Viewers slammed Channel 4’s Handmade: Britain’s Best Woodworker last night for criticizing the difficulty of the show’s challenges.
In the latest episode of the new show, which is called ‘Bake off for wood’, eight amateur carpenters were asked to build an ‘exquisite’ dollhouse in the ‘Big Build’ challenge in 18 hours.
Meanwhile, in this week’s tech brief, they were also tasked with tackling an “impossible dovetail connection” in 90 minutes.
But many of the viewers had planned the program, commenting: ‘Who is making these terrible challenges?
Viewers slammed Channel 4’s Handmade: Britain’s Best Woodworker last night for criticizing the difficulty of the show’s challenges (pictured, one of the amateur carpenters making a doll’s house)
On last night’s episode of the show, eight amateur carpenters were tasked with tackling an ‘impossible dovetail joint’ in this week’s engineering task
“Last week, beds were just hours of watching people saw wood. Now it looks like they are sticking flat pieces of wood together. Not the best for watching TV.’
At the beginning of last night’s program, judge Helen Welch explained, “This time we want you to think small and beautiful when designing and building a beautiful dollhouse with three pieces of furniture to fit in.”
Meanwhile, Alex De Rijke said: ‘We are not only looking for children’s toys. We want this to be so well made that it can become a collector’s item.’
Helen said, “Miniature is really hard. Everything has to be down to a much finer level of detail.’
Many of those who watched the program were highly critical of the format, with some saying that by the end of the big building challenge the participants were “tired” and “as if they didn’t care”
Alex explains: ‘As an architect I would like to see the participants surprise us. I think the perfect miniature building appeals to the imagination.’
The woodworkers had each designed a unique dollhouse, which was to be a scaled-down miniature house and contained three custom pieces of furniture.
To be worthy of collector’s item status, it had to be carefully crafted with a perfect finish.
Five hours after making the dollhouses, Joe had destroyed the perplexed front of his modern home, while Minti felt frustrated that they hadn’t used plywood for the challenge.
Meanwhile, Rhada said it took him “about 25 hours” to make his dollhouse, when they only had 18 to complete the challenge.
The woodworkers were each tasked with building a scaled-down miniature house and customizing three pieces of furniture (pictured)
And after falling behind, Joe caught up and said, “Time runs out quickly. I worry.’
By mid-day, the amateur carpenters were stunned as they were challenged during the engineering job to make an “impossible dovetail joint.”
Alex explained, “You have two pieces of wood in front of you and we want you to make a nice and accurate connection.”
Helen said, “Your joint has to fit perfectly and show off your joinery skills.”
Mid-day the amateur carpenters were stunned when challenged to make an ‘impossible dovetail joint’ in 90 minutes
They were given 90 minutes to finish the joint, with Jim confessing, “I’ve never done this in my life. What could go wrong?’
Helen told the camera, “It’s called an impossible dovetail connection because you think how, how is this possible.
“But once you see it slipping apart, you realize it’s not impossible at all. There’s a direction this is going.’
Joe described the challenge as “a nightmare, an absolute nightmare.”
The judges were impressed with Misti’s woodwork for their dollhouse castle, calling it “quality work”
When time ran out, Jade said, “I’ve given up all hope to finish!”
The judges deemed some of the joints unworthy and in the end Billy got the win and immunity to move on to next week.
With only five hours to go before their big build, a wondrous toy city sprang up inside the tent.
But several participants felt the pressure, and Tim said, “Time is very tight. I’ll have to throw a lot of the details of this build out the window.”
Jade added, “I have absolutely no time left to make the furniture the way I wanted to make it.”
However, Helen criticized the design of Joe’s beach house in Miami, saying it showed a “very rough finish”
The judges were impressed with Misti’s woodwork for their dollhouse castle, calling it “quality work.”
Helen said, ‘From a distance the castle looks beautiful and up close – it looks just as good.’
However, Helen criticized the design of Joe’s beach house in Miami, saying, “It shows a very rough finish.”
But in the end, it was Tim whose rocketship didn’t do the trick for the judges.
Helen said, ‘His design promised so much, but the wow factor was just a bit meh.’
But in the end it was Tim whose rocketship failed the judges and he was sent home
However, viewers were highly critical of the judges and the show’s challenges, commenting: ‘I wish they gave the contestants more time for Britain’s Best Woodworker. This happened last week and it’s happening this one.
“I feel like the quality/finish of these builds could be improved if they gave them a few extra hours.”
Another wrote: ‘Not having to be against the clock at all ruins the quality. Some of the dollhouses tonight were very poor.’
A third commented: ‘Handmade is a bit old-fashioned, based on GBBO format and not nearly as good as Jay’s Yorkshire Workshop.
‘Tonight’s dollhouses are quite plain and crude. I expected better.’