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Gallery of Occasional Tables: See The 74 Tables Entered Into The Woodworking Contest

Friday, March 7th, 2014

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 are building, and give out customers a chance to show the work they’ve done. So we cooked up this contest for our customers and secured a space large enough to collect the tables for a period of time. The contest rules were simple, if a little broad: Build a table of any style or shape no larger than 32” in length, width or height. It could be any shape; square, round, triangle or any variation of those. It could be a coffee table, end table, hall table, a tilt top, nested . . . didn’t matter. All that mattered was the entrants did their best. In fact, design wasn’t a consideration. Entrants could use a plan from a magazine, make a replica, or hatch a totally unique design. Instead, we wanted them to focus on doing a good job and being proud of the final result. Of course, our trusty vendors came through with over $2000 worth of tools as awards for the best tables. But as it turned out, the challenge to build a beautiful table resonated with most folks and this contest gave them an outlet.

The ones that sparked the most conversation tended to have subtle details that made us question how they were inspired, planned, jigged and executed. Like the pierced carvings in Robert Zicafoose’s replica bistro table. In today’s age it wouldn’t be uncommon to hear they were carved with a computer controlled router and zipped out faster than he could get through a cup of coffee. But no, he carved each one by hand, and each leg consumed about a week of his time. That’s the story with the tables in this collection; they were crafted by individuals who enjoy the satisfaction of taking on these challenges and hard work. Check out the fluted turned legs on Richard Fackrell’s table. The painstakingly finished wine rack table by Joe Gross. The “chocolate dipped” splayed legs of Bill Brickey’s side table. The mind-blowing puzzle pieces in Jill Walterbach’s table. The tapered and bent laminated legs on John Bowers’ table. The inlays on Harland Thompkins’, Carey Reed’s, and Rick Switzer’s tables.

It doesn’t end there. Not even close. Many of these tables display more than skill, but also sentiment. Like Clayton Landwehr’s round lamp table. He didn’t buy a single piece of wood to build his table. Instead, he used up pieces he had piled up in his shop and then re-purposed the posts from his wife’s childhood bed, using them for the legs. Old furniture takes on a new life that’ll probably be around in his family for another round of generations. Who knows what it’ll become 100 years from now?

If nothing else, the contest gave several folks a kickstart on a long overdue project. One couple delivered their table, and the man’s wife commented on the way out the door,  “Thanks for doing this contest,” she told us. “Because of it, he finally built that table I’ve been asking him to make for my living room.”

On March 1, 2014 each person delivered their table with a smile on their face. In this collection you’ll see 74 tables, every single entry with none left out. Flip through the entries above, and be sure to go into “full screen” mode and zoom around to get a closer look at the tables. You’ll find the controls in the bar across the top of the gallery.

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Congratulations to the Top 3 Finalists in the Table Contest:

1ST PLACE WINNER -- Bill Barrand's table is a veneered open cube with a waterfall appearance

1ST PLACE WINNER — Bill Barrand’s table is a veneered open cube with a waterfall appearance

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

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

3RD Place Winner -- Brill Brickey used a Garrett Hack design and modified it to suit his own materials and size.

3RD Place Winner — Bill Brickey used a Garrett Hack design and modified it to suit his own materials and size.

Congratulations to these honorable mentions:

Thanks to These Sponsors Providing The Awards and Prizes:

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Prizes for the Small Table Woodworking Contest

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Register for the Contest Now:

Bookings no longer allowed on this date.


There are 147 people registered so far!

Project Deadline: Saturday Mar 1, 2014
Prizes Awarded: Friday Mar 7, 2014
No fee to enter!
Fill out the submission Entry Form and bring it with you when you deliver your table

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 table saw blades, and much more. There are over $2000 worth of prizes. All you need to do is dazzle us with your craftsmanship!

In short, build a small occasional table (no larger than 32″ in length, width, or height), put your best effort forward, then turn it in on March 1st. On March 7, we’ll announce the winners, post an online gallery, and announce a public exhibit of selected tables. Go to our contest page to register.


First Prize – Tool Package $800 Value

Jet Benchtop Mortiser, Kreg Jig K5, Kreg Automaxx 3″ clamp, Johnson Levels 25′ tape measure, Tenryu 10″ coated Silencer  table saw blade, Festool SysLite LED work light:

first-prize

Second Prize – Tool Package $575 Value

Kreg Klamp Table with Universal Steel Stand, Festool Toolbox, Complete Illustrated Guide to Joinery by Gary Rogowski, Tenryu 10″ coated Silencer  table saw blade.

second-prize

Third Prize – Tool Package $400 Value

Kreg Benchtop Router Table, Festool Toolbox, Whiteside cove & bead bit #3212, Tenryu 10″ coated Silencer  table saw blade.

third-prize

People’s Choice Prize – Tool Package $275 Value

Bora Wide Track Clamp Edge Set, Festool Toolbox, Trend diamond sharpening stone

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Several Honorable Mention Prizes will be Awarded for Various Details that Emerge During Judging:

  • Two Festool Toolboxes
  • Fine Woodworking DVD Fir and Cherry Side Table with Garrett Hack
  • Fine Woodworking DVD Asian-Inspired Hall Table with Timothy Rousseau
  • Designing Furniture book from the editors of Fine Woodworking
  • Complete Illustrated Guide to Furniture and Cabinet Construction book by Andy Rae
  • Tajima 3-piece Japanese pull saw set
  • Bessey tool bag
  • Trend table saw blade

 

Thanks to These Sponsors Providing The Awards and Prizes:

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Fine Woodworking Contest: Build a Small Table for a Chance to Win Woodworking Tools & Supplies

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Register for the Contest Now:

Bookings no longer allowed on this date.


There are 147 people registered so far!

Project Deadline: Saturday Mar 1, 2014
Prizes Awarded: Friday Mar 7, 2014
No fee to enter!
Fill out the submission Entry Form and bring it with you when you deliver your table

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. And that you did.

This contest is a little bit different. We want to highlight fine furniture making, and then use the entries in a curated art exhibit to show the world at large the joy of hand crafted furniture, and that there are many, many talented woodworkers who build amazing projects.

So, are you sitting down? Here’s the task: make a table. Make one of any style or shape. The only constraint is that it can’t be any larger than 32″ in height, width or length.

We’ll have numerous prizes, the 1st Prize being a $500 package of woodworking tools/supplies. See more below.

Enter the contest in 2 easy steps:

  1. Register (it’s free)
  2. Deliver a table on March 1 (You’ll get $50 store credit)

All the details are below, which should answer your questions. If not, post your questions in the comments at the end. Key dates to know:

  • Saturday March 1, 2014: Project due, receive a $50 store credit, judging begins
  • Friday March 7, 2014: Awards announced
  • March-Arpil 2014: Public art exhibit of selected tables

Project Definition

This woodworking competition will focus on small occasional tables only. Build a table of any design or style you prefer. The table can be a night stand, end table, hall table, coffee table, plant stand, candle stand, tilt top, nested, rectangular, square, oval, round, or any other shape or style. The only constraint is that it must be small, which we define as no dimension (overall length, width or height) larger than 32” or smaller than 10”.

Your table is yours to keep. However, for one week in March all the tables will be at our corporate office for judging. See more below.

See sample tables and Rules and Guidelines at the bottom.

Prizes and Contest Winners

A panel of judges will examine the entries, score them, and determine winners based on a number of criteria. The top winning entries will demonstrate attention to detail as well as good execution. Additionally, there will be public voting for a “People’s Choice Award.” Winners will receive prizes in the form of woodworking tools and supplies, you can see the specific prizes here.

  • First Prize: tool package worth $800
  • Second Prize: tool package worth $575
  • Third Prize: tool package worth $400
  • “People’s Choice” award: tool package worth $275
  • Several Honorable Mention prizes for various aspects of woodworking (such as Best Joinery, Best Use of Stain or Dye, etc) that will be determined at the time of judging.  Prizes valued between $20 and $50

The winners will be announced on March 7, and the prizes will be awarded. Results with a full gallery will be posted on our website.

Current Sponsors Providing Awards and Prizes:

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Register for the Contest

This is a free contest, there’s no cost to enter. You don’t need to be a professional or an expert to enter a table into the contest. But we do ask that you register, so please fill out the form at the top of the page to register. You may enter as many as 3 tables.

Enter Your Table(s), Get a $50 Credit

Deliver your table(s) to the Woodworkers Source corporate office in Scottsdale (map) on March 1 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Your table will remain with us until March 7 when the awards are announced. 10 selected tables will be placed in a public (and protected) art exhibit for a period of time (details to be determined) and we will have all tables photographed for the purposes of sharing in an online gallery, submission to woodworking magazines, and other forms of woodworking promotion.

If you need to deliver it sooner, please notify us to make proper arrangements. No late entries.
You will pick up your table on March 7 or after.

You will receive a $50 credit to use in our store just like cash. You can enter up to 3 tables, but the store credit is per person who enters a table, not per table.

There will be an entry form to fill out once your table is completed in which you’ll describe your table, your inspiration, your process, the woods you used and take credit for any details you’re particularly proud of; these should be things that will be helpful for the judges to know about when considering your table. For example, your choice of joinery, jigging you needed to figure out, your finishing process, etc. Anything that demonstrates how much effort and thought you put into your project. Be sure to keep record of these things as you plan and build your project.

Public Art Exhibit

You will keep your table. However, selected tables will be in a special public art exhibit (final location to be determined), so we do ask that you be willing to let your table be on display for an extended period of time, from 30 to 60 days. The display will celebrate your work in a public venue to give you credit for a job well done and to draw attention to the joy of fine woodworking that Arizona woodworkers take pride in.

 


Rules and Guidelines

How to Submit Your Table

  1. Register for the contest using the form at the top of the page
  2. Deliver your table to the Woodworkers Source Corporate office on March 1, 2014 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. 5111 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 206, Scottsdale, AZ 85250 (map). You can deliver your table earlier.
  3. Pick up your table on March 7th or after

If you’re in the Tucson area, you can simply deliver and pick up your table at our Tucson store. We’ll arrange transport to and from Scottsdale for the judging and public display.

Table entries must be made in person either to our Scottsdale office or Tucson store. We won’t be able to accommodate crating and shipping individual tables that are shipped in from other parts of the country for this contest.

Your table is yours to keep after the contest. Judges will be using the week between March 1 and March 7 to make their selections. You may pick up your table after March 7.

Definition of a Table

A table has a flat, horizontal upper surface and because tables typically have a practical purpose for displaying or supporting other items, the upper horizontal surface must also have some method to support it at its intended height; usually legs or a pedestal. Build a table of any design or style you prefer. The table can be a night stand, end table, hall table, coffee table, plant stand, candle stand, tilt top, nested, rectangular, square, oval, round, or any other shape or style. The only constraint is that it must be small, which we define as no dimension (overall length, width or height) larger than 32” or smaller than 10”.

Materials to Use

This is a contest in which we want to see the beauty of wood. So you may use any wood materials you’d like. Your choice of wood can be domestic or exotic; it can be one wood or several types of wood. You can use solid lumber or veneer.

You do not need to buy your wood from Woodworkers Source in order to enter the contest.

Glass, tile, metal, stone, etc. are acceptable if they’re used in small amounts or for accent, but we want to see wood as the focus. Keep in mind that the tables will be judged on the various aspects of woodworking; while a rusty steel base or a polished granite slab top might be interesting, they don’t necessarily showcase woodworking skills. A winning table will largely be a woodworking project.

Design Considerations

There is no constraint on the design or style unless it is outside of the minimum or maximum sizes. A table should be no larger than 32” and no smaller than 10” in length, width or height. A table can have any number of legs you see fit. It can have a drawer(s), a shelf, or cabinet if you like. For judging, the design complexity and appearance is secondary to how well you execute it; so spend your time and effort on a crafting well-made table rather than an elaborate one. For ideas, see the photos of sample tables on the next page.

Finishing

A winning table will have a fabulous finish. You can use any finishing process; you can use stains, dyes, glazes or any clear wood finish you want. We encourage you give your table the best impression with a well-done finish. Start your table sooner rather than later to allow yourself plenty of time to get a good finish. It takes time for finishing and staining products to dry between coats, and it takes time to work your finish to a classy sheen. Give yourself time to do it well.

Need Ideas? Here Are Sample Small Tables from our Customer Gallery