Hand Tool Olympics

The Hand Tool Olympics are the brainchild of Mike Siemsen and sponsored by the Society of American Period Furniture Makers. Each year at Woodworking in America, Mike and his stalwart team of volunteers run 6 hand tool only events to test your skills.

    Ripping
    Crosscutting
    Shooting
    Boring
    Tenoning
    Dovetailing

Everyone is eligible and prizes abound for winners and participants. This is a great opportunity to prove your skills, or give it your first try. The experts running the booth are there to help and if nothing else you get a free lesson in how to perform these fundamental hand tool operations.

Here are a series of videos I did before the 2009 olympics highlighting each event to help you prepare for the big day.