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Forum topic by HallTree posted 06-14-2011 04:50 AM 2105 views 1 time favorited 36 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-14-2011 04:50 AM

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What do you LumberJocks think about starting a new ‘Forum’ for those that are first starting out in woodworking? It might be called ‘Woodworking 101’. When I welcome new members, it seems that a lot of them say that they are just starting woodworking and want to learn more. The first thought that comes to mind is safety, and then from there…............

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#1 posted 06-14-2011 04:58 AM

I like the idea of doing this. I also wondered about a forum for non-woodworking related posts.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#2 posted 06-14-2011 05:07 AM

I take it you mean a “section” of Lumberjocks ? A noble thought…

I personally like that anyone can ask any question and usually get replies from various members. No matter how experienced we might be in certain aspects of “woodworking”, we all can learn something about other aspects (if we so desire) from others. I like it that I am a beginner on some things and ask questions or just read the threads to soak up knowledge… and experienced enough to answer questions regarding the things that I do know.

Segregating those who classify themselves as beginners might not be a good idea without the experienced members acting as the mentors. But how do you do that any differently than it is done “naturally” now ?

Interesting idea.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#3 posted 06-14-2011 05:42 PM

Would love it. Have a number of questions in areas such as (a) designing a shop; (b) hand tool reviews; (c) power tool reviews as well as measuring, cutting large stock, making jigs, etc. Please let me know when you start the forum!

-- Tigger, Texas

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#4 posted 06-14-2011 06:28 PM

A forum/section like that could well end up as just beginners talking to beginners witth very little input from experienced WWrs. I’m not what you would call a very accomplished woodworker but I do have a modicum of experience and once in a while I am able to answer a question with a degree of authority. I’m retired and not nearly as busy as most of you but even my time is in short supply so I pick and choose which posts that I look at. So, most of the time I would likely avoid that forum and as pressed for time as a lot of you are, I’m willing to bet that most of you would too.

Tigger, you don’t need a special new forum to ask your questions, ask away. Just space them out a little. ;^)))

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#5 posted 06-14-2011 07:36 PM

That is an awesome idea there Halltree, I for one could use the wisdom of my peers in my endeavors with wood.
Let me be your daniel san to your Mr. Miagi. (Karate kid reference).
I think the fella to tell would be Martin Sojka!

-- Shop's too small :( ... hey the decks pretty big :)!!!

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#6 posted 06-14-2011 07:36 PM

I wouldn’t have a problem with it either way.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Bill J. Griffin

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#7 posted 06-14-2011 07:43 PM

If we don’t try it, it won’t work. If we try, ... ya never know … it might fly. :)

-- Shop's too small :( ... hey the decks pretty big :)!!!

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#8 posted 06-14-2011 07:49 PM

while the reason is valid, I don’t see how a question relating to skill share (an existing forum) or tools (existing forum) or safety (existing forum) or… (well you get the point) differs whether it’s coming from someone that just started in woodworking, or someone that’s been 50 years in woodworking?

don’t get me wrong – I’m not against anyone starting out in woodworking, but if someone just starts in woodworking and has a safety concern – can post in the safety forum, or a tool question in the tools forum…etc which is better organized with specific subjects in mind.

just my opinion, but I am not against adding another forum…

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#9 posted 06-14-2011 07:59 PM

I’m with PurpLev … we were all new at this once, and I was fortunate in that LumberJocks was there to help me along. Thanks to LJ’s, I was able to dip into an awfully deep well of knowledge and experience.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Bill J. Griffin

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#10 posted 06-14-2011 08:03 PM

I think “section” would be the proper route.
That way all the tips and lessons could be in one place.
Now you have to wade through alot to get to, or stumble upon one.

-- Shop's too small :( ... hey the decks pretty big :)!!!

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#11 posted 06-14-2011 08:09 PM

My input would be along the lines of what saddletramp and PurpLev said above; I don’t see that it’s necessary AND it may be a place where experienced LJers don’t go at all. Martin may have metrics to tell him where new members go and how long they stay active; that info would tell him if there’s a problem with ‘retention.’

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#12 posted 06-14-2011 09:08 PM

The most important thing is that newer people to forums might feel imtimidated and don’t want smart ass answers back. If you have a newbie area where you promote to please ask your redundant questions and questions you might feel are too silly (dumb/obvious answers/ect) to ask anywhere else, then people will feel at ease to ask questions.

That way they don’t get a response like: Can’t you use the search function! Gee. We answered that question 5,203 times last year. No, you don’t let the bubble out of the level. But get open and honest answers from people they can learn to trust. Then once at ease you will find them asking their dumb questions on the Open Forum and will feel at ease with the answers they get back.

The important thing is for the moderators to explain to the regular viewing/contributing audience that unless they are going to post kind and helpful responses then just don’t even go into the ‘newbie’ areas. All it takes is one cynical remark to drive a new user away when they are just looking for help, or proud to show off their first project that looks like it was made in a blender.


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#13 posted 06-14-2011 09:32 PM

It’s LJ – we promote redundant and smart ass questions all over the place ;) enjoy…

I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone reply with a “use the search” (even though that is a good idea in general).

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#14 posted 06-14-2011 09:33 PM

I think you nailed it Royal.
Nothing like the rejected feeling when you ask a question and some “know it all” comes up with some smart but not accurate answer.

-- Life is good.

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#15 posted 06-14-2011 09:34 PM

Royal Ok I was going to post that first project but it seems you already saw it, fresh out of the blender. :)

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