TSDC Contest Entry

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Project by spaids posted 06-01-2009 03:07 PM 2555 views 7 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m no photographer so I had to take an outside shot to capture the color on film.

This is my 30 day beginning woodworker contest entry. I started with a scrap walnut board and the knob and the design went from there. The board sat in a friends garage for 15 years and then sat in mine for a year waiting for its 15 minutes of fame. My wife gave me the knob as a “gift”. About a year ago she needed to spend another 36 cents or so to get free shipping from Amazon and she found a knob. The box showed up (a big box with a little knob in it) and she said “here honey I got you a present”. I think she is surprised that her knob made it to a project. I bought the oak dowels at my local hardwood dealer and the oak drawer is from some left over hardwood flooring that was also scrap in a friends garage.

I’m blogging about the build in greater detail than anyone could possibly want to read in my Ronin Woodworking blog.

I am shocked how proud I am of this due to its resemblance to the sketchup. I feel like for the first time I was able to produce something exactly as I intended.

I did have a small last minute design challenge to over come. The back corner of the drawer would catch on the back support as you tried to slide it closed. I didn’t want guides on the sides because they would be seen so I glued a thin oak strip as a runner in the center of the drawer cabinet and cut a couple little notches in the drawer front and back before I attached the walnut drawer face. It worked better than I could have hoped and the drawer slides very smooth and straight.

Edit: I was pleased that this project had no metal joinery of any kind. I just realized that the knob is attached with a screw through the drawer face. D’oh!

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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#1 posted 06-01-2009 03:24 PM

Functional design, clean lines, good finish and nicely presented.

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#2 posted 06-01-2009 03:48 PM

Hi Spaids,

frankly, i wanna build someting likes that,sure i wanna know details about it,
thanks for sharing,


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#3 posted 06-01-2009 04:08 PM

Nicely done!

I have a feeling my dowels would have been leaning six different direction if I had tried to build this. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 06-01-2009 04:14 PM

Hey Spaids
Great organiser nice job looks good

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 06-01-2009 04:18 PM

sweet design…someone will want to make that commercially…

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

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#6 posted 06-01-2009 04:30 PM

Cool design. You should be happy with that. Clean efficient and interesting. Nice job…........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#7 posted 06-01-2009 04:37 PM

NICE! I really like the contrasting details… really brings that walnut to shine.

PS – if you want to get more light on your subject indoors – try positioning white pieces of papers around it to reflect the light at the subject (large pieces of paper) or white sheets… helps reflect light at the subject and diffuse it more evenly.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 06-01-2009 09:39 PM

Very nice and useful piece. I can tell from your blogs and the quality of your work that we will be seeing a lot of good projects from you in the future. Good luck with the contest.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 06-02-2009 12:11 AM

Nice job Spaids, great design. Good luck!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#10 posted 06-02-2009 02:05 AM

Nice design and execution. Looks like it serves the desired purpose. Great build and good luck.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#11 posted 06-02-2009 02:32 AM

Nice design and only using a screw to hold on the pull is nice also I did the same thing on mine also only 2 screws and 2 drawers.


-- alaskan79, Michigan

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#12 posted 06-02-2009 02:52 AM

Great design and execution. I really like the drawer. I don’t think you can enter as a beginner anymore.
Beautiful piece.

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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#13 posted 06-02-2009 03:11 AM

Hey Jocks thanks for all the feedback I really appreceate it.

Speacial thanks to bhack! You are the only person, including family, to use the word “beautiful”! THANK YOU!

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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#14 posted 06-02-2009 05:45 PM

The knob is to big for the project, but yet So Right!! I like everything about it!

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#15 posted 06-18-2009 04:05 PM

Hey guys I won! I won the grand prize which was 1st dibs on the four available prizes. I chose the block plane. Technically the block plane was the least expensive of the prizes BUT it will be sharpened and tuned by
Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk. As a rookie, having a plane that I KNOW is finely tuned to perform to its highest ability will be invaluable. I will now have a bench mark to gauge all my future hand tool sharpening and tuning. Thanks to Rick Waters, Eric Pearson, Neil Lamens and Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk for putting on a great contest. The results are up at The Sawdust Chronicles. as well as pics of all the entries. After viewing the other entries I am very surprised and honored to have won. There were several projects entered that I personally feel are much better than mine. It will be interesting to hear how the judges critiqued these when the final contest video podcast is posted.

Thanks again Sawdust Chronicles!


-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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