Hand Tool Olympics

The Cincinnati Hand Tool Olympics are organized and hosted by Mike Siemsen's School of Woodworking and the Society of Period Furniture Makers. They will be held in the Marketplace at Woodworking in America at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

Hand Tool Olympics event hours are:

  • Friday, October 18: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday, October 19: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Six different skill tasks/events will make up the WIA Midwest program: Crosscutting, Ripping, Dovetailing, Edge Jointing, Boring, and Tenoning.
On Friday, the competitions are on crosscutting and ripping using a handsaw, then using a jointer plane to straighten a square edge of the board the participant rip cuts. Scoring will be based on both time and quality of each demonstrated skill, like squareness of cut or planed edge and how straight the cut or jointed edge is.

On Saturday, the competitions will be a repeat of crosscutting and dovetailing. Participants will layout and cut through dovetails. Again, competitors will be judged on time and quality of the joinery.

If you are a Full-Conference or One-Day Conference attendee- you are eligible to participate in the Hand Tool Olympics. By participating, you will automatically be entered in a drawing to win a prize for each competition! Additionally, if you compete and win the competition, you will win the tools donated in the event you won.  Lastly, the overall winner of the Hand Tool Olympics will win the Grand Prize- a Free Full Conference Pass to Woodworking In America 2014.

Prizes include:

One-Meter Dash - Walnut Handle Thomas Flinn Pax - 4 1/2 TPI, donated by The Best Things

Cross-cut Extravaganza - Panel Saw with 8PPI, donated by Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

Shooting Sports - Veritas Bevel-up Jointer Plane with fence, donated by Lee Valley/Veritas

Brace Yourself for a Hole in One - Set of Four Spoon Bits, donated by Tools for Working Wood

Pins First or Tails First - Dovetail Handsaw, donated by Bad Axe Tool Works

Mallets and Chisels, dontated by Popular Woodworking Magazine

Greco Roman Tenos - Tenon Saw, donated by Bad Axe Tool Works

Boring Contest - Braces, donated by Woodworking with Ron