Toolsday Giveaway: Win a Cordless Planer

To enter last week’s Toolsday’s giveaway, you had to identify a round wooden thing that looked like a tricked-out paper towel holder. We had an interesting variety of answers, everything from a pasta dryer, to a foot massager, to a yarn roller, to a guinea pig exercise wheel. Well, all those answers are wrong.  Last week’s mystery tool was an antique fishing-line dryer.

We randomly picked one winner out of all the comments and that lucky person is Librarypat who also thought it was a yarn winder.  Congrats Librarypat, even though you guessed incorrectly, you still win. You have one week to reply to our email before we pick another winner.

Next Tuesday, we will be giving away a Craftsman 19-Volt Cordless Planer. A necessity for every woodworker, this powerful tool can cut a variety of wood. The adjustable depth and the grooved front shoe makes it easy to create perfect 45-degree chamfered and beveled edges.  

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To win the Craftsman 19-Volt Cordless Planer, post a comment (click “comment” above) and tell us what this old-timey gadget is (pictured below). You don’t have to answer correctly to win; we will randomly pick one winner.

On Tuesday, December 11, 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 December 11, 2012 at 2:00pm (ET) to enter to win the Craftsman Cordless Planer.  

Official Rules.

1,205 Responses

  1. FrankZ says:


  2. Dan says:

    bug zapper

  3. Elaine says:

    It''s an antique microphone.

  4. Jeff says:

    Older microphone

  5. jean says:

    speaker guts

  6. Mary Withrow says:

    I agree it looks like a microphone

  7. Darrel says:

    a microphone.

  8. Frank says:

    Looks like a heating element used where movement is an issue, hence, the spring "shock absorbers."

  9. sarcophagus breath says:

    prototype death ray

  10. Liz says:

    Looks like a fan of sorts

  11. Melanie Plum says:

    coil heater

  12. Big Daddy Ferg says:

    I agree that it's a microphone. The springs help to stabilize the instrument so that the sound is not distorted through vibrations or the force of the person speaking.

  13. Spaderika says:

    A microphone

  14. windicindi says:

    "Happy Holidays!" I am going to have to go along with the others and say that
    the object is an old version of a recording microphone…
    Many thanks, Cindi

  15. Nell says:

    An earthquake detector

  16. KatieJ says:

    earthquake alarm

  17. Leah W says:

    My first thought was microphone. Made me think of the original "War of the Worlds" film.

  18. dar says:

    an old microphone

  19. Arkie Grandma says:

    It looks like some kind of heating element.

  20. Tim Brown says:


  21. Amie says:

    I am also going with a microphone

  22. fred weigle III says:

    microphone sinatra used to croon into

  23. Frumonce says:

    Antique Microphone

  24. Ed S. says:

    Antique microphone.

  25. Alea says:

    Part of a heater.


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