For five months, nearly 100 woodworkers have been working on custom hand-made wood stools to submit to our woodworking contest. It came due on November 8, and in the end 38 pulled through. On Friday November 14, we held reception and awards ceremony at Practical Art in downtown Phoenix. The folks who came got to see …Read More


UPDATE: We Have a Winner Congratulations to John Beck, creator of Stool 101! He’s won this “round” of voting in the stool contest. Tonight we’ll have a separate vote during the reception which will decide the winners of the tool packages and other prizes. Come to Practical Art at 7:00 pm (late is okay, come …Read More


If you’re into building custom furniture out of wood, you’ll want to enter our contest. It’s free to enter, and there’s no catch. In our little company, we’re just as fascinated with the craft of woodworking as you are, so twice a year we put together this contest just for the fun of it. I …Read More


FREE Entry Project Theme: Sitting Stool Project Deadline: November 8, 2014 You’ll Get $50: Every completed project receives a $50 store credit Prizes: Win $500, $300, $100 worth of woodworking tools plus numerous other prizes The sitting stool is one of the earliest forms of furniture – so if you want to explore the rudiments (and fun) …Read More

Entry 43 by John Anderson

***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.*** 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 …Read More

2ND Place Winner -- Barry Richardson designed his own Asian-inspired table

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 …Read More

The best way to get a grip on the furniture that woodworkers build is to get up close to the work. But because each piece ends up in a living room or home somewhere, you’ll only run into a fine piece every once in a while. We wanted to see what’s happening, see what customers …Read More

If you’re into building furniture out of wood, you’ll want to enter our contest. The details about what to build, the rules, how to enter are at that page, but we thought we’d list the prize packages here on this separate page. And the prizes are downright fantastic – a JET mortiser, Kreg Jig, Tenryu …Read More

It’s time for a woodworking contest, folks. In the past, we’ve hosted woodworking competitions in which you made decorative boxes. Usually we assembled a package of materials that you had to use and then we established a maximum size all for sake of “creative tension” — and then set you free to make amazing boxes. …Read More

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