Get Published - Bookcase Challenge #4: Questions & Answers

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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 04-02-2008 08:23 PM 2020 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here are the frequently asked questions answered by Glen Huey, Senior Editor of Popular Woodworking.

Can we enter an original design that we’ve recently executed and already built?
Yes, as long you’re willing to build the unit again or work with us as we build it to your winning plan.

How detailed does initial design need to be? A set of plans, or just a rough sketch?
This is, to a large extent, up to the you. We must to be able to determine from the drawings that the design is able to be built without problems. So, if a woodworker can build the project from the drawings you supply, that’s sufficient. But, the number one question we get at Popular Woodworking from readers is, “Do you have any further drawings or plans available for this project?”

I use eCabinet Systems software to do my designs. Is it OK to submit the file for my entry to the Bookcase Challenge as an eCabinet Systems file?
We would prefer the file be in DXF format (or Sketchup file as specified in the challenge announcement). However, if your eCabinets file cannot be converted to a DXF, we’ll accept PDF format. (There is a free program that allows one to save a file as opposed to printing the pages.)

Are there any different categories for the judging of the prizes, such as age groups or skill levels?
There are no categories. But I’ve seen many fascinating designs and projects built by woodworkers new to the craft. In fact, it’s the design in which we’re interested, and sometimes seasoned woodworkers develop habits or certain styles that stifle their ability to create new, fresh designs. Lack of experience may be to your benefit – so don’t let age or woodworking skill level dissuade you from entering.

Why do you need the SketchUp (or dxf) file at the end if you have the pictures of your work? What is difference between the two? My guess is that the SketchUp file allows contest judges to view your work in sketch-up?
This is correct. In SketchUp, we can take the drawings apart to see how the construction could work. This goes a long way toward understanding that a design is able to be built. It’s also easy to convert to CAD files.

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#1 posted 04-02-2008 08:28 PM

That answers my question.

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

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#2 posted 04-02-2008 09:59 PM

Thanks, Martin. I have the answer to my question.

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO,

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#3 posted 04-03-2008 02:09 PM

I don’t know if I like the idea of strangers picking my Skecthup models apart. They are like my children :)


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#4 posted 04-03-2008 05:32 PM

That seems to be a pretty complete FAQ.

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#5 posted 04-05-2008 06:56 AM

If the design is hand drawn, what is the best way to get the drawings entered?

-- lobbster, Oregon,

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#6 posted 04-05-2008 12:24 PM

Lobbster, you can scan them and post as the pictures.

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#7 posted 04-06-2008 06:08 AM

What does a published project/article earn these days?

-- Michael, Fort Worth, TX. "I wood if I could!"

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#8 posted 07-26-2008 12:07 AM

Nuts, I wish I would have found out about this before the deadline. I have a simple, and, if I do say so myself, beautifully designed bookcase that would be a fine contender. Heck, I think I might still have the plans also. Bummer.

-- I'm happier than a tornado in a trailer park! Grace & Peace.

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