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While the premise behind the show could be good I don't have very high hopes. One of the comments below the video nailed it: (caution language)

So basically you mix Jimmy DiResta, Marc Spagnuolo and a few other youtube woodworkers, which can be watched without shitty fake suspense and American Idol bullshit, and add said shitty fake suspense and American Idol bullshit and… what exactly? Who's gonna pay me to watch this crap?
 

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I watched it, and was not impressed with it. Formulaic reality TV premise. Good furniture design and fine craftsmanship cannot be achieved in a 'race to the finish' time frame. These contestants/woodworkers are set up for failure.
I know editing plays a big part in the drama, but i don't believe these contestants are capable of producing fine furniture. As Bart Simpson says, "It's craptacular!"
 

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Eh, I liked it. Thought hard about how I would handle that challenge.

Then again, pretty much every contestant makes modern furniture, as do the judges, so its about the kind of furniture I buy, build, and have in my home. I find most "furniture for woodworkers to appreciate" pretty lame. I love the design side of things, which is what the show is really all about.

Hopefully they don't do that sort of challenge again as it doesn't lend itself to making nice things. I'm shocked that only one person made a small laminated table, that seemed to be the safe play for the challenge (safe good work isn't being sent home week 1). Find an interesting variety of wood pieces to laminate together and something interesting to make a base out of. Keeps the reclaimed nature and you don't have to worry about design dead ends, which there was no time to deal with.

WTF were all the people making rockers thinking? You aren't making a nice rocker using a novel design in 24 hours with reclaimed materials. I don't care how good you think you are.
 

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I don't know if it is the kind of stuff I would like to make, but the design aspect of the show is what I like to see. Unfortunately it is TV, so they have to heavy up the drama and minimize the wood/metal working. Nick Offerman should have been the host though
 

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The editing was bad, really bad. The show came off as lacking substance even for a reality show. And for whatever reason they never showed a project for more than a split second before cutting away except for that clunky mirror thing the judges loved which looked like an easel holding a mirror with a piece of boat set in front of it. The paddle chair was okay, at least it looked like a chair. The boat bow chair was okay too although smallish for an adult. I liked the boat not-a-bar, not-a-table, not-a-counter, the two furniture judges hated although they were right about the height making it useless. The guy who made the rocking bench that broke shouldn't even be on the show, the furniture in his portfolio looks like he's been woodworking for about 30 days. I'll watch a few more episodes in hope the editing improves and the pace slows down a bit after a few people are gone.
 

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Yeah I don't get what they saw in that mirror. Who cares how well it was constructed, it was dumb. The boat bow chair was probably my favorite piece. A little small, but I thought it looked nice and was a creative solution to the challenge. It would look pretty awesome in a beachfront vacation home that has a nautical theme and overall rustic-chic design.

Rocker bench guy has to go soon, that thing was terrible, every aspect of it, conception to execution. He would have if the girl that left wasn't an utter fail.

Agree that it spent way too much time on the crap and too little on the better projects. Though most of them kinda sucked; as I said it was not a challenge that lent itself to making nice things.
 

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That fella with the cowboy hat seems like he could hold his own though. Hopefully the rest of the show doesn't suck. It seems like such a cool idea, but I've always been more of an optimist
 
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