LJ Woodworking Awards - Summer 2008 #1: Announcement

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It’s time to get busy and creative again… Summer 2008 edition of the LumberJocks Woodworking Awards is here.

Feel free to compete in one or both of the following categories:

One Man’s Junk – … is a LumberJock’s treasure! We’re testing your creativity on this one. So, put your woodworking caps on and think of an innovative way to reuse some old hardware, reclaimed wood and/or recycled junk and turn it into something unique and special. In the description of your entry give us a bit of history on the “junk” and how it inspired you to create the end product.

Serve It Up With Class – Summer is the time to take your meals and refreshments outside. Use your woodworking skills to create a serving tray using at least 2 different varieties of wood. Use inlay, marquetry, carving, stains and/or any other woodworking technique to turn your serving tray into a piece of art!

Thanks to our great Awards Sponsors you can win some very cool prizes in each category. You also have a chance of winning a unique rosewood trophy as the Best Overall LumberJock. Excellent way of decorating your workshop, huh?

I know you’re eager to see the prizes and read all the details and rules so the last piece of information that I need to share with you is the entry deadline and that is July 31, 2008 at 3 PM CDT.

Click here to enter the wonderful world of LumberJocks Woodworking Awards Summer 2008.

Have fun and spread the word!

-- Martin, | My Facebook:

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#1 posted 2220 days ago

This is very cool, Martin.

I really like the idea of taking something “useless” or “junk” and making it into something wonderful. I think I just might jump into this pool. :)

-- Have a blessed day!

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#2 posted 2220 days ago

I’m with pashley…. I have a lot of ‘recycled’ lumber, especially cedar slats (easy to have when you have 400+ ft. of fencing). Let’s see what I can conjur up….


-- Peace, LJ

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#4 posted 2220 days ago

Right down my alley

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#5 posted 2220 days ago

This is not only a good way to use junk laying around your workshop for something useful, but also a nice “going green” project for us all. We all know we should recycle aluminum cans and plastic bottles. Now we can recycle our old furniture, fences, barns and scraps.

Great ideas. I wonder if anybody will make one project that qualifies for both contests. I’m sure somebody will give it a try.

-- Joshua, Olathe, Kansas

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 2220 days ago

My whole garage is full of junk, so now maybe I can put some of it together, & make something.<;O)

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 2220 days ago

Martin is inlay, marquetry, carving and or stain the only options? I guess my real question would be can intarsia, and/or scrolling be used?

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#8 posted 2220 days ago

Or woodburning

-- A man who moves mountains starts one stone at a time.

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#9 posted 2220 days ago

Finding junk won’t be the problem… jump starting my brain to be creative will be the greatest challenge. :)
I bet the LOML will come in handy with the “what” aspect of the project… Great ideas..

-- Scott, Colorado

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#10 posted 2220 days ago

I love these challenges! I can’t wait to wrap my head around them.

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.



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#11 posted 2220 days ago

I’m very anxious to see what people come up with.This should be an interesting challenge…...Mike

-- never enough time in a day so use it well

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Mark Shymanski

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#12 posted 2220 days ago

Thanks for the opportunity Martin!

Hmmm, I am good at turning good things into junk, it shouldn’t be too much of a stretch to reverse that approach….should it?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#13 posted 2220 days ago

Wow, what a timely contest. I am making 4 frames of early 1900’s barnwood! Maybe I will add some of the barbed wire from an autherntic working ranch here in SE Arizona.

Thanks, Martin!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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Martin Sojka

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#14 posted 2219 days ago

Hey Allison and Aubster.. for the serving tray you can use any woodworking technique to finish it. I just updated the last sentence of the description to “Use inlay, marquetry, carving, stains and/or any other woodworking technique to turn your serving tray into a piece of art!”


-- Martin, | My Facebook:

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#15 posted 2219 days ago

Sounds like some interesting challenges. Which one of our jocks is going to make the “Unique Rosewood Plaque/Trophy” ? ;)

-- Happy woodworking!

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