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Memories of 2011

March 13, 2012

It's challenge time!! And this is an easy one, well, kind of easy. Or maybe it isn't .. well I'll let you decide:

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The Challenge
  • Look back through your projects, posted here at LJ in 2011, and select your favourite.
  • edit it to add the tag (in the tag section): challenge-12
  • deadline for this is March 31, 2012

The "Prize"
At the end of the month I will compile the entries in a digital "flipbook"
Each project will get its own page in the book
The digital book will be showcased here and on our LJ's Facebook & Google+ Pages.

Challenge Entries
All projects tagged as challenge-12

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(Note: Since this is our first "flipbook" I may have to edit the process as I start to put things together. Crossing my fingers!)
FYI: not all photos in the book will be the same size. It all depends on the size of the first picture posted for the project.
I think I did it right. ??
 

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Castle Clean-Up: And the winners are...

The challenge was to: do a clean-up on the shop, reorganize and whatever else you want to do to transform your shop for the "before & after" photos.

We had 3 entries-thank-you and congratulations to all who participated. The transformations are impressive!

And the winners are:

Best storage and organization transformation - the great ideas factor: Hairy (and Honorable Mention goes to TheDane)
Most improved dust control - the to your health factor: A tie - Harry & Joe Lyddon
Biggest and best overall clean-up transformation - the wow factor: Joe Lyddon

Congratulations!!

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And honorary mention for "The Great Ideas Factor: goes to TheDane
Congrats to the winners. Ya'll deserve it.
 

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It's A Balancing Act

It's all a balancing act - whether is it a ball on a seal's nose, a man on a tightrope, the magic balancing belt, or … well, what can you come up with?

Create a project that has at least one component that balances.

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How The Challenge Works
1. Create a project with some component that balances.
2. Post it as a new project.
3. Tag the project as: challenge-14
4. Have fun.

Deadline
Although there is no "real" deadline, as this is an open challenge, projects for this initial challenge are to be posted by October 31st, 2012.
(We look forward to seeing many balancing projects, whether they are posted this month, next year, or ten years from now!)

The Prize
  • Fun
  • Friendly Competition

SEE ALL ENTRIES HERE

Other Challenges
Other challenges have been posted in the past. We'd love to see your entries for any or all of the challenges! Please remember to tag them as indicated for each challenge. LINK
LOL Napaman.
 

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1 Board: 1 Project

Spring 2013 Challenge
Here's our spring challenge for you:
  • one board: one project-- except the board is a maximum size of 12" x 12" x 1".
  • You can re-saw it; cut it; carve it; drill it; paint it; stain it; add anything to it (other than more wood) and create one project with it.
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How The Challenge Works
1. Take a picture of your "before" board: maximum size of 1 foot wide, 1 foot long, 1" thick
2. Create a project using the board. Anything can be added to the project EXCEPT more wood
2. Post it as a new project.
3. Tag the project as: challenge-15
4. Have fun.

EDITED - Clarifications
  • yes, you can glue pieces of wood together to get the maximum 12×12x1-"but" it has to be the same wood. No mixing walnut and maple, for example. And don't forget to show us the before picture.

Deadline
Although there is no "real" deadline, as this is an open challenge, projects for this initial challenge are to be posted by March 31st, 2013.
(We look forward to seeing many challenge projects, whether they are posted this month, next year, or ten years from now!)

The Prize
  • Fun
  • Friendly Competition

SEE ALL ENTRIES HERE

Other Challenges
Other challenges have been posted in the past. We'd love to see your entries for any or all of the challenges! Please remember to tag them as indicated for each challenge. LINK
Sounds like fun fer sure. :)
 

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LJ event >>>>>FREE DRAW!!!! <<<<< deadline Dec. 20/13

December 14/13

Hendrik Varju is a well known furniture designer/craftsman who operates "Passion for Wood" near Toronto, Canada. He also offers woodworking courses and seminars and has been widely published in woodworking magazines in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. In 2007, Hendrik started producing DVD courses and he has offered to provide some of them as prizes in Lumberjocks' contests. You can see the full list of all of Hendrik's DVD courses here http://passionforwood.com/woodworking/dvds.htm.

This week, the prize is Hendrik's first DVD course called "Jointer and Planer Secrets".
It is over 4 1/2 hours long and focuses on how to use your jointer and planer effectively to mill four-square lumber. It also has a long and detailed bonus section on edge gluing solid wood panels. You can read more about this 2-DVD set here: http://passionforwood.com/woodworking/dvds-jointer.htm.
It is valued at Cdn. $64.95 + taxes and shipping.



To enter this contest, just post a comment giving your answer to this question: "In your opinion, what is your biggest secret to successfully milling four-square lumber?" Post a comment before Friday, Dec. 20/13 and Hendrik will choose his favourite answer. Then we'll let you know how to claim your prize. Hendrik will ship it directly to your home at no cost to you.

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My take is very simple: take your time, take a little at a time (1/32"). It takes a bit longer, but, hey who's watchin the clock. Plus, it's a lot safer, and you get better results
 

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>>>>>FREE DRAW!!!! <<<<< deadline Jan. 3/14

Hendrik Varju is a well known furniture designer/craftsman who operates "Passion for Wood" near Toronto, Canada. He also offers woodworking courses and seminars and has been widely published in woodworking magazines in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. In 2007, Hendrik started producing DVD courses and he has offered to provide some of them as prizes in Lumberjocks' contests. You can see the full list of all of Hendrik's DVD courses here http://passionforwood.com/woodworking/dvds.htm.

This week, the prize is Hendrik's second DVD course called "Revelations on Table Saw Set-up & Safety".
It is nearly 10 hours long and focuses on table saw set-up and fine tuning and how to use the machine safely. It also has a long and detailed bonus section with a step-by-step tutorial on building a crosscut sled. You can read more about this 5-DVD set here: http://passionforwood.com/woodworking/dvds-tablesaw.htm. It is valued at Cdn. $94.95 + taxes and shipping.



To enter this contest, just post a comment giving your answer to this question: "What is the #1 table saw safety tip you would give someone new to woodworking?" Post a comment before Jan. 3/14 and Hendrik will choose his favourite answer. Then we'll let you know how to claim your prize. Hendrik will ship it directly to your home at no cost to you.

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Safety is always 1st priority, safety glasses, hearing protection, dust collection, etc. Learn the how's and how-to's of your saw/equipment is operated. Keep it tuned. Keep the surface clean and slick. This is more than one, but, I feel you need to do all of these before plugging it in/giving it life.
 

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>>>>>FREE DRAW!!!! <<<<< deadline Jan. 17/14

Hendrik Varju is a well known furniture designer/craftsman who operates "Passion for Wood" near Toronto, Canada. He also offers woodworking courses and seminars and has been widely published in woodworking magazines in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. In 2007, Hendrik started producing DVD courses and he has offered to provide some of them as prizes in Lumberjocks contests. You can see the full list of all of Hendrik's DVD courses here: http://passionforwood.com/woodworking/dvds.htm .

This week, the prize is Hendrik's third DVD course called "Working with Plywood".
It is almost 11 1/2 hours long and focuses on how to use plywood effectively in your projects. It also has a long and detailed bonus section with a step-by-step tutorial on building a stopped dado router jig, one of the most important jigs Hendrik uses in his workshop for working with plywood. You can read more about this 5-DVD set here: http://passionforwood.com/woodworking/dvds-plywood.htm. It is valued at Cdn. $94.95 + taxes and shipping.



To enter to win this contest, just post a comment giving your answer to this question: "What is the biggest difference, in your mind, between working with plywood and working with solid wood?" Post a comment before January 17th and Hendrik will choose his favourite answer. Then we'll let you know how to claim your prize. Hendrik will ship it directly to your home at no cost to you.
I would say plywood is kind of affordable, and very stable if you get a good plywood. However, in my opinion, plywood will never "out-do" a good hardwood. That's my 2-cents.
 

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>>>>>FREE DRAW!!!! <<<<< deadline Jan. 31/14

Hendrik Varju is a well known furniture designer/craftsman who operates "Passion for Wood" near Toronto, Canada. He also offers woodworking courses and seminars and has been widely published in woodworking magazines in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. In 2007, Hendrik started producing DVD courses and he has offered to provide some of them as prizes in Lumberjocks' contests. You can see the full list of all of Hendrik's DVD courses here: http://passionforwood.com/woodworking/dvds.htm .

This week, the prize is Hendrik's fourth DVD course called "Wood Science & Design". It is almost 6 hours long and focuses on the science of wood movement and how to incorporate it into your furniture designs. It also has a long and detailed bonus section with a furniture tour to study several of Hendrik's designs, explaining how the wood science meshes with real world, practical design considerations. You can read more about this 3-DVD set here: http://passionforwood.com/woodworking/dvds-woodscience.htm. It is valued at Cdn. $79.95 + taxes and shipping.



To enter to win this contest, just post a comment giving your answer to this question: "What is the best advice you could give a newbie woodworker about wood science and how it impacts the way furniture ought to be built?" Post a comment by Friday, January 31/14 and Hendrik will choose his favourite answer. Then we'll let you know how to claim your prize. Hendrik will ship it directly to your home at no cost to you.
To be short and sweet, I would say to always allow for wood movement when and where you can in all your projects. They will last a lifetime this way.
 
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