Father’s Day Giveaway From WJ!

We’re taking a little break from our regular routine here at the Woodworker’s Journal Blog to shake things up a bit. We’re adding some great new authors to the blog, bloggers who’ll be enlightening you on a regular basis about topics like wood finishing, wood species and wood, well, in general.

If you’re a reader of the Woodworker’s Journal print magazine, you’ll likely recognize the names of our newest blog contributors: finishing expert Michael Dresdner, silviculturist (that’s a tree scientist) Tim Knight, and woodworking and tool expert Sandor Nagyszalanczy.

If you’re not a reader of the print issue — well, you’ve got a great chance to check it out! One commenter on this blog post will win a free one-year subscription to Woodworker’s Journal. (Don’t worry, current subscribers: if you’re picked as the winner, you’ll get a free year added to your current subscription.)

So, while our Father’s Day offering is not a cheesy card implying that you, your dad, your brother, or anybody else you might happen to know would be likely to nail your thumbs together in the shop, we still hope you’ll appreciate our effort to celebrate the big day all the same. (And if you’re the wrong gender to be a father; that’s A-OK with us. Hey, you had a father somewhere along the line, right? It’s all good.)

How do you qualify to win this giveaway? It’s so simple! Just leave a comment on this blog post, telling us your favorite part of woodworking. If you haven’t posted on our blog before, you’ll be asked to enter your email — which won’t be published, but will be how we’ll contact you if you’re the winner. We’ll use a random number generator to choose the winning comment after the giveaway closes at midnight Central Daylight Time on June 29. We’ll contact the winner by email, and they’ll have 72 hours to respond, or another winner will be selected. We’ll let everybody know who won in another post on this blog.

You can keep coming back here to check us out, or you can sign up to receive blog entries by email or RSS feed by clicking here. We’re a friendly bunch here at the Woodworker’s Journal Blog — editor in chief Rob Johnstone shares tales like how a simple idea to plant some spring seedlings led to him building a full-fledged garden cart; field editor Chris Marshall has shared more than once about his super-popular miter saw station; and we even showcase projects readers like you have built, like this nifty apothecary cabinet. Sometimes, our staff does things like participate in a Guitars for Vets guitar build, and we share that experience here, too. All of that, plus our new regular blog columnists, add up to some great woodworking reading.

Whether you win this giveaway or not, we hope to see you around!

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About Joanna Takes

Joanna Werch Takes has been at Woodworker's Journal since 1998. Her work includes writing and editing for many print magazine departments, among them the "Stumpers" mystery tool department. Joanna is also a frequent contributor to the Woodworker's Journal eZine. Joanna's previous experience includes work as a newspaper reporter. Her woodworking has consisted of small projects such as toys and a storage box. She is active in the Women of Today service organization.

69 thoughts on “Father’s Day Giveaway From WJ!

  1. My favorite part of woodworking is creating original pieces. Knowing that it was my idea, design, and hard work that made the project a success. My favorite original was a little pink nightstand my 4 year old daughter helped me design for her room. Makes me smile everytime she uses it.

  2. My favorite part of woodworking is creating a unique design that is uniquely mine. To much of what is available doesn’t have much style or at least not the style that I like. When designing there is nothing to hold back your creative side… if you don’t know how to make it, that just leaves you the opportunity to learn a new technique or create a new solution that is all your own.

  3. My great-grandfather was a cabinet maker who came to Texas from Missouri in 1911 in a covered wagon. My grandfather was a carpenter, and my Dad was a woodcrafter. I especially enjoy woodturning and hope to build a treadle-powered lathe one day. My adult son now builds furniture, and we are beginning on a sailboat together. When I am working with wood, I like to think that I am part of a family tradition that is now five generations long.

  4. Gee! My interest is HIGH! My time is NOT! I’d love to get involved with woodworking—I love the smell of wood, and I see some really beautiful work in wood—in fact, my cousin is a master carver! So–my interest remains high—maybe I need to “carve” out some time to get involved!

  5. As an aspiring woodworker and totally amateur wood carver, I love the scent as new wood is revealed, and the emerging form begins to take shape. Creating anything from the whimsy of my mind is always the greatest creative flow, and the pleasure I get each and every time I pick up my knife or look at previous works, never fades.

  6. It’s very rewarding to see my creations used and loved. My daughters each have a cherry stump jewelry box I made them. On the back I wrote them each a little something right from the heart. It’s burned in the pieces forever. I’ve also made them each a custom wall hanging shelf they helped me design. They will cherish these for the rest of their lives! BTW, much of my inspiration comes from the mag and website. Thanks!

  7. The thing I enjoy the most is, the looks on the faces of the people that I give my wookworking projects to. I love the smell of the wood as I’m cutting on the saw or lathe.

  8. I love the challenges involved in learning and performing all the many different facets of woodworking. The sheer volumes of information on the internet and in print has been a huge boon to this adventure and adds fuel to the fire on a daily basis. I only wish I had more time to explore it all.

  9. I really enjoy trying new techniques and creating something unique. I also like building new more efficient shop furniture and fixtures.

  10. I’m sure that most of us would agree that there are too many things wonderful about woodworking to single out one favorite item. Foremost is the material itself, appreciating that it was once a living thing, most likely much older than yourself. Choosing from the myriad varieties for the intended result. Appreciation of the many steps needed to mold the raw material into a starting point for your project. The limitless ways you can use the material to create function, fiction or, simply, beauty. The satisfaction of arriving at either your initial vision or a surprise… rarely the same.
    I must admit that high on my list of woodworking favorites lies timber framing, a most wondrous form of woodworking requiring a high degree of skill, imagination, and great attention to detail resulting in a durable, functional, and awe inspiring product. I could go on and on…

  11. First of all I am a scroller and my greatest joy is to have a customer pick up one of my pieces and say something nice about it. I don’t use plywood as I feel a nonwoodworker should know he/she has a real piece of real wood in their hands, so my medium in 5/8″ hard and exotic wood, mainly red oak. It is fun for me to do more difficult patterns to see how far I can push myself in my trade. There no doubt that once I am in my shop and cutting, I am in another world that only the smell of fresh cut wood could deliver.

  12. I like the challenge of projects/tasks that I have never done before. Before I research how to accomplish a task, I like to sit down and think through how I would do it. What machines will I use, what jigs I need to create to accomplish the task, and how I will overcome any obstacles. Then I search out methods that others have used. I compare my idea to theirs. Sometimes I use my method, sometimes their method, and a lot of times, I will try to combine both methods to better accomplish the task. Then I like to share my ideas with others. It all comes down to continuing to learn the craft.

  13. My favorite part of woodworking is the accolades I get. Weather it’s from family, or freinds, (I recently scrollsawed a desk clock as a retirement present for the vetranery Dr. I worked for, and everybody OOO’d and AHH’d! over it,) I just like the work being apreceated. (Weather I get paid or not).

  14. I love machining material through my router/shaper. A flat piece of wood is transformed to a beautiful shaped piece of material.

    Dan Hergott

  15. In the course of my seventy-eight years, I’ve renovated houses, built decks and sheds, toys like rocking horses, doll houses, bird houses, nick-knacks, furniture and entertainment centers. All of it has been a lifetime of satisfying hobby type woodworking part time. But, now, I’m building a ship in an air conditioned corner of my garage!

    I retired from the US Navy on board USS Constitution in Boston in 1993, eventually also retiring from my HVAC/E business and teaching HVACR in a Massachusetts Trade High School. Since moving to Arizona I’ve continued woodworking from my garage and, eventually, in September 1999, the idea of ship modeling hit me. I laid the keel of my “scratch built” model of the USS Constitution and it has been an on-going, and probably the most satisfying, woodworking project I’ve ever attempted. Building a miniature ship (this one is about 36 inches long) takes a lot of patience and calls up most of the woodworking experience and knowledge I’ve acquired….all in miniature. Planking the decks, turning and raising masts and yards, and much more unique wood fitting than most other woodwork would present. Perfect for a small garage area.

    Once built, I plan to build and enclose the ship in an oak display cabinet along with a flag that was presented and flown from Old Ironsides. I’m a happy retired sailor and my next ship will be the US Brig Niagara which operated on Lake Erie during the 1800 era that Constitution was fighting for us on the Atlantic.

    I’d really like to hear from other model ship builders…Not many here on the desert. Thanks for giving me a little writing space.

  16. I’m currently in Afghanistan, working as a technician for the Canadian military. In my free time here, which is scarce, is dream of getting back to Canada and getting my little 2-car garage workshop up and running again. I’m hoping that, in the next few years, I can find an enjoyable project that is worth selling, so I can retire to my shop and continue with the real joy of creation. I love getting the online updates from Woodworker’s Journal, and every chance I get, I try to apply what I’ve learned – even to basic projects here for my fellow soldiers. I’m the go-to guy for building simple projects like laptop holders for bunk spaces and fold-away work-tops for tight spaces. Thanks – and keep up the good work.

  17. My favorite part of woodworking is the feeling of accomplishment when the project is finished and enjoyed by the receiver.

  18. My Dad called me one day 4 or 5 years ago and said “come get my tools, I just cant see good enough any more to be able to continue”. Recently after my 3rd major project, (1)bookcase,(2)amish sideboard,(3)desk, I revisited my dad and found out that my GF was a woodworker too. I had never built anything before but read every woodworking book I could get my hands on. The desk I built was a plan of my own and not without mistakes. The more I do and the more I read, the more excited I am. I built all the projects for my wife, but my freinds/family wanted to see them and now they’re on Facebook. I love the whole thing from start to finish but most of all cutting and sanding the wood. Every time I would walk by my project I would “feel the wood”. My wife made fun of me but it was more satisfaction than pleasure.

  19. Hola para mi la madera es incomparable, pues cuando veo los muebles que se an fabricado y se les da el terminado es increible pues es una experiencia especial
    admirar la cabecera ,la mesa,el tocador y todos los muebles que emos fabricado con
    poca herramienta es una gran satisfaccion. y ahora que encontre la pagina de ustedes me puse contento y espero que me sea de mucha ayuda.
    su amigo José Antonio

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