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We received a very interesting phone call from RIDGID a couple of weeks ago generously offering up twenty-five of their spankin’ new Fuego circ saws for us to give to Toolmongers during the month of December.  Those give aways start — today!

Here’s the deal: Post a comment to this post and tell us what winter project you’d attack with a circ saw.  We’ll select our favorite tonight and post the project tomorrow.  If yours isn’t selected, don’t depair — just comment on the winner post tomorrow with another idea for another chance to win.  We’ll give away one Fuego each day through Christmas.

So, bring on the projects below — and let us heat up your winter projects with 25 days of Fuego!

PS: Look for our hands-on review of the Fuego later today.  We actually did some testing yesterday, but we’re still writing and organizing photos this morning.  Want a sneak preview?  It’s a cool working-man’s circ saw.  More soon.


24 Responses to 25 Days of Fuego: Post Your Winter Project and Win a Fuego

  1. Michael says:

    I just received a nice pile of rough planed boards from my father-in-law, perfect for re-siding the small early 1800’s barn behind my shop. Not only would the Fuego help make that task easier it would go nicely beside the Ridgid 6.5 amp 3/8″ drill I just picked up.

  2. CyberKender says:

    I’ve got four projects lined up for this winter that a good circular saw would be useful for: The first is a set of storage ottomans for my daughter’s house. The second is a set of frames to make raised beds for an herb garden. Number 3 is building a computer desk with an integrated exercise bike. Finally, the big and challenging project is I’d like to build myself a good workbench with shelves for the garage.

  3. Patrick says:

    I have a few projects to finish. First I’m building my first workbench out of 2×4’s and 2×8’s. Then I need to build of shelves to store everything that is being displaced my my work bench. But the one I’m most proud about is building a step stool for my toddler so he can reach the sink in his bathroom. Having a good circular saw would help out greatly.

  4. John says:

    I’ve got a son due on Monday and I’ve built his crib, and have a few other items for his room yet to make. The circular saw would help out with rough cutting the plywood for the closet for his room. The wife nixed my building a dresser/changing table due to time and the concurrent crib project, so we bought one at a store in August, and it’s delivery date has been pushed back to January 20(from November 21) due to the company moving to new production facilities. I could have made one by then, and for half the cost, but swmbo gets what swmbo wants. So since the dresser is ordered, a closet/armoire for his clothes and toys is on the list, and made of maple to match his crib instead of the painted MDF/poplar in the dresser. In addition, the new little boy will require the organization of the basement to accommodate the baby cruft and baby-unfriendly items that are currently throughout the house. A wall of storage shelves is in order to hold the bins to organize the mounds of second hand clothes/toys my sisters have given us. I figure 2×4 and plywood are in order to build these, and a new circular saw would be a good improvement over the small rechargeable ryobi trim saw I currently use.

  5. Tim says:

    I’ll be building a built-in bookshelf under the stairs in our basement. We’re in the woods in Massachusetts, so I’m hoping to break out some weathered pine (similar to old barn siding) to give it a rustic feel.

  6. I’ve got a deck built and need to trim the lengths. Tough to do with my handsaw.

    I’ve also got plans drawn up to build a treasure chest for my son. He needs a place to put his smooth rocks and such. My wife would like this done by Christmas so these stop ending up in his jammy drawers.

  7. Jorge Barrios says:

    I just finished my first-ever project, a workbench to go in my first-ever garage in the first-ever house we bought. The pros on tv make it look so easy, cut here, measure like so, nail it up, sand and voila, a spanking new dresser or entertainment center. It’s not that easy, I didn’t finish my workbench in 30 minutes, not including time for commercials. It took me a little over a month of casual work inbetween other more pressing demands on my time. I didn’t own any tools until very recently. I had a hammer, a couple of screwdrivers and some bungee cords when we bought the house. I skulk around Craigslist all day long looking for tools, that’s how I scored a table saw (it was free!), an old router ($20), 10 clamps of varying sizes (only $23!!!), miscellaneous router bits, nail punches, doohickeys, doodahs, geegaws, and whatchamacallits. I am preparing for christmas by leaving various tool catalogues floating around the house where my wife can’t fail to notice the tools I need (want) circled in red crayon and stained with drool.

    In any case, I am the proud owner of a new house that needs alot of TLC, and I decided I needed a workbench to work on, not only for house projects, but also to learn the art of fine woodworking and furniture making, something I’ve wanted to do for many a year. I loaned books from the library and read up on how to build a sturdy workbench, eventually deciding to spend my lunch money on a good top made from red oak 1x3s and go cheap on the legs using construction-grade lumber. The top is a laminate held together with glue and biscuits. It took a long time to assemble and it nearly killed my knees, as I was working on the floor. I planed it by hand and sanded it with a random orbital sander, assembled the legs and added a woodworking vice. It came out quite nicely, if I say so myself, for my first project. In fact, two of my buddies like it so much that they’ve asked me to build’em one each, which I am more than happy to do (at cost) now that I know how to get it done. My wife has requested a few trellises, a garden bench, new raised flowerbeds, a composting bin, a shed for the trashcans, a potting table and a few cutting boards. She now thinks I am handy around the house and humors my mess in the garage. A circular saw is on Santa’s list, I have been good. A circular saw would make me make my wife happy, and what could be better than that?

    It’d make me happy as well.

  8. mark tigges says:

    We are avid vegetable gardeners. We need a suitable location/structure to start seeds. Since we don’t have a lot of room on our property, certainly none for a greenhouse, I have decided to build a greencloset. Our deck (thanks to last years project of replacing a window with french doors, and walling in the previous regular sized door) has about 8 feet of stucco space. I’m going to sister on some framing and build out a 5′ by 2′ area which is glass enclosed. Obviously just a door on front … a greenhouse into which you cannot walk. So, that’s my project. I’m starting in the new year as december is relegated to refinishing floors, replacing moldings, and painting everything … oh, and the backsplash in the kitchen … and …


    NB, my current circular saw is a POS, plus cutting refractory bricks round for a pottery kiln didn’t do it any favours.

  9. El Payo says:

    When I go car camping or off-roading, I like to bring along a portable power system that recharges via solar. I’d like to build a new portable roof rack/frame for my 3 solar panels out of some pressure treated wood. The last one was built with a handsaw out of non-pressure treated (needless to say, it’s falling apart).

  10. Joe says:

    Im putting together a mini CNC mill project based on a grizzly mini mill. (test run video here! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIjVyMrU4nc) the mill is complete! and is cutting like a champ, but i really need to get the machine permanantly mounted somewhere. the main thing i need to build is a little fully enclosed cabinet so i can spray coolant on projects while they cut. Ive pondered a few ways to go about this, and they all lead to me having to go buy a circular saw. (that or kill myself taking the chop saw apart!)

    help me fuego! i spent all my money on the milling machine! 🙂

  11. Myself says:

    Jorge, that benchtop looks incredible! No wonder it took you a month… A tip for new homeowners, pick up a copy of Tom Feiza’s “How to Operate Your Home”, it’s full of practical advice a lot of experienced homeowners don’t even know. Also, if you got a home inspection before buying (I hope so!), flip through the report every few months as a way to help prioritize your fixing-upping.

    Congrats John, I hope everything goes well. If the dresser saga is the most harrowing tale to come out of this, you’re sitting pretty!

    El Payo, consider 8020 aluminum extrusions, or possibly light-gauge Unistrut, for your panel frame. You might find it easier to make angle-adjustment mechanisms and so on, versus what wood would allow you to do. The variety of fittings available for those systems is incredible.

  12. Ivan says:

    Unfortunately, i just noticed a leak in my slow-pitched roof. Darn it. So that means I need to act quickly, tear off the asphalt and rip the plywood with that blazing speed Fuego before my back room caves in.
    If time permits, I still need to make a bench for my soccer team to be used when waiting on the sidelines. The blanket I’m currently using is getting to soaked in this bad weather.

  13. BJ Clark says:

    If I won the saw, I’d use it to make a “Make:Magazine” workbench.

  14. ElSteve says:

    I’ve been meaning to tackle making a headboard storage system with built in bookshelves, reading lights and mini-nightstands for the bedroom. It would also feature a hollow storage area that could be used for linen or blanket storage. The Fuego would make short work of cutting the baltic birch and mdf panels that are always such a bear on your average sized table saw. And the edge guide attachment shown seems much more robust and usable than the clunky afterthought one on my 10 year old rusty Skil saw.
    Also, first I’d need to build a foldable cutting table with replaceable sacrifical top I saw a few years back in Fine Woodworking magazine, as that way I could very easily handle and cut full 4X8 sheet goods without any help or extra supports too.

  15. M D says:

    Been planning a large retro rocket ship desk/bed/play toy for my three year old. This would certainly help. Great site by-the-by.

  16. Okay, I’ve been busting my hump building an outdoor playset a few hours at a time all this summer and fall. The plans said I needed posts at least 13ft, and all I could get were 16ft posts which were heavy and a bear to deal with. Now the thing looks like a ridiculous outdoor cathedral with spires reaching to the heavens: http://flickr.com/photos/barelyfitz/tags/playground/

    I could sure use a Fuego to top off those bad boys – then I’ll use the cutoffs to build a balance beam for the kids.

  17. Lear says:

    This Thanksgiving I received a call in the pre-dawn hours from my father if I had plans for the day. I naturally replied that I expected to see him at Ye’ gathering of the family later that evening (~50 kith and kin at this year’s event.)

    He asked if I wouldn’t mind zipping over to his house to give him a hand with a “house project,” I looked at the clock and verified it was indeed 5:50 AM on Thanksgiving day. This however, was my father and he does not make such requests lightly. This is because he is a stoic and more importantly if it doesn’t involve computers or metal (jeweler by hobby) I am pretty much useless.

    “Oh,” he added “bring your carpentry tools.”
    “Which ones?” asked I foolishly.
    “All of them” he responded ominously.

    So after some delay I arrived.

    What I discovered is the previous night, it had been particularly cold (-20 f at his house and -10f at mine) and the brand new tankless hot water heaters we installed in his house and garage have critical design flaw. When the heater is not actively running (and consequently exhausting) it is possible for extremely cold air (like say… late November in Alaska with a massive cold front hovering overhead) can travel into the heater and freeze the pipes. These pipes will then split and when thawed will spray hot water all over everything until said water is turned off.

    The bottom floor of his house was nearly an inch deep before he discovered it, and even more unfortunately his garage was nearly 4 inches deep.

    All his workbench tools were, naturally, up on workbenches. But his circular saw was sitting safely (hah!) on the floor of his shop tucked safely under workbench and was ruined by the flooded water.

    We have been slowly replacing all of the flooring and sub-flooring of his cabin with the 30 year old black and decker saw I inherited from my grandfather… which is getting the job done so long as you let it rest about 5 minutes between ripping sheet of flooring.

    And that is what I would use a new Fuego for.

  18. Brent H. says:

    Well, I don’t have any big projects, but I’d like to have it to trim some doors that are too long and drag on the carpet. Not too impressive, I’d just like to make the Fuego my FIRST circular saw.

  19. Brett says:

    The only project I have planned right now is a couple of work benches. One in the cellar and one in the garage. Would love the Fuego, because it would be my first brand new tool. Everything I have is 2nd hand (some 3rd 4th…)


  20. Eli says:

    Man, you guys got some good ideas. I think everyone who submits a project to win el fuego should have a due date to submit pictures as well, because I want to see them. I’ve got a huge backlog of projects, some of them could even use a circ saw. But I’ve got to be honest. I’m still deeply in lust with the Ridgid cordless trim saw I just won (rubbing it in, Jeff) and I have an aged Skil that would be fine if I bothered to replace the blade. I vote for Jorge and Ivan today.
    Viva El Fuego!!

  21. ambush27 says:

    Well My current winter project is rebuilding a lawnmower engine, so it wouldn’t do much immediate good, but after that who knows.

  22. Frank Hicinbothem says:

    I’ve got a pile of leftover mahogany from another boating project. I want to build a folding kayak stand for my backyard, similar to this one but made from mahogany instead of nasty plastic.

  23. Chuck Cage says:

    Comments for the Dec 1 prize are closed. If you’d like to win, be sure to post your project on the most recent winner post!