Cabinet Progress #14: And the Winner is.....

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 05-20-2007 05:40 PM 2260 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Show Time

I was excited about the show/contest and woke up early (again). We jetted down to Cerritos Community College. Judging had begun at 8:00 in the morning, though we arrived at 11:00 for the barbecue, show tour, raffle, and prize announcements.

The Welcome Wagon

Each guest was provided one raffle ticket and a ballot ticket to vote for People's Choice award (Worth $1000)

We anxiously walked towards our project.

Yes! We learned they had been very liberal with the turn in time.

Our project was displayed with a nice little tag:


Woodworking Safari
Both sets of our parents were nice enough to drive down to the show. We spent time showing them the shop, touring the amazing projects, and trading compliments with other students.

I provide for you a sampling of projects on display:

Trophy Case for a Church. Made of Solid Walnut. Bible Verse Carved at Top. Huge! I watched the builder,Tony Jackson, sand this bad boy last week. Eventual Winner of 1st place... Advanced Cabinet Making

Gamble House Style Entry Door of Solid Mahogany from the Archtectural Millwork Class

Miniature Mock-Ups from the Design Class. They are sitting on a router table

White Oak Box with Ebony Inlays which I loved. Simple and beautiful. From 101 class

Greene and Greene Style, a heavy inflluence on all of us, sideboard

Tansu Totes

One of my favorites: A dresser of figured maple and cocobolo. Perfect Beach furniture!

Tall Cabinet with Bookmatched Mahogany Panels. Very typical style for our program

Amazing Guitars. I met the Luthier. We might have a class coming in this topic. I am a guitar player and was stoked to play the little parlor guitar. Sweet!

Lathe Cabinet for all Turning Tools

Side Table of Maple and Bubinga

Classic Greene and Greene Style Table

Sculpted Side Chair. I want to learn to build chairs!


We Won...

... the raffle. Hey, $200 of tickets to Universal Studios with front of the line passes ain't bad.

Then the winner announcements began.. Drumroll......

2nd place (Beginning Cabinetmaking) for the team from Pasadena. Not bad for our first time out.

John Wood, our patient and encouraging instructor poses with us and our project

It was a great day.

Now we just need to clean the shop.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#1 posted 05-20-2007 05:45 PM

Wonderful story. Are you continuing with the classes there?

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

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#2 posted 05-20-2007 05:49 PM

Thanks Wayne…Yes… I am signed up for a lab class this summer.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#3 posted 05-20-2007 06:12 PM

that was wonderful. I enjoyed seeing the other entries.
You must have been “on pins and needles” on your arrival (to see if you had beat the entry deadline) and then waiting to see the results.

CONGRATS on the win/win. You must be in seventh heaven!!! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 05-20-2007 07:48 PM

Congratulations. Thanks for taking us to the show.

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#6 posted 05-20-2007 07:52 PM

Thanks L.J’s… Glad you enjoyed it.

The best part is … new cabinet in our kitchen.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#7 posted 05-20-2007 08:01 PM

Way to go! I like the hardware on your cabinets.

I appreciate the pics of the other entries. Definitely some nice stuff.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#8 posted 05-20-2007 09:15 PM

Great story, you folks have really got me pumped to get my shop up and running. I would want those cabinets in our house any time. Loved those guitars as well, I envy you being able to take the course. Johnt

-- jft

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#9 posted 05-20-2007 10:22 PM

Thanks Jeff and John.

John : Get the shop set up! It has helped us hugely to have a dedicated shop space.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#10 posted 05-20-2007 11:05 PM

That was a good read from part 1 to finish. Thanks Giz! The project turned out great and had a place with the rest of those excellent pieces. Nice job!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#11 posted 05-21-2007 12:11 AM

great job,what a wife,to work in the shop with you.

-- Phil, Chattanooga,TN

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#12 posted 05-21-2007 02:00 AM

Congratulations on winning the raffle and 2nd place (Beginning Cabinetmaking)! There was some awesome projects there. Thank you for sharing them with me.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#13 posted 05-21-2007 05:17 AM

Great story Giz. Love that maple and cocobolo dresser!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#14 posted 05-21-2007 07:54 AM

Thanks Tom, Phil, Os and Panama.

There will be more posts as we work on the rest of the cabinets. I will try to focus on something new as I assemble the next set. I am not sure yet. Most steps will be repetitive to the first cabinet.

Thanks again for the comments.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#15 posted 05-22-2007 05:47 PM

Your cabinet is absolutely fabulous. I am glad you were able to resolve the scratches. Well done. The Greene and Greene style table is very good and detailed with the best part being (IMHO) the “pillowed” dovetails on the drawer. You now have a whole weekend to make a Thorsen side table.

The entry door is great. It would fit in your style of house.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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