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Blog entry by ejacobi posted 03-08-2013 08:26 AM 1028 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I’m new to LumberJocks, as I’m starting into woodworking and wanted to expand my knowledge by joining a woodworking community of some sort. There is something I would like to reveal about myself that I would like to get out of the way first. I am very loyal to Craftsman tools. It began when I was setting up my shop and discovered an old wood vise that my Dad inherited from his Dad – something about knowing that that impressed me of how solid a brand can be and what it can represent, and since I have committed to it, I have never regretted it. Some might say it’s obsessive, as I have lots of Craftsman tools, Craftsman promotional items, and even Craftsman clothes and shoes. Yeaaaaa. I hope you can all put up with that. This place seems Craftsman-friendly, too. For those who are anti-Craftsman however, it’s useless to point out to me that some of the tools are made in China or are of poor quality. If you want to dislike me for that, I have no issues, but please don’t provoke or harass me about it, as I will defend the brand until I am red in the face!

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#1 posted 03-08-2013 12:11 PM

Welcome to LJs!
You found a great place to feed your wood working insanity!!! There are plenty of talented & skilled people here, that are more than willing to share their expertise and knowledge. Jump in the waters fine!!!

As far as the C’man stuff. You will find that most people here realize that it is the person operating the tool/machine that produces the project. My favorite “brand” is the “CraigList Special”, no matching color scheme or free propmotional material, but a great value none the less!!! There will always be someone that has a fettish for one brand over another, so be it!!!

Enjoy your stay here on LJs. Now get in the shop, make & post a project. Most importantly, enjoy making saw dust!!!

See ya ‘round!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 03-08-2013 02:04 PM

Welcome to LJ’s. Will be watching for posts of your projects. Tool brand not an issue, jump into woodworking, create and enjoy.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 03-08-2013 03:51 PM


Welcome to LumberJocks , a world of advise, opinions, and experiences, all shared without judgement.

Tool ‘Brand’ preference is not as important as the craftsman’s ability to bring a stellar project to fruition with the tools at hand.
Most of us make decisions, as to which tools to buy, based on reviews of their prefomance, cost and customer service, based on that most will admit that we buy the best quality we can afford, regardless of color or brand.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#4 posted 03-08-2013 09:09 PM

Welcome LJ’s. The amount of support and inspiration is only limited by the amount of time you have to search through the site. The search functions are helpful and if you can’t find it there just ask and someone, or twenty, will have advice for you. Good luck with your woodworking journey.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#5 posted 03-08-2013 11:57 PM

Welcome to LJ’s, even if you don’t like Harbor Freight! LOL.

We forgive you in advance.

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

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#6 posted 03-09-2013 12:05 AM

Welcome to Ljs
We all like what we like in the way of tools it’s your choice and your money. I’m not convinced just one brand of tools is the only one for me but that’s what we all do is make a choice based on what we know and want. Enjoy Ljs we look forward to your input and sharing.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 03-09-2013 12:55 AM

Well, thanks for the warm welcome, everybody! And all of the sentiments are great, and I respect those who can see past that, because some communities are that way. Dallas, I do like Harbor Freight too, I get expendable parts there, like sandpaper and the like.

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#8 posted 03-09-2013 01:13 AM

Sssshhhhh! Don’t tell anyone or you’ll get put on the ignore list by the elite!

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

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#9 posted 03-09-2013 07:29 AM

Welcome … I use to live in the Milwaukee area. As I got older I couldn’t stand the snow and cold anymore. As for the choice of tools, I’m with A1Jim. I,currently have a Craftsman Pro table saw , but a number of other makes for the other tools. Don’t dismiss hand tools.

-- Don

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#10 posted 03-09-2013 03:35 PM

The kind of tools a woodworker uses is a personal preference. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 03-09-2013 03:53 PM

Welcome to LJ’s and have some fun, great bunch of folks
here and you’ll appreciate the helpful atmosphere.

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#12 posted 03-09-2013 06:59 PM

Glad to have you aboard. Lots of information available here

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#13 posted 03-10-2013 04:26 PM

Welcome to the obsession that is LJ’s.

-- Be honest, honorable, kind, work hard, and generally be awesome.

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#14 posted 03-12-2013 12:49 PM

SouthpawCA: did you say something about dismissing hand tools? Not in my shop… Craftsman #10 bit brace, Dunlap #10 bit brace, and my Craftsman hand drill. My camera unfortunately missed the shelf above, which has my hand planes and rasps.

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