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Archive for March, 2014

Segmented Bowl Turning: Come See a Live Presentation at Woodworkers Source

Saturday, March 15th, 2014
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Learn all about making wonderful segmented bowls like this one. Presentation is by Don Jovag, author of the book Segmented Bowls for the Beginning Turner

Don Jovag will be giving a Demo on turning Segmented Bowls at Woodworkers Source in Tucson:

  • April 26 2014 – 9:30 am,
  • Woodworkers Source in Tucson, AZ (3441 S. Palo Verde Rd., map)

Don will demonstrate how to get started on a segmented bowl, making a fixture for safely cutting accurate segments, gluing up segments and rings, turning the body with a bottom to fit, and answer your questions.

Don is known for his book on the subject, Segmented Bowls for the Beginning Turner (@Amazon), that is designed for the beginning wood turner that is ready to take up the challenge of turning a segmented bowl. The hallmark of a segmented bowl is the design incorporated into the body. While these designs appear to be complicated and difficult to make, his book simplifies the process. The problem of cutting the segments safely and accurately is also solved with instructions for making simple fixtures for your table saw that cut segments with enough precision to avoid complicated sanding and fitting. Don’s book has straightforward instructions with over 200 clear color photos and patterns to guide you in this process.

Don will have his books for sale, and of course, he’ll gladly sign your copy for you.

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Poll: Cast Your Vote for The Best Table in Our Woodworking Contest

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

***We’re turning the voting to you, our website visitors, to choose a “People’s Choice” winner in our table making contest. Check out the entries below.***

The elected winner among the tables shown below wins this selection of tools; Bora Wide Track Clamp Edge Set, Festool Toolbox, Trend diamond sharpening stone

The top elected winner among the tables shown below wins this selection of tools; Bora Wide Track Clamp Edge Set, Festool Toolbox, Trend diamond sharpening stone

In our latest woodworking contest, there were 74 entries. The constraints on the showdown were simple: build an occasional table no larger than 32″ in length width or height of any design or style. May the best one win.

That turned out to be a daunting task for our panel of 7 judges. The tables we received were all so different. There were modern style tables, Queen Anne tables, triangular tables, circular tables, hall tables, coffee tables, period replicas, unique designs, and everything in between. The judges selected their 10 favorites, then scored the semi-finalists by inspecting joints and workmanship and tallying up the results to determine the top 3 winners. They also chose 9 other tables for Honorable Mentions for outstanding details of one form or another. Like best finish, best fluting, etc.(You can see those here >>>)

So now we turn to you to elect the “People’s Choice” winner. Tell us which table you think deserves it. Browse the pictures of the tables below (there are 71, so be patient). I’ve removed the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. You can choose up to 5 tables as your favorites, and then the table with the most votes wins, and the owner will be awarded a Bora Wide Track Clamp Edge Set, Festool Toolbox, Trend diamond sharpening stone.

PLUS! Prizes for the 2 through 10 voted positions: Be sure to vote for 5 tables you like! We also have other small prizes for the tables voted into the first 10 positions: A Festool Toolbox, Tajima pull saw, Bessey tool bags, Trend table saw blade, Taunton books and DVDs, and a few other items.

Choose up to 5 tables, check them off on the right, then click “Vote”

Voting ends on Friday March 14 at 11:59 pm

Current Results - 1865 Voters
Voting Closes March 14, 2014 @ 11:59 pm

  • Entry 55 by Kevin Billings (24%, 441 Votes)
  • Entry 20 by Alan Call (18%, 339 Votes)
  • Entry 7 by Bob Zicafoose (14%, 253 Votes)
  • Entry 40 by Eric Larsen (11%, 203 Votes)
  • Entry 37 by Maureen Knudson (10%, 189 Votes)
  • Entry 64 by Joe Tripodi (9%, 164 Votes)
  • Entry 60 by Bob van Osdel (9%, 159 Votes)
  • Entry 63 by Steven Siler (7%, 129 Votes)
  • Entry 1 by Jeff Christman (6%, 117 Votes)
  • Entry 69 by Ron Clark (6%, 112 Votes)
  • Entry 38 by Richard Switzer (6%, 106 Votes)
  • Entry 72 by Dave Griffith (5%, 101 Votes)
  • Entry 62 by Rob Haenszel (5%, 97 Votes)
  • Entry 18 by Chris Ewald (5%, 93 Votes)
  • Entry 12 by Richard Slosky (5%, 93 Votes)
  • Entry 15 by Harland Tompkins (5%, 92 Votes)
  • Entry 70 by Carey Reed (5%, 91 Votes)
  • Entry 14 by John Bowers (5%, 88 Votes)
  • Entry 61 by Hugh Mulligan (5%, 86 Votes)
  • Entry 44 by Mark Jansen (4%, 77 Votes)
  • Entry 65 by Joe Tripodi (4%, 73 Votes)
  • Entry 34 by Brian W. Adams (4%, 71 Votes)
  • Entry 42 by Silas Kyler (4%, 66 Votes)
  • Entry 11 by Robert McGinnis (3%, 63 Votes)
  • Entry 39 by John Goodwin (3%, 62 Votes)
  • Entry 41 by Gard Gardiner (3%, 56 Votes)
  • Entry 53 by Ron Beauregard (3%, 54 Votes)
  • Entry 19 by Michael McKovich (3%, 48 Votes)
  • Entry 29 by John Bohlke (3%, 48 Votes)
  • Entry 71 by Tom Roper (3%, 47 Votes)
  • Entry 73 by Rickey Williams (2%, 46 Votes)
  • Entry 30 by Clayton Landwehr (2%, 44 Votes)
  • Entry 57 by Gregory Holman (2%, 41 Votes)
  • Entry 46 by Stephanie Bell (2%, 41 Votes)
  • Entry 17 by Harland Tompkins (2%, 40 Votes)
  • Entry 2 by John Beck (2%, 38 Votes)
  • Entry 8 by Jill Walterbach (2%, 32 Votes)
  • Entry 23 by Michael Tryba (2%, 30 Votes)
  • Entry 59 by Joe Gross (2%, 28 Votes)
  • Entry 52 by Michael Olson (1%, 27 Votes)
  • Entry 56 by Gregory Holman (1%, 24 Votes)
  • Entry 4 by Matthew Ogden (1%, 23 Votes)
  • Entry 43 by John Anderson (1%, 21 Votes)
  • Entry 16 by Harland Tompkins (1%, 20 Votes)
  • Entry 36 by Stephen Lacy (1%, 19 Votes)
  • Entry 3 by Glenn Goines (1%, 19 Votes)
  • Entry 45 by Carleton Jones (1%, 19 Votes)
  • Entry 51 by Joel Maupin (1%, 18 Votes)
  • Entry 10 by Richard Fackrell (1%, 18 Votes)
  • Entry 6 by Dallas Lobdell (1%, 17 Votes)
  • Entry 35 by Stephen Lacy (1%, 15 Votes)
  • Entry 33 by Wayne Erickson (1%, 14 Votes)
  • Entry 68 by Donald Taylor (1%, 14 Votes)
  • Entry 31 by Jason McNamara (1%, 13 Votes)
  • Entry 25 by Mark Kaiser (1%, 12 Votes)
  • Entry 49 by Jack Lunsford (1%, 11 Votes)
  • Entry 47 by Jonathan Dayton (1%, 11 Votes)
  • Entry 26 by Mauro Pando (1%, 10 Votes)
  • Entry 27 by Mauro Pando (1%, 10 Votes)
  • Entry 28 by David Lundberg (1%, 10 Votes)
  • Entry 54 by Randy Braaten (0%, 9 Votes)
  • Entry 66 by Sam Scalzo (0%, 8 Votes)
  • Entry 50 by Joel Maupin (0%, 7 Votes)
  • Entry 93 by William Kueffer (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Entry 5 by Richard Coon (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Entry 21 by Michael Tryba (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Entry 13 by Lyle Stevick (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Entry 74 by Michael McMahon (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Entry 22 by Michael Tryba (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Entry 67 by Clayton Lee (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Entry 32 by Wayne Erickson (0%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,865

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Come to The Art Exhibit of Handcrafted Occasional Tables

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Practical Art is a local art gallery in Phoenix that displays and sells work by Arizona artists. Starting on March 14th the gallery is exhibiting 12 of the fine handcrafted tables that were entered in our table contest. These 12 include the top 3 winners plus a selection of others that stood out for different aspects in craftsmanship and finish. Come see the display and get up close to the tables to see some fine workmanship.

A special reception is on March 14th at 7:00 pm, or you can visit the gallery through March 22 during their normal business hours (see below).

Practical Art is located on Central Avenue just north of Camelback on the west side of the street. Parking is behind the building.

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