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Forum topic by stefang posted 12-17-2009 06:50 PM 1159 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-17-2009 06:50 PM

There are so many really good projects being posted that deserve recognition that I feel guilty when I don’t comment on them. The problem is that there are so many of them, I just can’t seem to keep up anymore. I’ve been just trying to keep up with my buddies posts, and that’s about as far as I get. I am getting a quick look at most of them though and I have to say there are certainly a lot of really good woodworkers out there. So if I haven’t commented on your work it doesn’t mean I don’t love it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 12-17-2009 07:10 PM

How true it is. I just can’t get through all the postings either. There are so many per day now and I can’t get through them all either. I have to pick and choose and post to what I can. But I am looking and posting to those that interest me so when get healed up and back to the shop, I may have some more great ideas to work on.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#2 posted 12-17-2009 07:58 PM

Just make sure you comment on mine Mike. I only place one about every year these days. LOL. I’ll do the same for you.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 12-17-2009 08:20 PM

Mike, I know exactly what you mean.

Back when I first signed up, I used to comment on most of the projects posted. I felt like if somebody took the time to post a project, they deserved a comment, suggestion, advice, or at least an “attaboy” as encouragement.
Now there are just too many projects to keep that up, and it always pains me a little bit to see a great project get posted and then quickly relegated to page two with few or no comments. But I guess that’s the price we pay for having a great, popular site.

Now I find myself focusing more on the forum topics, because at least I can keep up with that. (So far, anyway.)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 12-17-2009 08:27 PM

What blows me away is when I get good comments on my projects. I am pretty sure folks are just being polite.. At this point I still consider myself a hack, but I am learning…

The wonderful work that comes from folks on this site is simply inspiring… Kind of like having a personal muse….

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 12-17-2009 08:31 PM

Mike, I hear you. When I first came on board not only did I keep up with, and usually commented on nearly all of the projects, forum and blog topics posted, but was also able to go back and read the comments as well. But, as you said, with the numbers of projects that are being posted it is impossible for me, at least, to do anything but comment on a few projects.

If memory serves me right, and it has let me down a few times, Topamax has managed to work through all of the projects posted. Maybe he will give us some lessons on how to find the time to keep up? :)

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

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#6 posted 12-17-2009 08:40 PM

I don’t just want to give everybody a gold star. There are 2 types of posts where I’m prone to comment. When the work is great, and more especially when words of encouragement will give a newer woodworker a push.

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#7 posted 12-17-2009 08:40 PM

Seems like most of us are in the same boat. At this moment, this post has 71 views and 7 replies. I have noticed most of the threads have a similar disparity between views and comments. Wish I had time to comment on all of the fantastic projects, ideas and thoughts but there are not enough hours in the day!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 12-17-2009 08:56 PM

Took the words right out of my mouth, Mike.

Not only do time and my lousy eyes force me to be mighty selective about what I open, but … there’s something more: for ME, I get a certain amount of “Awe Struck Burnout.”

In other words … there are SO many beautiful projects posted on this site …. that are YEARS beyond anything I could conceivably build … that I run out of wonderful things to say about each of them. “Wow!” sounds kind of cheap, after a while … even though “Wow!!” is exactly what I’m thinking when I look !!

It’s an embarrassment of riches, around here—a really GOOD problem to have :-)

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 12-17-2009 10:49 PM

Mike you are so right.

Many/most days I feel more like a lurker here rather than a loving member. I check this site several times a day, yet I still find very little time to give all the wonderful woodart projects their just due. I think the term used by Neil above”Awe Struck Burnout” are entirely accurate from my side of the keyboard as well.

I will say that when I do manage to find time to post my own projects, the comments mean so very much to me and are a true inspiration for me to continue working hard to improve my skills.

So, here is a toast…...”To the entire Lumberjock Community, Thank you for sharing hard work and inspiring projects. I marvel daily at your craftsmanship and enjoy your fellowship, critiques, and ideas. May we all continue to enjoy our path down the wooded future together and with success in our ventures.”

Your friend

-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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#10 posted 12-18-2009 12:27 AM

Mike, you are so right, but there is no need to feel guilty. It would be a full time job to comment on everything. I tend to spend more time commenting in the forums. Since I have some experience in certain ares of woodworking, I think my time is better spent responding there—-When I’m qualified. I certainly don’t comment on every technical question either. Their will always be way more lookers, but isn’t that what it’s all about—Gaining knowledge and ideas to make us better woodworkers. When certain things catch my eye, for whatever reason, I’ll comment.

Thanks for all the great comments you do make, and don’t worry about the rest



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#11 posted 12-18-2009 02:15 AM

So many projects to see, so many skills to learn, so many projects to build… little time…..........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#12 posted 12-18-2009 04:53 AM

Seems like teh last few months have gotten 3-4 pages of new stuff everyday!! Too much for me to Mike :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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