Calgary Regional Skills Gold Medal Project 2014

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Project by papermate posted 04-01-2014 03:47 AM 1549 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my Grade 12 year competing for skills. This project is 468mm x 300mm x 125mm, made of cherry. The top is fastened with 4 dowels & glue. The shelf is inset in to both sides half way with a dado cut on the table saw. The sides are fastened to the bottom with 2 dovetails. The dovetails were strictly marked. The back panel is rabbited into the shelf and the sides halfway and fastened with 4 evenly spaced brads on each side. The plan originally called for a simple rail and stile door but was changed a few days before due to the time limit. We had 6 hours to complete the project. I finished the project in 5 hours and 15 minutes. Only person who finished early. The project was out of 123 marks including a 20 question theory test about the project. I received 121 marks out of 123. I got docked two marks because each of my hinges were .5mm off of the measurement. I came in first place, I move on to the provincial skills competition and received 4 Iwrin chisels and a little makita drill bit/driver bit set as a prize, better than nothing. When I got the project home, I finished it with Danish oil and added a cherry decoration on the front because the door is plain.

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#1 posted 04-01-2014 06:10 AM

Nice work! Congratulations on winning the local competition. Dovetails look great. Well done on the finish. Good luck at the provincial competition. Keep up the great work / studies. Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 04-01-2014 08:46 AM

did you do the carving? or was it an applique? Love it nonetheless.

As a Calgarian, I’d love to support you in whatever way I can

If you want to play with hand tools , just give me a call.

Celiis typical ab area code and four oh 3 701 o460

be glad to let you play in the shop,play with wierd tools share what I know etc….Got a ton of reference books too.

Don’t be shy.

Plan out yer strategy, figure out what you need. give me a call. Simple. ...or just send me a PM and iill send you some other bona fides that yu can check out with yer other advisors.

I’m self employed so my time is somewhat flexible….


-- Real_cowtown_eric

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#3 posted 04-01-2014 11:33 AM

Congrats on your accomplishment!!!

Completed in less than six hours….
That’s pretty impressive! It would take me that long, just to prep the stock, let alone make any final cuts and joinery!!!

I would say, that based on this showing, your well on your way….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 04-01-2014 07:01 PM

Thanks. I made 5 practice projects before the competition. The decoration on the front is appliqué. The provincial project is a floating top hall table. The front and back curve up instead of out, it also had a drawer in the middle of the front curve.

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#5 posted 04-02-2014 02:01 PM

Very nice work. Keep at it as you will have a lifetime of joy making things in the shop. Congratulations.

-- Narinder, Calgary, Ab.

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