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Today we’re proud to annouce our “Day 14” winner in the 25 Days of Fuego give away: JDobbs.

JDobbs’ project: “I’m a theater manager at a high school and 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 the 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.”

Congrats, JDobbs, ahh high school theater. It must be strong and last a lifetime because 3 million people will trample, knock around and beat on it everyday. Having done some stage-hand and audio/lighting gear ourselves, we feel your pain.

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 15 winner post!


8 Responses to 25 Days of Fuego: Day 14 Winner — Another Chance to Win

  1. 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.

  2. Colin says:

    This summer, my wife and I purchased the house she grew up in from her dad. Since it was built in the ’70s, there has been (and still is) a lot of work to do to bring it up to date (tearing out walls and ceilings, building sheds, etc.).

    However, with the holidays at hand, I’ve been faced with the seemingly endless “men-only” task of climbing in and out of the attic to retrieve and re-store boxes and c boxes of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas decorations (yes, my wife is *big* into decorating).

    Unfortunately, this wide and long (but low height) attic has only a bunch of floating 1×4 scrap planks for a floor, covering about half the attic only where boxes are placed. There is no finished ceiling, so there are thousands of large, angry nails waiting for me to accidentally lift my head up. Because of the danger of falling through the floor and ripping my scalp off, I must maneuver carefully and slowly which makes the task take that much longer and inevitably stokes the desire to procrastinate the whole task. (By the way, last year one of my wife’s best friends–a single mom–was getting Christmas out of her attic and fell through her garage ceiling onto the concrete garage floor–she was seriously injured. This year it’s been my job to get her decorations out as well)

    Anyway, since so much of storage is going and in out right now, I figure it’s the perfect time to install a floor and ceiling that will protect my health, shorten the time it takes to do this task, and cut back on the procrastination factor (thus increasing harmony and holiday excitement in the home). The Fuego would be very helpful because I will need to rip 24+ pieces of plywood in order to fit it through the small 24×32″ hole that serves as an entrance to the attic–not to mention fitting the pieces when they get up there.

    I guess this project is a little light-hearted compared to some others, but it’s the holidays….

  3. Steve 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!)
    My Black-N-Decker Deck-N-Wrecker just ain’t cuttin it anymore. 🙂

  4. Steve 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, perhaps their tree cutting tools are failing and they could use a new Fuego, too.

  5. hoohoo says:

    i’m planning on building a new computer desk this winter. just today i found the perfect top for it. its a 6′ long 28″ deep 3″ thick rock maple butcher block table top from a local restaurant supply house. i scored this baby for an unbelievable $50! its in pretty good shape, except for the fact its slipping down the middle a bit. about a 1/4″ on one end tapering for about 75% of the length. i’m going to do have to do some surgery on this baby and i think maybe the fuego is what i need. i dont have a table saw, or access to one, and if i did i think this 250lb chunk of beauty would be a bit much for me to push across one.
    my plan is to rip this down the seam, clean up the edges, and fit her back together.
    what do you think? does the fuego have what it takes? lets find out!

  6. Greg Pearson says:

    Well, I purchased two vanities and other related bathroom items almost a year ago with the idea of re-doing out two bathrooms. I finally got started a few weeks ago on the kids. I ended up removing the fir-down and most of the sheet rock… then the surprises started coming… I ended up having to replace most of the studs in the wall and my 18v cordless really wasn’t up to the chore. I needed to pull a Flanders and borrow my neighbors power saw… Well, in a few weeks I will be starting the next bathroom. I plan to tear out the fir down in there and at least one wall, replacing it with another. I am also planning on building a custom vanity top. If I live through all this I am planning on converting our back porch into a playroom for the kids. It will need at least 2 walls built for that.

  7. Roger says:

    This last summer I enlisted my dad to help build myself an arcade cabinet. I don’t own any tools myself and he was happy to help and lend his tools for the job. The end result turned out great and we both learned a few things in the process. It was tough for him to give it up afterwards as he began having PacMan flashbacks. Now I’d like to give back to him for his help by building another arcade cabinet just for him. This would be my first real project like this on my own. This saw would definitely help make this project a reality.

  8. 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).