Competition Entries

Entry: Stuart Guy – Scrap Wood Coffee Table

I made this table for my brothers wedding gift.

The table is made from assortment of solid hard and soft wood’s. It sits on a brushed stainless steel base, top is finished with a high gloss spray finish and a tempered glass top.

The top took me about 50 Hours to construct.

It is a good project to use up your scrap wood and if u have quite abit of time on your hands.

Entry: Stuart Guy – Keepsake Box

The box is made from reclaimed oregon pine from a house that was nearly 80 years old.

The box features dovetail construction, a inlay picture on the front and v grove detailing on the sides.

The box is finished in a high gloss finish by rustoleum

Entry: Garry De Mello Koch

Entry: Frank Myburgh, Malmesbury

Week before lock down, small Landy (no oil leaks 😎.

140mm length 80mm wide and 75 mm high (without wheels wheels diamater 40mm) Made from white oak and blackwood (swarthout) and this baby has a larger brother. Still two left for lock down.

Big brother, was built before lock down, are more or less 450mm x 220mm x 250mm (height) Made from pine. Wheels have a ballbearing inside (The big one come with oil leaks 😎. Built them without any plans, but with test, trail and photos.

Entry: Shaun Esterhuizen – African Mahogany and Wenge Bowl

Entry: Mark Van Koersveld

The project I’m featuring I just finished. It was an experiment I started approximately 2 years ago on utilizing scraps/off cuts and excess material from other jobs. I wanted to see if I could make a bedside table using ply and solid pine as the skeleton and then basically cover it using strips of walnut. The end result was worth it although this project was time consuming as well as labour intensive.

I started out with a basic design which had four legs with a small tapper with side/back and bottom panels mortise into them (all from off cuts of pine ply) . Then I glued up some solid 22mm(thick) x 140mm(wide) odd lengths of solid pine to create what would be the top, door, drawer face as well as the drawer components. Once all the basic components were ready I glued up the skeleton/carcass of the side table.

I then gathered up all the walnut off uts I had lying around at the time and milled them to a consistent thickness of 10mm and then cut them into 3mm thick strips of varying lengths. Once I had enough I then started covering the carcass with the strips. I did this every time I had extra walnut off cuts lying around that were usable for this project. Because I did not have clamps with a long reach I had to come up with a plan on how to keep pressure on each strip during glue up. So after going as far as I could using clamps I then used panel pins to keep the pressure on while each strip dried. This was an excruciatingly slow process. But I got it done eventually.

To finish it off I found some old chrome cabinet handles which I got from some stuff my uncle was getting rid of and cleaned them up and used them as drawer pulls and door handles. This gave it a bit of a retro look. I was in two minds about whether or not to use brass hinges or something more pricey like Blum but in the end I opted for steel piano hinges which sort of goes with the look of the unit.

This was always meant to be an experiment and for what it is I think it turned out rather well. The finish I used was some left over Danish oil so the whole project ended up being made and finished from bits and bobs left over from other jobs. It does have 3 hidden compartments which I added in for the heck of it as the build progressed. One on either side and one under the top. (yeah I know not so hidden anymore) once I get to the store again I will use magnets to release and close the panels.

Entry: Chris Gouws

I started doing woodwork as a hobby about two months ago (after having had woodwork as a school subject in Std 6, yes, not grade 8, if that gives you an indication of my age!)

The first challenge was the missus’ warning that our house was already full enough. So I targeted my working daughter and asked whether she would like to have a TV unit. She gladly accepted the offer, but my wife put me on the spot by reminding me we have three kids. Naively I accepted that the two boys would politely decline the offer, but I was plunged squarely in the deep end when they both were thrilled to accept.

The choice of wood ended up being maple, and the design culminated from collaboration between the four of us.

The mechanical structure of the frame needed to be strong and square. So I surreptitiously treated myself to a domino jointer when the wife wasn’t looking. And what a great buy it turned out to be!

So, to cut a long story short, the first unit was delivered this weekend, and the second will be dispatched tomorrow. I’m looking forward to completing the third in the next few weeks, and I’m already thinking of an exciting project to follow this one.

Entry: Jaco Duraan

I had to get my guitars of the floor to keep my 18 month old from destroying them. Figured this would look good against the living room wall. Still have to make one for my electric as well. I used 32×70 pine for the frame and some 1200×610 masonite for the back, the guitar hanger is made from some scrap kiaat I glued together and shaped, all the joinery is done with 8mm dowels. The frame is stained with ebony stain and finished of with boiled linseed oil. The blue dots are from leftover wall paint( seeing as hardware stores are closed) and I used one of my sons toys ( which I washed afterwards) to make the circles.

Entry: Leon Nel

Herewith some pictures of my latest  project to enter the competition for the Festo saw. My son and I are installing a camper van in his VW Caddy and we are about halfway done. To date I have used some of my own tools and borrowed other tools from family and from work.

We also have a timelapse video and more pictures if required, so please let us know if we can upload them

Entry: Louis-David vd Merwe

Please see attached pictures of my attempt to create more working space for my wife and I during the lock-down period. We both are required to work from home and we only had a small computer stand with space for only 1 computer.

I then decided to create a new working space by gluing up a few Spruce pieces using dowels (Milescraft dowel jig). I then cut it to length, sanded it and sealed it.

Now we have enough space for both of us to work.
The final size came to about 3000mm x 600mm and a thickness of 36mm. Just love how the Spruce top came out.

I have attached a before photo of the old computer stand and some progress photos and then the final product.

Entry: Ben Van Den Berg

I’m a woodworker who loves fishing. Always a struggle to carry all my fishing gear. So I made this, the “Handler”. It can take 2x rods, 2x rod holders,and prawn pump. Takes up up just one hand. Used “Tiger” wood and stealed it properly. Made it as light as possible.

Entry: Mein Herr

My son needed a way to store his drone. I thought it would be best to keep everything together and make it portable. The drone case then happened.

Everything is straight forward. What was handy was using super glue and activator as a clamp for the little bits inside the case. These would have been really difficult to clamp. So a small dab of super glue between the normal wood Glue. Worked like a charm. Everything is securely locked in position. And i have a very happy young man.

Entry: Judy-Anne Dreyer

I am entering on behalf of my Husband Wiidrich Dreyer. He Build this Solid Wooden Barn Door with a Mitre Cut Off Saw and Drill Machine.

He also made the fittings himself to hang the Door.

He did a custom finish on the paint technique

Entry: Ruan de Witt

My entry is a live edge biltong cutter I made for a friend’s daughter’s birthday which is sadly during lockdown, so she will only get to enjoy it after we all go back to normal, but it was a really fun project to do.

Attached are some of the photos I took during the project. Only real DIY thing I used was using a sled for my Festool router which I used to flatten both slabs.

Entry: Johan van Rooyen – Shooter Tray

Entry: Louis Small – Butcher’s Block Reloading Table

Client commissioned a solid and super-stable table to reload for competition shooting. Designed this solid & heavy butcher’s block table as the solution.

Had a lot of fun with the build as it progressed as it got heavier & heavier!

The basics –

Wood – Saligna Clear
Finishing –
Top sealed with AMT’s Tarbender & polished to a matt finish and then applied Cobrawax over it
Legs & Cabinet sealed with waterbased poly-urethane clear, polished with Cobrawax

Dimensions –
Top – 1500 x 600 x 130
Legs – 130 x 130 x 900
4 Drawers – 2 @ 200mm & 2 @ 140mm Deep

Total Weight after assembly – 161Kg

Photos attached with the basics of the construction and the completed project….one very HAPPY client!!

Entry: Steven van Heerden – Farmhouse Style Tv Console

Entry: Paul Kristafor

I’m a studio woodturner based in Cape Town. Earlier this year I spent a few days with some mates in the Bains Kloof area. While there I happened to come across a freshly felled oak, with a few large pieces still lying around – the landowner kindly let me take a couple. Here are the 3 vessels to come from that lucky unexpected find. I work pretty much exclusively with green wood, the fresher the better. There are many pros to turning wet wood (not least of which is the smell!!) and with oak in particular it makes it easier to achieve very thin wall thicknesses. The piece shown on my lathe is shown as a finished vessel in the images labelled Conical1-5. The drying process results in a lot of movement with oak, as one can see with the finished vessel. Sometimes it results in cracking, which can also enhance the vessel, as shown in the last 4 images, one of which has a shou sugi ban (scorched and brushed) exterior.

Entry: Marius Cloete

Made this almost 3 metre long by 1 m wide Dining table from American Oak for the legs and French Oak slabs for the top with clear epoxy resin.

As per pictures Legs was prepped and filled with Black Epoxy from quite cracked pieces and laminated and planed to size.

With Slabs being planed using the “router Planing” method and then secured down before the epoxy pour that was staggered into 4 stages 8-12 hours apart to not exceed 10mm at a time into the 40mm deep voids

Then the laborious sanding from 60 Grit right through to 3000 grit and a good buffing with buffing compound to resolve all issues

Next up is the chair making process which I may just share once done after lockdown

Entry: Anton Welgemoed

Here is my current project, still to be completed.
I installed this laminate flooring going up this set of stairs complete with strom and MDF skirting. The skirting is kerf cored to suit this spiral staircase. I used my Bosch Mitre saw and circular saw for this project. I still need to paint the dark stain finish and then this project will be completed. I hope the tools4wood audience likes. The Festool 55 circulaw saw would have been great to use on this project.

Entry: Anton Welgemoed

Here is my latest completed project. First I had to seal the floor with latex and then screed the floor with self leveling screed. I installed this Engineered wooden flooring and skirting. I used my Bosch circular saw for this project but the Festool circulaw saw would have been great.

Entry: Anton Welgemoed

Here is my latest completed project. I installed this Bamboo flooring up this staircase and into three rooms. For this project I used my Bosch Mitre and circular saw. Th Festool 55 circular saw would have be great to use on a lot of my woodworking projects. My tip for any woodworkers attempting a project like this would be to ensure that your blades are sharp as Bamboo is a very hard wood to cut. I hope the tools4wood fans like my woodworking projects.

Entry: Anton Welgemoed

Please find attached my lates plate stand and Childrens child book shelv. The hinge on the plate stand was used that I made with the incra jig. Used water based PU paint on both items. I recommend HVLP spraying at a minimum of 3 turbines for the proper air volume.

Entry: Anton Welgemoed

This is a wall mounted truck I made for my son to use as a storage for all his Hot Wheel cars.

Its mounted on the wall out of the way and it keeps the room tidy and my son busy.

It’s made out of MDF that was shaped and cut on a Scroll Saw, Table Saw, Circular Saw.

The plans was drawn up on AutoCAD, let me know if anyone would like the actual plans with dimensions.

I used Bulls Eye as undercoat, And water based PU paint with my HVLP spray system to spray it.

Used the drill press along with my Circulsr jig for the wheels let me know if anyone need the plans for the circular band saw jig.

Entry: Anton Welgemoed

I made these floating wall shelves for my boys room.
I used my Scroll saw, table saw, circular saw and HVLP spray paint unit. It was painted with a water based PU paint.

Entry: Anton Welgemoed

I draw the plans up on AutoCAD, if anyone would like them please let me know.

Cut the top out on my table saw after cutting the full length MDF Board with my Bosch circular saw. The Festool would really be nice with the track.

Used a scroll saw for the shape. Sanded with 220 gritt Aluminum Oxide sandpaper before I sprayed it with a Water Based PU through my HVLP Spray system.

It’s a Batman floating shelve set for my boy.

Entry: Anton Welgemoed

I made this bunny out of MDF and painted it with PU water based paint. I recommend that you use an HVLP spray system with at least 3 turbines. I used a Dewalt scroll saw, Makita band saw, Toolmate table saw, my Adenorf drill press and a lot of patience. LOL

Entry: Anton Welgemoed

If anyone would like the plans please let me know.

I made this floating butterfly shelv for my daughter from MDF.

Used Bulls Eye water based paint as the undercoat.
Top coat was a gloss Rustoleum can of spray. (Very Good)

Used my Scroll saw to cut the shape after printing the plans that I drawer on Autocad on paper. Then used spray grade Contact glue to stick it to the MDF Board.

Used table saw and circular saw for the rest of the cutting.

Entry: Douw Kruger

Entry: Andries Marais

Locked up at home has the advantage of having time for what we love to do.

Always want to make segmented bowls and vases.I needed a saw sledge to make

accurate cuts.Bought the mitre gauge early last year!!! Sledge done, ready for making first bowl.

Entry: Arnold Coetzee

I built this cupboard consisting of oregon pine. The measurements are two metres high and the width is one metre. My wife made the stained glass window and pewter plaques on the sides. As you can see it was a family project.
I used the R3 Kreg pocket hole jig, tablesaw, and router bits.
It took me about one month to complete.

Entry: Leon Myburgh

I made 2 jewelry boxes. One is made with minger wood and oil wood with stinkwood inlay. This box has a removable compartment or separate box with lid.

The other one is made with yellow wood and kiaat with brass inlay.

Entry: Johan van Niekerk

  1. My latest project, a 7 drawer vanity.
  2. I want to highlight my technique and jig for fixing the halfround pieces on the faceplates of the drawers. Pictures show the method, namely toothpics and jig. The jig is for the distance from the ends and to bore a 2mm hole through the halfround. After glue and a few toothpics I cut of the toothpics and sand the halfrounds smooth.
  3. For the drawers I use cheap home made “winner” jigs. (Winner is my word, plan under Izzy Swann on Google).
  4. Two old projects
  5. To align the table saw fence I use two “T-jigs.” Get the distance from the blade to the fence in front of the blade for each jig, loosen the fence, put one jig at the end of the saw’s table and the other at the front and slide and lock the fence against the jigs.
  6. or Lockdown survival – if you have a passion for wood, no lockdown can get you down! There is always a piece of wood “asking” to become something. For instance – marquetry, see third and second last pictures and intarsia (last picture). For marquetry you need some pieces of veneer (limited resources?), but if interested, you can begin to study a course in marquetry. I wrote a course and posted it on a facebook page – Tekton Inlegwerk. There is also a picture of a piece that is looking for a new owner – you if you use lockdown time (unlimited time) to search for the answer on the question posted on the page.

Entry: Heinrich Pretorius

I have built my work bench as well as one of three bench trolleys. I am planning to build a whole workshop from scratch and this is my phase 1. I really enjoyed this project up to this point.

Entry: Roger Mayes

I am a member of the Witwatersrand Woodworkers Association, and the chairman, Alistair Brande, suggested I enter your lockdown competition. So I have attached a few pics of two very recently (read post lockdown) completed boxmaking projects. Both are of small (+/- 180x120x60mm) decorative boxes.

The dovetail box has a body of jacaranda and jarrah, assembled with handcut dovetail joints. The lid is a solid meranti substrate with a marquetry pattern inspired by the so-called Glasgow style of art nouveau design. The background veneer is cherry, and the pattern uses sapele, maple and ebonised (blackened) afromosia veneers. It uses 5mm barrel hinges, rare earth magnets in lieu of a clasp, and the lining is a green faux silk.

The other box is an all-veneer box on a meranti substrate. The body is constructed with mitre joints, reinforced under the veneer with corner splines. The body is veneered with afromosia veneer, and the lid has the same inspiration as the previous one, but is on an MDF substrate and with a pink beech veneer background. This box uses surface mounted hinges, with a chain stop taking the lid back just beyond 90degrees, and also has a rare earth “clasp”. The lining is purple suede cloth.

Small projects are ideal for our lockdown condition, and decorative boxes are, in my opinion, ideal small projects – limited resources required, but infinite possibilities. When the lockdown was announced I realised that it could be some time before I could access the workshop where I do most of my lumber preparation, so I rushed out and bought myself some 9mm ply. It doesn’t need resawing or planing to thickness, and the other dimensions I can work with hand tools. I have more than enough veneer to keep me going through the lockdown. My current project is another small box with white oak veneer background, and a small marquetry motif.

We woodworkers are indeed fortunate to have an interest to keep ourselves busy under lockdown, and your lockdown competition is a great idea to provide some positive motivation in an otherwise currently pretty dismal world!

Entry: Sihle Shabangu

Please find attached pictures of my latest project, it was quite a mammoth task cutting pine wood slabs into workable pieces and of course joining the wood at that angle