Canadian Woodworking

2021 Winners - Tool of the Year Awards

We are pleased to announce the winners of our 6th Annual Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement Tool of the Year Awards.

The Canadian Woodworking Tool of the Year Awards recognize the best woodworking products released during the year. Winning products are selected by woodworkers from across Canada – crafts people and avid DIYers who use woodworking products on a regular basis, and insist on usable features, top quality, great performance, and outstanding value. For a list of all candidates click here.

Winner – Hand Tools

Viking ARM Installation Tool

Hand tool of the year     Viking arm installation tool

The Viking Arm makes working alone much easier and with a lifting capacity of up to 330 lbs the range of applications is virtually unlimited. This ingenious and built-to-last tool helps with the installation of kitchens, windows, doors, cabinets, floors, fences, and much more. Get into tight spaces and lift, clamp, press, or tighten with controlled precision. Your imagination sets the limits.
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Runners Up – Hand Tools

Veritas Side-Clamping Honing Guide

This new side-clamping guide is very easy to use and more importantly it can accommodate just about any width of blade or chisel. It has a 3-point clamping system that secures blades from 1/8” to 2-1/2” wide.

WoodRiver Quick Twist Bar Clamp

WoodRiver Quick Twist Bar Clamp
A better choice than bar or F-clamps for clamping into hard-to-reach places. You simply twist the handle to move it along the rail and then twist it in the opposite direction to tighten. Large soft jaw pads give you a lot of surface area and won’t mar your work.
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Winner – Power Tools

Festool TSC 55 Cordless Track Saw

power tool of the year festool cordless track saw
The Festool TSC 55 K cordless track saw sets the standard in precision panel processing. The combination of a brushless EC-TEC motor and dual battery system makes it as powerful as any corded track saw while giving you the freedom of full mobility.  With the TSC you get a full 2-1/8” (55mm) cutting depth at 90° and 1-11/16” (43mm) at 45°.
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Runners Up – Power Tools

DEWALT  XTREME 12V 5-in-1 Drill/Driver Kit

dewalt DCD703F1-2

Designed to improve access in hard-to-reach spaces, this multi-head drill/driver features 4 dedicated attachment solutions. At less than 5″ long, this compact tool offers pro-level usability with 2-speed transmission and 15 clutch settings for the control you need to complete a variety of projects.

Milwaukee M12 23 Gauge Pin Nailer

Milwaukee Pin nailer
The Milwaukee M12 23-gauge pinner is as perfect a pinner as you can get for precision fastening of narrow, thin or delicate stock. With battery installed the Milwaukee M12 weighs just 3 pounds 12 ounces and measures a scant 7-1/2″ head to heel, making it the lightest and most compact pinner on the market.
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Winner – Machinery

King Canada 12” Industrial Jointer/Planer with Spiral Cutterhead

machinery of the yearKing Canada 12HJPC
With a powerful 3 HP motor this dual jointer/planer combination machine offers the capabilities of both machines without compromising your work space. The spiral cutterhead, equipped with 60 replaceable inserts. is 50% quieter than a conventional cutterhead. The parallelogram table adjustment system keeps the precision cast-iron tables close to the cutterhead for precise depth of cut adjustments and an improved finish .

Runners Up – Machinery

Makita 40V MAX XGT Brushless 10″ Mitre Saw with Wireless Auto-Start

Makita LS004GZ
The Makita LS004GZ 40V MAX XGT Li-Ion 10″ Mitre Saw with Brushless Motor & AWS offers maximum cutting power with a large cutting capacity of  3-5/8″ x 11″.

Wood-Mizer MP160 Jointer/Planer

woodmizer MP160
The MP160 Jointer Planer efficiently shares one horizontal cutter between two cast iron tables to produce straight-edged boards with the top jointer table and evenly planed boards with the bottom planer table.

Winner – Accessories

Kreg Pocket-Hole Jig 720

accessory of the year Kreg 720
The Pocket Hole Jig 720 is a premium, advanced jig for creating rock-solid pocket-hole joints more efficiently in materials from 1/2″ to 1 1/2″ thick. Dual-action clamping with Automaxx automatically clamps and adjusts to the proper material thickness while GripMaxx™ anti-slip holds material in place for worry-free clamping.

Runners Up – Accessories

Woodpeckers Auto-Line Drill Guide

Autoline drill guide
The Auto-Line Drill Guide features a 1/2″ chuck and fence system. Any drill attaches to the standard quick-release hex shank. There is a stop color for accurate depth control and the base has laser engraved index marks.

ISOtunes Link Bluetooth Earmuffs

ISOtunes LINK is perfect for the worker who prefers over-ear hearing protection, but refuses to compromise their listening experience.
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