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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

Vice President of Operations - Woodworkers Source We're a family-owned lumber & woodworking supply retailer with 3 delightful stores in Arizona, and 35 friendly employees. Mark oversees the company and creates tutorials on wood finishing and woodworking tips for hardwood lumber.

Discussion, Questions & Answers


  • JC

    The most beautiful examples of wood working I’ve ever seen.