Creative Bookcases: Official Rules

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Fine Woodworking’s “Creative Bookcases” Contest Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER.  Entries for this “Creative Bookcases” Contest (the “Contest”) will be accepted during the period beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on June 23, 2009 and ending at 11:59 p.m. ET on July 27, 2009 (the “Contest Entry Period”).  All entries must be received during the Contest Entry Period.  The Contest is open to legal residents of the United States and Canada (except Quebec), who are at least 18 years old.   Contest void in Quebec, Puerto Rico and anywhere else where prohibited.

TO ENTER:  There is one way to enter the contest. 1.) Visit Create an account if you do not already have one by entering your first name, last name, email address, password, security question and screen name.  Once you have created your account you can then upload your photo by entering a title, attaching the photo and adding a brief description of your project.  Submit your completed online entry form. All entries become the property of the Sponsor.

Sponsor not responsible for unavailable network, failed server or other connections, miscommunications, interrupted, misrouted or scrambled transmissions or other errors or problems of any kind whether mechanical, human, electronic or otherwise.  The Sponsor assumes no responsibility for lost, stolen, delayed, damaged or misdirected entries or for any failure of the website during the contest period, for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry to be received by Sponsor due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, of any combination thereof including any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from playing  or downloading any material related to the contest.  The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion to cancel or suspend this contest should a virus, bug or other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsor corrupt the security or proper administration of the contest.  Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or to undermine the legitimate operation of this contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution.  Entries are subject to verification and will be declared invalid if they are illegible, mechanically reproduced, mutilated, forged, falsified, altered or tampered with in any way.  Entrants to abide by the Contest Rules and decisions of the judging panel which are final.


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Total prize package value $193.85.  All prizes will be awarded.

Names of prize manufacturers are used solely for the purposes of identifications of the prize.  No endorsement, authorization, sponsorship, or approval of Taunton Press, Fine Woodworking or of this contest is intended or implied.

TERMS/CONDITIONS:  No transfer or substitution of prizes.  Employees, officers, and contractors (including immediate family members and members of the same household) of  Sponsors, affiliated companies, subsidiaries, distributors, dealers, retailers, vendors of Sponsors, and all other entities associated with this promotion, are not eligible.  All Federal, State/Provincial and local laws apply.  The winner will be responsible for all Federal, State/Provincial, and local taxes related to prize.

WINNING:  The winner will be chosen through consumer voting. The judges shall select the top 15 entries on or about July 29 on the basis of quality, craftsmanship, and number of users that comment on the entry.

The top 15 entries selected by the judges shall be the "Finalists" and will have their projects displayed on the Website where consumers may cast their votes (see Consumer Voting paragraph below). All decisions by the Judges shall be final and binding. It is the sole decision of the Judges to determine which entries will be included in the Finalist Gallery.

CONSUMER VOTING: The 15 Finalist projects chosen by the Judges will be posted as a poll on Based on the judging criteria, consumers will be allowed to vote on their favorite entries to choose the winner of the challenge. The voting will begin at 12:01 a.m. ET on July 29, 2009 and end at 11:59 p.m. ET on August 3, 2009. The number of votes each Finalist receives will be tallied and the Finalist who receives the most votes will be awarded the prize. Any ties shall be decided by the Judges. Winner will be announced on the Website on or about August 4, 2009.

The winner will be notified by email initially, then by mail within 10 days of the selection.  Judges decisions are final. Odds of winning will depend upon the total number of eligible entries received. One prize per person, household, or family.

CLAIMING PRIZES:  The winner must sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release within 10 days of notification, or prize may be forfeited.  Winner will also be required to provide proof of age.  (Tennessee residents will not be required to sign Publicity Release as a condition of winning a prize.)  All prizes will be awarded.

WINNER’S LIST: Send self-addressed, stamped envelope by August 25, 2009 to:  Fine Woodworking “Creative Bookcase” Challenge Winner List Request, PO Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470.

SPONSOR:  The Taunton Press Inc., Fine Woodworking magazine 63 S. Main Street, PO Box 5506, Newtown, CT  06470-5506.

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Comments (10)

ds9wood ds9wood writes: Hey everyone I've been out of woodworking the last couple of years due to sometime off to grow in my faith. After meeting
Sam Maloof and watching his video, I thought to myself I can do everything he can do, What makes him different. And after the forth time watching the video, his closing remark caught my attention." Too often we who design things take all credit for what we do and if we have any kind of success we become very smug and concede about it. I think all one has to do is to look at a beautiful flower, a tree, or whatever, and Realize what we do is very insignificant. WE are only the instruments who make these beautiful objects!" (Sam Maloof, in his VHS woodworking profile).Perspective that's what makes him different. I'm sure he's in heaven now realizing how much of an instrument he was. For the bible talks about if you had 100 sheep and one got away wouldn't you leave the 99 to find the one, lost sheep. I was the lost sheep and his perspective on woodworking is the call I needed to hear. To whoever chose the wishbone shelf for the front of the contest, Thanks!!! I enjoyed being the instrument.
Pete Rodrigues
Posted: 9:56 pm on August 5th

GEide GEide writes: Woah! From the comments, I can tell this is going to be a raucous competition! But, that's why we decided to make you all the judges since there are obviously some opinions out there.

Sadly, Pete Rodrigues didn't even enter eye-catching piece in the competition! His piece is just part of our online gallery: We just used his photo as a "creative bookcase" to kick off this competition. (I believe it was published in a past issue of the magazine)

But, I'm anxious to see photos of all your work and I imagine that the comments will keep flowing in and we'll see who the winner is in a month or so. - Gina,

Posted: 7:42 pm on June 25th

jaydean jaydean writes: I usually don't write in to these things, but I just have to this time. I agree with karhu. This is a work of art!

I can't believe all the negative comments people have made on this work of art bookshelf. I don't care if it's not your style or you wouldn't have it in your home if it was free or it takes up too much room or why don't you put some carpet on it & let the cats play.
How about if you want to comment on someone else's project you say something nice or don't bother commenting. Wow, isn't that what Mom always used to say?

This guy put a lot of time into his project and took enough pride to post it for everyone to see. He didn't do it just to read a bunch of negative comments.
Geez-o-pete, lighten up world!
Posted: 8:52 am on June 25th

SW_side_chicago SW_side_chicago writes: As my Uncle Chester told my Uncle Teddy when Teddy was complaining that a hand card craved Crucifix, that Chester created, was not square.

It's F**in art Teddy. You wouldn't understand.

Posted: 3:35 pm on June 24th

luvwood luvwood writes: very nice lines - i know how much work it is to add beauty to function - there's always IKEA for others. i don't believe in too many right angles, unless absolutely necessary, like when trying to find a degree off the 90!
Posted: 12:00 pm on June 24th

Blue_Rocco Blue_Rocco writes: Wow, cool bookcase. I wonder what the cats would think of it .... a little carpet here and there and..... I think I'll do it, a bit of a challenge getting the carpet to look right, but I know they will love it! A little hide hole in the middle, scratch pad on the back. Nice wide carpeted base to keep it from tipping. Inset the carpet pieces to match the wood. Might even hang a string with a ball off the top. I guess I shouldn't have shown it to my wife ..... :)
Posted: 11:19 am on June 24th

ArseneLupin ArseneLupin writes: I agree with pfeiltool that a small fix would take care of the angle issue altogether.It seems to me, however that although the very bottom shelf is at a slight angle it should nonetheless hold books without having them slide off so I'm not sure it's really need and might actually detract from the aesthetics of the piece.

Road87man, however, is way off base. I would hate to see your home if everything in it has to be 100% practical. True it might take up more room than some other conventional bookcase but I would much rather look at this one than a conventional one. This is art!!! The contrasting wood, the curves, the angles... A thing of beauty!!!!!
Posted: 10:44 am on June 24th

karhu karhu writes: Wow road87man that's harsh. I think of this as a piece art. It has a pleasing shape and an interesting colour contrast. In my opinion this piece can't be judged strictly on function, form was clearly a priority for the designer. As for space required, perhaps the designer has a space that it fits into perfectly.
Posted: 10:43 am on June 24th

pfeiltool pfeiltool writes: The vantage point of the photo makes the cantilevered shelves appear to be angled downward--clearly this would render the piece unusable as the objects would tend to slide off the shelves. On closer inspection, adjusting for the angle of sight of the image, I see that they are all parallel and level, if my perception is correct--quite a technical challenge--no wonder it took 200 hours. I have to say that if this shelf is intended for books, the designer missed a perfect opportunity to angle the shelves upward. Even a small angle would be enough to keep the books leaning inward, thus taking advantage of gravity and eliminating the need for bookends that take up valuable space and possibly detract from the design of the shelving. This slight modification would not spoil the overall appearance of the piece.
Posted: 8:12 am on June 24th

road87man road87man writes: It looks nice, new and modern, but in real life it's about useless. Very creative but not very usefull, will however take up more room that it's needed to. I wouldn't have it in my home if it was free period.
Posted: 3:27 pm on June 23rd

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Congratulations to our Winner!

Congratulations to Pete Jones, aka "blueberry1" who wins the competition.