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Beautiful Lidded Boxes: Woodworking Contest for March 2015

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Woodworking Contest: Lidded Boxes
Lidded box by Mark Doolittle

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Project Deadline: Saturday Mar 14, 2015
Spaces Available: 60 out of 100 left

FREE Entry
Project Theme: Lidded Box
Project Deadline: March 14, 2015
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

We’ll host an awards ceremony at Practical Art, a gallery in downtown Phoenix (date TBA). 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 using the form at the top of the page. Free entry.
  • Deliver your project on March 14, 2015 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 a date TBD.  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 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.

Finishing

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.

Woodworking 101: What You Need to Know About Table Saws

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Yep, that’s Norm Abram. You’re going to want to watch this.

No doubt about it, with a table saw and a router, a modern day woodworker is an unstoppable force. But the table saw is the most ubiquitous woodworking tool of our age. Indeed, it’s what separates woodworkers from, well, their neighbors-who-need-a-favor. If you already have a shop in your garage or elsewhere, you know. It goes like this: “Hey Bob, could you cut this for me?  It’ll take just a minute, it’s really simple . . .”  Or worse, but let’s move on. The table saw is the tool with which most of us step up from a circular saw, jig saw, or a chop saw to start building bigger-and-better projects or, God willing, heirloom furniture.

Yet, there’s a lot to know about choosing, owning, and operating a table saw. It’ll sever a finger as fast as it’ll cut down a 4×8 sheet of plywood. Fortunately, Norm and The New Yankee Workshop dedicated episodes to the topic of table saws. And those episodes landed on the internet! I thought I’d post one here for you.

If you’re looking at buying a table saw, or even if you own a table saw already, watch this 25-minute video. You will be well armed to own and operate a table saw – considering it’s free, man, you can’t beat it. Norm will walk you through the essentials, such as:

  • The saw: know the differences between bench top, contractor, hybrid, and cabinet table saws.
  • Blades: when to choose an 80-tooth crosscut blade over a 40-tooth combo blade
  • Fences: why are some aluminum and other steel?
  • Throat plates: why your safety and your results depend on them
  • Safety: using push sticks
  • Sheet goods: techniques for how to cut them down by yourself
  • Outfeed tables: why they’re good, and how to make one

You’ll get a lot out of this 25-minute tutorial. After that, check out Part 2 for more advanced table saw usage and techniques:

Free Hands-On Experience with the Featured Wood of the Month

Friday, July 11th, 2014
hand planing wood for woodworking

If you’re quietly interested in knowning more about our featured wood of the month, you can test it out in our store. We have a small work space set up with various hand tools and a few boards of the featured wood just for you to test out and see if you like it.

Every month we feature a different hardwood by stocking up with fresh new inventory and by slashing the price by 25% or more.

But did you know that every month we also provide a chance for you to test out the wood and get a feel for it yourself?  In every one of our stores you can experience the wood in your own hands to see how it saws, sands, hand planes, chisels and finishes.

We call it the “Wood Workshop,” and it’s totally free. It’s just our way of letting you get a little hands-on experience with a new wood as well as providing a little instruction on working with wood. We have  a workbench, a few boards of the featured wood , and a number of hand tools available to you. If you want to know more about the featured wood of the month, here’s a great way to do so.

www.woodworkerssource.com/demos.php