Judging and Results
All joint work had to be submitted to the judges prior to glue-up.
During this dry-fit judging, the joints were inspected for fit
and cleanliness. There could be no tear-out anywhere, which
calls for very sharp tools!
placed third out of 25 international competitors. The contest
was so close that there were only a few points dividing the
top 10 scores. For example, in third position, I was only one
point behind the first-place winner from Germany. It was impossible
for me to tell how I did when I went around and looked at all
of the other projects on the last day. They were all very good,
but the things that separated the winners from the rest were
the details that you could not see during a quick look. These
included the quality of the joint work and the accuracy of the
dimensions, which had to be within half a millimetre to receive
the points. In the end, I was very happy to bring home a bronze
author, Johnny Sinke, displays his completed WorldSkills
project, which earned him a bronze medal for Canada
I must say that I am glad that the competition is over because
there was a lot of hard work and preparation that went into
my training. However, the entire experience was a great one
and I'm sure I will never forget it! I learned a lot along the
way, met some very good cabinetmakers and made many friends.
Jonathan Sinke has been designing and making custom cabinetry
for five years now. He finished his cabinetmakers apprenticeship
at a small shop called Old Mill Artisans in Campden, Ontario.
He has his Red Seal certificate and plans to take over the business
when his employer/mentor retires. In 2010, he became involved
with Skills Canada and competed in cabinetmaking both at the
provincial and national level. After winning gold at both of
these competitions, he went on to compete at the world level
this past fall.