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05-18-2011 05:58 PM

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Recently there’s been some criticism of the LJ site and its moderators. Some of it is very valid, and this thread is NOT intended to rehash any of those issues- so please don’t. But another of my friends just announced they are leaving this community and I thought it may be a good idea to offer a bit of balance. So I posted this topic in the “site feedback forum”, which is the proper place for it.

The purpose of this topic is simple- it’s to try and offer some of the MANY reasons for everyone considering leaving to rethink that decision. This is not a place to offer negative criticism, that won’t help the problem. (There is a place for that type of criticism, just not this particular thread).

So, tell us what you LIKE about this website.

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#1 posted 05-18-2011 06:01 PM

My favorite part of lumberjocks is seeing all the cool projects. I do miss the coffee lounge though it was a fun place to vent and bs with other LJ’s.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#2 posted 05-18-2011 06:05 PM

Lumberjocks was designed, in part, specifically for the kind of project gallery we have here. It’s unique to the internet woodworking world and a great way to show off your own work, and see the work of others. That alone is a reason to stay here- you won’t get anything like it anywhere else.

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#3 posted 05-18-2011 06:07 PM

I enjoy the projects, blogs and shops. I especially appreciate LJs who take the time to use blogs to detail the build experience.

One of the things I did shortly after discovering LJs was to review all the projects that have been submitted from the beginning. It took quite a while but it was really interesting.

I ejoy the helpful and funloving attitude as expressed by 99.9% of the LJ community.

I like it that many LJs go that step beyond and become friends via this site.

Well, that’s enough from me for now. Just remember, keep up the good wood working and…

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#4 posted 05-18-2011 06:07 PM

HOW TO DESCRIBE LJ ? Theres nothing bad about it…
Its a place were the the specking of woodworking comes together..
Were people know what the heck your talking about…
Were you can get noticed by woodworkers..


Thanks, Michael Frey
Portland, OR


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#5 posted 05-18-2011 06:18 PM

to me lumber jocks is the best wood working web site there is, and like i said that is my feeling, when i joined there were 8000 members, now there are over 28,000…that’s a lot of folks, but i love to see all the projects done here,, it gives me inspiration and it gives me joy to see so much creativity..and when you need help, its here and offered freely, ive made some wonderful friends here, and i needed that..i will say in the beginning..i loved the coffee lounge as well…but things changed and so did that…i to love to chat with my fellow jocks, and maybe some day there will be a place for that, but now its not something offered here…so i hope folks will just come and enjoy what this site has to offer…and to me there is a lot here…wonderful people, and the vision for this site is for all wood workers to be able to show what there doing, and to come here to help others…and within the right places, there is good exchange,,,ive seen it. and enjoyed it…respecting everyone who comes here is important…and having regard for who they are, there feelings is an important thing for all of us to have…its pretty simple…lets all just be nice to one another…and share our love for wood working…that’s the essence of lumber jocks….as i have said before…i am grateful for what we have here, and im grateful for those who make that happen for us.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 05-18-2011 06:25 PM

I love this site. I ‘ve learned so much here from many different folks. If I see a topic that I don’t think would interest me, I just don’t read it. Some folks blog every day and tell you their life story and-no offense intended- I just don’t have time for that. I’m more interested in reviews and projects. Other folks come on to try and provoke others into a disagreement and it sometimes works. It is a public website. You’re going to have that. I don’t know Martin and have never had a conversation with the man, but I must say that this is maybe the best site I visit. No matter whether we may agree or not, we all share a common passion and I think that helps keep things civil for the most part.

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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#7 posted 05-18-2011 06:26 PM

Other forums like Sawmill Creek are just forums. This site is a lot more visual, much better organized and far more interesting. Another feature is the “personal page” each member has where he can post his projects, shop photos, and his very own comment thread which can contain whatever type of conversation he likes.

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#8 posted 05-18-2011 06:30 PM

The gallery is the best part but I also appreciate the wealth of information. I always stared longingly at the old planes when antiquing but being here gave me the knowledge I needed to recondition and use them and navigate through all the varieties.

-- A posse ad esse

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#9 posted 05-18-2011 06:41 PM

I don’t have too much problem with LJs. I do spend more time on LJs than on any other woodworking website so I guess that says something. Do I think LJs is perfect? NO! Are there things about LJs that I would like to be different? YES!

Hey, I’m realistic – I could probably say that about 90 % of the things that I deal with in life.

Like most people that I know, I don’t have too much power to change many things in the world.

If you are going to wrestle with things you cannot probably change much anyways you need to limit those things to a few things that are really important else you won’t have time to live your life.

LJs is not one of those things that is what I call a thing that is important enough to wrestle with so I take LJs as it comes. I’ll try to enjoy what I can out of it (including the people), use it as a tool to learn from, let it entertain me when it can, and whatever about it that irritates me just try not to let it get under my skin.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 05-18-2011 06:41 PM

Yes stumpy LJs is a great place for woodworkers to meet. I like all the cool projects that you LJs do. Even yours stumpy, nice chair BTW. And love to have a place to come and find out how it’s done sometimes. I logged on today to post a project, it’s done. Might start a forum post, “the real cost of reclaimed wood”. Checked on the hottest thread in the forum section, ended up here. Now I have to go look at a fellow LJs planter on casters to see what I’m going to do with all the leftover redwood that I planed. Y’all have a good day and see ya tomorrow.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#11 posted 05-18-2011 06:42 PM

To sum it up …............. I like the whole package!!!!!

The gallery showcase is just fantastic, the blog section is just a wealth of information, experience and it also has a personal touch to it. The review section is fantastic as you get actual reviews from true woodworkers that have actually used and experienced whaterver item is being reviewed. The forum section, like the blog section, is again just a wealth of information. Ask a question and it will shurely be answered!!!

The format of this site is so much more than the other woodworking forums. Like has been said, it is alot more visual.

I also miss “a part of the coffee lounge”....... I would love to see it back, if we could just keep the negativity and personal attacks out of it, it probably still be here.

LJ’s is my first “go to” site when I turn on my computer each morning, I love it !!!

Thanks again to Martyn for all you do !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#12 posted 05-18-2011 06:44 PM

For me, the part that i love the most, is being tutored by the more experienced people around here. I started wood working about 3 years ago and while i could get my way around just about any tool i had no idea about joinery, wood movement, different types of lumber, so on and so forth. By reading and asking questions ive progressed quite a bit in my abilities. So much so that every project i work on is better than the last. The willingness of the people to help any and all on this website is what i like the most about being a Lumberjock.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#13 posted 05-18-2011 06:47 PM

I have visited this site almost every day since I joined a year ago. The first thing that appealed to me about Lumberjocks was the site format and ease of use. Navigation is simple and easy on the site. The ability to add photos is also great and very easy to use. The site is well organized with the sub pages for the reviews, projects, blogs and forums. This is a very well built site and that is a big advantage over most others.

After a year on this site I will also have to say that I have learned a lot of things from the other members who 99 percent of the time are very willing to help and offer advice. Sure there are some arguments and differences of opinions here and there but its nowhere near the amount as on some other sites I have seen.

In my opinion nothing has happened on this site that was so bad that someone felt they needed to close their account. I assume the people who leave are ones who’s feelings were hurt over something not worth getting upset over.

This is a fine site, with endless valuable information and many great members. No reason to get into a fuss over some nonsense.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#14 posted 05-18-2011 07:01 PM

Projects, videos, expert advice whenever you need it, nice folks…. even though I may have a minor nit to pick every now and then, THIS IS STILL A GREAT SITE!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#15 posted 05-18-2011 07:07 PM

I visit this site daily and have really learned a lot from looking at all of the projects and reading the forums. I am fairly new to woodworking and this website has taught me a lot! My favorite parts of this website are the project gallery and the reviews. The project gallery has given me a ton of great ideas, and the review have been very helpful when trying to decide what I should purchase next. I hope that everyone enjoys this site as much as I do.

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