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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Tool Review -Day 1 Empire Straight Edge and Tool Giveaway!

OK, I was working on the trim in the laundry room and needed to use my contour gauge again.  The trim needed to flank both sides of our washer and dryer and one side had the baseboard to contend with.  I just pushed the gauge up against my baseboard and traced the pattern that was created onto the trim piece. After cutting along the traced line I got a super great fit. 
 I first talked about this gauge here.  
Anyway, I thought, "Wouldn't it be cool if one of my readers could win one of these?"
So, I contacted the wonderful people at Empire and they said they would love to provide a giveaway for one of my followers!! 
 Empire makes lots of awesome tools, you should go over and check out their sight here
 I thought it would be fun to try some out and give you my opinion on them.  Check back for the next two days for a new tool review and a chance to win a contour gauge!

First tool is the All Purpose Cutting Guide.
They are heavy duty aluminum rails that extend to 98" and can be used with a circular saw, jig-saw, utility knife or saber saw.  It includes two rails, joiner plate with handle and two C-clamps.
It was very easy to slide together.  The only problem I had was a lack of instructions.  There were two small screws included and I couldn't figure what they were for.  There was no diagram or instructions on the box or with the packaging.  Luckily, Les took one look at it and solved the mystery.  There are two small holes on the side of the handle/joiner plate, the screws go there to hold the hole thing together.  

Once I got it together I was very excited to try it out.  I often use scrap wood clamped down as a straight edge, but it doesn't seem as straight as this tool.  This cutting guide has one flat side to clamp and a lip on the other side to guide your saw against.  It was very easy to use.
Another bonus is that it can be quickly taken apart and stored easily.  
All in all, I give this tool a thumbs up.  

Ease of use, lightweight, easy to store are all good.
No instructions not so good.

Alright, enter the widget below for a chance to win a Contour Gauge.
And we will see you back here tomorrow for another tool review.
Thanks for stopping by!





“Giveaway ends March 8th at 11:59 PM EST.  Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes.  Winner will be selected by Random.org and be notified by email. Winner have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Please note that BatchelorsWay is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes.  I have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. I will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 30 days for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you.  The product provided for the review was free of charge from the company. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation.  Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway.  By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone.  I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.”

21 comments:

Sandy A said...

I love when a project is finished we stand back and look at it and say Look what we did--it is a great feeling...

Unknown said...

What a great tool and it looks so easy to use! Love your blog and the re-do on the laundry room. Can't wait to see the finished product.

Unknown said...

Love your blog and what a great tool. Can't wait to see your finished laundry room.

Tina @ ClutteredCorkBoard said...

Favorite thing about DIY is seeing it all come together. -Tina H.

Scrapperdipper said...

I like the unsure feeling before I start something, and I love the amazing feeling after it's done. Thanks for the chance to win such a great prize!

Jessica said...

I love the creative part of DIY!

Jessica said...

I love the creative part of DIY!

Calliope said...

My favorite part of DIY is finishing--but finishing with something that's what you wanted and not just what you could find.

Kimberly said...

I like that I can always customize any project to my family & home!

T to the Essa said...

Satisfaction. Plus I always end up making it way better than how I expected, so it's a super duper fun to see how creative I can be!

Dianna F said...

I love the satisfaction of having done something myself. Love your projects! Thanks for sharing and encouraging.

Cory and Monika said...

What fun tools you have!

pbrenner said...

What great tools! I love DIY because I don't have the money to do all the things I want to do to my house, lol. It's also very empowering to know how to do stuff :-)

Patty

Ana said...

I like the satisfaction of being able to do it myself and the money saved from not hiring someone else to do it :)

Ana said...

I like the satisfaction of doing it myself and the money saved from not having to hire someone else to do it :)

Ellen Kepas said...

I love the new skills I learn with each new project and the sense of accomplishment when the project is done!

Unknown said...

I've not done to much of this type of thing, so I am amassing my tool arsenal as I go. This would be a great addition! Thanks for the chance to win this interesting, but handy item, also, thanks for taking the time to "teach us," by walking us through this fabulous new and exciting journey! I am really excited to start a new project soon.

OrangeBlossom said...

Oh, the engineer in me would love these kind of tools!!! Would greatly help with the remodel of the farmhouse

Jen said...

I am betting my husband doesn't even know this exists. How amazing! I am going to show him.

Cristina Garay said...

I'm with you, I also use a scrap piece of wood as a guide and I always think the cut isn't as straight as I want to :) Do you have an extra contour gauge? I need one of those too ;)

Elisha Albretsen @ Pneumatic Addict Furniture said...

Oh man, where was I when you were running this giveaway?! I could totally use that gauge!