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Cricket

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Can you tell me what keeps you coming back to LumberJocks.com? Is it that you have ongoing projects? Is it friendships you have developed here or that you like helping others with their work challenges? Something else altogether?

Is it my sunny disposition? (evil grin)

What made you come back after you visited the first time?

-- LumberJocks.com Community Manager


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bigblockyeti

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#1 posted 02-27-2019 02:43 PM

I came back for the resource, while the search function leaves a little to be desired, with patience you can usually find a solution to any problem as there’s a good chance someone has previously been in the same position and figured out how to solve the problem. Your sunny disposition helps, as does your excellent management of the site, it has just the right balance of family friendlyness and construction worker banter.

It’s important to me to be able to teach my kids when they’re old enough how to make things for themselves instead of being a narrowly skilled sheeple that easily succumbs to skilled marketing for the latest, greatest widget that will find itself in the landfill in less than 5 years. Sites like this offer those interested the tools to learn something new without having to pay tuition and many of the folks on here have amazing skill they readily share with anyone willing to listen.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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GR8HUNTER

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#2 posted 02-27-2019 02:46 PM

too learn more ….. now if i can only remember it …. LOL :<)))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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Bill Berklich

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#3 posted 02-27-2019 03:03 PM

Lol… Yes, your sunny disposition! The people, personalities, projects, information, wisdom, community, help, ideas, lack of political content!!, swaps, encouragement, and more. Beyond that the site is user friendly and easy on the eyes. Forum rules aren’t onerous or too restrictive and the moderator does a great job of balancing/scrubbing/cleaning/maintaining. The “Jocks” range widely in skill and profession which provide insights into various ways to accomplish things. It also provides a wealth of ideas, means, and methods. Everyone here is very helpful especially to newbies – very little of the “I know more than you” sh#*&t on other sites.

I came back first time was because of the projects. What a rich contribution from the LJ Community. There are so many “Wow”, “Oh that’s so cool”, “I wanna make that”, and “So THAT’s how you do it” that I just have to come back. Then to is is a community and eventually you get to know some of the may members.

LJ is just a great place for wood nuts.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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Bill Berklich

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#4 posted 02-27-2019 03:05 PM


too learn more ….. now if i can only remember it …. LOL :<)))))

- GR8HUNTER


ROFL – that’s why I use “My Favorites”!!!

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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JayT

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#5 posted 02-27-2019 03:18 PM

Well, in the beginning, I came back for the knowledge that was being freely shared. In my case, that was about hand planes. The other members here were very helpful and supportive in helping me learn. That expanded out to several other areas of woodworking as time progressed.

Fast forward a few years and I’m now much more frequently the one giving the support and advice to people who are now in a similar situation to what I once was. Paying it forward is how the hobby and craft will survive and thrive. I still learn from others here, especially in areas where I don’t have much experience and have had the opportunity to meet in person quite a few people who were only avatars on the site. That’s been great.

Like Bill, I feel the site is fairly easy to use for discussions and pictures. I also agree that the moderation strikes a good balance of allowing both discussion and appropriate dissension, while stepping in when needed to keep things generally positive and productive. For that, Cricket, you deserve a lot more credit than you generally receive. So let me take this opportunity to say “Thank you”.

-- https://www.jtplaneworks.com - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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Rich

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#6 posted 02-27-2019 03:23 PM

I constantly am learning new things and discovering useful products, some new and some I just hadn’t heard of before. I also enjoy sharing what I can in my blog posts.

I spend less time answering questions in the forums these days because it’s frustrating to see the low signal/noise ratio drown out my input, and the input of other LJs who only post what they actually know about. It’s annoying to see the level of bad advice coming from armchair quarterbacks who have no clue what they are talking about.

Just for the record, “agreeing to disagree” only works for opinions. Facts are facts.

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RevenantJoiner

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#7 posted 02-27-2019 03:55 PM

I come here for the vast knowledge and experience that is shared by so many. I trust much of the reviews, and learn from both the agreements and disagreements with those evaluations. They provide balance that is often not found elsewhere.

However, right now, I am frustrated because the search function does not seem to work for me. My avenue into that treasure trove of know how is the search engine. Right now for me no search terms work. So, is it me and some setting on my browser and/or security software, or is the search function broken.

-- Each time your start a project and work on it, a tree smiles knowing there’s life after death.

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Dustin

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#8 posted 02-27-2019 03:58 PM

It’s a lot that keeps me coming back. I found this site as a brand new hobbyist, and the lessons here have been invaluable. Whether it’s seasoned pros like Charles Neil offering sage finishing advice, or even just a level head telling me to stop overthinking something, I’ve always come away from my questions better equipped for the project at hand.

The community, reviews, helpful links: all of it is a great resource for an amateur like me, especially the kudos and encouragement that are doled out quite generously.

Lastly, I’d say it’s a privilege to peruse such fine works by others, whether professional or hobbyist, both for inspiration and appreciation of skill.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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sras

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#9 posted 02-27-2019 04:11 PM

I like to see all the ideas for projects. Something new (to me) shows up often enough.

I also like to keep up on what some of my buddies are up to.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Berto

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#10 posted 02-27-2019 04:38 PM

Being a sawdust maker of many years, it’s nice view, review, learn, teach and share different things that all evolve around making sawdust or shavings on the floor.

It’s nice to learn new ways to do things and what new devices or tools are available. It’s also nice, to be reminded of things I’ve misplaced in the files in my head – but forgot about using.

With the convenience of the WWW, it’s sweet to have so much information right at my fingertips.

Then of course – there’s always Cricket’s sunny disposition that requires a return.

-- - Berto in VA -

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lew

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#11 posted 02-27-2019 04:46 PM

Pretty much what “sras” said. At first it was to learn new techniques and get new ideas. 11 years later I still like to see new ideas and, also, to keep up with all the friends I’ve met here.

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

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HokieKen

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#12 posted 02-27-2019 04:55 PM

I like this site because of the personalities. We have the usual and unavoidable rabble-rousers but, they’re not a large portion of the population and are easily ignored.

I can hop on here and go into a couple threads tease a few folks and get some ribbing in return or, I can see what great projects were posted today. Or, I can post a question that I can’t find a quick and reliable answer for elsewhere. And, on occasion, I’m even able to answer someone else’s question intelligently!

I love the swaps that are done among members on here. It’s a great way to get to know people better and expand skills. In the swap threads, everybody gets along and everyone is welcome.

Finally, I just like having relationships with like-minded people that I would never get to interact with if it weren’t for interest-based sites like this. In the next 3 weeks, I have 2 “dates” to go mill lumber with different LJs that are in my neck of the woods. If it weren’t for this site, I probably would never have met either one of them :-)

Mostly, I just come back ‘cause Cricket’s here though.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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JayT

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#13 posted 02-27-2019 05:08 PM


However, right now, I am frustrated because the search function does not seem to work for me. My avenue into that treasure trove of know how is the search engine. Right now for me no search terms work. So, is it me and some setting on my browser and/or security software, or is the search function broken.

- RevenantJoiner

If you are using an ad blocker of some kind, those can interfere with the search function. I had to adjust the settings on mine to allow it to work. Please don’t ask what those were, because it has been too long ago to remember.

-- https://www.jtplaneworks.com - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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ralbuck

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#14 posted 02-27-2019 05:24 PM

I keep returning to see a lot of wonderful work; way past my skills or patience levels too.

I also “borrow” (O.K. STEAL) ideas form the excellent projects. I have always been a curious rat too, so part is just curiosity!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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farmergreg

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#15 posted 02-27-2019 05:25 PM

My first visit to LumberJocks was they had information on my Old Obsolete Lathe that I love. They helped me repair it. Now I visit for the knowledge that you all have.

-- My shop teacher is one of the Greatest men I ever knew.

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