The best way to get to know the site is to click on the buttons in the toolbars. A brief description of the buttons is located on our About page. Take some time to explore and get a feel for what LumberJocks.com is all about.
What IS a LumberJock, Anyways?
By definition, a LumberJock is a wood enthusiast. To expand on that a little more, a LumberJock is a woodworker who wants to show, discuss, learn, and participate in the active woodworking community of LumberJocks.com. And beyond that, there is a sense of honour and integrity and a strong sense of family and friendship.
What All Can I Do Here at LumberJocks.com?
Showcase Your Woodworking Projects
LumberJocks.com is an online community where woodworkers (of all levels of ability) showcase their work. To do this, you post your finished creations in the Projects section as well as write about current projects in progress in your Blog.
You can talk about your woodworking experiences, your goals, your inspirations, your challenges, your tips and tricks, and so much more in your personal Blog. You may post individual blog entries and if you wish, you can connect blog entries of the same topic into an ongoing series. Some current blog series are over 20 entries long and have developed in mini books.
Help & Seek Help From Others
In the Forums section, woodworkers post their questions and tips about woodworking techniques, tools, and resources. If you have a question, any question, this is where to go. You can search through information already posted or start new discussions as needed.
These are nine main forums on the LumberJocks website:
- Woodworking Skill Share
- Wood & Lumber
- Woodworking Tools, Hardware and Accessories
- Safety in the Woodworking Shop
- Designing Woodworking Projects
- Sweating for Bucks Through Woodworking
- Woodworking Trade & Swap
- Coffee Lounge
- LumberJocks.com Site Feedback
Woodworkers, of all levels, continually challenge each other and themselves to try new techniques and to take their skills to a new level. Suggestions for alternative methods and materials will be found in project and blog discussions, and in the forums. Feel free to share your ideas, remembering to keep your input constructive and supportive.
The opportunity to learn and grow also takes place during Challenges and other special events that take place throughout the year. (Example: Thorsen Table Challenge from Spring, 2007).
How do I introduce myself to the other LumberJocks?
LumberJocks.com is like a big family and it's nice to get to know a little about each member. Here are some tips to introduce yourself to "the family".
If you haven't already done so, when joining the group, fill out the information on your profile by clicking on MY LUMBERJOCKS -> MY HOME -> EDIT MY PROFILE link in your personal toolbar, which is located near the top of the page.
You may choose to have your nickname displayed on each of your posts or your real name. For your signature, you may have a personal website that you would like displayed. Be sure to use the "http://" in front of the address to make it a live link.
(Note: you may edit the content at any time, just be sure to SAVE the changes when you are completed.)
We hope that you will provide some information about your shop by clicking on "My Workshop" in your personal toolbar.
You can post up to six pictures of your shop (the LumberJocks love to see pictures) and add a written description as well. Some people write a little story; some people make a list; and some people just keep it simple with a brief description.
You may choose to keep the location of your shop private, for safety reasons, or you may choose to be specific to help people find your location - especially if you have a business.
To mark your location on the map (either a specific location or general area) you can choose the "Locate Address" button or you can zoom and pan the map to find your location and click your mouse to mark where your workshop is. This mark will be shown on the map located on your Workshop page as well as on the home page of LumberJock.com under "Most Recent Workshops". You can then see how many other LumberJocks are in your region by clicking on "View All".
To introduce yourself you can post your first blog entry telling members about your journey in woodworking and what your interests are. (See "Posting Your Own Content" for more information)
Showcase One of Your Projects
Jump right into it by showcasing your work by posting a Project or two... or three... or four... (See "Posting Your Own Content" for more information)
You can start your LumberJock experience by commenting on others' Projects and Blogs. (See "Reading and Commenting" for more information)
Post a Woodworking Question
Perhaps you are here because you have some woodworking questions. Head over to the forums and post your question there. (See "Posting Your Own Content" for more information)