What's Your Dream Prize?

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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 05-18-2008 12:03 PM 3380 reads 0 times favorited 78 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The summer edition of the LumberJocks Woodworking Awards is fast approaching and it’s time to brainstorm the prizes and contact potential sponsors. We have raised the bar with the Steel City Bandsaw grand prize quite high this winter ;)

I’d like to know the answer to the simple question: What’s you dream prize? Post your ideas and suggestions – even the crazy ones. The comments will help in the process…

So what’s your dream prize?

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#1 posted 05-18-2008 12:30 PM

1. A complete set of Forrest Blades – Table saw/Miter saw
2. Two hundred board feet (each ) of – Pine, Cherry, Maple and Walnut
3. Saw Stop Table Saw
4. Woodworking lessons from one of the many wood masters.
5. A complete set of Festool tools.

Martin. I know anything on this list would make me happy for sure.

-- Guy Kroll

View toyguy's profile


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#2 posted 05-18-2008 12:32 PM

- Maybe a shopping spree at one of the exotic wood places…....... I don’t know anyone that wouldn’t want more material to work..

- After seeing the pen trip here at lumberjocks, a mini lathe would be nice.

- World Peace…... you said even the crazy ones !

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 05-18-2008 12:50 PM

I agree with Guy about the Saw Stop.

How about a trip to spend some time in the shop and make a guest appearance on a video with Charles Neil or Mark Spagnolo.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Ryan Shervill

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#4 posted 05-18-2008 01:08 PM

I guess the ultimate prize would be a 3-5 HP SawStop. I mean, it’s something that most people, hobbiests and pro’s alike, don’t own and could use. :)

-- Want to see me completely transform a house? Look here:

View Dadoo's profile


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#5 posted 05-18-2008 01:21 PM

A nice stack of exotic wood would be nice.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

View Obi's profile


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#6 posted 05-18-2008 01:53 PM

Popular Woodworking just had a sweepstakes where they gave away a complete shop. So that would be the “Ultimate”.

My idea of the Ultimate Prize includes one or all of the below

The Saw Stop (or actually any 3-5 hp cabinet saw would be a great prize),
18” Bandsaw,
Floor Standing Drill Press,
12” Cutoff/Chop saw,
Dust Collection System,
3 1/4 hp Variable Speed Plunge Router and Complete set of router bits,
the Leigh 24” Dovetail Jig and complete set of Templates,

topped off by the Ultimate U.S. Woodworking Tour that starts on one coast and travels to all the coolest Shops in the U.S. Where the winner and a guest get to visit places like the New Yankee Workshop, Sam Maloof’s Shop, David Marks, maybe stop of at the Woodwhisperer’s and sample Nicole’s cooking… (o.k. Nicole is a hottie)

View Eric's profile


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#7 posted 05-18-2008 02:19 PM

As a hand tools guy, I would love a gift certificate for Lie-Nielsen or a high-quality hand tool maker. I’m guessing that even power tool guys would love one of those as well.

-- Eric at

View scottb's profile


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#8 posted 05-18-2008 02:37 PM

Ditto on the Saw Stop – Cabinet or Contractors Saw (the latter would actually fit in my basement, the former would require either building a garage or (preferably) moving.

A domino, or choice of other Festool tools – circ saw, routers, sanders, etc….

dust collection/air filtration

certificate for classes

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

View teenagewoodworker's profile


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#9 posted 05-18-2008 02:40 PM

my dream prize would be a 5 hp SawStop with a 50” fence or a 20” Steel City 2.5 Hp Bandsaw. Too bad i can’t fit any of those in my shop though

more realistically i would love something like a Steel City Hybrid Saw (granite), a Steel City 18” Bandsaw, a Steel City 8” Jointer (granite), or maybe a Laguna i think its 14-48 2 hp lathe

View Jon3's profile


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#10 posted 05-18-2008 02:56 PM

A Sawstop.
A big Oneway lathe.
Some Lie-Nielsen hand tools!

View Russel's profile


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#11 posted 05-18-2008 03:06 PM

I like the idea of a couple hundred feet of lumber. Tools are cool, but unfortunately the diversity of shops makes that somewhat difficult. Not everyone has the power or the space for top notch tools, and those that prefer hand tools have minimal need. However, I can’t imagine any of us saying, “No I really don’t want any wood.”

-- Working at Woodworking

View trifern's profile


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#12 posted 05-18-2008 03:07 PM

Stubby lathe.

$1.25 gas.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

View itsme_timd's profile


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#13 posted 05-18-2008 03:11 PM

A full shop would be an amazing prize!

To pick some ‘simpler’ ideas…
- A SawStop
- Festool tools (maybe a gift certificate?)
- Classes at Woodcraft/Rockler

In Georgia we have a “Win for Life” lottery game that pays you $1000.00/wk for life. How about free LUMBER for life? Now there’s a dream prize! :-)

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#14 posted 05-18-2008 03:40 PM

I agree with Russel, wood would be best.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#15 posted 05-18-2008 03:45 PM

Dream Prize???

Hands down… A LEGACY MILL

-- making sawdust....

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