What I learnt in 1 Year on LJ

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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 1924 days ago 1193 reads 0 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Looking at the stats, it’s been 356 days. and a whole lot more of a woodworking since day 1.

The passion is still going strong, but the shared experiences and information that has flown around has added so many new abilities and capabilities. I want to thank everyone that ever responded to any of my questions in person, or indirectly by asking questions on the forums, that I had in my mind as well, or answered those.

there are many opinions between the 10K members, some share the same principles, while others are on the opposite fence, but all directed at better woodworking. if we can only learn to listen and accept something that is different, many of the indifferences here can be agreed on mutually as opposed to brewing into battles.

Sometimes it feels people here are a bit too nice, but I guess I’m more open to criticism then others, and expect to see less “great job” and more “that looks good, but why …..?” I guess I like asking questions that can bring brainstorming and progression. and I know we are all different, even in this aspect.

It’s nice to have a group of friends from all over the world that share the same drive, and interest. I even got to hangout with ryno101 yesterday (was that an anniversary gift from and hope to get a chance to hangout with more locals soon. (a plan is forming – I’ll post when it’s more settled).

And a big thank you for Martin for coming up with the idea of LJ, following through it, and keeping it up and upgraded every once in a while.


-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#1 posted 1924 days ago

HappyBirthday to you.
Only 2 months here myself but feels like a lifetime,, can’t remember when I didn’t get up at Zero Dark Thirty in the AM to check LJ’s for new posts comments or just to have a look see.
The Ideas and Inspiration .. and comraderie at LJ’s is fantastic.. I have stolen a lot of good ideas and hope I have given something back as well.,
Kudos to Martin.. the main man..great site and thank you from me too….

Happy wood working to one and all.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#2 posted 1924 days ago

Happy 1 year B-day (anniversary)!

I, for one have enjoyed your projects, comments and questions


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 1924 days ago

Your comments, knowledge and insights are very much appreciated along with your willingness to help. I’m glad you are here.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 1924 days ago

Sometimes the “atta boys” get a bad rap, but from my experience “atta boy” always pushed me further forward than “you suck”.

Congrats on your first year.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#5 posted 1924 days ago

happy birthday mate its funny that this site has become so big the family just keeps growing and growing

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#6 posted 1924 days ago

congrats an may the grain be with you

-- Custom furniture

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Francisco Luna

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#7 posted 1924 days ago

Sharon, as a Hantool buddy, I have enjoyed all your comments and blogs, you as many other nice people here make of this place an addiction!
Congratulations !

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#8 posted 1924 days ago

Happy Birthday Sharon. Its nice to know that I’m not the only one that thinks that constructive criticism and questions are at least as valuable as pats on the head. I’m not trying to start a debate on this, just commenting that I share that philosophy. Whew!!

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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Bob #2

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#9 posted 1924 days ago

I must compliment Martin on his decisions over many occasions to let things play out and work out between the membership rather than intervening and creating yet another sterile social environment as has happened on so many INTERNET forums.
I think even the worst posts are valuable regardless of the content. We are here to learn from each other.
Sometimes it’s wood and other times it’s philosophy.

That’s a good thing and a lot closer to real life.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#10 posted 1924 days ago

Thanks everyone…. I’ve had a long day … not sure how I calculated 356 as 1 year…. it did seem an odd number when I was writing this blog….. so I guess this would be considered an early birthday :o)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 1924 days ago

Hey Lev;

Maybe it’s some sort of leap year or dyslexia also known as lezdixia.

Happy one year anyway.

Seems as though you’ve been here longer than that.

Maybe that’s my A.D.D. kicking in though.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 1924 days ago

I’m with you too on appreciating the constructive criticism. But then again after all the art classes I went through I kind of miss having the occasional “slap in the face” to wake me up and challenge my reasoning. Not that the kudos and great jobs aren’t heartfelt, I don’t accuse anyone of not being heartfelt with them, I just miss the chance to defend my piece to criticism and explain my method to my madness >:D

-- -- Jim - Kokomo, Indiana

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#13 posted 1924 days ago

happy early birthday. Totally agree with you about the site, it,s been an inspiration for me and it really got me off the floor and lifted my spirits when i joined. Great mix of amateur and professional, hand and power tool, young and old, not to mention the international flavour.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#14 posted 1924 days ago

Congratulations. You have added an immense talent to this forum.
Inspiration comes not only from praising a project but from making constructive criticisms and recommendations on how to make it better. When you make that recommendation, it shows that there is thinking going on. Not a bad commodity in a world where thinking seems obsolete sometimes!
From your fellow MA woodworker,

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Douglas Bordner

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#15 posted 1924 days ago

Sharon, you’re an asset on these pages, and I’m glad you’re here. Since about 40 percent of my projects come out a bit shorter than originally planned, I certain think I’d give you a mulligan on the nine days. Happy Jock-aversary!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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