My Blue Ribbon - Outdoors Plant Stand

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I won a blue ribbon today at the DACS – Fine Arts Fair. That’s Delaware Association of Christian Schools. They had a fair today that had Fine Arts and also Music.

I entered my project in Woodworking Grade 5-6. The requirements were that I had to do everything myself. My father could setup the tools but I had to operate them. I still have all ten fingers.

I had to do a drawing of what I was going to create with measurements. How I happened to come up with the idea etc. All joints were mortise and tenon. The top was screwed on with 4 – figure 8 clips.

All entries were judged and were assigned points as the judges desired. You were not in competition with anyone else, it was just Points that matched certain criteria.

My entry won within the highest award range – Professional – Blue Ribbon.

This was the same table that my father used as door prizes at the Mason Dixon Woodworkers Christmas Dinner

Here are the creation pictures:

Cutting the leg blanks

Jointing the edges on the leg blank.

Planing them to thickness.

Cutting the legs on the bandsaw.

Marking the leg placement.

Cutting the mortises on the legs.

Cutting the shoulders on the aprons and table top.

Gluing up the base.

Sanding the top.

hand sanding the edges and relieving the corners.

In the house with a plant on it.

-- ))penmaker((

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#1 posted 2377 days ago

Congratulations Dave. Great Job.

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

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#2 posted 2377 days ago

Nice work Dave!

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

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Les Hastings

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#3 posted 2377 days ago

Excellent job there Dave! I started doing woodworking when I was twelve, keep it up up and you’ll be outing doing me ( I better head out to the shop and practice some more.)

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

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#4 posted 2377 days ago

Congratulations, Dave. This is a really nice piece. It is wonderful that you have taken up a hobby like this at your age. It sure beats sitting in front on the tv with a Wii all day.

I am looking forward to seeing some more of your work.

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

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#5 posted 2377 days ago


It is so great that you can learn a life long craft and skill and have such passion at a early age.

How exciting!

Keep up the good work and challegeing yourself.

-- Dusty

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#6 posted 2377 days ago

Congrats, Dave! Great table.

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

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#7 posted 2377 days ago

It looks awesome! and you look great working on it. I am so proud of you! See you soon too.

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Paul D

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#8 posted 2377 days ago

Great job on the table Dave. I’m sure you learned much so go make some more sawdust!

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#9 posted 2377 days ago

Congratulations Dave. Care to come by and teach me how it is done? I could certainky use the expert help.


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#10 posted 2377 days ago

Congratulations, Dave. That is a wonderful project. You are well on your way towards being a great woodworker! Keep up the good work.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#11 posted 2377 days ago

Tremendous effort there Dave. Congratulations.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 2377 days ago

What are you, like 12 years old? I know a lot older people that couldn’t make a plany stand that good!

Excellent job!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#13 posted 2377 days ago

Dave -

Congratulations! You have chosen a wonderful hobby that will prove very satisfying through out you life. I admire your craftsmanship. I also enjoyed the photos of you at work. That is a well deserved Professional – Blue Ribbon!

I am looking forward to more of your projects!



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Todd A. Clippinger

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#14 posted 2377 days ago

Wow! Nice work!

Are you looking for a job?

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#15 posted 2376 days ago

Great work! This is a nice piece. Classic design and well executed. Great proportions too. Congratulations on the ribbon!

-- Happy woodworking!

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