Just announced at the Popular Woodworking blog:
What: Hand Tool Olympics, during the Woodworking in America conference in St Charles, IL
When: Friday, Aug. 14 and Saturday, Aug. 15 (with recreational and fun events on Sunday, Aug. 16)
Where: In the Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM) booth
Win prizes just for competing, and compete against fellow woodworkers.
- The One Meter Dash: Rip a 36-inch 2″ X 12″ board using a hand saw.
- Use a jointer plane to straighten and square the edge created during the One Meter Dash.
- Accurately crosscut a piece of 2 x 12 lumber.
- Bore a 3/4″ hole in a plank, straight and square to surface of plank.
- Complete a well-fit three-pin dovetail joint on a 1×4, using hand tools.
- Produce a 3″-long, 3/4″-thick tenon on the end of a piece of 2×4 stock. Your attempt has to fit into a provided test mortise.
Whew! I better start practicing! I have no idea how many, or even which of these I will enter – but enter I will, even if I embarrass myself.