It seems to me that we need a place for Jigs at LJ’s. This is how I imagine it:
It would be identical to the “Projects” section but it would be it’s own separate area. So each persons account would have “My Home,” “Projects,” “Jigs,” “Blog,” Buddies,” etc.
On the Home Page there would be a little “Jigs” section right under the “Projects” section and it would show the latest three Jigs posted.
I know jigs are technically projects, but I think they deserve to be separate. Projects are the beautiful, prized end products of our shop and our labor. Jigs are the functional, means to an end. Our jigs may be elaborate, simple, beautiful or ugly and made of scraps. But they represent ingenuity, individuality and inventiveness, and we woodworkers are very fond of them.
So fond of them, in fact, that many of the books written about woodworking are dedicated specifically to Jigs. This is why I believe we need a section of LJ’s dedicated to them as well.
It would be extremely helpful, in my mind, to have this dedicated jig section. This way we could search through it for ideas and inspiration for how to improve the efficiency of our shop or our tools. Every woodworker has such a different take on which jigs are necessary and how to make them. There has even been long debates on LJ’s recently on whether to buy or make certain jigs and tools.
I noticed that many jocks have jigs posted in their projects section. I have lots of different jigs in my shop. Many are extremely simple but they make a common task much easier. I would like to share them with everyone but I have been hesitant to fill my “projects” section with these contraptions. I believe a special “Jigs” section would encourage myself and other Jocks to post more of their jigs and discuss their methods of work. This is, after all, one of the main reasons I value LJ’s so much in the first place: the sharing of ideas.
So I am posting the question to the LJs: What do you think of this idea? And who would we talk to about getting it off the ground?
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