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Today we’re proud to annouce our “Day 9” winner in the 25 Days of Fuego give away: Michael Buhrley.

Michael’s project: “My wife and I try to make the Christmas presents we give to our kids and my brothers in our family gift exchange. Last year we built this train, one for our son and one for my brother’s family. So this Christmas we are building two more trains. The train cars are big enough that kids can sit on top (with feet on the small cars) or load them up with stuffed animals and other toys. The tank car is hinged to open as are the doors on the box car. I think I will design a caboose too this year.”

Pictures of the train are available at:

Congrats, Michael, the trains look great, and we are gonna have to go with you regarding the caboose. No self respecting train would be seen in public without one. Great idea and we hope to see pictures of it soon!

If you didn’t win — try again today by posting your winter project (that makes use of the Fuego) as a comment on this post for another chance to win.  (And remember, though you can only win once, you can post projects as often as you’d like.  So, if yours wasn’t selected, don’t be afraid to give us a new take on it — or maybe link in a picture!)

Contest Details [Toolmonger/RIDGID]

P.S. For another chance to win, comment with your winter project on the Day 10 winner post!


8 Responses to 25 Days of Fuego: Day 9 Winner — Another Chance to Win

  1. James says:

    (Pictures of the project are available at http://www.funktronics.ca/photos/basement )

    I bought my first house 2 years ago and I’ve been using the badly finished basement as a workshop.

    The partition walls made it difficult to place tools and workstations conveniently and maneuver large workpieces. The carpet made it impossible to keep anything level. The in-ceiling lighting wasn’t bright enough, especially with the dark walls and carpet. Most of the electrical circuits were not grounded. It was a frustrating place to work in.

    Despite that, I built a storage shelf and my first workbench. My plan is to use that workbench to build a few house projects and, eventually, a better workbench.

    However, I decided to convert my basement into a *good* workshop to ease my frustration. So I rented a bin and gutted the walls, ceilings, and floor. I also removed a bunch of dangerously installed electrical circuits.

    One of the next steps is to frame my exterior walls, install new electrical circuits, and insulate. I plan on running a few 15A circuits and a 20A circuit for stationary tools. I will also install a 15A circuit in the ceiling overhead for handheld power tools, and I need to replace the circuit in my garage with one that is actually grounded so I can do work in there. (I want to learn to weld in the future)

    Unfortunately, the only circular saw I have is from a cheap 18V combo kit. It performs ok with 1-by lumber but it often has trouble with 2-by. A real framing saw will come in very handy.

    I promise to post pictures during and after the construction. 🙂

  2. The weather is good this weekend here in central Iowa. This project is out in the open: my roof leaks. I need to remove some soft sheathing and create a new hole for the bathroom fan to vent to the outside. From there it’s a typical strip and reshingle. The only tools I have for this job are a drill and an old 1/4 horse craftsman saber saw. It’s going to be a long and cold job, but the Fuego would make an easier time of it.

    Here’s a link to the picture in Flickr with all the noted projects included.

  3. Brian says:

    I’ve always wanted to create the ultimate coffee table. I consider the living room to be the command center of my house while the couch/coffee table combine to form the cockpit if you will. Some of the features will include:
    An embedded 15in lcd monitor and mini computer for home automation control, web browsing, and missile launches;
    Drawer for remotes and other laser guided systems;
    Retractable foot rest/messager for after the MIG’s have bugged out;
    Landing gear for easy manueverability when space is needed for a session of Guitar Hero. (I have to make one of those guitars, those are great!)

  4. deckhand says:

    For years now I’ve owned a set of plans outlining how to build a neat 10′ rowing punt/ sailing dinghy. Now that I’m retired and seem to have nothing but time on my hands, this winter is the year. The boat is constructed from marine plywood and is a lengthy project but worthwhile.
    Most of my tools are on the heavy side and with age, arthritis becomes an issue so I’m always on the lookout for lighter tools. The Fuego looks as if it is a natural.
    I’ll be sure to post finished pics of the project next summer when it hits the water.

  5. Gene D. says:

    I now have 3 Winter projects that the Fuego would help me complete:

    First, right before Thanksgiving, I built and installed a rather simple countertop-height island in our kitchen for my wife using a recycled hardwood tabletop. The next phase in the project involves building a partially-enclosed storage area to go underneath the island that will contain both shelves and sliding baskets. I currently only have a table saw, so the Fuego would be perfect for doing the cutting for this phase of the project. Funds are especially tight this time of year, and the gift of the Fuego would help make this a winter project a reality, instead of one that I have to put off until next spring.

    Second is replacing some rotted siding on our house that I discovered last weekend. Currently in need of a circular saw, I believe that the Fuego would be the perfect tool for cutting out the old siding. I will be working on a ladder, so a small and light tool would be ideal.

    Third, my sons each have simple single beds that I want to convert into bunk beds. This would involve cutting some off the headboard of both beds so they will fit together nicely in an L. Then I need to build an extra footboard section to attach to the existing footboard of the top bunk for it to reach the ground. I also have to build a ladder for access to the top bunk.

  6. Quentin says:

    I really want to complete my shop so that I can start producing (or rather learn how to produce) furniture for my wife.

    I always feel guilty when we buy a little side table, serving tray or corner hutch. Whenever we’re in the store and she sees a table she likes, I always say “I can build that” and then I never do. It’s gotten so bad now that we refer to “I can build that” as the phrase that shall not be spoken!

    So what my shop really needs is a good workbench. A Ridgid Fuego would really help me finally finish that off so I can start building what I promised my wife:
    – a headboard
    – a side table
    – a shoe rack
    – a jewelery box
    – a serving tray
    – an armoire
    – shelves in the basement
    – and I’m sure there are about 10 more projects that I have forgotten about

    Please help me put a smile on my wife’s face!

  7. Chris Slingluff says:

    So, in my shed/workshop, my wife has a garden table. Unfortunately it is an old kitchen table, an oval table that does not make good use of the precious space. Now I guess my project could be just using the Fuego to square off the table 🙂 but that is not my goal for such a beautiful saw. I intend to build a replacement garden table for her. Along with this table I will need to construct some shelves for her to store pots, potting soil, tools, etc.

    I hope to win your contest so that I may more quickly complete this winter project for her, reclaim space in my workshop and move onto something undoubtedly more spectacular for myself. 🙂

  8. Raelx says:

    I work for a bicycle company in Connecticut and winter is fast approaching. To keep us riding thru the winter we hope to build some ramps so we can ride during the winter in our shop. This saw would be awesome for the basic construction requirements of our ramp.

    Help us stay in shape!