Toolsday Giveaway: Win a Power Planer

Last Toolsday (Tuesday) we posted a photo of a curved wooden gadget with three door-stop looking things sticking out of it, and we asked you tell us what profession uses the gadget and for what.  We stumped just a few folks, a lot of you knew it was a plane used by a cooper to cut grooves into wooden barrels to fit the metal bandings.  

We randomly picked two winners out of all last week’s comments and those lucky people are Lana Ryan from Covington, WA, who thought it was clamp; and Ed Sindelar from Wauconda, IL, he thought it was a sewing thread holder. You’re both wrong, but you both still win.  

Next Tuesday, we will be giving away a Craftsman power planer. The 5-amp motor on this powerful little machine cuts most any type of wood fast and smooth, whether you’re just evening out a few edges or making some fancy bevel or chamfer cuts.

Do you love turning old junk into something new?  Take at look at some of these easy table projects you can make from garage-sale treasures and old stuff.  Learn how to turn an old suitcase into an end table, or how to turn soda crates into a shadow box table, and make a new coffee table out of an old door.        

To win the Craftsman power planer, post a comment (click “comment” above) and tell us what profession uses this little device and for what.  You don’t have to answer correctly to win; we will randomly pick one winner.

On Tuesday, July 31, we will select the winner then start up a new giveaway for another tool, which will be given away the Tuesday after that.

You have until July 31, 2012, 2:00pm (ET) to enter to win the Craftsman power planer.  

Official Rules.

1,108 Responses

  1. Angela says:

    Looks like an old candle holder. You can either hold onto it, or use that hook to perch it on something?

  2. Greg says:

    the pick is driven into wood the cup or candle holder is hung on the ring

  3. talonts says:

    “Sticking Tommy” candle holder

  4. Anthony says:

    surveyor tool for winding line on.

  5. Frumonce says:

    I don't even have a good guess

  6. L Carcaise says:

    used to collect maple syrup from the tree

  7. DarrenM says:

    Miner's Candle Holder

  8. Terry R says:

    No clue on this one

  9. EZ2BMEaz123 says:

    A sticking tommy candle holder for miners.

  10. lynne says:

    It's a forged miners Sticking Tommy candleholder.

  11. vinnie says:

    I would venture to guess it would be used to sew into leather..

  12. Mariya says:

    Ice picker

  13. Irina says:

    No clue

  14. Adam says:

    Scratch awl & holder

  15. Rich M. says:

    Sure looks like a miner's antique candle holder

  16. BrianF says:

    A candle holder for use in mines. Canary not included.

  17. Bill says:

    Sticking Tommy candlestick holder

  18. Wanda says:

    For a miner, spike candle holder.

  19. Frank A. says:

    This is a miner's spike candle holder…to help him see in the dark!

  20. bunn51 says:

    I think it looks like something you would use to stretch, or design leather!

  21. Mary Sattler says:

    Used by miners – holds a candle

  22. rusty says:

    its used in the fishing industre. fixing nets

  23. Lauralee Hensley says:

    Since I have no idea, and I don't want to copy the answers above, I'll make a stupid guess: A latern holder used by a horse-drawn carriage owner, to hang a latern from a pole next to the carriage driver's seat.

  24. sharonb says:

    miners candle holder

  25. Joseph Menard says:

    Leather Tool


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