Skills cabinet making competition results.

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Blog entry by Ryan Haasen posted 04-22-2012 02:16 AM 2573 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today participated in the regional Skills competition in calgary.It was for grades 10-12, I am in grade 10. After 6 hours of work, my box was complete. I brought some beeswax to make my box stand out from the others. The techniques the box required were hand-cut dovetails, rabbet joints, tapers, dados and other regular practices. The box sides are yellow poplar, the ends are cherry and the top and bottom are cherry plywood.

I came in bronze (third) and was very happy because this was my first competition, and it is a very different type of wood work then what I regularly do. Along with the bronze metal, I received a T-shirt, an an 85 piece Makita drill bit set. I was very happy to get this reward. I was also qualified to enter into the provincial Skills Competition in 20 days. This would be great but the project for that competition is so complicated that my wood working teacher and I cannot make any sense out of it. It will be interesting to see what happens there…

-- Ryan

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#1 posted 04-22-2012 02:21 AM

congratulations ryan

keep up the good work

as time goes on
your skills will grow

very nice

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 04-22-2012 02:47 AM

I like to think I could make dovetails that nice in 6 hours but I know the truth. I’m amazed at your ability and only wish my school had the kind of classes that would have taught that. Well done, good luck on the next level. Even if you can’t do it now you have lots of skill and can always get better for next year, trying will be worth the practice at least so don’t give up.

-- A posse ad esse

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#3 posted 04-22-2012 03:05 AM

Congratulations Ryan. This will only be the beginning of competitions for a person with your talents.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 04-22-2012 03:12 AM

Congratulations and good luck in provincials.You did a nice job on your project, the dovetails look tight fitting. I was lucky enough to compete in Skills Canada last year and had a blast. Any chance you get to compete in a Skills Canada event is a great experience.

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#5 posted 04-22-2012 04:37 AM

Great result Ryan. Your doing awesome work.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#6 posted 04-22-2012 11:09 AM

Congrats Ryan
Best wishes at the next level.
Don’t sweat it, just do what you are good at .

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#7 posted 04-22-2012 11:26 AM

Congratulations, Ryan, you’ve a right to be proud.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 04-22-2012 03:21 PM

Well done Ryan. You did a great job on those dovetails !
A question. Did your dad make those chairs i see in the background ?

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Ryan Haasen

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#9 posted 04-22-2012 03:36 PM

Thanks everyone! Gavinzagreb: No those chairs were actually bought, my dad doesn’t do any wood working. They are nice chairs though, solid oak.

-- Ryan

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#10 posted 04-23-2012 01:34 AM

Wow Ryan, If your box was third, the first 2 must have been something. Yours looks very good to me and I wish you luck in your next competition. Keep us posted and know that we are pulling for you. Have fun and don’t ‘pressure up’.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 04-23-2012 01:59 AM

Thanks for your support. The provincial competition is in 18 days, pressuring up is not going to be an option, haha.

-- Ryan

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