Toolsday Giveaway: Win a Craftsman Circular Saw

To enter last week’s Toolsday giveaway, you had to identify a wood block with three holes in the side and three metal springs on top. Most everyone knew it was an old mousetrap. We randomly picked one winner out of all the comments and that lucky person is Brian K. who correctly guessed the identity of the mystery gadget.  Congrats Brian, you have one week to reply to our email before we pick another winner.

The Tuesday after next (we’re on vacation next week), we will be giving away a Craftsman Circular Saw.  This 7-1/4″ saw has Laser Trac technology to make cutting a straight line easy and efficient.  Just mark the starting and ending point and then follow the laser line. Ergonomically designed, soft-grip handles and a lightweight aluminum shell also make this saw easy to use. The blade can be angled up to 54 degrees to allow for a variety of cuts.

Do you need last minute gifts but are all out of money? We’ve got tasty DIY gift ideas you can make for little dough. Put together a basket of exotic teas, bags of flavored popcorn, gourmet cheeses or a collection of sugar and spices for the cook on your gift list. 

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

On Tuesday, January 1, (we’re taking off next Tuesday – Merry Christmas!) 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 January 1, 2013 at 2:00pm (ET) to enter to win the Craftsman Circular Saw.  
Official Rules.

2,068 Responses

  1. Shannon K. says:

    1885 dixon lamson pencil sharpener

  2. Susan P. says:

    1885 Dixon Lamson Pencil Sharpener

  3. gatormomx2 says:

    It is the 1885 Dixon Lamson Pencil Sharpener.

  4. Paul N. says:

    pencil sharpener

  5. Del Behnken says:

    Vintage pencil sharpener.

  6. Ryan says:

    It's a pencil sharpener

  7. Joni Coban says:

    "Merry Christmas" could it be a Pencil Sharpener & old motion picture viewer?

  8. Gryphon says:

    Well, since it says Pencil Sharpener on the side… I'm pretty sure it's actually a very early attempt at a high powered laser.

    The first prototypes were kerosene powered, but this appears to be a very early bench model, which used simple candles.

    The caddy on the left contains pairs of lenses, which helped control focus.

    Unfortunately, materials science of the day was simply not up to the stress, and the project was abandoned.

  9. Kimberly D says:

    Pencil sharpener

  10. Jacqueline S. says:

    An antique pencil sharpener as the label says.

  11. Frumonce says:

    Dixon Lamson Pencil Sharpener

  12. Pappy444 says:

    Prototype of the Gatling Gun. It had serious problems at the onset.
    Merry Christmas….

  13. windicindi says:

    "Happy Holidays!" Love the giveaway…I think it is an old and rather
    large pencil sharpener…
    Many thanks, Cindi

  14. Ed Coleman says:

    pencil sharpener

  15. Toni says:

    antique pencil sharpener

  16. AnthonyE says:

    slide viewer

  17. Eve says:

    Its an old fashioned pencil sharpener

  18. Sandy says:

    I agree, its an antique pencil sharpener, as the label indicates.

  19. Chuck says:

    Its an 1885 Dixon Lamson Pencil Sharpener

  20. jenniferedit says:

    Something to do with viewing film — or perhaps photo negatives? Happy holidays, everyone!

  21. robert allen says:

    pencel sharpner

  22. thebobW says:

    It reads pencel sharpner on the front if it

    • MichaelJ says:

      You're right. I had trouble reading it but thought it was a name. Googled Lamson pencil Sharpener and there it was.

  23. MichaelJ says:

    Looks like it could be used to make rope.

  24. BobW says:

    it's an old motion picture edit and view mechine

  25. cheryl says:

    Looks like it's an old pencil sharpener – turned by hand


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