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Make-Off Competition: Holiday Edition!

December 11, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


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Laser cutting machine cutting plywood.

Friday December 11th @ 5pm (PDT)!!

This is a virtual event where contestants will create a mystery project chosen by the host, announced just before the clock starts, FROM SCRATCH. Pssst!….it’s prolly gonna be Holiday themed! Envision, design, cut and assemble in 75 minutes.

Steve Cherewaty from Abacus is hosting this contest in the spirit of cooking competitions like “Guy’s Grocery Games” and “The Great British Baking Show”.

Top Prize Winner = $150 CASH (Venmo or PayPal)

Also, a contestant raffle for a $50 Amazon Gift Code will take place after the top prize winner is announced at the end! Get an extra raffle ticket for each additional contestant or spectator you recruit! Make sure they mention your name when they sign up.

CONTESTANTS ONLY Click HERE to buy-in ($7). Contestants DO NOT need to reserve a ticket thru Eventbrite, follow the link to the Abacus listing and register there.

If you want to watch and vote for the winner: SPECTATORS please continue on Eventbrite and reserve a ticket (no cost).

A spectator raffle for a $25 Amazon Gift Code will take place 45 minutes into the contest!

The Mystery Project must:

-be made from a single piece of wood or acrylic

-be 3d dimensional (layers, tabs, stilts…etc.)

-be competitively detailed (you must wow the spectators)

-be easily recognizable as the chosen object

-use a combination of cutting and engraving

-be at least 5″ X “5

Here are the RULES for contestants:

-75 minute time limit start-to-finish once the clock starts after introductions. Take cutting and engraving time into account!

-Contestants must share their screen or have their camera(s) show them working LIVE. The design, cutting and assembly must be LIVE, no pre-made designs; even if you’ve done this for your work, business or Etsy shop and already have a design you must do a new one for the contest. An extra USB webcam will make this easier!

-Be honest and original

-Keep it kid friendly (PG) since there will be non-contestants & spectators watching


The Make-Off will happen through Zoom and Steve Cherewaty will host. The format will be the following:

-Contestant introductions

-Overview of the objectives/rules

-Announcement of the mystery project


-The host and co-host (both makers as well) will provide commentary during the event and do the spectator raffle about halfway through.

-Spectators will be muted but can ask questions through the chat which the host will ask the contestants while they design, cut and build.

-Once time is up, spectators will be polled in order rate the finished projects based on completion, recognition, functionality and spectacularity!

-Once a winner is named the contestant raffle will take place and plans for the next contest will be teased.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions! This is gonna be fun!


Steve Cherewaty