Bye Bye 2008!

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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 12-31-2008 05:40 PM 1980 reads 1 time favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

2008 has been a busy and exciting year here at LumberJocks. We maintained our friendly community spirit and skyrocketed our growth at the same time. Let’s do a short recap…

2008 Stats

I bet you agree that it’s not just about the quantity; quality of the posted content is increasing too. And this quality is leading to the healthy discussions as well. Here are the most discussed projects of 2008:

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2008 was also the year of another two successful LumberJocks Woodworking Awards editions. In addition to our traditional categories we added Best Overall LumberJock honor this year. I’d like to thank again to all participants, voters, media partners as well as our great sponsors. And do you remember the winning projects?

Awards Winners – Winter 2008

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Awards Winners – Summer 2008

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Our site was also enhanced with many cool features in 2008 such as:

2008 was also the year of Mark's Memorial Project, Todd's welcome video, Karson's 15,000 posts milestone, LJ 10,000 projects milestone, HomeRefurbers and much, much more…

Thank you LumberJocks for all your enthusiasm and support.
Thank you, our team members – Debbie, Judie and Michal – for all your hard work.

Let’s have a Happy New Year!

26 comments so far

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#1 posted 12-31-2008 06:07 PM

pretty darned impressive!

Martin, are you grinning ear to ear?? !!??

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 12-31-2008 06:10 PM


--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 12-31-2008 06:22 PM

Kudos! Glad to have been here to see it unfold. Here’s to 2009!

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#4 posted 12-31-2008 06:25 PM

Happy new year Martin! its been a great year and i really look forward to the next one to see what it had to offer :)

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#5 posted 12-31-2008 06:40 PM

What a year !

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#6 posted 12-31-2008 06:43 PM

Thank You and your Staff of professionals, Martin for this wonderful site!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 12-31-2008 07:01 PM

Martin: LJ’s just continues to get better and we’re all hoping that ‘09 will bring more Jocks to the site and that they share their talents and insights with us. Hope you and your family have a wonderful New Year. And to all the Jocks I wish a happy and peaceful New Year.

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#8 posted 12-31-2008 07:15 PM

Congratulations to a banner year. I bet many companies would love to see that upward growth and to end the hear on a high spot.

Thanks for all of you hard work trying to keep us in line and offering a spot that we can all share and grow, as individuals and as woodworkers.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#9 posted 12-31-2008 08:00 PM

Martin, Congrats on building what surely is the Best Woodworking Website today. You have maintained excellent functionality, features, and user friendliness that other sites can only hope to achieve. Please accept my heartfelt thanks and confidence that you will continue to succeed in the New Year. Best wishes for 2009!

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#10 posted 12-31-2008 08:26 PM

Here’s to an even more impressive 2009!!!

Happy New Year!!!


-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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#11 posted 12-31-2008 09:22 PM

Thank you for all of your hard work and ingenuity on creating such an interesting and welcoming website. When I’m not making sawdust, I’m always checking in on what’s new here at LJ. I tell my non-wood working friends about this place and they laugh with admiration that there’s such a neat place to come and visit. I look forward to the New Year and visiting and posting often. Happy New Year, Good health and fortune to all!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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Thos. Angle

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#12 posted 12-31-2008 09:55 PM

Thanks Martin. It was a good year.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#13 posted 12-31-2008 10:17 PM

Happy New Year Martin and all LumberJocks. I am so glad I found this place. What a wonderful community you founded.

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Dennis Zongker

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#14 posted 12-31-2008 10:34 PM

Thank you Martin, for all your hard work. And for making Lumberjocks the best woodworking website! Second to none!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#15 posted 12-31-2008 10:41 PM

Congrats Martin. I am continually amazed by the functionality of Lumberjocks, and the enthusiasm of its members. Kudos my friend and good luck in 2009!

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out

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