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RandomCongratulations to “Remwoodz” – the winner of my extra advance copy of Michael Dunbar’s newly revised book “Restoring, Tuning & Using Classic Hand Tools.”

And my goodness – 154 comments! I was initially planning to print out the comments, cut them apart and drop them in a fishbowl to choose. But I don’t have that kind of time today (we leave tomorrow morning to drive to Winston-Salem for Woodworking in America – and by the way, online registration is now closed, but it’s not too late to attend; you can register on site from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, should you wish to catch day 2 of the classes).

So instead of drawing out of a bowl in a dramatic fashion, I used the above non-dramatic random number generator, then counted up from the first comment to number 46. And yes, there is every possibility that I counted incorrectly…but it’s still random. (I got hit on the head by a benchtop this morning; that’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it.)

Hope to see you in North Carolina this weekend!

— Megan Fitzpatrick


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  • R.L. Kocher

    Have a safe trip and I know you’ll have a great time in NC..

  • jim childress

    Ha! I will have to spell it out. Congratulations are extended to Remwoodz. My better half is an
    English tutor by way of explanation. I guess I will be forced to break that wooden piggy bank to
    buy a copy, and that does not rate a H…… Have fun at the Woodworking in America show.

  • Steve_OH

    I’m horrified. The site you used generates pseudo-random numbers, not random numbers. Despite the site’s claims to the contrary, pseudo-random numbers are not suitable for choosing lottery winners and the like, because the results are 100% predictable.

    Next time, try .

  • B Jackson

    Congrats to Remwoodz … and thanks, Megan, for the chance to participate. I actually did buy a book from ShopWoodworking recently … Jigs and Fixtures For the Handtool Woodworker. It came this p.m. … and for a hybrid guy like me, it will generate ideas for new jigs. (I also spotted the Kindle edition of John Wilson’s Making Hand Tools and will be perusing that tonight, next to the muse of my life, for whom I just completed a bed platform with storage below the mattress and am now working on an above-headboard alcove. Don’t get excited … it’s contemporary design similar to the dresser my parents bought in Grand Rapids, Mich, in the ’60s or ’70s and passed onto me in the late 80s.)

  • Matt_Rob

    Congrats to Remwoodz enjoy.


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