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Random Thoughts and Ideas #3: Woodworkers Olympics

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With the 2012 Olympics in full swing the thought of a “Woodworkers Olympics” came to mind and from that thoughts on what the events might be.

Below is my list, you are welcome (encouraged even) to add your own. Some maybe serious, some silly.

-synchronized bandsaw box making (reindeer during the winter olympics)
-table saw kickback “shooting” (you stand to one side and try and hit an archery type target at various ranges)
-speed dust collection (see who can sweep/vacuum up a certain amount of sawdust)
-speed glue ups
-speed finishing
-team cabinet building
-precision marking
-tubafor contest
-scrub planning
-saw horse
-precision cutting – all saws

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards



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chrisstef

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#1 posted 732 days ago

id add speed sharpening … additional points allowed for those with less than 10 fingers, deductions for losing a finger during a match.

Lumber ID
and while were at it .. whisky speed sipping (kind of like power walking)

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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ratchet

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#2 posted 732 days ago

how about synchronized board squaring.

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DIYaholic

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#3 posted 732 days ago

I’ll through my $0.02 worth in:

Speed “Biscuit” eating
Speed Dado stacking
(portable) Belt sander racing
Chisel Juggling
Blindfolded Bandsaw Box building

That’s all I got for now…....

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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YorkshireStewart

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#4 posted 732 days ago

One of just two women-only disciplines in the Woodworkers’ Olympic Games (the other is Synchronised Sanding), Rhythmic Dovetailing is a combination of gymnastics and woodcraft. Individual competitors perform short routines to music using hand tools – a marking knife, a dovetail saw, chisel and coloured ribbons.

Groups perform two routines, one with softwood and the other with hardwood and three ribbons. Scores are awarded in three categories: difficulty, artistry and execution.

It’s a joy to behold.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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Kookaburra

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#5 posted 732 days ago

A decathlon where you have to make 10 different joints.

And the marathon is to make a Maloof Rocker. :)

HA! YorkshireStewart posted while I was typing – I would so enter Rhythmic Dovetailing!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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Dennisgrosen

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#6 posted 732 days ago

palletdesmantel
8 our build with handtools only and have to be both with straight and curvedlines

best overall finisher in 6 catagories

squaring logs with axe
logfelling with handsaw 1 and 2 man teams
ripsawing with handsaw 1 and 2 man teams
fill a toolbox on three minuts with what you think you need to make a specific job you don´t know
and do it in 2 hours

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carguy460

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#7 posted 732 days ago

Lets not forget the hand plane toss (during a fit of rage, of course), and of course the ever popular “freestyle cursing”...maybe even a “dropped chisel avoidance dance”, choreographed to music.

-- Jason K

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YorkshireStewart

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#8 posted 732 days ago

Modelled on slalom skiing, Big DIY Shed Slalom competitions consist of timed runs through a crowded Home Depot course with up to 25 checkouts and entrance gates. Red gates must be negotiated upstream, while green gates must be negotiated downstream of the surging crowds.

Touching a gate adds a two-second time penalty to the run; missing a gate results in a 50-second penalty. Knocking over a customer will result in elimination. The time taken to run the course in seconds is added to any penalties to give the overall score.

Within Big Shed Shed Slalom there are events for both trolleys and hand baskets. After each entrance gate, in trolley events, competitors must load up with a new length of two by four; in the hand basket event, competitors must choose an item from a different department each time & add it to their basket.

The Big DIY Shed Slalom competition will call for speed, control and precision, especially in the hazardous paint and varnish aisle.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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JayT

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#9 posted 732 days ago

Hand plane relay.

Start with a rough sawn board
1st leg—Scrub plane
2nd leg—Jack plane
3rd leg—Jointer plane
4th leg—Smoother

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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Alexandre

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#10 posted 732 days ago

Your missing the Most IMPORTANT ONE!
Most sawdust in 1 minute….

-- My terrible signature...

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DamnYankee

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#11 posted 732 days ago

I’m digging the slaloms and the dropped chisel advoidance and the synchronized dovetailing!
The others are good too!

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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Oldelm

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#12 posted 732 days ago

How about a triathlon
1 plane 100 lf of 6/4 red oak
2 rip 100 lf 4/4 oak
3 26 mile run to ER

The medalist would be judged on time, the longest shaving, the accuracy of the rip cut, and the time and number of stitches

-- Jim, Missouri

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DamnYankee

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#13 posted 731 days ago

Woodworkers biatholon
-cut and assemble one project while finishing another with poly all in the same space
Judging could be quality of assembly,efficiency of cuts and the lack of dust in the finish.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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Dennisgrosen

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#14 posted 731 days ago

restack a pile of lumber 20 meters away on a flatbedtruck ?any given ordre from the store that is ticking in
counting stile , time and order

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DamnYankee

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#15 posted 731 days ago

Tool Sneak – Get a new tool from the driveway and into the shop without the “wife” seeing it!

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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