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11-13-2011 05:45 PM

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THREAD NOW CLOSED… This thread was to get some ideas for a contest. Almost all of the ideas offered have been adopted, and at the request of some below, a new thread with the official details has been posted. Please go there instead of commenting here. Sorry for the confusion, but it was necessary to remedy some confusion.

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#1 posted 11-13-2011 05:59 PM

What about a single 2×4 box. They are cheap so everyone can afford a 2×4. And it makes the contest uniform. Allow staining to give contrast on the project. I think we would see some unique things.

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#2 posted 11-13-2011 06:04 PM

Not a bad idea, Chuck.

Of course, it doesn’t have to be another box project. It can be anything.

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#3 posted 11-13-2011 06:05 PM

2X4 Idea is good and also maybe something along the lines of plywood? Taking advantage of exposing the edges and showing them off in unique ways.
I am defenitly in on this contest. Please keep me posted.

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#4 posted 11-13-2011 06:07 PM

We could do something that only allows “junk” materials- 2X4’s, MDF or non-hardwood plywoods… it would showcase skill because it takes a LOT of it to make that stuff look like fine craftsmanship!

Of course that may scare the hoity-toity woodworkers who work with nothing but fine mahogany away…

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#5 posted 11-13-2011 06:12 PM

As long as there is no dead line for entry submission, I would think about it.
I only get so much shop time, and sometimes when I could be out in the shop my body isn’t cooperating Then when all the stars line up, I have shop time, I have the materials, every thing planned out, “She who must be obeyed” could come out at any time and redirect all energies to something else.
:-)

-- Mel,

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#6 posted 11-13-2011 06:24 PM

Jeep- It would be hard to do without a deadline. How could you declare a winner if there may be more submissions at any time? But the length of the contest may be a consideration to allow the busier among us to enter.

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#7 posted 11-13-2011 06:37 PM

deadline Christmas and “winner” anounced on 1/1/12. Also I went with a box idea because LJ has already sponsored a “make something out of a 2×4” contest. Some great results came out. I figured if it was kept a “box” they would vary on size and shapes and such, but still keep the playing field even for everyone.

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#8 posted 11-13-2011 06:53 PM

I think people are pretty busy around Christmas, so that deadline may be a bit of an issue. And they may not be sober on the first…

Another idea may be to use hardwood, but limit it to one piece of a specific size. You could make anything you want, but you’d have to get creative to stand out with such strict limitations.

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#9 posted 11-13-2011 07:55 PM

I believe the judges need to be non-partison/non participants. Having folks vote for items leads to the winner being the one with the better cheering section.

I would recommend small quick projects made for a specific purpose (i.e. a tortilla press, bandsaw box)...ones that can be done in a weekend or so…..using small pieces of wood or scrap….that way it should not interfere with Christmas – which seems to take the bulk of my shop time these days. This would also allow for folks to work outside the box…and experiment….I love to see the innovation that woodworker’s are capable of.

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#10 posted 11-13-2011 08:15 PM

You know the contest I would like to see? One where you grab a particular genera, lets say arts and crafts, Greene & Greene, mission, etc and give it a new twist but still being recognizable as the fundamental style. Sort of like your art deco box. I know that it would be like herding cats, but if we all can agree on a style and then see what new twists we can put on it, IMO opinion would be interesting. Lets face it, there are some people here who can make some incredible things, and then it would be hard to judge which would be best without a base line. For example, if the box challenge would have been between C. Neil and Britboxmaker, we would not have to even wait for a week, it would have been a matter of going to Britboxmaker’s projects and choose the pretiest one. Do we really want to compete against Aviad87 or Castlewerks? These guys do amazing work of their own design, might as well just choose one and give them the price… :)

Your call buddy, just my two cents.

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#11 posted 11-13-2011 08:23 PM

How would you feel about a swap rather than a contest? Then everyone gets something out of it. If it’s a contest, only the best, most experienced woodworkers will bother…..How about something that welcomes all skill levels?

-- When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.”   Theodore Roosevelt

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#12 posted 11-13-2011 08:56 PM

Awwwww, JG! You mean the contest between ME and Charles Neil was inferior because Britboxmaker should have been the one taking on Charles? I’m hurt…

I’ve seen Britboxmaker’s work. It’s fantastic! But he has his own unique style, and he usually sticks to it. Asking someone else (even Charles Neil) to compete in his environment is not realistic. Britboxmaker has made hundreds of very modern, contemporary boxes with wonderfully complex inlays. Charles Neil (and myself) doesn’t make that kind of box. When you do one thing, you get really good at it, and Britboxmaker is REALLY good at what he does.

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#13 posted 11-13-2011 09:06 PM

How about everyone posts the Christmas gifts they ‘re making? Then we can vote on which one we’d most like to receive, the ‘prettiest’ and the funnest.

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#14 posted 11-13-2011 09:09 PM

I don’t celebrate Christmas, and some others here don’t either, I suspect. (No, I am not a grinch, and I am Christian, I just don’t observe the holiday.) So, if I’m sponsoring it, it’ll have to be about something else.

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#15 posted 11-13-2011 09:11 PM

Awwwww, JG! You mean the contest between ME and Charles Neil was inferior because Britboxmaker should have been the one taking on Charles? I’m hurt…

Not at all Stumpy, as I said, you held your own very well. And you did not loose any body parts to boot… :) What I am saying is that an open contest, without any restrictions would be really hard to judge.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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