Contest Entries


JK Concepts

Jed D Dabbs

These are guitars that I have built and feel they are representative of my love of woodworking and music combined.

Floating Night Stand

Bein Custom Woodworking Inc

Mike Bein

My submission is a floating nightstand. Last year I started selling these on Etsy and they are now my best selling item. Live Edge pieces are very popular online and I wanted to be able to make
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something affordable that most people could have. I fit my drawers like a traditional chest of drawers with wooden slides. Because of the nature of live Edge pieces every order is different and the drawer front really is the focal point of the piece. Many of the live edge pieces I use I mill myself with a chainsaw. Right now I’ve shipped to 24 of 50 states and I can’t wait to be able to connect with more people in other states.

Sculptural Wall @ 16th St.

Fetzer Architectural Woodwork

Larissa Hunt

1101 16th street was a phenomenal project. We worked with HOK architects to create this unique biophilic design. All of the wood elements in this project were crafted by us out of solid basswood. The Read more

main focal point of the project is the 18 foot high sculptural wall. This unique design was very special to us because it is based on the red rock slot canyons of our Utah home. The architect wanted to honor the amazing slot canyons she visited in the American Southwest. Fabrication of the sculptural wall was a challenge. The entire project was carved on a large 5 axis CNC. Carving these large basswood panels was no small task. We had nowhere large enough to lay out the panels so we had to ensure our CNC programming was perfect. We could not be sure the panels matched perfectly until final installation. In addition to providing the construction process, we designed the panel hanging method. The panels are mounted on an underlying plywood and steel structure. To match the sculptural wall we provided a custom reception desk and a twisting, carved column. The lobby is phenomenal when lit up at night and viewed from the street. See the attached brochure for more project information and photos.

Mountain Range Daybed

Two Acre Workshop

Jon Zweiacher

This is a copy of the mountain range near me, put into the headboard of a daybed.

Corona Hills Project

DLC Custom Cabinets

George De La Cruz

In all of our projects we take pride and joy of our craftsmanship till the end once seeing final result. However, this project in our eyes stood out the most given the fact that not only did we provide the Read more

owner with a huge custom kitchen, but also provided a custom mini bar, custom entertainment center and not to mention a beautiful custom wine rack storage room. All of our cabinets are constructed with 1/4-inch, 1/2-inch and 3/4-inch white birch plywood and painted with pristine lacquer-based paint. Not to mention while using our SCM Mini Max edge banding machine to construct European style cabinets for a great finish. This project was made possible by our team here at DLC Custom Cabinets, thank you for taking your time to read!

Display Pedestal

MCS Woodworking LLC

Michael Schmidt

 This is a solid wood , walnut raised panel cabinet for my personal display use in my home. The design , dimensions, full size layout ,construction ,staining , finishing , were all done by me. I wanted to create aRead more

cabinet that showcased curved work. The skill it takes to perform every aspect , start to finish , of concave and convex parallel raised panels. I started working in 1974 in a small family run cabinet shop ,in Florida , when I was in my last year of high school. I continued working there after graduation ,until I started a union cabinet making apprenticeship in Milwaukee in 1976. I worked for three commercial cabinet shops in the area until 1995 when I started my own commercial cabinet shop in Milwaukee. As with any small business it was tough the first five years. I wore many hats , basically doing everything that needed to be done. After about seven years I had people working for me so I was no longer working out on a bench , building projects. I concentrated exclusively on running the business, working in the office. This went on until I retired in 2020 when my two children who had been working for me , took over the business. I have always loved cabinet making and creating something with my own hands. After I retired , I had the opportunity to get back to working on the bench again, “in my spare time”. Having the luxury of all the materials and professional machinery at my finger tips , I decided to build a project, I thought was very challenging and test my skills. I long ago stop physically working on the bench but , I have been guiding and teaching employees ,what I have learned in the course of my 46 year career. I thought the display turned out great and would not only be worthy but, proud to have this piece leave our shop, to a paying customer. My last thought on this was how refreshing and enjoyable it was to build something with out customer deadlines , quoted budgeted material costs and being able to take my time with out pressure of going over in hours, to build.

Viking Chair

Clyde W. Cannon

Chair I designed based on actual archeological Viking Chairs found in Norway.  Construction of Pine and Mahogany and hand carved for my Granddaughter Meghan.

Chair Table

Luis E Cortes

My product is a chair that with one simple motion, it converts itself to a table. The main property of the chair is, that it is made with an amazing spice of wood. This is the plant that absorbs most carbonRead more

dioxide than any other plant in the world. And in reality, it is a grass. It grows really fast and it stronger than some steels in some applications and stronger than concrete and some other applications. This plant can be contribute to help the green house effect problem. The plant is Colombian Bambuu.

Child's Toy Kitchen

Eagle Eye Cabinets

Steven Wengreen

Knotty alder and white melamine Childs toy Kitchen. This was made with love as a Christmas present for and employees Niece. And should be handed down for generations.

Walnut Farmhouse Table

Chris Keeton

Kitchen Cabinets

David McIntosh

Upper and Lower cabinets for a beautiful kitchen and bathroom vanity for a homeowner. I have been doing woodworking for 40 years straight out of high school. I love creating beautiful workRead more

with wood and seeing it come to life.



House of Bentley

Formations Studio

Tristan Al-Haddad

The House of Bentley Pavilion, a collaboration between Formations Studio and Iris Worldwide, was commissioned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bentley Motors for the 2019 Monterey Car Read more

Week. The concept was to create a fully immersive experience of what it is like to design and build one of the most beautifully crafted cars in the world. Working from a pallet of luxurious materials and patterns that are classic to the brand, the pavillion is created with 100 vertical fins that were digitally designed in Baltic Birch Plywood that create a circular space as a reference to the rotational power of the engine. The fins each represent one year of operation, from 1919 to 2019, and are organized in an acceleration pattern to create a dynamic play of light and view sheds. This project was fabricated using a 5 axis Routech router.

Residential Kitchen

Apel Woodworking

Joshua Apel

Bank Lobby

Apel Woodworking 

Joshua Apel

Executive Desk


Shayn Smith

This is one of our favorite projects we have made. It was an executive desk. The desk was made from rift American Walnut, and American Walnut Burl. The Walnut Burl that we used all came from Read more

the same log, we were able to sequence match the burl all the way around the desk. All the lower panels are a quarter matched, and the desk top is a 8 way book and butt match. The base of the desk was an open pore ultra matte finished, made to resemble a traditional oil finish. The top of the desk was a closed pore satin finish to contrast the base and refine the overall appearance. To modernize the functionality of the desk, we used a tip on blumotion slide system from Blum on all the drawers. It created a clean appearance without having to use any hardware on the drawer faces.