Circle Track extends a special thanks to everyone who submitted an entry for the Circle Track/Craftsman Tools Ultimate Shop Contest. We can say without reservation that the selection process was tough because of the many inventive submissions.
After sorting through a slew of great designs, we narrowed it down to 10 finalists from which the top three winners were selected.
We are pleased to announce that Jeff Dragoo, who hails from Colorado Springs, has won a 40-inch-wide Craftsman roll-away tool chest filled with the Grand Prize-a 318-piece Craftsman Mechanics tool set!
Jeff, a chiropractor and I.M.C.A. racer, successfully met the basic design criteria of ease of use, functionality, efficiency, and safety. His entry also met the contest requirements-choosing and listing Craftsman tools while staying within the $10,000 constraint.
There is one other criterion Jeff's design achieved-of all the entries, we found this shop to be one which we would most like to work in. We believe that after you take a look at this garage design, you may want to work there too.
Design ExtrasFrom a design standpoint, the Grand Prize submission encompasses all the basics anyone would want in his or her shop, such as the workbenches, the toolbox, and the basic welding equipment. But other features also set his design apart:
*Motor assembly and office space,complete with computer resources*Hydraulic car lift*A ceiling track with curtains to form a painting booth*Bathroom facilities
These outstanding design features, combined with the excellent graphic presentation and Craftsman tool selection, put this shop entry at the top and led us to choosing Dragoo's entry as the Grand Prize winner.
Numbers Two And ThreeThe Second-Place winner of a 241-piece Craftsman Pit Crew tool set and five-drawer Craftsman Project Center is Edward J. Faulk from El Paso, Illinois. Bill Henning of Lansdale, Pennsylvnia, is the winner of the Third-Place prize: a 241-piece Craftsman tool set and Craftsman Galvanized Top workbench.
Congratulations to both on a job well done!
Work Bench11/42-inch reversible drill31/48-inch reversible drill60-piece drill bit set9-piece hole-saw kitStep drill bit (11/44 to 11/42)Heavy-duty wire brush11/42-inch drive impact wrench and five sockets11/42-inch drive heavy- duty reversible drillOrbital finish sanderRotary orbital action sanderBuffer/polisherHigh-performance spray gunAir-compressor waterfilterEye and ear protection kitRespiratorFirst-aid kit
West WallHeavy-duty grinderVariable-speed sawVariable-speed rotary tool6-inch grinderStraight die grinderImpact hammer4-piece impact ham-mer accessory setHeavy-duty tin snips (1611/42 inch)3-piece aviation snip setTubing and pipe cutter19-piece variety clamp set5-piece vise grip and C-clamp setWelding and cutting outfitProfessional MIGwelderLeather welding glovesWelding helmetWelding rod keeperWelding tip cleaner setChipping hammer
East WallStorage Unit Contents:Air-activated hydraulic riveterPower washerPorto-Power four-tonhydraulic setZircon's laser24-inch level9-inch magnetic torpedo levelPocket calculatorCombination squareMechanix Wear glovesFlashlight and lantern setHeavy-duty, dual heat-soldering gun kitIndustrial heavy-dutyheat gunManual battery charger
Toolbox Contents:227-piece "Pit Crew" tool set7-piece standard nut driver setMicrotork wrench (11/42 inch)Flex T handles (11/42 inch)19-piece bit socket set3-piece adjustable wrench set5-piece pliers set and 7-inch Robo Grip pliers5-piece prybar set14-piece punch-chisel lineup tool set 17-piece file setElectrical repair toolLockback knifeHandi-Cut (371/48-inch blade)Posi-Lock hub pullerLocking tape measure5-piece spark plug gauge set8-piece ratchet wrench and kitDigital engine multimeterFuel-pressure testerCompression testerTiming analyzer4-piece timing gauge setMicrometerUniversal protractorPlumb bob39-piece tap and die set