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My Esperanto Woodworking Book Project #2: The writing has begun

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 05-26-2016 11:04 PM 922 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A few days ago I contacted the editor of the newsletter for Esperanto-USA, the national organization for Esperantists in the U.S.A. I sort of know the guy from a few contacts over the years. I basically queried if he’d be interested in articles in Esperanto about woodworking. The answer was yes.

As it turns out he wants the sort of articles that I would be putting in my book, a basic how-to approach. While this is not a paying gig, I think it’s advantageous for me as it gives me access to an editor who reads my work, corrects a few of my errors and suggests ways to improve the article. Even in English I need an editor, so this is a great way for me to improve my language, writing style and expose woodworking to a different peer group.

My first article is a rerun of the earring box I made last year, but future articles will be about all new builds, though a few of the items are things I’ve done before.

Today while working on this, I needed a way to describe the ‘grits’ of sandpaper. I knew that I had figured this out before the harddisk on my last laptop bit the dust. The info went with it. After a few hours of looking up words and trying to remember my past genius solution, I remembered! The best word for coarseness as regards abrasives is ’raspeco ’. From there I can basically describe the general kind of grit to use for sanding.

Coarse is: raspega
Medium is: mezraspa
and fine is: raspeta

There are also ways to describe the grits between, above and below those. This time I’ve written it down outside of my harddisk, so it won’t get lost again.

The numbers that we enjoy on our sandpaper sheets don’t mean much aside from describing degrees of grit. There are two systems in the U.S. alone, so I’m sticking with the generalities. If you’ve read this far I thank you. Dankon !

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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#1 posted 05-26-2016 11:20 PM

Dave the other day Dutchy one of our Dutch wood workers was pulling my leg and typed something in dutch for me to puzzle over so I went to Google and figure out what he was saying to me.
May be it could be of help to you.
https://www.google.com/search?q=translate&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

Just type in the words or as I did pasted them in and wala it did the trick.
Hope this is helpful.
Just my $.02

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#2 posted 05-26-2016 11:28 PM

Mirinde! Gratulon!

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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#3 posted 05-27-2016 12:26 AM



Dave the other day Dutchy one of our Dutch wood workers was pulling my leg and typed something in dutch for me to puzzle over so I went to Google and figure out what he was saying to me.
May be it could be of help to you.
https://www.google.com/search?q=translate&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

Just type in the words or as I did pasted them in and wala it did the trick.
Hope this is helpful.
Just my $.02

- htl

I’m not sure how it is with other languages, but Google translate isn’t so good with anything but simple sentences in Esperanto. Anything stylistic or clever it just spits back out.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 05-27-2016 12:27 AM



Mirinde! Gratulon!

- Chris McDowell

Chris! Dankon! Eble vi povos provlegi la libron.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#5 posted 05-27-2016 03:07 AM

Sorry Dave wasn’t sure how good it was.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#6 posted 05-27-2016 11:21 AM



Sorry Dave wasn t sure how good it was.

- htl

That’s Okay. I appreciate that you were trying to help. Part of the difficulty is that I’m creating a technical vocabulary that mostly hasn’t previously been compiled. It just takes a lot of thought and looking around my half dozen dictionaries plus online sources.

I’ve use Google translate to check wikipedia articles from other languages in case a clue would shine through in the translation.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#7 posted 05-27-2016 01:29 PM

From what little I under stand about it and have see or read many seem to fall back and use the english words because they don’t have one that works.
I can really see this in computer lingo but in wood working, it’s been around for ever so would seem there should be words but like sand paper it’s fairly new so no words, very interesting problem you got there.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#8 posted 05-27-2016 02:20 PM



From what little I under stand about it and have see or read many seem to fall back and use the english words because they don t have one that works.
I can really see this in computer lingo but in wood working, it s been around for ever so would seem there should be words but like sand paper it s fairly new so no words, very interesting problem you got there.

- htl

There’s a word for sandpaper, ’sablopapero ’, but it was how to say things like ‘fine grit’, coarse grit’ that stumped me for a while. to my knowledge no conventional way to communicate that had been established, I.E. you can’t look it up in a dictionary. That’s why I had to figure out how to express it that would be immediately understandable to non-woodworkers, thus I chose to describe the grits as orders of ‘roughness’.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#9 posted 05-27-2016 08:37 PM

I wonder how ebay or Amazan would word it surely they sell it to who ever ?

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#10 posted 05-27-2016 09:35 PM



I wonder how ebay or Amazan would word it surely they sell it to who ever ?

- htl

Neither Amazon.com nor eBay are available in Esperanto.

My Firefox browser is in Esperanto. When I have to use a different computer I get disoriented at first with the English drop down menus.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#11 posted 05-31-2016 08:02 PM

Congratulations on the new outlet, Dave. I appreciate your tenacity in searching out the best ways to express and explain. Keep on keeping on!

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 06-29-2016 09:47 AM


Mirinde! Gratulon!

- Chris McDowell

Chris! Dankon! Eble vi povos provlegi la libron.

- Dave Rutan

Tio estus mojosa!

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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