September 5, 2008

DeWalt Top Finish Carpenter Contest

staircase.jpgDeWalt is apparently looking for the world's greatest finish carpenter and they're willing to load up a lot of people with prizes in order to do it. It's a unique contest in that it's done in two stages and it seems particularly susceptible to huge amounts of fraud.

To enter, you first have to log on to and set up a profile. Then you have to choose a project category; built-in cabinets, custom stairs, or mantles as well as send them some images of other work that you've done (do this by Sept 24th). At this point, DeWalt will narrow the field down to 17 contestants, who they will ship a ton of tools to, in order for you to complete the project. Then, after eight weeks, you've got to send back pictures of the project. DeWalt then chooses one grand prize winner and showers them more tools, some Carhartt gear and race tickets.

And as far as the idea of fraud goes, we would like to direct DeWalt to the above picture of a staircase we just built.

Everything you need to know about the contest is here.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at September 5, 2008 5:38 AM
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Hey, thanks for clearing that up. I can see the potential for someone misrepresenting someonelses work as theirs...but I would think it very unlikely in this contest.

Its been a fun contest to be entered in...and all 17 of us are already winners.


Posted by: Stan Foster at November 15, 2008 8:43 PM

Hey Stan,

We were just kidding with the implication of fraud. It was just something that struck us while writing the post, the idea of some terrible carpenter sending in photos of amazing work taken from the pages of Fine Homebuilding. But, no, we're positive that all of the 17 finalists are legit and that you are all quite talented. We're looking forward to seeing the results. Good luck.

Posted by: Tool Snob at November 9, 2008 7:39 AM

As one of the DeWalt 17 finalists...I take exception to the comment that this contest is potentially filled with fraudulent entries. I will bet that each and everyone of us are sticking the rules very strictly. There is no doubt in my mind that hundreds more qualified than myself should be in my place,,but,,,you must enter to win!

Stan Foster

Posted by: Stan Foster at November 8, 2008 10:00 PM
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