Virtual Dining Table Challenge #3: And The Winners Are...

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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 10-15-2007 08:17 PM 7378 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last month, the Virtual Dining Table Challenge was presented, with the support of Popular Woodworking, to challenge us to continue developing our creativity and woodworking skills.

Popular Woodworking

At the wrap-up of the challenge, we had 22 entries and I want to congratulate everyone who took up the challenge. It was obvious, through the designs and the discussions, that the challenge was a success, with everyone (both designers and readers) learning some new skills. You can see all of the entries here.

Along with the skill building there were several “chosen winners” as well.

  • Popular Woodworking has selected three designs (based on the ability of the table to be built and the use of the design elements from the inspiration piece) and will receive Bob Lang’s “The Complete Kitchen Cabinetmaker,” Megan Fitzpatrick’s “The Essential Pine Book,” Christopher Schwarz’s “Workbenches from Design & Theory to Construction & Use” (available late October 2007) and Glen Huey’s “Fine Furniture for a Lifetime.”,
  • a winner has been selected by the Google SketchUp team to receive the SketchUp Pro license, and
  • three random winners have been selected, who will each receive a LumberJock T-shirt.


Popular Woodworking Selections:

Brad Nailor: The Empire State Dining Table
From Glen Huey, Popular Woodworking: “We thought the table top looked great. The legs were a little busy but the design overall looked like a piece we could see being built in our shop. I really liked the use of the photographic, realistic drawing. I actually thought the designer built the table.”

ThreeJs: The Backwards Bridge
From Glen: “We felt this design was a bit chucky (too stout), but was definitely a piece that could be built. Probably the most easily built table of the entries. The joinery was suspect, the mortises were too close to the edge of the legs.”

Steved: Folsom Stadium
From Glen: “We would have liked to see the entire design in one drawing, but after spending time looking at the table we could decipher the overall look. The included stair design at the base of the table added a nice touch and the horseshoe table top was extreme.”

Google’s SketchUp Pro:
ThreeJs: The Backwards Bridge

LumberJocks’ T-Shirts:
Damian Penney

Congratulations to all the winners!

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#1 posted 10-15-2007 08:21 PM

Congratulations. Well done everyone.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 10-15-2007 08:26 PM

Well done guys :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#3 posted 10-15-2007 09:45 PM

Superb selections all. Worthy of the winning order.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#4 posted 10-15-2007 09:57 PM

Congratulations to all. Well done.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 10-15-2007 10:33 PM

Congratulations to all the winners!!

Another successful challenge.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 10-15-2007 10:34 PM

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#7 posted 10-15-2007 10:59 PM

Congratulations to all. Well done

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 10-15-2007 11:31 PM

Congrats to all the other winners and great job, everyone who participated. It was allot of fun!


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#9 posted 10-16-2007 12:00 AM

Congratulations everyone! Excellent ideas!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#10 posted 10-16-2007 12:35 AM


-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#11 posted 10-16-2007 12:57 AM

Congratulations everyone!


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#12 posted 10-16-2007 03:49 AM

A big thumbs up to all!!!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#13 posted 10-16-2007 03:57 AM

Congratulations to all who entered and to those who won.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#14 posted 10-16-2007 04:05 AM

Good job all. I really like a lot of the table designs that came out of this.

-- David, Charlotte NC

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#15 posted 10-16-2007 05:37 AM

Congrats all around. Great designs and inspiration. I hope this contest inspires more LJ’s to give Sketchup a try.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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