Size: The size and shape and attributes are up to each contestant, but the (project) must fit inside an imaginary 32”wx32”dx30”h cube.
Time Restrictions: September 1, 2010 through October 31, 2010. This means you may not enter a project that was built, or was under construction, prior to the Challenge start date.
Expenses: May not cost more than $300 to build and finish. This includes primary and secondary materials, finishing materials, consumables (glue, sandpaper, blue tape, nitrile gloves, biscuits, dowels, plugs, etc.). This also includes materials you currently have in your shop as ‘extra’, donated, found, scavenged and scrap. Everything has a monetary value, so if you didn’t buy it, figure out what it would cost in your area, and apply that to the $300 allowance. Simplified, if all you had in your shop were your tools, you are allowed $300 to buy what you need to get the job done.
Construction Materials: The primary materials must be solid or ply wood. Ply wood can be your own ply construction, or store bought. Secondary materials may include other solid woods and plywood, plastics, metals, glass, stone, or other materials. MDF, OSB and other synthetic (or mostly adhesive-based) wood materials are forbidden. Plywood that uses toxic chemicals (formaldehyde) as adhesives are also forbidden. Our recommendations for plywood are solid core, self laminated, and/or environmentally friendly (I’ve seen this on the shelves at Menards – a 3/4″ birch select was $35 – but nowhere else) plywood sheets. No Bondo, unless it is used on metal that you’ve chosen to use as a secondary material. No wood filler. You can make your own wood filler with glue and sawdust if you like, but no store-bought wood filler.
Finishing Materials: No paint. We prefer environmentally friendly products – so water based products are good – but we will not restrict other finishes. We just prefer that you are environmentally conscious when choosing the materials you use.
Adhesives: No restrictions. If you must, go ahead and use CA glue (or other chemically yucky glues), but please consider more environmentally friendly glues if possible.
Joinery: No restrictions. In fact, I’d like to see someone do something creative, like with rubber bands…
Tools: Buying new tools specifically for this Challenge is OK. But we are limiting you to $300 on hand tools and $600 on power tools. These dollar limits are separate from the $300 in the Expenses section above. If you came in under the $300 in expenses above, you may NOT apply the remainder to the allowances given for buying new tools. Accessories also fall under these allowances. So, if you need a new plane iron, it is subject to the $300 allowance for hand tools; a new router bit falls under the $600 allowance for power tools.
Dollar Allowances: If you are in a country not using the US Dollar as primary currency, please convert our dollar amounts to your local currency and restrict yourself accordingly.
TheSawdustChronicles.com reserves the right to amend the rules at any time in case unanticipated circumstances arise.
Requirements for submitting your entry once you finished include the following:
At least one digital image of your work in progress
At least four, but as many digital images as make sense, of your completed project. Take pictures from all angles that you want us to see. If we can’t see it, we can’t judge it.
Write up a description of your entry, the process that you went through to design, build and finish it, and include any other necessary information about the project that we may or may not need to know.
TheSawdustChronicles.com is not responsible for authenticity of entries and/or voting outcome.
The Sawdust Chronicles reserves the right to use all media associated with this contest at The Sawdust Chronicles discretion. This includes digital photos of entries and/or contestants, all artwork contributed by or displayed on TheSawdustChronicles.com, and all associated articles, video and audio files.
The Sawdust Chronicles, contest sponsors, contributors and supporters claim no responsibility for the actions of contestants within the contestants’ shops or the shops of others. Please woodwork safely and responsibly. Always wear necessary safety equipment while woodworking.