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Woodworking Contest Prizes: Win a JET Spindle Sander, Fein MultiMaster or More

Friday, September 19th, 2014

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 certainly hope you’ll have a lot of fun with this woodworking project.

The theme for this contest is sitting stools – like bar stools, musician stools, or other basic seats. It’s a challenging project that’s wide open to design interpretation, and it can be as difficult as you want it to be. Get more of the details on the registration page.

The project is due November 8, 2014, then on November 14 we’ll pass out over $2000 worth of woodworking tools and supplies for prizes. And they’re downright fantastic – check it out:

First Place

  • JET benchtop spindle sander ($489 value!)
  • Tenryu 10″Gold Medal Table Saw Blade ($126 value)



Second Place

  • Fein MultiMaster Start Kit ($199 value!)
  • Tenryu 10″Gold Medal Table Saw Blade ($126 value)
  • Imperial Blade 3-pice blade set for MultiMaster ($30 value)

Third Place

  • Tenryu 10″Gold Medal Table Saw Blade ($126 value)
  • Bora 50″ Wide Track Clamp and Saw Guide ($62.99 value)

Other Prizes

Numerous other woodworking supplies will be awarded for honorable recognition as well. Router bits, books, hats, etc.

$50 Store Credit

Plus, every entry into the contest gets a $50 store credit to use in our store on anything you want. To get in on the action, all you need to do is build a bar stool, and enter it in the contest.

Woodworking Contest Fall 2014: Build Beautiful Furniture, Over $2000 in Prizes

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Woodworking Contest : Sitting Stools
Here's one way to build a custom stool: like these Thomas Moser kitchen stools with sculpted seats and turned legs

Contest Is Full

Bookings no longer allowed on this date.

Project Deadline: Saturday Nov 8, 2014
Prizes Awarded: Friday Nov 14, 2014
No fee to enter!

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) of woodworking, build a wood stool. So that’s what we’re going to do with this contest. Sitting stools serve numerous applications and therefore they take on numerous shapes, styles, and geometries. There are bar stools, musician stools, artist stools, breakfast stools, shop stools, and more. For this contest build a stool of any style or size you want – except we’re talking about a seat, not a footstool or step stool.

Want some great examples for inspiration? Scroll down, there’s a gallery of ideas at the bottom.

As a woodworking project, a sitting stool doesn’t require much wood – but don’t be fooled into thinking they’re simplistic. Crafting a wood stool will challenge your skills in a fun way. For example, unless your design is an unusual one (which is okay!),  you’ll most likely get intimate with the mortise and tenon joint plus a couple of variations (like adding wedges for strength or chopping at an angle to accomodate rake and splay).  You’ll also probably get good use out of your hand tools like planes, rasps, scrapers, spokeshaves, handsaws, and layout tools like the t-bevel. You’ll definitey face the joinery and assembly challenges that follow the geometry requirements of splayed and raked legs.

But who knows? There are endless ways you can build a sitting stool. For the seat, you can sculpt it, cane it, upholster it, make it round or square or triangular or something else. Same limitless choices on your legs. It can have any number of legs you want, they can be sculpted or turned or tapered or steam bent or bent-laminated, or anything else that appeals to you.

There is no doubt that’ll you’ll have a good time with this project. See the examples below for some ideas.

Complete Your Project, Get $50 Store Credit:

All entries receive $50 store credit on November 8 upon project delivery. Yes, you keep your project and we give you $50. However, we keep the projects for one week while the panel of judges inspect each project to determine the winners.

 Plus you get a chance to win prizes from great woodworking vendors.

Enter the Contest in 2 Easy Steps:

  1. Register (it’s free)
  2. Deliver your project on Saturday November 8, 2014 (You’ll get $50 store credit)

Prizes: Provided by Our Vendors

On Friday November 14, 2014, we’ll host an awards ceremony at Practical Art, a gallery in downtown Phoenix. Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 entries, plus various honorable mention awards.

  • First Place: $500 package of woodworking tools
  • Second Place: $300 package of woodworking tools
  • Third Place: $100 package of woodworking tools
  • Honorable mentions: Various woodworking tools/supplies valued approximately $50 each

Sources for Inspiration and Techniques?

I’ve created a gallery on Pinterest of all kinds of stools collected from around the web, which you can see here. Below is a sampling: Follow Mark’s board Woodworking – Custom Seats and Stools on Pinterest.

Rules and Guidelines


How to Submit Your Project

  • Register for the contest using the form at the top of the page. Free entry.
  • Deliver your project on November 8, 2014 to any Woodworkers Source location. We will take care of transporting projects to be displayed at Practical Art (downtown Phoenix)
  • Pick up your project on November 14th or after.  If you’re in the Tucson area, you can simply deliver and pick up your project at our Tucson store. We’ll arrange transport to and from Phoenix for the judging and public display. Entries must be made in person. We won’t be able to accommodate crating and shipping individual projects that are shipped in from other parts of the country for this contest.
  • Your stool is yours to keep after the contest.
  • Judges will be using the week between November 8 and November 14 to make their selections.

Materials to Use

You do not need to buy your wood from Woodworkers Source in order to enter the contest. Wood is the focus of this project and you may use any wood you’d like. The seat can be upholstered or not. You can incorporate metal or other materials into the legs or support but we want to see wood as the focus.

Design Considerations

There is no constraint on the design or style, let your own tastes be your guide. You can replicate a design or come up with your own. Use any woodworking process you want for creating your stool – such as turning, carving, sculpting, laminating, bending, tapering, etc, etc, etc.

Does the Project Have to Be New? How Many Can You Enter?

We prefer that you enter a project you build specifically for this contest, but that’s not a hard and fast rule. So, if you want to enter a stool you have already built, take a close look at it and determine if it needs to be refinished, waxed or polished. If it’s scratched or faded from time and use, do what it takes to refresh it so that it makes the best impression – this is, after all, a contest. You can enter more than one stool as long as they are different. There is no need to enter more than one if they are from a matched set.


A winning entry 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 project the best impression with a well-done finish. Start your project 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 polish your finish to your desired sheen, so give yourself time to do it well.

How Do You Build a Stool?

See these woodworkers who build custom wood stools:

Scott Morrison – chair maker in Montana specializing in sculpted projects and sells educational DVDs

Todd Fillingham – furniture maker with numerous blog entries on his endeavors building stools:

Gary Rogowski – custom furniture maker who happens to offer classes on building the Rogowski stool:

Paul Lemiski – chair maker who also sculpts. His blog shares details about how he builds:

Wharton Eshrick – furniture maker of the early 1900s until his death in 1970, his home outside of Philadelphia, PA is now a museum

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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