Nominations are open for this week’s Project of the Week (PotW) and Community Gardener (CG) awards. You can nominate simply by replying to this thread. Self-nominations are allowed.
The selected project will be highlighted in the Maslow newsletter. The user will receive a “Project of the Week” or “Community Gardener” badge on the forums, a cold hard tungsten carbide prize from Bar and Hannah, and @orzot’s free guide on how to convert your Maslow into a barbeque grill.
The approximate weekly schedule is: nominations close no earlier than Saturday, voting Sunday & Monday, announcement Tuesday. After nominations from the community have been made, I’ll post a poll for the community to pick a winner. If we don’t get enough nominations, I will randomly select projects from previous weeks’ nominations, the back issues of the Maslow newsletter, Made on Maslow, and of course the Community Garden website to appear in a poll. Projects that don’t win in a poll can be renominated on subsequent weeks. Any project can only win once, but any person can win multiple times.
What makes a PotW? It can be a project (old or new) made on a Maslow CNC that shows off the Maslow’s capabilities, or demonstrates a new way of using the Maslow, or just plain looks cool. There is also a Maslow Community Contributor of the Week for great contributions to the Maslow community, which is run by TheRiflesSpiral; nominations which better fit that award will be forwarded to him.
What makes a Community Gardener? It can be anyone who creates or contributes to a project on the Community Garden website (http://maslowcommunitygarden.org/). By posting to the CG, you make the project available to the community and you create the opportunity for other users to improve on your design. Vote however you like, but I hope to encourage collaborative projects.
Final note: like most things here on the forums, the community is what makes PotW/CG successful. Suggestions for improving the PotW/CG and volunteers to help run the thread are always welcome.
I nominate the sharpie pen holder. This was originally designed by @krkeegan. I spoke with him and he approved it to be shared. I tweaked his design a tiny bit and created it on onshape. I have uploaded the link to the file, all svg files and guide to the garden. Sharpie Pen Holder by krkeegan
Folks, with a busy holiday weekend, then back to work, I won’t be able to post a poll until this evening. It will be a quick turnaround to allow bar and hannah to feature the results in the newsletter. So watch this space!
@bar, when roughly do you need the polls closed to go to press?
We’re not in a rush, some time before 5pm west coast time would be awesome, but we can make it work any time.
We can also make it happen if you want to take a week off. The whole community appreciates you spearheading the charge on the project of the week, but it doesn’t need to be a commitment to get it done every single week. If you need a week off let us know and we’ll take care of it!
The Victorian repository is a bit of a placeholder, it’s not much more than photos now, but I’m planning on making it more useful. Hold off on voting it in until I, or someone else, steps up to the plate and puts in some effort?
My strategy has been to rely on community nominations for PotW, which usually works. Since those nominations are generally new projects, that works. I’ve only had one or two weeks where I didn’t get any or enough nominations for a poll, in which case I use a random selector to pick some past nominees for the poll.
For Community Gardener, we often don’t have three new projects added, so I have been doing a random selection. Of all the projects in the garden, about half have never been featured in a poll, so I want the routine to tend to pick those up. I have modified my routine to favor newer projects, including “old” projects that haven’t had a shot at the title.
Polls closed! Using the Maslow as a tool to create more tools was a common theme this week. In the Community Garden, @Sharpsburg_Woodworke and @krkeegan earn the prize for the Sharpie Pen Holder (which is one of the first things we’re going to cut when our kit is built). @Lloydinz wins Project of the Week with his Mini Thickness Planer.