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Forum topic by David Craig posted 11-28-2009 09:52 PM 1478 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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David Craig

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11-28-2009 09:52 PM

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Good afternoon fellow LJ’ers. I enjoyed reading the feedback from my last forum question so I thought I would throw another one out there.

How has the internet enhanced your woodworking experience? (Aside from the obvious pleasure that LJ brings ;)

I live in the southeastern LP of Michigan. While Michigan has a very rich supply of natural resources in the UP, I live in a medium sized town and the stores around my area do not supply much in the woodworking area. This would normally limit my choices in blades, supplies, and tools and I have but one friend (though he is the best friend a guy could ever have and has volumes of experience in many things) to seek advice or share information with. The last year, I have seen an incredible expansion in my choices and knowledge just from the online resources available. I get a variety of catalogs from Grizzly, Rockler, Penn State, Woodcraft, and even a few of the smaller businesses where they provide an online catalog which gives me a chance to help the small business owner out some. Now I have LJs to add to that list. I love you guys and gals in that non-touchy, heterosexual, yet non-homophobic, non-sexually discriminate kind of way :)


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#1 posted 11-28-2009 10:25 PM

The internet has certainly opened up doors that some people would not have ever had the opportunity to open.

-- Best Regards With Personalized Rocking Chairs And Furniture On My Mind,

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#2 posted 11-28-2009 10:53 PM

I have found it a great asset in expanding my woodworking I found Ljs by going to Charles Neils site and I found Charles Neil after seeing him on “You tube” after doing a search on the web for some woodworking task I hadn’t done before.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 11-28-2009 11:42 PM

There so much info on the internet. Discussions/debates about different tools and techniques that magazines often don’t touch on. I suppose the downside is that there is also some misinformation, so you have to be cautious about it.

The internet bargain alerts have been a huge help to me too… wife might disagree!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#4 posted 11-28-2009 11:49 PM

If it weren’t for the Internet, and LumberJock particularly, I would not have thought to make the majority of the things I’ve made. I wouldn’t be aware of the techniques or styles that are regularly taught and displayed here.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#5 posted 11-28-2009 11:56 PM

if it wasn`t for the net I had never faund you LJ site and proberbly never reconise that i was so tirret of the danish do – it – yourself magasin if there is any arts and craft try ind the magasin they always use sheedgoods (nothing wrong with sheedgoods) and never try to go one step further. but fortunly under a 7 months sig periode I found myself siting 6 to 10 aurs a day on the net catshing up on how to use differrent kind of woodworking tools mostly handtools becurse I also discover that working the galootway like a gentleman with aut noise and always afraid of if I still have all the 10 fingers when the job was done. The net deffently chance my way of going down the woodroad now I will try to make things wish is changenly my brain and skill.


Ps. sorry abaut my spelling havenĀ“t done it since scooldays

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#6 posted 12-01-2009 04:06 PM

Thanks for the input everyone. I forgot to mention YouTube. Thanks for mentioning Jim. Books are nice, but many times a picture of a tool next to a piece of wood doesn’t help me much. YouTube has been awesome in giving me a visual on how technique is applied. Good points knotscott. Kind of nice to see you reply. You are almost a celebrity to me. I have seen your postings on a variety of sites and you have been very helpful to me. Dennis, no fear of spelling errors, I can understand what you are saying. Thank you for sharing.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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