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. bgwee17 says:

    This is a candleholder for barns or sheds. The candle goes in the cylinder and the spike goes into a post or it hangs by the hook on the rear of the photo.

  2. rono says:

    if you were a 49er and worked in a mine this would be a useful thing to have.

  3. Diane S. says:

    Miners candle holder

  4. John D says:

    miner's candle holder

  5. jim griffin says:

    candle holder ….use the hook or drive in the spike

  6. Sally L. says:

    I don't know what that is, but I want one.
    A trademens tool?

  7. Lou B. says:

    A Sticking Tommy candle holder. How do people know these things?!!

  8. flowers says:

    It looks like something that could hold a candle and the pointed part can be stuck into wood or mud walls.

  9. korbenator says:


  10. burrenb says:

    It's a mean looking pointy thing that I wouldn't want to walk into.

  11. RMiller says:

    lamp holder for the miners

  12. Jeff says:

    I'm going with everyone else… Miner's candle holder!

  13. Liz P. says:

    It looks like a medieval torture device!!!

  14. Scottish says:

    Miner's candle holder it is. There's a bunch of them on sale on eBay.

  15. Sandy says:

    This is an antique 1800's wrought iron miner's sticking tommy candle/lamp holder

  16. sheri says:

    I hear its a candlestick holder used by miners

  17. George says:

    miner's candle holder

  18. Roxanne Landmann says:

    Boy, I think you got us on this one

  19. Matthew W. says:

    its a can opener

  20. Christine Burd says:

    a toothpick used by a dentist

  21. Eddy says:

    corner mount

  22. fja says:

    Looks like something bad…something very, very bad…for torturing men…

  23. Geneman66 says:

    Sticking Tommy candlestick holder used by miners

  24. David McMillin says:

    a pokey thing

  25. Serena says:

    It's a garden tool?


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