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See 99 Marvelous Lidded Boxes in This Woodworking Contest

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
Prizes for the woodworking contest

The top three entries in this contest win some fantastic tools from our fine vendors.

I really hope you spend more than a few minutes browsing the gallery of marvelous projects below. The 99 lidded boxes you’ll see are the entries in our latest woodworking contest, and we’d sure like your help picking the best ones. No doubt, it might be overwhelming. 99 boxes is a lot of boxes.

We set two requirements: 1). the boxes must be no larger than 16″, and 2). they must have a lid. With that, these woodworkers sauntered to their shops and created some stunning work.

You’ll find triangle boxes, hinged boxes, sliding lid boxes, one “secret puzzle” locking box, several turnings, dovetail joints, a few scroll-sawn boxes, some with fancy exotic woods, others with reclaimed and repurposed materials, and dozens of others that’ll simply blow your mind. The boxes are made by hobbyist woodworkers who, as you’ll see, have some fascinating skills that should be celebrated. So that’s what we’re going to do.

On Saturday, March 21 at 5:00 there’s going to be an awards ceremony and maker reception at Practical Art (Central & Camelback in downtown Phoenix) – if you can be there, you should! There’s nothing quite like getting to see these great looking projects up close. In fact, there are more than a few pictures below that just can’t convey the detail, artistry, and well-honed skill that went into creating the boxes. Come see these in person if you can, we’re collecting votes for your favorite three entries at Practical Art. (If you can’t come on Saturday, try to swing by anytime this week between 11:00 am and 7:00 pm – it’s open.)

First Place: Tormek T-4 wet sharpener
Second Place: Wilton Tradesmen Vise
Third Place: Tenryu Gold Medal 10″ Table Saw Blade
+ more prizes

For those of you who can’t make it to Practical Art at all, cast your vote here.

Online Voting Ends March 21, 2015, 9:00 AM PST/12:00 PM EST

  • Determine your three favorite boxes
  • Enter the 3-digit code listed under the picture of your favorites
  • Choose three different projects
  • Do not vote for the same box more than once per ballot. Ballot will be disqualified.

Online voting is now closed. Results are posted here

See The Entries in The Woodworkers Source Box Contest

Monday, March 9th, 2015


For months, 100 woodworkers from all over Arizona immersed themselves in building custom hand-crafted decorative boxes for entry into our woodworking contest. The only constraints to the project were that it must have a lid, and it must be no larger than 16″.  From there, the entrants enjoyed the wide open space of creative freedom to carve, turn, shape and polish to their heart’s content. You should come see what they’ve built.

The exhibit lasts from March 17 – 21, it’s open to the public, and you’re invited to come see it.

You’re sure to be overwhelmed by the variety of interpretations, attention to the finest details, choices of designs, and skillful uses of woods that each participant put effort into. In fact, you’ll be asked to cast your vote for your favorites, in turn we’ll award prizes to the top entries.

Come check it out:

Come See The Display of Custom Hand Made Decorative Boxes


March 17 – 21, 2015
11:00 am – 7:00 pm


Practical Art
5070 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85012
(602) 264-1414


Beautiful Lidded Boxes: Woodworking Contest for March 2015

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Woodworking Contest: Lidded Boxes
Lidded box by Mark Doolittle

Register Now - Limited Space

Bookings no longer allowed on this date.

Project Deadline: Saturday Mar 14, 2015
Spaces Available: 18 out of 100 left

FREE Entry
Project Theme: Lidded Box
Project Deadline: March 14, 2015
Reception/Awards Night: March 21, 2015, 5:00 pm
You’ll Get $50:
Every completed project receives a $50 store credit
Prizes: Win a Tormek T-4 Wet Sharpener ($429 value) or other woodworking tool packages valued up to $300

For this contest, build a small decorative box, no larger than 16″ in width, length or height. To qualify, your box must have a lid, and the lid can be of any style you can dream up. It can have a hinge . . .  or no hinge. Or it could be a sliding lid or a fitted lid. Get creative and use any decorative techniques you’d like to make your box stand out: consider inlay, marquetry, carving, sculpting, book matching, figured woods etc. Since all projects must have a lid, do something spectacular with it.

Your box can be any shape or style, leaving you a lot of room for interpretation. It doesn’t have to be a straight-sided box – lathe-turned hollow forms with lids are welcome as well. Run with it. But remember, this is a woodworking contest. You are welcome to include materials other than wood in your project, however your primary goal should be to demonstrate your skills with wood more than, say, stone or metal.

Space is limited to 100 entries. Register now.  Even if you’re not 100% certain you can complete your project by the deadline, please register and do not delay. This helps us plan for the reception and the space required to display the projects. It’s better for you to be registered and drop out of the contest if needed than it is for you to wait until it’s too late.

Complete Your Project, Get $50 Store Credit:

All entries receive $50 store credit on March 14 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.

Prizes and Awards Ceremony

Enjoy the sharpest tools you've ever had with the First Prize for this contest: the new-and-improved Tormek T-4 sharpener

Enjoy the sharpest tools you’ve ever had with the First Prize for this contest: the new-and-improved Tormek T-4 sharpener

March 21, 2015, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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: Tormek T-4 Wet Sharpener
  • Second Place: $300 package of woodworking tools
  • Third Place: $100 package of woodworking tools
  • Honorable mentions: Various woodworking tools/supplies

Rules and Guidelines

How to Submit Your Project

  • Register for the contest at the top of the page. Free entry. You will receive an entry form for your box by email.
  • Deliver your project on March 14, 2015 to any Woodworkers Source location. Complete the entry form before delivering your box(es).
  • Pick up your project on or after March 21.  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.
  • Your project is yours to keep after the contest.

Project Constraints

  1. Your box must have a lid. Since this is a contest, considering making the lid a spectacular one
  2. Make it no larger than 16″ in width, length or height; smaller is okay

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, and we encourage you to use something unusual or special. Incorporate other materials if you want, but this is a woodworking contest so your project should emphasize wood.

Does the Project Have to Be New?

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 project 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.


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.