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Forum topic by PRGDesigns posted 02-06-2012 02:36 AM 792 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-06-2012 02:36 AM

Topic tags/keywords: texas geographical location members question resource

Being relatively new to the LJ site, could anyone advise me how to search LJ’s for members by their geographical location, i.e. Texas, etc.? Just typing in the geographical location returns a lot of results that aren’t as specific as I would hope for. In the alternative, if this search function is not available, how would one go about making this as a possible suggestion to LJ’s? I apologize in advance if this has been discussed before, but in my limited search, I didn’t find anything on this subject.

In addition, does anyone know how to search out members by a certain tool, maybe something like a specialty tool such as a CNC machine, a certain dovetail jig, etc.? Previously, when I was a member of the Des Moines Woodworking club, they developed a profile for all their members that you could voluntarily list the tools you owned, either generically or specifically, so you could seek out other member’s opinions on various aspects of their tools, which I found to be invaluable at their meetings, etc. Same apologies above if this has already been covered.

Thanks in advance for any consideration and/or patience you can give this matter.

-- They call me Mr. Silly

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#1 posted 02-07-2012 12:33 AM

If you go to the shop page. The sad part is you have to click each page. It was a year before I figured that on out. All 32 of them.
As far as the tools the search is somewhat helpful. But after you have been her a while you learn the guys that use cnc or hand planes. If you know who built the model you are looking for try
See if ant of that helps. Some of the other guys will have a better answer.

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

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#2 posted 02-07-2012 04:47 AM

As SuperD noted, there really is no good way to do what you want as far as finding members. You posted in the right forum for making that suggestion though.
I second that suggestion. I have on several occasions went page by page and looked up members in the same states as other members as a way of helping a new member out. It’s a long and burdensome process. If you wish for me to do that, let me know, and I will next time I have the extra free time.

As for the second part of your question, go to the bottom of the page and click where it says “tags”. This is in a line across the bottom of the page anywhere you go on lumberjocks. It will take you here. Then look through those tags and try to find what you’re looking for. That system isn’t perfect either. That’s why we all need to tag out projects and such so they can be included in these tagged categories.

To include examples from your question, if you do what I described and click certain tags,
CNC will give you this page.
Dovetail will give you this page.
Add the plural s at the end and dovetails will give you this page.
Then you can browse all projects with that tag. The tags are assigned by the person posting the project.


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