Carpentry Department to Host Second 1×12 Challenge

Do you love a challenge? Do you enjoy working with wood and being creative?

Then please join us on Saturday, December 8th for the Johnson College 1” x 12” Challenge! This event is open to high school students, college students, Johnson College Alumni, and the general public. There is no fee to participate and prizes will be awarded to the first and second place winners.

Contestants will build an object out of wood using the material from a 1” x 12” x 96” (3/4” x 11 ¼” x 96”) board. The contestants can build anything they want – furniture, art work, household items, instruments, etc. First place and second place prizes will be awarded in each of the following three divisions: High School, College, and Advanced.


High School Division 1st place – $1,000 scholarship to Johnson College

2nd place – DeWalt drill/driver kit

College Division 1st place – DeWalt drill/driver

2nd place – $ 75.00 gift card

Advanced Division 1st place – DeWalt drill/driver

2nd place – $ 75.00 gift card

Rules of the Challenge

  • Any species of wood can be used. The board cannot exceed 1” x12” x 96” nominal size. (Home Depot has pine 1×12 boards for around $17.00). Glue, nails, dowels, screws, etc. can be used in the construction.
  • In addition to your creation, you will need to show drawings and sketches of your idea. Please take a picture of your material before you start, pictures of various stages of the building process, and a picture(s) of the final product. These will be used during the evaluation of your project.

This contest works on the honor system. Each contestant is expected to use no more than the allowed material. Contestants should build their own projects. Contestants must accompany their creation to the judging which will be held in the Carpentry Shop in Woolworth Hall at Johnson College. Judging begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2018. Please have your project delivered and ready for judging by 9:30 a.m.

All questions regarding the contest can be directed to Todd Campbell, Department Chair of Carpentry and Cabinetmaking Technology, at, or 570-702-8913.
Please reserve your place in the competition by e-mailing to by December 4th.

One entry per contestant please.