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. Georgia Davison says:

    It is an old microphone. Do a google search for antique microphone and this exact picture comes up. No question as to what it is.

  2. G-Man says:

    Mic, yes I am joining the crowd.

  3. whidone says:

    at first I'd have said a heating element, but microphone makes more sense, the wires are too exposed to be a heater

  4. russbbutler says:

    An Antique hotpad with a speaker built in. Just lay it flat on your counter and you can listen to music as you stir your soup.

  5. wendy says:

    I think it is an old speaker.

  6. kate g. says:

    looks like some kind of antenna to me.

  7. mienliebte says:

    It's a really early carbon ring microphone. Wouldn't be supprised to find that the ring is bent wood. They don't make cool stuff like that anymore!

  8. Tim s says:

    It looks like the inside of an old microphone

  9. ronald says:

    ill go with some kind of old micraphone

  10. GWitt says:

    Unsuccessful prototype hair remover.

  11. Kimberly D says:

    A microphone

  12. Scottish says:

    Edward R. Murrow called and he wants his microphone back!

  13. rwwriley says:

    It's a cordless planer. Gee, I hope I win the shock-mounted microphone!

  14. Martin says:

    a speaker or microphone

  15. areessvee says:

    woofer or tweeter

  16. jan says:

    the insides of a ceiling fan

  17. crup says:


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  19. Del Behnken says:

    Vintage ring microphone

  20. George M says:

    It's a mosquito zapper.

  21. howard holmes says:

    it has 2 electrical leads so it either a microphone or speaker. The springs keep are used as a dampening mechanism. So it must be a microphone.

  22. pabba says:

    ill guess like every one else microphone

  23. Mike B says:

    It's an old microphone in a shock mount.

  24. tedtindy says:

    old speaker or microphone

  25. joshh71 says:



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