Working Efficiently in a Small Shop

It can be a challenge to work efficiently in a small shop, but I have arranged the equipment in the space of a 1-car garage to allow me to build with components up to five feet in length without having to rearrange. In fact, the only machine that is on wheels is my 13" thickness … Continue reading Working Efficiently in a Small Shop

Results from the 2017 Wall Shelf Build-Off

Well, the ballots have been tallied and that means it's time to award some prizes.  Although there were not as many entries as I had hoped for, the shelves built were well-constructed, innovative, and certainly well made considering the two day time limit. This made it tough for judges to decide which shelf was the … Continue reading Results from the 2017 Wall Shelf Build-Off

New Prize Category: Most Accurate Voter

With a last-minute prize donation from Green Buddy Distributors (distributors of Grex Tools in Canada), there is now one more prize than there are categories. So I'm going to create one new category and shuffle the prizes. The exciting part is that EVERYBODY is eligible to win! The winner of this category will be whoever most … Continue reading New Prize Category: Most Accurate Voter

How to Follow the Wall Shelf Build-Off

With the big day looming and registration now closed, I'd like to share some links so that you can follow along with the Wall Shelf Build-Off participants. You can also search for the official hashtag #WSBO. Instagram Brad Holley Brian Eve Brian Prusa Dale J. Osowski David Barlow Derek Carter Cameron Lockard Garth Schafer Gavin Rondeau … Continue reading How to Follow the Wall Shelf Build-Off

Wall Shelf Build-Off Prize Categories

The Wall Shelf Build-Off starts tomorrow, so now seems like a good time to announce the categories. They are as follows: Best use of materials Best concept Most off-the-wall (figuratively speaking) design Most ambitious design Most innovative design Most inspiring design Judge's Best Overall Judge's Second Best Overall Judge's Third Best Overall Flair Woodworks Reader's Choice #1 … Continue reading Wall Shelf Build-Off Prize Categories

More Wall Shelf Sketches

I've continued to sketch, trying to figure out what design to use for the Wall Shelf Build-Off this weekend. I could well find myself in the shop Saturday without a design and just making it up on the fly - that idea is not foreign to me. Have a look at my sketches - perhaps … Continue reading More Wall Shelf Sketches

Buzz about the Wall Shelf Build-Off

The Wall Shelf-Build-Off starts this weekend and you won't want to miss it. In face, Jonas Jensen called it "the biggest event since the American presidential inauguration". Here's some of the attention the contest has been getting around the web. Jim Dillon @ The Thousand Dollar Shop Wall Shelf Build-Off Garth @ Time Warp Tool … Continue reading Buzz about the Wall Shelf Build-Off

Prizes for the Wall Shelf Build-Off

The Wall Shelf Build-Off is next weekend. Can you believe it? A Pep Talk If you've been hesitating to register because you don't have a design, I'd encourage you to register today. Nothing like a little pressure for inspiration - even if it means heading out to the shop next weekend without a clear idea of … Continue reading Prizes for the Wall Shelf Build-Off

Sketching to Develop Wall Shelf Ideas

With two weeks before the Wall Shelf Build-Off, I spent some time this afternoon working on design ideas. I filled three pages of sketches with a variety of designs. When sketching, I like to use pen and don't spend more than half a minute on each. I use the sketches to help me figure out what I … Continue reading Sketching to Develop Wall Shelf Ideas

Designing a Wall Shelf – Mounting Options

For a wall shelf, the best place to start is at the beginning - the wall. How will the shelf be mounted to the wall? Perhaps the biggest challenge in designing a successful wall shelf is attaching it to the wall strongly enough to support it and whatever it supports. The method of attachment will … Continue reading Designing a Wall Shelf – Mounting Options