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. Ann Mountain says:

    It looks like a candle holder. The spike makes me think it was used for mining. They could push it into the walls of the mines to hold the light while they worked. The headlamps they use today must have been a welcome improvement.

  2. Conrad says:

    miner's candle holder.

  3. Michigan Casey says:

    Candle holder with the hook for hanging it up pick peice to hold onto i like that answer.

  4. sharshee says:

    miner's spike candle holder

  5. dsawxeceopn says:

    Looks like a leather worker's tool of some sort. I'll say it's for making leather belts.

  6. Dradz says:

    Shoemakers/Cobbler's tool

  7. Jim Noreus says:

    Miners candlestick

  8. Victor Barranco says:

    Miners use this tool

  9. Alex McDonald says:


  10. haslem says:

    it's used for working on leather

  11. Larry says:

    Miners candle holder.

  12. Tim says:

    fishing lure

  13. Jeff Gabby says:

    sculptors use it to carve ivory

  14. JD Northwest says:

    Mining candle holder.

  15. Beans says:

    Ice pick with a round ice cube maker.

  16. Wallace Everett says:

    I'd guess ;candle/light holder

  17. Tonya Hall says:

    Candleholder for miners

  18. Ruth says:

    Miners use this candleholders for lighting the way through the tunnels.

  19. jajak66 says:

    Candle holder, used by miners.

  20. tqdinh2 says:

    Something to pick my nose with

  21. michael rayford says:

    Well diggers candle holder

  22. Arleen says:

    it is a candleholder

  23. Geri says:

    Carpenters use it to make doors fit in uneven door frames

  24. Barry says:

    I am thinking this is tool might be used in Wilderness Survival Gear

  25. bri says:

    mountain climber tool


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