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The Nature Conservatory is having a competition for designing “an original and compelling object” from a single 4′ x 8′ sheet of plywood. From the site:

FSC stands for the Forest Stewardship Council. FSC certification means that the wood was produced using sustainable forestry practices recognized by the FSC. This Challenge is meant to raise awareness of the importance of FSC certification. It is a companion initiative to DESIGN 21’s FSC Awareness Competition Wood, Paper, Checkmark.

Entries must be flat-pack designs, either using no hardware, or with the use of up to 20 pieces of EcoSystems: Alpha hardware. For PDF instructions and 3D files of the Alpha hardware, please visit Design Green Now.

EcoSystems will provide CNC (computer numerically controlled) routing manufacturing of the winning entry. The wood used is 1″ Appleply, a 17 ply panel that has a rotary-cut White Maple face. In addition to being FSC wood, the panels are NAUF (No Added Urea Formaldehyde) and come with a no VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) clear finish.

The deadline is June 2nd, so get your design on! Via Core77. Photo by Peter Guthrie.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • karnuvap

    Perhaps you meant four foot by eight foot? (not eight inches)

    • Becky Stern

      Yep, thanks for catching that!

  • Anonymous

    This sounds similar to the contests Popular Science (or Popular Mechanics) used to run for single-sheet plywood designs. Maybe they still do it?

  • Anonymous

    Single-sheet flatpack plywood deisgn competition


    • Becky Stern

      Oops, thanks for that one too!

  • Tom Pflasterer

    I tried to download the PDF. That links to a previous competition ended in January for a poster. I went to the Forestry site and they don’t have a good link either. Please provide a link to the rules.