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Forum topic by Nighthawk posted 02-03-2012 02:34 AM 1408 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-03-2012 02:34 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question

Please don’t get me wrong… I love seeing all the projects on here, many are way beyond my mere attemps and skil levell. However… I kinda wish when people post up their projects, that they would post up more pictures of the build process… not just the final product. While great seeing the finished product, it makes it better and more interesting seeing the build process of it all, and for use novices like me see how it was all done, and put together, what tools you used and how you did it etc…

I realise sometimes well most times people forget to take photo’s during the build and that is understandable, most of the time I do as well… lol

There are also quiet a few projects on here that I believe should really be on the LJ sister site Home Refurbers (but thats just me… i guess)

Again don’t take me wrong… ??? just curious what others think I guess…

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ...

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#1 posted 02-03-2012 02:45 AM

I like seeing the build process as well, but it doesnt really bother me when they dont show it. The projects page is like a showcase of your woodworking. Its purpose is for displaying the finished project. The Blog page is for showing the step-by-step process if they choose. So this is why you dont see much of it on the projets page.

So while I’m not disagreeing with you…because I like seeing the “how-to” as well, I also understand WHY more people dont (like you stated…forget to take pictures, takes too much time, etc, etc)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 02-03-2012 03:31 AM

I would like to see a detailed description:

H x W x D
Unique build characteristics: design, build techniques, difficult/complex assembly methods, etc.
Scope of project: Tools/machines used, Traditional hand tooled, powertool build, combination
Woods used: for carcass, face frame, vineer, inlays, etc.
Finish: finishes used, application technique, # of coats, etc.
Nature of project: commissioned, for sale, gift, personal use
Last but not least: pictures with multiple views/angles

Just my $0.02

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 02-03-2012 03:49 AM

I agree with you. But I don’t understand why this is an “off topic” posting? It has to do with the website.

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#4 posted 02-03-2012 05:32 AM

Hokieman… mainly cause I still learning my way around the site and trying not to upset anyone if I post in the wrong section I guess… :-)

If the mods want to move it… that would be fine by me.

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ...

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#5 posted 02-03-2012 05:36 AM

There are plenty of how-tos already posted and you can always ask the person who posted it how they made it – that’s the difference between just a picture of the project seen somewhere and here – you have access to the person who made it. Usually people are willing to oblige and even reveal ( gasp) industry secrets!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#6 posted 02-03-2012 06:19 AM

Yup agree about the heaps of online HowTo’s and even the videos which are cool to watch etc… for me a pic can easily say a 1000 words… (I being the visual and dyslexic person I am and hate reading more than about 20 words…lol okay maybe 50 words)

I know there are the blog series, that have some project progress maybee people need to link to them as well on the project page… LJ is so big and a little confusing to for the newbie, finding them etc.

Again not try into upset anyone.

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ...

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#7 posted 02-03-2012 06:59 AM

You can use google search to help since LJ search is useless

Try this next time
In google search type:
“how to carve an elephant”

for example

and this will give a google search of only lumberjocks. Switching to images will show the picture in LJ matching your search

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#8 posted 02-03-2012 07:11 AM

I find the projects page is good for finding ideas and seeing all the things I won’t have enough time to learn how to do. The blogs are worth scanning through; that is where people tend to post process and thoughts. Lots of less necessary blogs but even they can be worth reading for ideas and concepts.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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Rick S...

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#9 posted 02-03-2012 11:15 AM

I agree with you Nighthawk. There should at least be more “Words” along with the Project, but Prefferably Progress Pictures, or at least various Views of the One Project. Also some of the Pictures are Sideways or of Lousy Quality.

I don’t go to the Blogs, not enough time.

As for Contacting the Poster (I assume on the Project page itself. NOT PM’s) and asking him/her all kinds of questions regarding their Projects..I guess that’s okay BUT I’ve found that after a few days or so, the PROLIFIC POSTERS, STOP Watching their own Posts. Every Project I’ve put on LJ’s, STAYS on my Watch List as long as I’m on here. I’ve had a number of Enquiries on Posts that are now a Year Old or Older.

As for LJ’s search being a waste of time and use Google…. The LJ Search IS a GOOGLE Custom Search.

When I see 4/5/6 Projects on ONE Page by the Same Poster with ONE Picture only and a Description like. “My Wifes New Table”. etc. etc. etc. for the rest of them. That doesn’t do anyone a heck of a lot of good.

In fact, and because I save a LOT of Woodworking Pictures from other sites. I’ve seen Pictures I’ve downloaded from other Sites POSTED HERE as THEIR PROJECT. THEY get a PM from me “Suggesting” they remove the Project. I usually get “Blocked” right after. NO. I’m not interested in Informing Management. What proof do I have that they actually did that.

I also think you Posted this in the Proper Forum. It’s Your “Personal Issue” and a Question. “Web Site Feedback” is exactly that. If there’s a Problem with the way the Site is Performing, or you have a Suggestion as to how it might better Operate, then you use “Web Site Fedback”.

Now I feel better ….LOL….


-- I Chose "The Road Less Travelled" Now I'm Totally Lost! (Ontario, CANADA)

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#10 posted 02-03-2012 06:10 PM

Nighthawk I and a few others will blog about the process of the project. And when I post the project I will link the blogs back to the project. Most of the time. It takes a good bit of effort to post this way. I enjoy blogging and posting my process. Mainly because I find I get helpful tips on what I am doing right or wrong. Also if I find myself stuck in a spot I am having trouble with you can find great help here. I haven’t looked at your home page. But you might try to pick a project you want to do. Blog on it, start a series about the process of the build.
Instead of looking on the project page for what you want. Browse the blogs and work it from that end.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#11 posted 02-04-2012 03:46 AM

Hi superdav721, I already know what my next 50 projects are… I do read many of the blogs… and view the projects… some of the projects I remember reading the blog for… etc…

I am not here really to get ideas what I want to build next, but I just enjoy seeing what others have built

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ...

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#12 posted 02-04-2012 07:53 PM

Hopefully this would take care of asking a question about the project & getting no reply …

-- Rick

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 02-06-2012 05:29 PM

It would be helpful if more LJs’ tagged there projects better. It helps in searching.

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

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#14 posted 02-06-2012 05:36 PM

One way to encourage this is to leave a comment when someone does these things.

Say thanks, that’s cool, something.

If someone takes the time, make it worth their time.

Just a thought…

-- My reality check bounced...

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