Call For Wider Adoption Of Project Card Widgets

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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 04-12-2008 11:05 PM 1603 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

To be honest, I really believed that our latest cool feature – Project Card Widgetswould get wider adoption. This is one of a kind feature of the LumberJocks that you simply cannot find on other woodworking sites or forums. It’s possible here because the projects are the core of this site and community.

To stress the power of these widgets again, let me present it on the top projects from the latest Awards edition:


Not Just Any Box Category

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The Multi-Purposed 2×4 Category

Click for details

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... not just textual links – instant rich graphical project cards linked to the actual projects and generated automatically for you.

Are you mentioning one of your earlier projects in your new post? Link it with the project card widget…
Maybe you want to present one of the LJ projects on some high-trafficked ww forums. Embed the project card to your post there and you get image as well as link…
Want to proudly present your project on your own website, blog? Easy as copy & paste…

And sure it’s great for the LumberJocks website too since it spreads the word virally ;) Best of both worlds.

That’s the end of my ramblings for now.

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#1 posted 04-13-2008 12:21 AM

I think people are just realizing how to use them.

I have used them a couple of time so far.

Given time I bet they will get a lot of use.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 04-13-2008 12:46 AM

Martin, we’re woodworkers. We have to sneak up on technology. We’ll get there eventually once we read the instructions.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#3 posted 04-13-2008 01:19 AM

those are cool Martin. It’s much better than linking to a project. I don’t have enough projects yet to be able to say “oh look i did that on this project”. when i build some more things and can start to say that though i will start using these a lot more.

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#4 posted 04-13-2008 01:25 AM

I’ve used them a few times (within LJ and connecting with GT and HR)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 04-13-2008 01:39 AM

Hey Martin, I saw these on someone’s project and thought it was really neat but I didn’t (OK, don’t) know how to utilize them. I’ll take a look and figure it out! Thanks, TIm

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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Peter Oxley

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#6 posted 04-13-2008 01:42 AM

I’m sure they’ll get used more and more as people get used to them – they’re pretty cool!

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Scott Bryan

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#7 posted 04-13-2008 01:42 AM


Some of us are just slow learners. We will get there eventually but it tends to be a trial and error (mostly error) learning process. By the time we get it down and become marginally competent technology has left us behind and we have to struggle to get caught up.

Besides who has time to post any project when there are so many new posts to review and comment on? :)

We will get there sooner or later. I think….

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 04-13-2008 01:49 AM

It’s a really cool feature. I have been looking for an excuse to use it.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#9 posted 04-13-2008 03:00 AM

I feel like a goof but, I have no idea what those things, when I should use them or how to make them work, can someone post a link to where I can read more about them?

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#10 posted 04-13-2008 05:16 AM

Martin a cool feature. But will take me a little time to get it working.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#11 posted 04-13-2008 01:22 PM here’s Martin’s initial post.

How I’ve used it so far:
  • when I want to show someone a project I have done or someone else has done… whether that is here at LJ or at one of the Sister Sites. I don’t have to retype a lot of information: I just post the link which is the photo card.
  • Also, if I have posted a woodworking project here and I want to also show it at GardenTenders I don’t need the “how” information over at GardenTenders. There, I’m just interested in showing the “what”. So I post the project card and if they want to learn more about the building process they can read about it here at LumberJocks.

As Martin said in his announcement, I just go to the project page that I want to talk about and click on and highlight the “LumberJock code” on the left side of the page, copy it, and then paste it in my blog or comment or website. That’s it; that simple; that effective.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#12 posted 04-13-2008 02:08 PM

I find that most of the guys and gals here are a bit afraid of trying something new when it comes to using their computers. After all, they are woodworkers, not tech-no geeks. For some just posting a picture has proved to be a difficult task. But the bottom line is, they have figured it out. As time goes on,they will figure out the widget also.

The widgets are just like posting a picture. Copy the embedded code and place it where you want it. For me this is the best way of showing off your work project in any other place, like on your web page. Or if your like me and use some of the other forums available to us on the net, viola, the widget…links straight to your project. I have used this on a forum and got a bunch of feedback right away from other users.

We here at the LumberJocks are very lucky to have a man like Martin looking after the site. I am no tech-no geek, and if I can figure things out so can the rest of you. Just jump right in and give it a try. You can’t hurt anything. Martin, I think this is one of the best features, of many on the web site. Keep up the good work. They will come around…...

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#13 posted 04-13-2008 02:10 PM

Give it time.

-- David, Charlotte NC

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#14 posted 04-13-2008 02:20 PM

It’s almost like swimming, some people dive right in,

& others walk in slowly until they get used to the cold water.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#15 posted 04-13-2008 04:03 PM

I swim like a rock. I’ve frustrated 4 certified swimming instructors. Never could make First Class Scout

My computer skills are only slightly better.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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