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Thorsen Side Table Challenge #1: Announcement

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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 2590 days ago 16603 reads 0 times favorited 109 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Thanks to the creativity and hard work of Karson, Mark and Michael we are starting our first unique Woodworking Challenge! Karson sent the proposal to Glen Huey, Senior Editor of Popular Woodworking and asked him for their support in this challenge. Glen whole heartily agreed.

Popular Woodworking

Karson's proposal was to use the cover project from February 2007 issue #160 of Popular Woodworking - Thorsen House Side Table - as our challenge. When we have the Summer and Winter Awards everyone builds their own project, and then enters it into the contest. Now we want everyone to make the same item with the added personal touch. That way we get to see the individual creativity start creeping into the design.

Thorsen House Side Table

And here goes Karson's vision: "I want to see a Rustic Greene and Greene side table. I want to see a Greene and Greene side table that has been decorated with carvings. I want to see a miniature Greene and Greene side table that was built by someone who only has a jigsaw. I want to see Dusty's 12 step finish on a Greene and Greene side table. I want to see them built out of walnut, butternet, tiger maple, cherry. barn boards Aspen, I want to see them painted (well maybe not full-size) but in miniature. I want to see them with drawers, without drawers. You know what your talents and skills are... so make a Greene and Greene representation of what you have the talent and skills to make."

We want everyone to do their thing, but with the same beginning point.

Plans for the Thorsen House in Berkley Calif. Greene and Greene Side Table (February 2007 issue of PW) are going to serve as the beginning point. If you don't have access to the magazine you can download the plans in PDF format here.

Summary

We are taking something of historical significance - Thorsen House Side Table, and want you to find other ways to interpret the work. Your idea has to be inspired by the Thorsen in the sense of the spirit of the work and its function, but the Challenge is to find other ways to express the concept in a new way. It is not expected to take printed plans and make copies of it. The goal of this Challenge is to motivate new expression of the traditional table.

Motivators and Prizes

  1. Desire to participate in this unique woodworking event through sharing your own view on the project. Add your personal touch not just follow the plan.
  2. A free 1-year subscription to PW magazine for every author of valid entry (see below for valid entry definition).
  3. Winning entry will be eligible for running the photo in the printed PW magazine (depends on whether the photos requested from the winner are high enough in resolution quality).

How to Enter and Official Rules

  1. Just add your entry as the regular project and tag it with challenge01 (of course you may add any additional tags too):
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    Note that you don't need to use 'challenge01' in your project title.
  2. Valid entry must be showing a clear, finished attempt to build the table.
  3. The entry deadline is May 31st (CDT time).
  4. Entries will be judged by the PW jury consisting of the Editors of Popular Woodworking magazine.
  5. Winner and honorable mentions will be announced online at LumberJocks.com and Popular Woodworking blog on June 15th.

Here's the page listing all of the submitted entries.

Let's have fun with this guys, and gals.

P.S. Don't forget to track your progress in your new Blog Series.

-- Martin, http://lumberjocks.com | My Facebook: http://profile.to/msojka



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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 2590 days ago

ta da

all things come to he who waits
patiently

well done Martin
and Karson and Michael and Mark

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Roger Strautman

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#2 posted 2590 days ago

OK Karson now I know what was up your sleeve. Now I some how have to find time to get this project done. Thanks for the challenge!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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dennis mitchell

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#3 posted 2590 days ago

I’m off to find a $100.00 Pine board!

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Max

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#4 posted 2590 days ago

Looks to me like the challenge has begun!!!!!! Now we will see the creative juices start to really flow!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Bill

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#5 posted 2590 days ago

The time has come. I gotta go find that board…

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Karson

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#6 posted 2590 days ago

Challenge Time.

Lets the chips fall where they may.

Good Luck to ALL.

All LumberJocks. That means our carvers, our pyrographic artists, our flat board Jocks, our round board Jocks, our skill saw, jig saw, hand saw, chain saw, and even power saw Jocks.

Let the creative juice flow. Tell us how you thought of it, how you designed it, and how you built it.

Keep pictures to share. Share your joys and your sorrows.

Have Fun.

Karson

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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scottb

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#7 posted 2590 days ago

NICE!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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TonyWard

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#8 posted 2590 days ago

One more for your list Karson – the bandsaw.

-- Bandsawn Box Plans available at ~ http://www.tonyward.org

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WayneC

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#9 posted 2590 days ago

Hmmmm. I wondering if I should buy some wood or start a pool to pick the winner.

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

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MsDebbieP

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#10 posted 2590 days ago

buy the wood
start building!!
go now
do not pass go…
just go

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Karson

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#11 posted 2590 days ago

Tony: You are correct because I sent an Email to Donna Menke to tell her that I was expecting a Bandsawed table and I forgot about you. Sorry.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 2590 days ago

I guess I’ll have to rummage around amongst all of my scrapwood, & see if I can find a Hunnert Dollar Board.
I might even have enough Barnwood to make a fancy table

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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MsDebbieP

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#13 posted 2590 days ago

the wheels are turning!!! Everyone is thinkin (except for Obi and Karson who have their tables half built already) hehehee

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Karson

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#14 posted 2590 days ago

Debbie: I changed course. I’m back at the beginning. I’ve been rummaging through the barn to find my ”Hunnert Dollar Board”. I may have found a couple of candidates after uloading about 300 BD ft of wood to select them.

File flat we said; they stay straight that way. But, to get to the bottom you have to move a lot of wood.

Of course I’ll finish the table that I’m ”half finished” you say because, the wood is all cut. It will be posted on the LJ site.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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MsDebbieP

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#15 posted 2590 days ago

it’s cut – isn’t that 1/2 done??? too funny.

maybe we need to attach a rotating machine to our piles of wood .. because everything we want is ALWAYS on the bottom.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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