Thorsen Side Table Challenge #4: Winner Announcement

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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 06-15-2007 04:28 PM 3229 reads 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Last Day Reminder Part 4 of Thorsen Side Table Challenge series Part 5: Wrapping Up the Challenge »

Popular Woodworking has announced the winner of the Thorsen Table Challenge.

Before we get to that, I want to congratulate all of the winners—everyone who took part in the challenge and enjoyed the process, the laughter, the teasing, and the inspiration that we have shared over the past three months.

I would again like to thank Karson and Obi for this great idea. It has really been a lot of fun and we have met many more LumberJocks because of it! Thank you.

And now for the big announcement as provided by PW:



Runners Up



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#1 posted 06-15-2007 04:30 PM

Congratulations to our winners!!! How exciting.

I too was a winner!! I was challenged to move beyond a 4-sided box and create my first piece of furniture.
WOO WOOO I’m a winner :D
Thank you Martin, (Karson & Obi) for this wonderful challenge and opportunity.

It definitely has been a lot of fun and can’t wait till things start to get moving on the Summer Awards.

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

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#2 posted 06-15-2007 04:38 PM

Fantastic work by one and all who entered. Congratulations to the winners. All of the entrants are infact winners!

Next year you’ll have me to contend with!

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

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#3 posted 06-15-2007 04:42 PM

next year?? What about this summer ?

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

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Roger Strautman

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#4 posted 06-15-2007 04:52 PM

Congratulations must go out to all participants for taking this challenge on. Congratulations also to the top three winners for following the guidelines and making sure quality pieces.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#5 posted 06-15-2007 04:56 PM

Still fixing my garage right now. Updating electrical, new garage doors (2), insulate and finish walls, etc. I am doing this. Next is a roof (tear-off and install), guttering and overhang job for the entire home, breezeway and the garage. Hiring this done, thank goodness. Old house has problems! This $Xx,xxx.00 project is killing my woodworking time! (Everything but the lathe is in storage.) I think it would have been cheaper to bull doze it. Luckily my wife has a great job!

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

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#6 posted 06-15-2007 04:59 PM

Congratulations to the Top Three! Great work guys. I was very impressed by all of the entries. We have very talented members and it showed.

Martin, any idea how big the article will be in the print Mag? I was wondering if they were going to show any of the other entries or just these three. There were so many good entries that deserve at least a small photo as “also ran” Perhaps we can put their final ranking in our emag. I’m sure everyone would like to know where they landed in the ranking.

Karson, Obi, Thanks again for driving this opportunity. It was a great challenge. I look forward to the next challenge like this. It shows so much about how we all can see the same project in such a different perspective.

Martin again, you have out done yourself. I honestly believe you have created a very special place in the internet world. I’m sure you never envisioned we would be where we are now. I look forward to the “guilds /groups” you mentioned. Each of us has our own area of interest, subjects from turning to carving and tables and chairs. You have done a great thing here.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#7 posted 06-15-2007 05:04 PM

I thought this was going to be a breeze, but just to get it semi-finished in time was a major endeavor.


It was a privelage to participate with all Y’all. I didn’t do this because it was a challenge, I wanted to do this because it was a challenge.

What’s next?

I’m looking forward to the “FALL CHALLENGE”

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#8 posted 06-15-2007 05:06 PM

And the article ought to be out in time for our first free issue. Weeeeeeee !!!!

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#9 posted 06-15-2007 05:09 PM

Congratulations to everyone that submitted an entry!

Following the blog entries of all the tables was so enjoyable and inspiring. It was a pleasure to see LJ learning from each other and passing on advice regarding joinery and “those pesky pegs” as the assembled their tables.

A special congratulations to Neil Lamens of Furnitology fame! Hopefully we will see more of his work and benefit from his comments.

Congratulations to the runners-up Jack and schroeder! I was especially proud of Schroeder for representing the Oregon crowd!

Thanks to Karson and Obi for suggesting this wonderful challenge.

And of course, where would we be without Martin! Thank you Martin!

I agree with Greg that the complete entry set wiuld be a great feature in the next issue of the eMag.


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#10 posted 06-15-2007 05:10 PM

next??? Joinery without glue—as if I’ve mastered putting two boards together with screws!!!!
Oh wait… with DOWELS—got that mastered, well conquered at least, well,.. I can do it! :)

Greg, I’m not sure if they ranked them. My guess is that they just picked their winners.

re: showing all rankings for our own contests we had this discussion before. I can’t remember how it turned out. It was either going to be that all were posted or only the winners. We didn’t want to get into anything too complicated for Martin.

Obi, I can’t agree with you more re: the challenge.

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

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#11 posted 06-15-2007 05:15 PM

I’m glad I wasn’t judging this challenge. All of the tables were wonderful. The challenges are a GREAT idea, and the shop tour challenge was what brought me to lumberjocks. I look forward to participating in every challenge that is practically possible for me.

Just great!

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

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#12 posted 06-15-2007 05:16 PM

Whew-hew! What a lot of fun! – Thanks for the challenge and the great idea!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 06-15-2007 05:18 PM

I congratulate the final three in Challenge01.

I think everyone that entered is a winner, so I congratulate all of you.

I had a chance to try some new things that I’d never done before that made it a pleasant experience, plus we have a new piece of furniture in our home.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#14 posted 06-15-2007 05:21 PM

oh yah.. I forgot that part !!!
I have a beautiful new plant stand :)

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

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#15 posted 06-15-2007 06:00 PM

Congrats to the winners! Great choices by the judges!

The challenge and conversation was great fun! Now, I’m looking for a book with illustrations of Chinese glueless joinery to come through inter-library loan. Hopefully one of the five libraries in Texas that has a copy will trust me and send it to small town America. Challenges force you to study and learn! Isn’t it great?!

I’m studying hard right now (two books in hand, two more coming) before I dive into repairing and reupholstering a stack of Victorian Parlor furniture (two chairs, a settee and footstool) sitting in my shop right now.

-- Paul, Kentucky

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