TOY2019 | Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement


Tool of the Year Award Winners 2020

The Canadian Woodworking Tool of the Year Award recognizes 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.

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20-Hand Tool of the Year
Bessey Track Table Clamps

BESSEY’s newest clamp innovation, EZR table clamp, was designed primarily to work with track saw guides (slots/grooves, 12 x 6.5 mm to 12 x 8mm from Festool, Protool, Metabo, Makita, Hitachi/Hikoki and DeWalt), but this clamp does so much more. No tools are required to quickly transform and adapt to its numerous applications. It’s not just about clamping or having the capability to be a spreader, it also offers a unique step-over solution.

20-Hand Tool of the Year RUNNER UP
Veritas pocket square
Veritas 1-1/2" Pocket Layout Square

Machined from solid aluminum extrusion, anodized and laser etched on both sides, this triangular layout square is only 1-1/2" on a side. The 1/2" wide by 1/8" thick base registers solidly against a workpiece and has a 1/8" offset on one edge and 1/4" on the other.
Gramercy Tools Spoonmaker's Drawknife

The Gramercy Tools Spoonmaker’s Drawknife is designed to avoid this problem. It has a very narrow front to back - only 9/16”. This gives you a remarkable ability to dip into and out of concave features of your work. The blade is only 2 1/8” long, which makes it easy to control.
20-Power Tool of the Year
DEWALT 20V MAX XR Brushless Cordless Compact Router
dewalt DCW600B
The 20V MAX XR Cordless Compact Router provides power like a corded compact router while providing the convenience of a cordless tool. The plastic fixed base and dual LED lights help to illuminate the work surface and provide superior bit visibility. This cordless router is equipped with variable speed control for optimal bit speed in each application. The release clamp allows for quick and easy bit and base change.

20-Power Tool of the Year RUNNER UP
Arbortech power carving unit
Arbortech Power Carving Unit

The Power Carving Unit is the ideal power source for all your Arbortech attachments. This tool guarantees to optimize performance and completes the Power Carving Range. Simply secure any Arbortech attachment and experience power carving like never before.
Skilsaw TRUEHVL Cordless Worm Drive Saw

Powered by the TRUEHVL battery, the brushless motor responds to challenging applications by boosting power and torque, and all-magnesium construction makes it lightweight and tough. TRUEHVL features a unique battery design that maximizes heat dissipation, patented Stay Cool technology that wraps each cell in a temperature controlling material, and intelligent power management that monitors and optimizes each cell.
20-Machinery of the Year
YETI SmartBench V1.2 Standard CNC Router
yeti smartbench
Take CNC routing from the factory into your workshop with the portable 4' by 8' Yeti SmartBench – a UK built, large format, budget-friendly CNC router. Featuring touchscreen controls, Wi-Fi and USB connectivity, and onboard design apps. The Yeti is a user-friendly, full-feature three-axis CNC with a 6" height capacity. Capable of 3D carving in non-ferrous materials and processing cuts, mortises, dados, pockets, and line boring on full panels while you work on other tasks. Disassembles in three min­utes for storage or transport, only requires a vacuum for dust extraction, and comes in 120v or 230v models. A truly universal machine ready for your shop at an affordable price.

20-Machinery of the Year RUNNER UP
Axiom Precison Iconic CNC

The new Iconic CNC series includes three sizes, each with prismatic guides, ball screws, and the same powerful, yet easy to use, DSP pendant controller which we utilize on our larger machines. We also provide a full complement of accessories ensuring that you’ll receive a package that’s specifically tailored to your CNC needs.
Oneida supercell
Supercell Mobile 14 Gal. High-Pressure Dust Collector

The world's first universal dust collector generates 10x higher suction than standard collectors, allowing it to effectively capture dust and debris from any 1" to 5" dia. port through up to 100 feet of 4" hose and ductwork! HEPA-certified filter media with internal pulse filter cleaner to reduce downtime for maintenance. Compact, mobile design includes 14-gallon drop-down dust bin with fill level indicator and automatic bag holder, and 25' of vacuum-rated flex-hose.
20-Accessory of the Year
Trend Air-Stealth Lite

The Trend STE/LP/ML is suitable for all woodworking tasks, masonry and demolition work, fiberglass, mixing concrete, mortar and plaster, welding, hand and power sanding and many more. It has a lightweight frame with disposable P3 rated filters. Suitable for trade professionals and DIY enthusiasts.


20-Accessory of the Year RUNNER UP
Festool Edge Sanding Guide

The Festool Edge Sanding Guide gives you the speed and reliable finish quality that you would otherwise only expect from stationary edge-sanding equipment. Easily and quickly attaches to the 5” Random Orbit Sander ETS 125 REQ and the Cordless Sander ETSC 125. Its intuitive and ergonomic design adapts to practically any kind of edge, angle, or curvature. Create finished results with consistency and in less time than hand sanding.
Paintline Portable Jobsite Spray Booth

Intended for interior use, the Portable Jobsite Spray Booth can be set up by one person in under 15 minutes, in a variety of environments, providing users with both a job site and an in-shop painting, refinishing and workpiece processing solution. It provides 5-sided coverage with an open front, and has a variety of available ventilation accessories.