February Meeting: Hand Tool Olympics 2012
The February meeting of the MN Woodworkers Guild was a repeat of last year's meeting - the popular Hand Tool Olympics held at Forest Products in Maplewood. This was a hands-on event. None of the usual prepared presentations - at this meeting four teams were formed to compete in six woodworking events.
|Ripping||Each contestant is given a two foot long pine board to rip straight and sqaure.|
|Crosscutting||Crosscutting a foot wide board straight and sqaure|
|Jointing||Joint the edge of a two foot pine board using a wooden try plane.|
|Boring||Bore a 3/4 inch hole using a brace and bit.|
|Tenoning||Cut a single tenon to fit an existing mortise|
|Dovetailing||Create a single two tail/three pin dovetail using supplied hand tools|
The first four winners of door-prizes were immediately appointed as team-captains. Team members were then drawn from the remaining door prize tickets to create six member teams. Judging was done by official timers and judges. A number of people stepped forward to volunteer their time and effort to make this a successful event.
Each event was timed and judged for fit or straightness. The number of cards that fit into any crack or void that should be tight was counted as penalty points.
Greg's Gorrillas: Greg Kleese, Captain
The Wood Nots: Robert Schulke, Captain
|Boring||Dan Syverson||10.9||2||Fastest Best|
Team Charlie: Charlie Kocourek, Captain
Bill's Butchers: Bill Wegwerth, Captain
|Team Charlie||761||36||Best time|
|The Wood Nots||1558||26||Best Quality|
The Guild wants to thank Mike Siemsen of Mike Siemsen's School of Woodworking (schoolofwood.com) for supplying the benches and tooling, as well as the organization and scoring methodology. We also thank Forest Products (www.forestproductssupply.com) for hosting this event.
More detailed information about the olympic activities including bench setup for each event is available on Mike Siemsen's web site (schoolofwood.com/node/41).
Special thanks to all of the volunteers and support people who made this meeting possible.