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Today we’re proud to annouce our “Day 16” winner in the 25 Days of Fuego give away: Roger.

Roger’s project: “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. ”

Congrats, Roger, there is nothing more retro cool than the old full sized arcade cabinets! Our personal favorite is Galaga but Spy Hunter ranks up there as well.

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 post your winter project on the day 17 winner.

 

4 Responses to 25 Days of Fuego: Day 16 Winner — Another Chance to Win

  1. Ryan Rose says:

    Dear Mr. ToolMonger Guy,

    When I first learned of the 25 days of Fuego contest, I thought to myself “Mice Nuts!!!, It’s too good to be true!” After all, beneath every contest offering a free prize or give-away bonanza there must lie a evil marketing plot designed to rob the entrant of their social security number, swiss account funds, and sisters cell phone number. Right?!?

    While I still believe all of that is true, I later realized that: I have no money in swiss accounts; my social security number is probably sitting in amazon’s online database waiting to be hacked anyway; and my sister encouraged me to “go win that saw”. My sister’s motives are still unclear at this time, but nevertheless I now have no reason not to write this entry.

    Recently I built some quick shelves using my fathers borrowed circular saw to help tidy up the accumulating mess in the garage. Cutting OSB with my fathers circular saw made for some embarrassing results. I’ve included a picture of a “straight” cut with this saw. It is probably needless to say at this point, but I have since learned about pitch build up and the effects of a dull blade. After a few re-cuts and strategic placement of my poorly cut wood, my shelves were done! The end result turned out functional, and nice enough (OSB shelves on 2×4 framing).

    My next project is to build a fence on the side of my house. It would be great if I had my own saw, with a new blade to get the job done. I’m sure my dad is eager to let his nearly 20 year old circular saw resume rusting on his shelves at home.

  2. Shawn says:

    We live in an 80 year old house that has an attic straight out of the movies – there’s a staircase (behind a door) up to it’s full unfinished glory. It’s about 10′ high in the center and slopes down on the sides and is fuly floored – perfect for a seasonal kids play area – it just needs a big old trunk filled with “dress-up clothes”. That and a closed off area for storage, which is where the Fuego would come in handy. I’m hoping to build a closed off storage area at one end of the attic so that all of the Christmas boxes, etc can be put in there and the rest of the attic can be used as a play room/area, as well as a reading nook in the dormer that’s up there. The Fuego would do the cutting of the 2-by and plywood nicely and save the running down to the shop in the basement to make cuts on my table saw.

  3. 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).

    I suppose I could add the myriad of additional projects that this tool would see use in. I have a roof and wooden fence that are still in a state of disrepair from Hurricane Katrina, a kitchen that’s in need of remodeling, and a patio that needs to be enclosed (this will get done the same time as the roof). My dad has the tools for these jobs, but it would be nice to not have to borrow.

    Anyhow, primary project(s) will be homes for grandpa’s tools, and commiting time to learn to use and care for them properly.

  4. John says:

    My woodworking shop is almost complete and the current project is installing a fixed dust collection system. The problem is that 6-inch PVC or HVAC ducting has gotten quite expensive! I’ve decided to build the ducting out of wood or melamine coated particleboard. They will be rectangular ducts and I’m definitely going to need a nice saw to do the job! I think it will be a real money saver and a fun project as well!