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Blog entry by CSlabon posted 08-22-2010 07:53 AM 1783 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While on vacation, I stopped by the Oklahoma City Woodcraft store last Sunday. I got there at 11:00am only to find out they didn’t open til noon. As I “STOOD” there waiting, I thought to myself, If I had a Woodcraft store in my neighborhood, and they didn’t have any benches in front of their store, I would solicit my local woodworkers club, whose meetings I attend, or at least partner up with some buddies to get some benches built for them. Just saying, shouldn’t our presence be felt in our communities. I’m not trying to call anyone out here, as I’m sure many of you could cite many examples like this one. This is a great website with a lot of great people. I’m just wondering: Could we do more? Are we too busy? Are we afraid of getting sued? Is anyone doing things like this already? Maybe we can be inspired in ways other than our next project. What do you think?

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#1 posted 08-22-2010 08:26 AM

Hope you stuck around and went in. There are some good people working in that store. I’ve been there so often they call me by name when I walk in the door. That’s scary.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#2 posted 08-22-2010 01:32 PM

CSlabon, you bring up a good point. We have a talent that could definitely help our own communities.

I know Karson does quite a bit to help the community with his woodworking group. I have wanted to join it, but I have other obligations that keep me from it. I have been looking, though, for ways to help others with both my trade and my craft.

Through my church, I often help others who are not able to afford repairs to their houses. This has become quite rewarding, but really helps out those who think they are stuck with things broken.

I have yet to find a really good way to use my finer woodworking skills to help out my area, but will keep trying.

--, Making design and application one. †

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#3 posted 08-22-2010 02:00 PM

I’ve helped my community out by building a bench for a community walkway and now in the process of building a trailhead register for same. All of the wood is either donated by the supporters of the walkway or is recycled lumber of my own. I’m happy to help and proud of my contribution to people’s enjoyment everytime I see someone resting on ‘my’ bench.

I think the skills of the community should be reflected in our neighborhoods. I hope things have not become so regimented and regulated in other places that this is no longer possible. But sometimes it’s not done because no one takes personal ownership and makes it happen. An idea has to move from head to mouth to hands!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#4 posted 08-22-2010 02:12 PM

I commend you ,Im doing a 15 ft dragon in Md for a preschool ,posted a note on craigs list for help to build a stage for the kids ….it was pulled,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,guess the people up this way near D.C. arn’t interested in helping children ,,,,,,,,,,,,more interested in things that benefit adults…............ but alas the Dragon goes on and again I applaud you and any help you get

-- wizzardofwood..... "ITS MY JOB TO AMAZE YOU"

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#5 posted 08-22-2010 02:25 PM

if you say they open 12 o´clock do they close midnight :-)
or do they not want to sell anything…........just werd to me

have great day


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#6 posted 08-22-2010 06:09 PM

I’m extremely fortunate. I have both a Woodcraft and Rockler Store within 30 minutes of where I live here in the Dallas Fort Worth area.

-- "Happiness is creating dust"

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#7 posted 08-22-2010 07:18 PM

Darell, I did go in, and they were great people. I bought a new V-tool. Had to get something:) And Steve, I agree, lots of times it just doesn’t get to the hands. But WTG LJ’s, Esp you Wiz:) I guess we just have to do what we do and hope others will jump in. Have a great week all!

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#8 posted 08-23-2010 03:32 AM

Hope you had a great time in OKC. Welcome and Please come back.

-- RJ

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#9 posted 09-04-2010 07:10 PM

Here’s a suggestion. Talk to the manager of such a store and offer to build a bench for them if they provide the wood. A condition of this “gift” of your work would be that the bench bears a notice “built by members of the XYZ wood working club”. This way, the store gets a nice service for their customers, the customers get a bit of comfort, and the club gets some exposure to potential members. Where better to advertise for members than in front of a wood worker’s store?
By the way, that bench will get use during business hours too. Ever get a lift from the little woman and get dropped off at the tool store, only to have to stand and wait for her by the door? (and wait and wait and wait and…) ;)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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