Coffee Tables

The competition:
Design and build a coffee table. A coffee table is a low table intended to be used in front of a sofa. Wood must be the primary material. Entries must have been completed between February 2005 and February 2006, and may not have been previously entered in a woodworking competition.

Who may enter:
This competition is open to amateurs only. An amateur, for contest purposes, is someone who makes less than 25% of his or her income from woodworking.

Timeline: The contest is now closed.
CLICK HERE to view the results.

The prizes:
The following prizes, provided by Lee Valley Tools, will be awarded at the judges' discretion.
  • 1st Place - $750 Lee Valley Tools Gift Card
  • 2nd Place - $500 Lee Valley Tools Gift Card
  • 3rd Place - $250 Lee Valley Tools Gift Card
  • Semi-Finalists (up to 10)- $25 Lee Valley Tools Gift Card
          [NOTE: Prize values are in US Dollars]

  • Basis for judging:
    Entries will be judged based on design, craftsmanship and degree of difficulty. Design considerations include function, appearance, originality, materials selection and engineering. Craftsmanship is all about how well the piece is made and finished: tight joints, fair curves, surface preparation, appropriate and well-executed finishes, tight tolerances, etc. In the event of a tie or a decision too close to call based on available information, arrangements will be made to have an affiliated expert view the piece(s) or have the item(s) shipped to WoodCentral for final evaluation. All contest decisions are final.

    The judges:
    Our judges are all professional designer-craftsmen and/or woodworking journalists with extensive experience judging craftsmanship competitions:
  • Lee Grindinger, furnituremaker, author, carving specialist
  • Gary Rogowski, woodworking instructor, contributing editor, Fine Woodworking magazine
  • Richard Jones, designer-craftsman, woodworking instructor in Buckinghamshire, England
  • Chris Schwarz, Executive Editor, Popular Woodworking magazine
  • Andy Rae, woodworking author, designer-craftsman

    Contest rules:
  • Contest promoters and/or sponsors are not responsible for late, incomplete, or misdirected entries.
  • Limit: One entry per person.
  • Entry must be the sole work of the entrant.
  • Wood must be the primary medium for construction.

    The contest is now closed.
    CLICK HERE to view the results.

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