Canadian Woodworking Tool of the Year Award 2016

Tool of the Year Awards 2016

Canadian Woodworking Tool of the Year Award 2016

We are pleased to announce the Winners in our 2016 Tool of the Year Awards.

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.

In this, our first TOY awards, over 1,000 voters selected from among 95 products to choose the winners in four tool categories. Congratulations to the winners, the runners-up, and to all those who voted.

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The 2016 Winners:

16-Hand Tool of the Year

Veritas Mortise Chisels

These are substantial mortise chisels. The blades are more than 1/2" thick at the heel of the bevel and are a consistent width from tip to shoulder for accurate registration in a mortise. The chisel sides are slightly relieved to reduce sidewall friction and allow for minor cut corrections. Each has a 25° primary bevel to make deep cuts easier, with a 35° secondary bevel to give them a durable cutting edge. To aid in levering out waste, the heel of the bevel is rounded to provide a smooth fulcrum. A2 or PM-V11 tool steel versions are available.

Runner Up: Task Tools Hammer


These hammers feature shock absorbing grips that provide less fatigue and enhanced comfort for increased production on the jobsite. The new One-Piece Steel, Graphite Handle and Specialty hammers are exciting new additions to a full range of Contractor/Professional User and DIY products.

16-Power Tool of the Year

Fuji Mini-Mite 5 Platinum Turbine
The model 2905-T70 Turbine System is the most powerful 5-stage Turbine Motor on the market, developing 9.5 PSI. It features a unique heat dissipation box that removes any heat build-up from the turbine case, and a noise reduction hood that covers the filters. It includes the Fuji T70 spray gun with 1 qt cup.

Runner Up: Tormek T8 Sharpening System

The newly designed T-8  comes with the new and improved SE-77 Square Edge Jig, which is optimal for creating a cambered shape on plane irons. On the new T-8 model, Tormek has integrated the previous mounted sleeves for the Universal Support into the fully cast housing, guaranteeing minimal play for the Universal Support, an innovation which improves the control of the sharpening and increases the accuracy of the final results.

16-Machinery of the Year

Bosch REAXX Jobsite Table Saw
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Active Response Technology delivers flesh-detecting technology to help reduce potential user injury. Features a 15 amp, 4.0 hp max motor. An optimized rail system boasts a pre-squaring SquareLock Rip Fence. The table is sturdy cast aluminum sized to rip up to 25" on 4 by 8 foot sheets. An on-board rear outfeed support provides an extra 18" of support for longer workpieces.

Runner Up: Rikon 14-Inch Deluxe Bandsaw, Model 10-326


Provides a full 13-5/8" wide and 13" high cutting capacity. The increased 1-3/4HP, 115/230 dual volt motor, with two blade speeds of 2,950 or 1,445 ft/min, provides ample power for re-sawing and cutting lumber, plus, a variety of other materials such as non-ferrous metal, plastics, composites or foam.

16-Accessory of the Year

JessEM Clear Cut TS Stock Guides

Provides you safety and precision for your table saw while preventing kick back. These unique guide rollers are mounted on a 5 degree angle effectively steering your stock toward the fence. To help prevent kick back each roller is mounted on a one way needle roller bearing and held under spring pressure to ensure work is firmly in place. You will achieve safer, smoother and more precise cuts with JessEm’s Clear Cut TS Stock Guides.

Runner Up #1: Kreg Jig K5 Master System

Combines the Kreg Jig K5 with  an Automaxx Face Clamp with 3" reach, a Portable Base for building on the go, and step-by-step downloadable plans for six great projects. The new Automaxx Face Clamp features auto-adjust technology that simplifies project construction by allowing you to clamp workpieces of varying thicknesses without ever having to adjust the clamp. That makes it the perfect companion to the ratcheting, tool-free workpiece clamp on the Kreg Jig K5.

Runner Up #2: Sjobergs Smart Workstation Pro Vise Workbench Top

Constructed in 1-5/8 inch thick solid European beech top, it can be easily added or attached with clamps to any work surface or tabletop and brings the versatility of a tail vise to almost any setting. Simply clamp it to a work table, work bench, a shop stand - almost any stable surface - and get an instant woodworking vise, complete with a short row of bench dog holes.