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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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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:

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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.

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Third Prize – Tool Package $400 Value

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

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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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