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Forum topic by Paul posted 04-01-2014 04:50 AM 4579 views 0 times favorited 156 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-01-2014 04:50 AM

I have no tenure or background, what gives me the reason to offer anyone else advice?

I have lurked around this site long enough to remember when tommy Mac was ridiculed enough to leave, yet relative new folks like myself can give detailed information on posts and is considered reliable?

What is reliable information?

For every question that’s asked here I tend to ignore 2/3rd’s of the posts not wanting to get involved with mis information.

Many others feel the need to contribute to most of the posts that enter the forums here.

The raw information that this site used to be before I joined (lurker) has become a social media platform. I wouldn’t dare ask for information on what tool to buy, or “how to cut a dowl” these days in fear of bad information.


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#1 posted 04-01-2014 04:53 AM

I like it here.

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#2 posted 04-01-2014 04:57 AM

I like it here, too, and I’ve gotten some excellent advise from some very knowledgeable people. Yep. I like it here.

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#3 posted 04-01-2014 04:59 AM

What makes you think people consider your advise reliable?

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

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#4 posted 04-01-2014 04:59 AM

I like it here too.

Just an observation that I felt like I needed to bring up.


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#5 posted 04-01-2014 05:00 AM


That was the entire reason for the post, guess you missed it.


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#6 posted 04-01-2014 05:01 AM

This wood working, and there is always many ways to “skin a cat” to any advice given. This is not a “Life or Death” sort of advice given (FREELY) out, it is just working wood.

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#7 posted 04-01-2014 05:02 AM

He has a point. I think a lot of it is “take it or leave it”. Use your judgment i guess.

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#8 posted 04-01-2014 05:03 AM

Point not reliably made, I guess. Touche.

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

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#9 posted 04-01-2014 05:04 AM

I should clarify. Not everyone will have the “right” information for a particular question. It could simply be what someone “feels” is the right answer. Apples to oranges.

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#10 posted 04-01-2014 05:06 AM


I think you’re making a fair point.
I’ve come across a few people whose opinion is more than a little biased but anytime you ask advice of people you know intimately (crowd-sourcing strangers is even worse) you must account for their personal bias.
I think the site certainly serves as way to get started on doing your own research into any topic.
For example, if I want to purchase a specific tool I can find out about different brands, what others like or dislike and maybe what features I should be specifically on the lookout for based on my personal application such as the resaw capacity on a bandsaw… then I can start doing my own research with a little more guidance than I would have had before.

So it isn’t the “gold standard” but it isn’t useless.

-- -Sam, in Wisconsin

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#11 posted 04-01-2014 05:12 AM

Some people here have a lot of experience and some of
it is governed by professional standards. There’s an endless
amount of stuff to learn about woodworking, so I try
things out and if I don’t want to invest time or money
in something that may not work out if I approach it
naively, maybe I ask if anybody’s tried it.

I think the information available on this site is as good
as most of the woodworking sites, with the exception
of Woodweb which is about strictly pro concerns. Lumberjocks
also has a well thought-out image system so the blogs and
projects and all that stuff work a lot better than most of
the Woodworking forums I’ve looked at.

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#12 posted 04-01-2014 05:20 AM

ok, I have to ask… what happened with Tommy Mac?

-- --Tom - Saint Francis, WI

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#13 posted 04-01-2014 05:39 AM

I like it here too, my experience is extremely limited and I’m a total newbie in many areas, but have some experience in others. I guess the thing I like most is the lack of trolls and know it all idiots like you find in the computer or electronic forums. If someone asks a question in a computer forum, 10 wannabe know it alls always respond saying to reboot and read the manual. Obviously if someone is having a problem constantly rebooting isn’t going to solve the problem, and if it was in a stinking manual he would already know that. People are so intimidated that those who might have a clue won’t answer posts in these forums. Even if ideas are out of the box and crazy they might warrant adult discussion. I’ve posted some radical concepts here that nobody sane in professional woodworking would ever have thought of and they were received warmly. For instance the way I like to use cheap CDX plywood to build mobile tool stands and make them pretty by filling the pores and voids with sheetrock joint compound before painting.

I’ve also never been attacked for my stupid questions which I have made many of. One thing about computers, every computer manufacture wants to rename everything to another word. Hell, the word “word” has different meaning depending on if your talking vax, sperry, IBM, Mac, or god forbid Mickysucks. Micky has 4 different definitions of the word “word”. Ask in a computer forum what a term means and you will be attacked by trolls. My latest post last night was what that thingy I saw in this video a guy used to make finger joints so I can google designs. Had my answer in 10 minutes. Another dumb question was I love my Kreg jig screws cause they don’t strip, what that screw head called so I can buy more bits and some hand held screw drivers, again I had my answer in less than 10 minutes.

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#14 posted 04-01-2014 06:01 AM

Yeah! Tom I was wondering the same thing, what happened with Tommy Mac?

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#15 posted 04-01-2014 07:17 AM


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