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. michael c says:

    looks like my grandpa's radio speaker out in his garage circa 1938

  2. mike says:

    looks like my dad camping toaster

  3. Ron I says:

    reverbaration speaker

  4. Caleb says:


  5. Diane Watson says:

    I'm still inclined to say it's a speaker. I'll be looking forward to seeing what it is. (And, of course, to see if I win! :-)

  6. Mike C. says:

    Heating coil.

  7. John Siotkas says:

    Radio Microphone

  8. garth gardner says:

    It's most likely a microphone, but with that big speaker like looking thing it might be a combination microphone and monitor so the announcer could get some feedback ! Kind of like a radio in an airplane.

  9. G Baerenwald says:

    A microphone or you could send 110v or 220v through the line and use it as a bedwarmer

  10. Gary says:

    a woofer

  11. smiler says:

    I was going to guess microphone also…not a clue though

  12. Tom Miracle II says:

    Antique Microphone!

  13. Sisypete says:

    The inside of an early speake.r

  14. James D. says:

    I believe it is an old microphone

  15. Jason says:

    I think it is an early prototype Bose Speaker

  16. AndReW says:

    an old broadcast microphone

  17. missed says:

    inside of old phone

  18. Linda G. says:

    This looks a lot like an early microphone.

  19. Zacattic says:

    It is definitely an early omni-directional miocrophone. The springs around it keeps any bump or tap on the table it sets on from being noticed.

  20. wakedaddy820 says:

    microphone seems to be the popular answer. . . .

  21. Betty says:

    It's the first artificial larynx implanted in a silent Turiasaurus riodevensis.

  22. Pam M says:

    American "Ring" microphone
    single button carbon mic from the 1920s

  23. Gregg says:

    Old fashion speaker

  24. Sim says:

    Looks like a microphone used by George Burns. Not to be confused with a macrophone used by the Jolly Green Giant.

  25. alpcats says:

    Looks like a replica of microphone used in early movies. I think its a replica because of the phillips head screws. I would have expected slot scews from a genuine article.


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