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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 07-22-2012 10:06 PM

Although I have never posted anything notable, I have mostly been doing stuff lately in metal that is not appropriate to the site.

I think one of the hardest thing about posting projects is that unless you have an outlet to get projects out the door, you get to a saturation point. How many projects can you fit into your house? I make things for myself and immediate family. If I enjoy making tables, how many tables can I fit into my house? Same for any other furniture. I think that is why so many people get into making things like pens and cutting boards. Little things that make nice gifts.

My next big woodworking project will most likely be to make some worktables and storage in my garage to house my metal working equipment. Would I post it? Most likely not. It will be just made from regular construction grade materials with a coat of paint slapped on it. Unlikely to be on the front of next month’s fine woodworking.

As to the off topic stuff driving people away? I imagine it is very few. Most visitors to the site probably are unaware of the drama. The only reason I see any is that I mainly read the site through RSS feeds and see everything posted (although not all the responses). The most egregious posts are pulled pretty quickly. Yeah, they leave some kooky stuff up but if they didn’t give a little latitude, it probably would be worse. Some feathers get ruffled but if they come down too hard, they have to spend weeks fighting the real offenders out. Last time it did lose some people due to the battle cleaning things out. Some people are just not cut out for the anonymity of the internet. That’s why I post with my real name. It makes me think before I respond.

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