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Today we’re proud to annouce our “Day 20” winner in the 25 Days of Fuego give away: Ed.

Ed’s project: “For a long time I’ve wanted to do some kind of project where I could get my son involved but I could never get him interested in building anything. My wife and I recently came up with the idea to build a miniature golf course in our backyard. Why not install fake grass since the real stuff won’t grow. Before you know it my son and I were drawing up a layout and plans for the holes and it’s coming together great. What we’re missing though are those structures that give the holes their charm. I’m talking about the tiny buildings, and bridges, and don’t forget the all important windmill. I mean, what kind of miniature golf course would it be without a windmill? So now our project is growing a bit beyond our original scope and I’m not sure a handsaw is going to survive the rest of the journey. Either way I’m sure we’ll still contintue to have a blast.”

Congrats, Ed, a windmill bearing golf course in the backyard, now that’s Toolmonger style! I remember my first miniature golf experience with fondness. A few words of advice stand back when the young’n is swinging and buy a few extra golf balls. I believe they’re still looking for the first one managed to connect with.

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 21 winner.

 

9 Responses to 25 Days of Fuego: Day 20 Winner — Another Chance to Win

  1. deckhand says:

    I’ve never been lucky when it comes to contests, it appears the Fuego giveaway contest is carrying on my string of poor luck. Oh well !. To cheer myself up I bought one of the Ridgid Fuego saws from Home Depot and used it to build a set of shelves for a customer.
    The shelves were to line a storage closet in his basement and his wife insisted on white melamine. Not the best material to work with. Plus a set of 3 shelves constructed of 2x4s and ½” plywood in his garage.
    I used the Fuego to make all the picky cuts. Not one corner in the closet was square so each shelf was slightly different in size.
    The customer was delighted and the saw paid for itself in its first job.
    I cannot describe how well the saw worked. It’s an absolute delight to use. Nice straight cuts with no kickback and best of all, no fatigue. I own about 5 circular saws from an 18 volt Dewalt to a massive wormdrive Skilsaw. The Fuego runs rings around them. Run, don’t walk to your nearest Home Depot and buy one. It’s a bargain.
    My winter project? Find more jobs so that I can employ my new toy!!!

  2. Brian C. says:

    Congratulations to Ed!

    As an avid volunteer of his time and abilities in the Mountain Search and Rescue team and as a trainer of knot & rope work for firemen and other rescuers, my father-in-law is a man with ability and skill, just not a handyman. However, he is a man very short on time and his small house, where he lives alone, has some much needed work that needs doing.

    Since he volunteers so much of his time, I thought as a Christmas present that I could volunteer some of mine this winter. His house is built into the side of a hill and has a large wrap-around deck as well as a smaller deck off of a back bedroom. These are roughly 20+’ above ground. They have fallen into disrepair and are now dangerous. The railings are loose, the deck planks are rotting, the framing is falling apart. His front porch, although not as high off the ground, is in a similar state. I believe he is semi-fearless as he still walks on these decks!!! I want to rebuild his decks and his front porch for him. He deserves it and it’s needed.

    A new Fuego from RIDGID would be an excellent tool to have on this project and on other projects as well – such as the aforementioned 2-level play-structure for my children.

    Thank you for the contest and your time!
    ~Brian

  3. Mark says:

    Between not wanting to scrape frost off my car in the dim Ohio morning
    light and our 3 year old’s collection of tools and toys … ok, and my
    tools/toys too, my garage shop is no longer functional. (See the image
    in the associated webs site.) Thus, my next _big_ project will be a 13′ x 17′
    addition to the garage. The plans have lots of natural lighting and a
    large overhang/”patio” for the BBQ and a picnic table. Above all, this
    space will be fully insulated and will be heated with an external
    wood-fired oven … a place to work and play, toasty warm, and makes good
    food too! The idea with the wood-fired oven is to build it into the back
    corner of the addition so that it heats the work space through
    conduction. The associated web site has two URLs that give some idea of what it could look like. A Fuego would of course be quite valuable for this mega project.

  4. Mark says:

    Sorry for the double-post. The “associated web site” that I was talking about in my posting above can be reached by clicking on my name. It seems that I can no longer post with a link in the text of my posting?

  5. Theresa says:

    I work in special education, teaching children with learning disabilities for a private tutoring center in California. My \’kids\’ as I fondly refer to them, each present a unique challenge in learning, both to myself and the rest of the staff. This year however, the biggest challenge has not been teaching the kids, but in the management of their personal belongings.

    Coats, lunch-pales, soggy umbrellas and other effects have proven too much for our meager closet to hold. Unfortunately, the store bought shelves I have looked at are not very accomadating to kids in wheelchairs.

    If I won the Fuego, I would build a cubby-hole styled wall unit with large areas that are accessible to all kids – short and tall.

    Theresa

  6. Allan says:

    Hello – my father has always been an inspiration to me in using tools and being a handyman. he was always fixing things while I was growing up. now that he’s older I need to do the same for him since he is no longer able to stand up in the garage for long periods of time running tools.

    If i won the Fuego I would help him rebuild his work table and repair his sunscreen porch in the back of the house. in his later years, I feel it’s the least I can do for a man who has taught me so much.

    Allan

  7. Stephen Heil says:

    I want to re-plank my 200 square foot porch/deck this summer with “ironwood” so I’m going to need a decent circular. I’m sure this new Ridgid Fuego make it go a lot smoother. It would be great if I won!!!
    — Steve

  8. Ryan says:

    I wrote in a few days ago about some shelving I recently finished building in my garage (click on my name for the web site pictures). A better story ended up winning the Fuego that day and I was content to let it rest at that.

    THEN I went to Home Depot!!

    I happened across the Fuego in aisle number 21 (or thereabouts) and I realized just how cool that saw is! I was surprised by the weight of the saw; it seemed sturdy — rugged like it could handle some serious cutting.

    I have been a first-time home owner for two years now of a fixer-upper to be sure. So far, I have completely remodeled a bathroom, a bedroom, and a living room all without owning a circular saw. My neighbors and my father were all willing lenders in my tool-time of need. But, being a conscientious borrower, I do not want to overstep my lenders thresh-hold for my next project.

    If I win the Fuego, I would proudly use it on the project next on my list: A Shed. The shed is the project I am most excited about.

    My excitement about winning a Fuego was re ignited (pun intended) tonight in the tool aisle of Home Depot. I thought about the plans I had already drawn up and all the cool features that I want to build. My shed will hold the usual items like a lawnmower, paint, and gardening tools. It will also act like a giant toy box for adults. In one corner, I am going to build a double staged area to store two jet skis stacked vertically, complete with nylon runners for easy removal — SWEET! In the other corner, I will have an area to keep my YZ250 dirt bike. Two doors on different sides of the shed will allow me easy access to the toys, and the tools. It’s going to be a great Spring project! I can’t wait to get it started!

    – Ryan

  9. BJ Clark says:

    I’m a college student (1 more semester left) and I just bought a house with my girlfriend. We are both Artists (potters) and I need to remodel the little detached garage on our property into our studio. It’s basically a shack of unevely spaced 2″x4″s on a cinder block foundation all held together with the biggest nails you’ve ever seen. To say the thing needs a little TLC is like calling Mt. Everest a hill.
    (Un)Luckily for me, when I moved in my dad said “Here is a box of old tools you can use” which included a circa 1960’s Sears Craftsman circular saw. It still works (kind of) but just barely makes it through a 2″x4″ and sometimes needs to be backed out and let it spun back up to speed.
    Last weekend I spent ripping a shed off the back of the garage that was not suitable to even keep a lawnmower in anymore and covering the then exposed boards (it’s pre-plywood) with some plywood I had laying around. The saw barely made it through the 1/8″ plywood, and I’m not sure it will make it through much more. Although, you have to admit, a close to 40 yr old saw is pretty impressive.

    Anyway, last Friday was my last day of school for close to a month and a half and I need to insulate, drywall, and finish the garage in that time (including building some racks to hold our chemicals and clay we use for our pots). That’s where the fuego would come in. If I had a decent saw, I could actually cut all the trim I need to finish the shop out and make some heavy duty shelves for our chemicals (we’re talking a couple tons of clay and chemicals). I’ve got most of the materials on hand already, I’m just a tad sort on tools (I can find materials around here for free, but it’s hard to find “leftover” tools).

    As for now, I’m going to try to get buy with the ol’craftsman. Please toolmonger, save me!