Ever wondered how to become published? How to see your unique creation on the pages of your favorite woodworking magazine? Well, now is your chance to achieve just that! We’ve partnered with Popular Woodworking magazine again to present a new, exciting challenge for all members of LumberJocks.com. (If you’re not a member, now is the time to join us!)
This time it’s all about the bookcases. Everyone needs them. Are you ready to design a bookcase that catches the eyes of Popular Woodworking’s editors, establishes you as a paid and published author and presents your design to thousands of fellow woodworkers? I’ll bet you are.
Each serious woodworking project starts with planning and a solid design. This project should be no exception. So create your “one of a kind” bookcase design then submit the finished plans as a challenge entry. Use your favorite computer program such as Google SketchUp or other 3D/CAD software. Or, if you prefer hand drawn plans, you can submit those too. (Note: the project does not have to be built at this stage.)
Regardless of what process you use, the design must be able to be built in a woodworking shop.
The idea is NOT to build the project prior to the end of the challenge. The build will be part of the fun stuff AFTER a winner is selected.
- The winner will get full-blown article in the Popular Woodworking magazine. PW will work with the winner for step-by-step photos of the building process and opening photo – even if it requires them to arrange a photographer to make a trip. In addition, the winner will be paid for the article and become a contributing author. IMPORTANT NOTE: If the winner doesn’t want to build the bookcase, PW will take on the project in their shop and write the article based on winner’s input. It’s going to be the winner’s choice.
- Runner-up designs may be published as well.
- Three random winners will get cool LJ shirt
HOW TO ENTER / OFFICIAL RULES
- The primary function of the entry is as a bookcase. You won’t gain points if the piece is a dining table with shelves located below the apron ;) Plus it must be able to be built in the real world – not just in the computer program.
- Design must be your own, not copied from another existing piece.
- Design your entry in Google SketchUp or other 3D/CAD program. Hand drawn plans are accepted as well.
- SUBMIT your challenge entry as the regular blog entry (not as the project) and tag it with challenge04 (of course you may add any additional tags too):
Note that you don’t need to use ‘challenge04’ in the blog entry title.
- You can submit only one entry – give it your best shot.
- Describe your modeling process in a blog entry and add at least one screenshot of the finished bookcase design created by you.
- You must include the final model file in your entry – if you’re submitting other than hand drawn plans. SKP SketchUp file or DFX file if you’re using CAD-type program.
- The entry deadline is April 20th.
- Winners will be announced online at LumberJocks.com and PopularWoodworking.com on April 25th.
You can read the answers to frequently asked questions here.
We know have the screencast showing the process of submitting your entry
WATCH THE SCREENCAST HERE
- Download Google SketchUp
- Bob's SketchUp tutorials
- Official SketchUp tutorials
- Tutorial: How to embed pictures
- LumberJocks SketchUp repository
- Free online file storage and sharing websites – ideal for uploading and embedding your final file(s) – Box, FilesAnywhere, MediaMax, Omnidrive
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