Why did YOU join Lumber Jocks and how did you discover it?

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Blog entry by woodworkerscott posted 07-13-2012 10:25 PM 2473 reads 1 time favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone. If this has been covered before, my apologies but hey, maybe it is time for a refresher on the subject or a chance for new members to respond.

I recently was thinking of all the diverse skill and knowledge along with all the participation on this site. I got to thinking about why all us woodworkers have joined and stayed. Then I got to thinking it would be interesting to hear how everyone found out about Lumber Jocks in the first place.

I actually stumbled on to LJs a couple of years ago when looking for some project information. The search engine lead me to a particular project and I came back to the project several times reading about it. Finally I went adventuring a little more around the site and got hooked; had to join. It was the first site I had been to that was organized and overflowing with information on everything woodworking.

Please respond and share your story. Thanks!

P.S. Tell everyone about why you chose your icon. I am on my third one, just for something different.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#1 posted 07-13-2012 10:48 PM

I joined lumberjocks on a VERY BORING DAY.. and yeah!

-- My terrible signature...

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#2 posted 07-13-2012 11:10 PM

Professor Google introduced me to LJ. I enjoy woodworking and chatting with people who share the same interest. LJ gives a great platform to do that. My Icon is just a photo of me on a windy day at the seaside. It was handy on the computer. Mabe I will change it someday, who knows :-)

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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#3 posted 07-13-2012 11:18 PM

Google search for WW projects/photos…hunting for inspiration. Lurked for a couple years. Should have joined sooner, but was unsure of what I could offer. Heck, I am still unsure. Seems like I take more than I give.

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Raymond Thomas

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#4 posted 07-13-2012 11:20 PM

I was searching pen designs and stumbled upon LJs. I spent three week just lurking and looking before I even saw the registration link. I do not have an icon yet – I can’t find one the appeals to me and I don’t want to post a photo for fear it will either break the camera or crash the website.

-- Raymond, Charlotte, NC -------- Demonstrate the difference!

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#5 posted 07-13-2012 11:26 PM

No secret, I’m learning how to make piles of sawdust and still have something usable for more than firewood left.
My avatar is the ‘Wagon Wheel’ from the 9th Infantry Division, which I was associated with in the early 1970’s.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#6 posted 07-14-2012 12:28 AM

I was trying to remember some information about linseed oil, and this site came up when I was researching it. I joined right away, it’s a good site. I’ve been busy and haven’t posted many projects.

Icon…well, this is the internet and not everybody gets to see my face. Those who ask for it will just have to deal with the loss of face. My icon is pronounced as “gee-dot”, which in physics parlance means a time-varying gravity field.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#7 posted 07-14-2012 01:33 AM

I got my first computer for Christmas almost 2 years ago and the first thing I did with it was Google woodworking and as they say, the rest is history. I have been on this site EVERY day for the last 547 days. Everything I know about woodworking, I learned from the great people on this site.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 07-14-2012 01:46 AM

Cool stories. Thanks.

All right the rest of you reading…’s your turn. At this point it says 165 read and only 7 comments so far.

Keep ‘em coming. :)

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#9 posted 07-14-2012 02:10 AM

GeorgeSA where do you get your wood from?
Do you get it from Builders warehouse, or some other lumberyard.
Otherwise, Howzit and I still eat biltong and braai the SOUTH AFRICAN WAY :D

-- My terrible signature...

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#10 posted 07-14-2012 02:12 AM

If you watch the top 2^^ you’ll find that basically a south african can only understand it :P
Just kidding.. A few google searches and you can start going WIMPY!

-- My terrible signature...

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#11 posted 07-14-2012 02:41 AM

I joined to share and to learn from others. I hope to share what I know and to learn from others. I get inspired to learn more and improve my skills by seeing what other “Jocks” are doing. I am here everyday. It is facebook for woodworkers!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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Ryan Haasen

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#12 posted 07-14-2012 03:57 AM

I was looking for reviews on a Grizzly bandsaw, and stumbled upon this terrific site! I also have a Facebook account but am on this much, much more. It is great to be able to communicate with tens of thousands of friendly people who are passionate about the same thing.
My icon is an image of the Bell 429. No significant or deep meaning, just a sweet looking chopper!

-- Ryan

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#13 posted 07-14-2012 06:20 AM

I was looking for some ideas for a project and found some pictures of a box on LJs. The project led to a blog or two and then onto the site as a whole. By the time I’d finished my box, I needed to say some thank yous and it looked like a friendly place, so I signed up.

My avatar comes from the inlay that I did on my box.

And Alexandre, Those are “lekker” videos mate. But you’re right that a South AFrican background would help to make them a bit more meaningful.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#14 posted 07-14-2012 12:08 PM

As a woodworker, I’m always googling something wood related, one day it brought me to lumberjocks—and as they say: “the rest is history” I am finding new friends, new inspiration, new idea’s and new information/education. How can you beat that? Every time I log on, I find something of interest, and if I am researching something particular, I find that too. Great community of many gifted woodworkers !

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#15 posted 07-14-2012 12:15 PM

LJ saved me. It’s been a true friend I can count on through this depression.

I’ve lost so much, my 8 man crew that took years to develop, my life savings (400K) trying to keep a business going – just one more year, and several lifelong friends who turned in to Obamabots – hook line and sinker.

My only son who’s 34 yrs. old never calls – a OWS, self entitled waste of a smart human being who’s never worked a day in his life, thanks to his rich grandmother who lured him away from us at 15 with promises of money, a million dollar horse ranch with two horses, fast cars and motor cycles (all wrecked) and 2500 a month to babysit her so she can stay out of a nursing home.

She was 100 yrs old when she died last Jan. Turns out he didn’t get the ranch and all that money. Now, he’s fighting with his mother’s family in court. He blames everyone and still won’t return my calls.

We lost our best friends, parents of our 12 yr old God daughter because of Obama. Her mother went gaga for this composite brutha wanna be, lieing piece of shit and turned on us like a rabid dog when we didn’t join her crusade.

Last year, I lost two of the best companions I’ve ever had, Abby and Kasey, my shop dogs. Kasey was 15 1/2 when he past of old age. Abby was murdered by an employee who got caught robbing my last client of 13,000 in jewelry. I still struggle with this and have nightmares, constantly thinking about what happened.

The oldest of five – none of us talk to each other because of religion.

Am I venting a little? I guess that’s the point. I really needed something to do, something to distract me from all this bullshit.

I went online and started a profile at Fine Woodworking and never got any responses – like I wasn’t part of their group or maybe the people on that site never looked at my posts. Who knows, they don’t have a counter for reads so I have no idea if they read my stuff or what they think, not that it matters.

But LJ….. I felt like I was in a room full of woodworkers with the same passion I have. You reached out to me and gave me encouragement and support when I neded it most.

You kept me busy cleaning my shop so I can photgraph it in the workshop profile, scanning pictures to make stories out of them (which forced me to work on my horrible grammar) and reading all of your stories, looking at your projects and making thoughtful comments, just like you did with me.

My avatar – I always wear a tan cap to hold pencils. Here, it’s hanging in my shop and on the side of the brim it says: Be your own dog. It seemed appropriate for the dog lover in me.

As Debbie told me in a PM the other day: “This too will pass.” Thanks Debbie for your support.

Thanks to LJ, my loving wife of 30 yrs. and you guys, I will be OK.

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