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30-Day Woodworking Challenge Inspired Beginner Woodworkers
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This spring, Rockler had the distinct pleasure of sponsoring the first-ever Sawdust Chronicles' 30-Day Woodworking Challenge. The challenge was put on by Rick Waters and Erik Pearson, hosts of The Sawdust Chronicles (TSDC) podcast.

The idea was to get beginning woodworkers involved in making a project within certain constraints. (The contest eventually branched out, and also included amateur woodworkers, who were judged in a separate category). The project was a desk organizer, and it had to include certain features, be made of wood (no plastic, melamine, etc.), and be made without buying any new tools. Rockler congratulates everyone who took part in the challenge, and especially those who were able to complete their project within the allotted time. Well done!

The winners of this unique event were announced this week. The winner of the Rockler prize needed a hand plane for his project, but didn't have one, so he made that too (below, right)! We congratulate David Benton, of Charlotte, North Carolina, for both his beautifully done desk organizer (above, right), and his ingenuity in fabricating the tool he needed! David won a Pack Rack™ Clamp and Tool Storage System.

The Sawdust Chronicles guys really did a great job with putting this contest together, and they inspired lots of newbie (and not-so-newbie) woodworkers to go the distance and show what they could do! Exactly what we like to do when we tell you to Create with Confidence!

Note: Rick and Erik both have their own individual podcasts as well – please check them out!:
Rick Waters, Splintered Board Podcast
Erik Pearson, The Novice Garage Woodworker

posted on June 19, 2009 by Kim Adams
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