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Today we’re proud to annouce our “Day 13” winner in the 25 Days of Fuego give away: James.

James’ project: “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.”

Congrats, James, the underground shop/mad scientist lab is quite an undertaking, but always a classic. Keep us informed!

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 14 winner post!


15 Responses to 25 Days of Fuego: Day 13 Winner — Another Chance to Win

  1. Brad Huffman says:

    My grandfather passed away over the summer. Growing up a military brat caused me to miss the opportunities to spend a lot of time with him, but the chances that I did get were always centered around one particular place… his workshop. The man could build anything. Wood. Metal. Glass. Name a material. He could work with it. He was especially adept at making us grandkids toys and puzzles to play with while the adults visited. As I got older, I was allowed to help and even use some of the tools. I can remember several projects put together while belly up to his old bench.

    After his passing, I spent some time around the house helping my grandmother get things in order. When not busy with anything in particular, I could be found in his shop pretty much just sitting there trying to find the memories of times spent with him. My families travels limited those memories, but they were there. I’d see his wood lathe and remember the wheels he turned for a toy truck that we made. His scroll saw and remember the puzzle pieces he’d cut for me. Then it hit me. These tools were my memories. They were my grandfather. I shared this realization with my father and grandmother, and expressed my desire for the tools stay in the family.

    Fast forward to this Thanksgiving holiday… Mom and dad headed back up to Syracuse to spend it with the family. Upon returning, my dad called me to come by the house. He had a few things for me. Pa’s tools. There was the lathe. The table saw. The scroll saw. He told me that my grandmother wanted me to have them, and to be sure to put them to good use.

    This is where the Fuego comes in. To me, these tools need both a proper shop and proper stands to be put to good use. I’ve got basic hand tools, a cordless drill, and a decent bench to start with. I’d like to build some nice stands for the tools as well as some additional storage for my garage to make it a more suitable workshop. Hopefully from there, I can put them to good use, and start making memories with my kids (and their kids to come).

    So there you go. Tool porn anyone? The following pics aren’t of my tools, but they are the same make/model. My grandfather was religious about keeping things in good working order, so they work probably as well as the day they were made back in the 40s. Here’s some pics.

    Scroll Saw

    Wood Lathe

    Table Saw

  2. Brad Huffman says:

    Hmmmm…. HTML for the pics was blocked, so here’s a few links. If you have some old tools (yard sale treasure, family heirlooms, whatever…) and need info (manuals, parts lists, etc.) http://www.owwm.com/ is a great resource. Here’s the links.

    http://www.owwm.com/PhotoIndex/detail.asp?id=3844 – Scroll Saw
    http://www.owwm.com/PhotoIndex/detail.asp?id=3614 – Wood Lathe
    http://www.owwm.com/PhotoIndex/detail.asp?id=5063 – Table Saw

  3. Andrew says:

    Another basement project: My current basement is a mish-mash of partially finished rec-room, laundry room with full bath, unfinished office, and over-crowded workshop. Our project this winter will be to unify the rec-room, laundry room and office into a great room that will also serve as play-room, and maintain a separate workshop-only (Dad only!) space.

    We’ll be stripping the existing basement almost entirely, including a number of slats nailed into the foundation and a host of now defunct electrical circuits that used to support and power the previous home-owner’s very large train set. Afterwards, we’ll be sealing, framing, insulating, wiring, lighting, wallboarding, painting, flooring and furnishing this new monster (I’m tired just writing it all down).

    Good thing I live in Chicago were “Winter” lasts most of the year!

  4. Jimmy says:

    Christmas is coming very soon and I have a special project I’d like to work on for my two year old son. He loves Thomas the Tank Engine and for his gift this year I’d like to make him a train table for his trains and track sets to keep them off the floor. He’s been a good boy this year so he has his end of the bargain taken care of. Dad, on the other hand, hasn’t done much wood work since high school. I am motivated to get the job done but I really don’t have any tools for a job like this. I’d love to use the RIGID saw to get started on my boy’s train table!

  5. Brad Huffman says:


    My son is a little young for the toy trains, but he’s getting there (just over a year old). I see a similar project in my future, and I have my eye on these – http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=17231 – for when the time comes. They obviously require adding a router to your tool collection (mine as well), but wouldn’t it be neat to be able to whip out miles of track for Thomas and friends. Good luck with you project!

  6. Quentin says:

    My friends and I tried very hard to get in to this year’s Red Bull Flugtag in Vancouver, but we failed.

    Wait, maybe I should explain what Flugtag is? Well, it’s hard to explain, but I’ll try. Basically a group of people with nothing but time on their hands come up with a human powered flying machine and throw it off a pier in front of thousands of people. The trick is that the distance you fly off the pier only counts for part of your final score. The other part of the score comes from originality in how you fly off the pier. Check out this link for a little more information: http://www.redbullflugtag.ca/en/default.html and check out this link for some videos: http://www.redbullflugtagusa.com/gallery.aspx

    Sound like fun? Well I’m sure it is, but we didn’t get to compete, because our idea was too “edgy” (or least, that’s what I tell people). Actually our idea was pretty out there and probably very dangerous. We had the idea that we would set up an A frame with a giant shoe on a pendulum which would them boot a guy dressed up like a football off the end of the pier. The rest of us were going to jump off holding a rope tied to the shoe to help bring it down with more force. Check out this link for the sketch of our idea: http://www.liedtke.ca/flugtag.jpg

    So what does all this have to do with a Fuego? Well, we’d really like to compete in next year’s Red Bull Flugtag Vancouver. The idea is to build the contraption out of wood, so we will definitely be needing a saw to make the cuts. I can’t tell you what our idea is yet, but suffice it to say that it’s going to be awesome and this time we’re going to make sure we get to compete!

  7. Thomas says:

    I’m planning on buying a used VW Eurovan Camper in the next few weeks. I’ve seen quite a few and have been less than impressed with the interior cabinetry. I’m planning on gutting the thing and building a whole new interior. Of course, my meager tool selection right now will be a problem, but a new Rigid Fuego would make all the difference!

  8. sizod says:

    Having just purchased my first home, a old victorian “fixer upper” I have an endless list of things I have to do:
    Kitchen Renovations
    New Floor(s)
    Bathroom refit
    Attic conversion
    New windows
    you name it need its

    if i don’t win a Rigid fuego its ok, I have the joys of homeownership, and the satisfaction of knowing “I made that”

  9. JDobbs says:

    I’m a theater manager at a high school and while my winter projects aren’t as impressive as some of the plans i’m reading here they are things i need to get done in my brief respite between Christmas Concerts and Talent Show.
    Before we start setting lighting cues for the Spring Musical i have to make a platform table that locks in securely across the backs two rows of theater seats to set up our light board on to see what the audience sees while setting up lighting levels. Also just for good measure i’ve got to get some peg board to fit in my disaster of an office to hang up audio cables and build a custom table for my lighting director so that she can actually see the show while she runs the lights for it from the lighting booth.
    The Fuego would be great as i only have a circular miter saw and a reciprocating saw to cut these table top pieces and needless to say these are not exactly the tools for the job.

  10. Jake says:

    My first project which could *really* use the Feugo would be to build a workbench so I have something to work off of for my other projects. It will have a trough in the rear so tools can go below the top surface- perfect for moving stuff around on the bench without pushing tools off. I would mount a wood vise on the left side so I could hold the unclamped side of stock while cutting with my right hand. I considered mounting a power strip to plug tools into but if I put an outlet or two into the skirt I’d have a really clean look and a cord to plug into the wall. Just look at my workspace waiting for the bench: http://www.flickr.com/photos/84649987@N00/321767906/

    Once I complete that, I’m going to start work on my entertainment center design: http://www.flickr.com/photos/84649987@N00/sets/72157594409836757/ I modeled that as part of a university class and would really like to see it to completion. I designed it specifically to fit our current space and hold all the electronics we’ve got right now. Videos and DVDs will be hidden behind the paneled doors. The Feugo would be for ripping stock, but if Santa’s pockets aren’t deep enough it may be standing in for some table saw work as well.

    Then before winter is over, the Feugo would help to get a start on a multibay compost bin. Something to keep the neighborhood wildlife out of the kitchen scraps. It would be a couple box frames covered with mesh wire. The front doors would be wood slats removable for easy shoveling. More than one bay means we can add to one side while the other is “brewing” for the garden.

  11. Steve Farina says:

    After flood damage last year, I have spent the summer raising my house from about 9″ above grade to about 48″ above grade. It now sits on piers that were replaced, and 14″ steel I- beams.

    I now need to build a new 14′ X 24′ deck, as the first step down out my my sliding door is rather large (watch the first step, it’s a doozy!)

  12. Steve Farina says:

    My wife wants a mud room. While replacing my piers (after last year’s flood problem) I stuck two additional 12′ apart and 10′ from the house. I plan on adding a 12’X12′ mud room, canitlevered over the piers, with new steps adding to the appearance of the entry way.

    btw: My flooding was caused by the breaking of a beaver dam. The pond behind it ended up in my yard after washing out a few roads. Beaver are usually good dam builders, but if their teeth are getting weak, maybe they could use a new Fuego. 🙂

  13. malcolm says:

    As a country veterinarian with a mainly large animal practice, I’m quite often faced with the task of dismembering an animal that has died in its stall or has been humanely killed in situ.

    Cattle have very large bones and I usually use a chainsaw for the task at hand. Likewise with opening up an animal for a PM (post mortem). I’ve often though that a nice lightweight circular saw might do the job and the lightweight but powerful Fuego is almost perfect.

    I realize that this is not exactly a winter project.

  14. Brad Huffman says:

    Holy crap. How are we supposed to top chopping up dead animals? Gory, but interesting “project” none the less.

  15. Chris Slingluff says:

    In our shed/workshop, my wife has a garden table. Unfortunately it is an old oval kitchen 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 plan to start with a basic workbench design and lower it to about 3 ft. to allow her to easily stand over her pots while she fills them. I intend to add a little hole/door on the top so she can scoop or brush the dirt down into a trashcan. I have not decided whether to attach to attach the shelving or make it free standing.

    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.