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Who Doesn’t Admire a Handcrafted Wood Table?

Here’s a project idea that you’ll enjoy planning, creating and adding to your home. Smaller than a coffee table, an accent table or stand is just the sort of thing that helps make a room pop with art, delicacy and function. It’ll help make your home your home, not a place that can be replicated by anyone prancing through IKEA or Crate & Barrel with a Visa card.

For this contest, make a small accent table or stand.

Here’s the rub: it’s gotta be small. Any height is fine, but maximum width or length is 20″.

Smaller is better.

Want some inspiration? By all means, please check out the gallery at the bottom.

Why enter?

  1. You get $50 of store credit
  2. No fee to participate
  3. Show off your work
  4. Prizes for the top 10 projects + more honorable mentions

1st Place

Laguna 14|12 Bandsaw

($1,097 Value! Light and mobility wheel kit are optional accessories, not included in the prize)

2nd Place

Kreg Router Table

($499 Value!)

3rd Place

Shop Fox Mini Lathe

($299 Value!)

Over $2000 in Prizes!

Top 10 voted entries + numerous honorable mention awards

4 Steps to Submit Your Project

  1. Register for the contest at the top of the page. It’s free.
  2. Check your email immediately. You’ll receive confirmation and an entry form you’ll need to fill out with your project.
  3. Deliver your project on or before March 25, 2017 to any Woodworkers Source location.
  4. Complete an entry form to deliver with your project

Your project is yours to keep after the contest. You’ll either pick it up at the reception or pick it up at the store you delivered it to.

Public Display of Entries & Public Voting

We’re going to exhibit all the projects for the public to view! Come see for yourself, and send your friends and family.

When: March 27 – April 1, 2017

Where: Woodworkers Source
18115 N. Black Canyon Hwy
Phoenix, AZ 85023

Reception & Awards Night

April 1, 2017, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

We’ll host an awards ceremony with hors d’oeuvres and a casual atmosphere. Prizes will be awarded for the top 10 entries, plus various honorable mention awards.

Frequently Asked Questions & Details

Maximum Width or Length is 20″

We’re looking for small tables, plant stands or lamp stands.
There is no height restriction. Make it as tall as you want it to be.

Let your creativity go wild, but remember this is a woodworking show. You are welcome to include materials other than wood in your project, however your primary goal should be to demonstrate your enthusiasm for wood more than, say, stone or steel.

How Is The Contest Judged?

This is a public vote system. We don’t have a team of critics. This contest is more or less for fun, so we simply gather votes from anyone who comes to view the projects. That also means we encourage you to invite your friends and family to come down to browse the projects and log a vote.

How Do I Win?

Historically, the projects that win prizes are very creative or include dazzling details.  Take a look at our past contests to get a feel for what wins:

Your project can look like anything you want, it’s your project. But if you’re interested in winning, it will need to stand out from the crowd.

Why Do I Get $50 Store Credit Just for Participating?

Basically because we want to promote the craft of woodworking. We want to create a show of projects that is open to the public in a place where people can view a whole variety of real woodworking projects – so we’re asking you to make a project to show.

We view this as a two-way street:

  1. You get a space to share your work and get $50 to spend in our store, and
  2. we get to promote the craft of woodworking to the world at large.

However, we really do enjoying seeing the projects you create – so we figure this contest is a cool way to celebrate art, promote the craft, give you an event to show off your work, and give us a fun and different way to say thank you to our esteemed customers.

When Are Prizes Awarded?

April 1, 2017, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

You should come if you can! We’ll provide a little food and drink for a short Happy Hour event where we get to chat with the makers, pat each other on the back for a job well done . . . and we’ll host a quick awards ceremony to announce the winners. Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 voted entries, plus we like to give out 10 “honorable mention” award prizes for the projects that stand out to the Woodworkers Source crew.

It’ll be fun, and I hope you’ll plan on coming.

Do I Have To Buy Anything From Woodworkers Source?


Does My Project Have to Be New?


If you enter an old project, do what it takes to refresh it so that it makes the best impression – this is, after all, a show. Take a close look at it and determine if it needs to be refinished, waxed or polished.

Can I Enter More Than One?

No. One entry per person, please. Focus on building one project that’s as fantastic as you can make it.

However, a set of nesting tables is okay. They will count as one entry.

What If I’m Not in Arizona? Can I Ship My Entry?



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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.

Woodworkers Source is a division of MacBeath Hardwood Co.

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