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RWW 47 Let The Games Begin

This week is the first part in a series of 6 talking about the Woodworking in America Hand Tool Olympics. Over the next few weeks I will be releasing a video to cover each of the 6 events in detail. Make sure to head over to Mike Siemsen’s blog where he has posted details of each event, the tools provided, and how the judging will be done. Mike is the president of of the local Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM) and he is organizing and running the hand tool olympics. He is also the director of the Mike Siemsen School of Woodworking so check out his site and look at the classes he offers. Mike is a traditional woodworker and you will learn a great deal about hand tools and period methods at his school.

Anyway, this week I tackle the first event, the 1 meter dash where contestants will be asked to rip a 36 in long 2×12 piece of white pine. The event will be judged on accuracy to the line and squareness of cut as well as time.

Enjoy the video and start practicing!

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