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Forum topic by AGolden posted 04-07-2020 03:54 AM 226 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-07-2020 03:54 AM

When I first started woodworking the first woodworking related forum I found was on reddit. “ahhh I have found my tribe” I thought. But as I started doing more work and wanting more in depth discussion about techniques and tools and work methods I found it lacking. It seemed like every post that wasn’t about “my first attempt at hand cut dovetails” was removed. All you would see on there are the same projects repeated over and over. No discussion, no development, just instant gratification. I am really glad I got set up here, there is a lot more high quality discussion going on here. Thank you all for being here!

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#1 posted 04-07-2020 04:42 AM

I’m glad you picked LJ. You’ll learn a great deal here.

I peruse reddit. I’ve never found any inspiration, or knowledge I didn’t already have. It seems to serve its community, so that’s a good thing.

Same thing, actually even worse, on Facebook. Those groups are difficult to deal with because someone will ask a question about how to do something—the same thing we get on LJ everyday—only over there you’ll likely be among 50 or more commenters who are mostly giving really pathetic advice. I generally don’t even bother to respond.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#2 posted 04-07-2020 11:45 AM

I think your “instant gratification” point hit the nail on the head. Any of the general social media sites are worthless for actual information on a topic. LJ’s continues to be the best overall ww site. Welcome aboard!

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#3 posted 04-07-2020 06:09 PM

You have to consider who your audience is.

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#4 posted 04-07-2020 06:16 PM

I quickly abandoned /r/woodworking when I posted a picture of me flattening a slab with a hand plane, and almost every reply was by some Herb saying, “make a router sled, idiot!”.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#5 posted 04-07-2020 07:34 PM

Ian, that comment about a router sled is all wrong. It should be a wide belt sander! :-)

I got similar responses when I used hand tools at the museum I volunteer at; i have since made a few converts. I would be done with a task by the time they found the tool, set it up, and fine tuned it.

Golden, welcome. The hand tool related forums here are a wealth of knowledge and first hand experience.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#6 posted 04-07-2020 08:03 PM

I would love to have a wide belt sander right now, to be honest. But such is my struggle.

Yeah, it’s a real thing, Kevin. People just don’t believe that a hand tool can actually accomplish anything quickly and easily. Or they treat it hand tools like you need to become some guru sensei, instead of just learning by doing, same as any tool.

For the most part, the forums here don’t have as many armchair experts and neverending arguments about brands, and it’s easier to avoid the nonsense when it does pop up.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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