. i go another direction with it and it still works out!

  82. Madeleine Goodner
    Madeleine Goodner says:

    OH yeah. and I follow ya on Pintesrest as well as Facebook. dont have twitter yet… kind of busy to figure that out right now.. oh and I do have your blog on my home page.. favorite!

  83. Pam Newton
    Pam Newton says:

    Just found you and already lovin your blog! Following you on Pinterest & FB! Congrats on a successful site!! I’d feel so empowered to add the Dremel tool to my weak collection … I want to know more/do more with our family DIY projects. I’ve just mastered the drill – time to keep growing! Thanks for all your great insight!

  84. Debbie
    Debbie says:

    Oh how i could have used his tool in the last week! I would love to have one of these
    after all it becoming the craft season of the year……with the holidays right around the corner.

    I follow you on email and Pinterest!! You motivate me!

  85. Sally
    Sally says:

    I watched a few of the videos on their site. I think I would most use the tool for wood sanding, but its amazing all the different things it can do!

  86. Jill
    Jill says:

    I somehow lost my original Dremel in my move – it’s sooooo useful for all my woodworking projects and would be awesome to win one! Thanks for hosting this giveaway and being an inspiration to fellow DIY women 🙂

  87. Sherrie
    Sherrie says:

    The projects I can make with a Dremel Multi Max.. my creativity is blowing my mind and with Christmas right around the corner. Pick me, Pick Me Pretty Please and thank you for inspiring me.

    P.S. I follow you on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest

    Happy Crafting can’t wait to see what you do next

  88. Pam M
    Pam M says:

    Winning a Dremel Multi-Max tool would be awesome! Most of all, because I would claim it as MINE!! Have many projects in mind where it would be helpful. Thanks for such a great giveaway.

  89. danelle stp
    danelle stp says:

    I could finally finish up projects around my house without asking to borrow tools. I love Dremel and hey, my email name is hardwaregirl2, so that shows I am learning to do things on my own. Thank you so much for offering this giveaway.

  90. Linda D.
    Linda D. says:

    Hi Brittany,
    Thanks for your great blog. I check out what you are up to every day and am sorry to learn that you have been ill the last few days. I am retired, in my seventies, with time and desire to repair and improve many things that have come my way over the years. One of the main items I would use the Dremel tool for would be to repair and improve a child sized morris chair that I have and have wanted to update for quite some time. I also would use it in my composition doll repair activities. It would be great if I win it!

    Hope you are feeling better now.

  91. Susan B with a doodledog
    Susan B with a doodledog says:

    Ohhhh Brittany…..why would I like to win the Dremel? Because a new tool is waaaaaaaaayyyyyy more exciting than a new outfit of clothing, dinner at a fine restaurant, and seeing the first evening star combined…..and because the smell of sawdust is better than a bouquet of roses.

  92. Deborah
    Deborah says:

    I would use the Dremel MultiMax for many of the applications listed there, but the first thing would be to cut a new floor vent because we need to do that very soon!

  93. beth
    beth says:

    Oh my gawd! i need this saw! I have some crazy irrational fear of large scale saws! and every time i try to imagine wielding a saw i have the worst halloweeny horror images pop up in my mind! This little dremel seems like i could manage it with out it escaping from my grasp and running over my fingers! thanks for the info…i wouldnt have looked to dremel for a saw! hooray!

  94. Cheryl Ellenburg
    Cheryl Ellenburg says:

    My late husband had all kind of BIG TOOLS that he used around the house. Now I find myself needing
    so many little jobs done that I can’t manage. The Dremel Multi-Max sounds like the exact thing I need to do the jobs myself. The pesky floor vents that don’t fit would be one of my first projects.
    I love your site. By reading your blog daily and saving each one, I have learned to do many jobs.
    This has helped my pocketbook and my self- esteem. Thanks so much for all your help.

  95. Nikki
    Nikki says:

    Wow, I’ve been thinking all week “I need a dremel. It would make my life sooooo much easier!” I’m putting up a ceiling in my kitchen, one board at a time. I need an easy way to trim the ends to fit around the joist hangers that keep getting in my way.

  96. Valerie
    Valerie says:

    Hello Brittany,

    Just viewed your curated collection on Joss & Main…absolutely wonderful. Congratulations! I follow you on Pinterest and I have the Pretty Handy Girl tab pinned in Google Chrome. I would love the Dremel Multi-Max tool for the many DIY projects happening in our 1850s home.

  97. laura
    laura says:

    I already follow you on pinterest and LOVE your tool tutorials! A whole new world of possibilities has opened up for me and a fantastic added bonus is that I’m sharing what I learn with my 20 year old daughter. Now she won’t have to wait until she’s in her fifties to feel empowered. Every time we try (and accomplish!) A new task we high five each other and say, “girl power”! We’re having a blast. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such detailed tutorials. There are so many tools we’d like to try but the dremel multi max will be like getting several tools in one, yee-haw!

  98. Tonya Smith
    Tonya Smith says:

    I found you on Pinterest and started following you on Pinterest and just subscribed to your blog. I haven’t looked through all your post yet but the ones that I have went through I have loved. I like the aging techniques. It is people like you who inspire me to get out of my comfort zone and to try something new. Thank you so much!!!!

  99. xLou Ann Bremers
    xLou Ann Bremers says:

    I watched two videos on the Dremel Max site. I have tiles to replace that have been damaged. I also have some Closet Maid rcks, etc. for my closet that need shortening and customizing. This tool would be great for all that. My handman has one and I’ve been envious of what he can do with his his and I’ve thought many times that I needed one. I followed you on Pinterest and I love your blog so much. I look forward to seeing your posts. You are very talented and such a wonderfully nice person!

  100. xLou Ann Bremers
    xLou Ann Bremers says:

    Also I already follow you on Facebook and now Pinterest as well. Thanks for all your help! I want to follow a lamp tutorial and needed to know how to soulder metal!! You are for about the tenth time, right on time with information i need. i feel like you can read all our minds to know just what we need to learn how to do!

  101. Rachel Palmer
    Rachel Palmer says:

    I just bought a Dremel Multimax tool this morning! That would be funny if I won another! I bookmarked your site. It looks awesome!

  102. Laura Johnson
    Laura Johnson says:

    I would so love a Dremel! They have so many uses, I would use it to have handy so I don’t have to run to the garage every time I need to cut a little extra off, say like a piece of trim or what not. Also would love to have one to help with removing old paint, instead of using a wire hand brush. We need to repaint and scrape our exterior trim next summer!

  103. kate
    kate says:

    oh! I want a dremel so bad. ~sigh~
    & oh my gosh – this would be a real boon
    while helping to redo my mom’s kitchen cabinets!
    ..all those cabinets..

  104. Christie
    Christie says:

    I would be using the “Dremel Multi-Max” to remove the old calk from my deck railing so I can re-paint. Then I’d bring it inside where I could cut that old pvc pipe under the sink and put a new one on that fits better. Then down the hall we’d go where I would remove the broken floor tiles and replace with new. Somewhere inbetween all of that I’d also like to make the bean toss game for the grandkids. Oh, also need to fix the door’s that stick and we haven’t even gone downstairs yet. I could really make good use of the multi-max…if you give me the chance 🙂
    from one “almost” pretty handy girl….Thanks for the chance!

  105. Ann jernigan
    Ann jernigan says:

    I would use a Drexel to cut apart pallets, woke on our kitchen and bathroom cabinets, for working on my vintage sofa, and many more things. Give me a chance to use it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  106. Barbara
    Barbara says:

    I started taking a pallet apart today…..want to piece the pallet together to make a sign for over the fireplace.

    Thanks for this opportunity, Brittany. Hope you’re feeling better!


  107. Carol N. from Bama
    Carol N. from Bama says:

    I have several projects that the Dremel Multi-Max would be perfect for! First I would use it to build some chairs and a table for my cousin’s twin 2-year olds for Christmas. Then I would work on something for me.

  108. Liam
    Liam says:

    A tip for those afraid of circular saw hitting nails: use a sawzall with a demo blade for cutting
    both wood AND metal, get a nice long one and zip through this project. Then its a lot easier to trim out the boards and see any nails/metal left on a flat board. You can get a generic multitool instead of the dremel for less.

  109. Ben Watson
    Ben Watson says:

    I repair pallets for a living and the easiest way to get your planks with no prying needed is with a recipricating saw with a long bI-metal blade

  110. Frederick
    Frederick says:

    Aw, this was an incredibly good post. Finding the time and actual effort to make a good article… but what can I say… I put
    things off a lot and never manage to get nearly anything done.

  111. Toolpro
    Toolpro says:

    I repair beds as a profession and the most effortless approach to get your boards with no prying required is with a recipricating saw with a long bI-metal cutting edge


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