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Forum topic by DKV posted 03-15-2013 05:06 PM 1107 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-15-2013 05:06 PM

“Which (fill in the blank) should I buy? This has probably been discussed before but I’m just soooooo lost and need the help of the “experts” on this site. Please, please help little old me.”

How many posts have you seen on this site that are similar to this? If it wasn’t for these types of posts half the contributors on this site would never contribute. Giving an opinion on this type of question is very easy. All you have to do is name the (fill in the blank) that you own and then swear it’s the best (fill in the blank) that was ever invented.

In fact, I have a similar question for all the experts on this site. Here it is.

Which (fill in the blank) should I buy? I know you guys have years of experience and tons of knowledge and will be able to tell me and lead me to buying the best (fill in the blank). I thank you all ahead of time for taking the time out of your retirement years to give little old me some advice on buying a (fill in the blank).

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#1 posted 03-15-2013 05:08 PM

Don’t be so lazy – make your own (fill in the blank) from your scrap pile!

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#2 posted 03-15-2013 05:13 PM

I find nothing wrong with these types of posts. If you prefer not to bother with them then just skip them. A lot of people are new to woodworking and like help. They can surely go through the old posts and see if their specific question is answered but, like most of us, would probably prefer their own post with responses to their specific need.

Now as to those who answer these posts with “it’s the best (fill in the blank) that was ever invented.” – I’d have more trouble with that response than the post itself. If a person does not want to give a reasoned response to an inquiry such as the one posed, then they shouldn’t post – simple as that.

I’m sure not everyone thinks like I do, and that’s a good thing, but I wouldn’t want to discourage anyone on this site or others to not post a question like the one you inquire about for fear of being disregarded or looked down on as not having a post good enough to be considered.

Just my two cents.

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#3 posted 03-15-2013 05:14 PM

Japanese twin hookers are the best, though they are not for everyone. Just remember this adivce, always buy the best ones you can afford, regardless of the brand. Cheap ones lead to nothing but misery, just ask Hugh Grant.

-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."

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#4 posted 03-15-2013 05:32 PM

ChuckV, good one…

Betsy, when you say “old posts” you are referring to the posts posted just 1,2 or 3 days ago on the same “fill in the blank” question?

I forgot to say in the OP that another method of posting on a “fill in the blank” post is to recommend the “fill in the blank” that you cannot afford but would buy if you had the money. If you are embarrassed with your “fill in the blank” then you would of course recommend the “fill in the blank” that you would have if you could have a “fill in the blank”. It’s all a fun, dreaming kind of Xmas posting…

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#5 posted 03-15-2013 05:35 PM

Let me say something here. It is very easy to respond with a response as to use the search function or “Here Let Me Google That For You!” I work in I.T. during the day and part of staying ahead of the curve is constantly learning new stuff. One area I stopped utilizing was technology forums and chat rooms, because those that participated there looked down to whom they considered noobs. In my opinion, there loss as I am sure they would have benefited from my skill and experience just as much as I would have benefited from theirs.

The point I am making is that I don’t see this as much in the woodworking forums. That really is a good thing. I think as soon as we start getting critical when someone comes in here and asks the same question that has already been asked 100 times before, we start to lose something more important. Yes it is true people will say “buy the tool I own, as I am very happy with it” However, there are the occasional “Don’t buy that tool, it will cause nothing but heartache!” Most people who come in here and ask that would want to see the various response to form an opinion of their own as to what to buy.

The person who gets satisfaction from the help he receives here is going to come back again and again, and some day may provide advice that could help you.

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#6 posted 03-15-2013 05:38 PM

One of the reasons people join is to get advice, hear from people who have experience with such-and-such project, woodworking skill and/or tool.
Some people say, “Do your research”—that is exactly what people are doing – seeking information from those who know.

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#7 posted 03-15-2013 05:40 PM

You should definitely get a FITB just like the one I use.
It has no sharp parts anywhere on it and even the dull ones are covered by guards.
It also has non toxic paint and a base that’s twice as wide as the top so it can’t fall over on me.
All this may cost more but if I can save myself a painful injury, it’s worth the extra expense.


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#8 posted 03-15-2013 05:46 PM

Shipwright, you and ChuckV need to do a routine together… :)

Debbie, are you tracking my posts? Does a red light go off on your keyboard when the “troublemaker” posts? :)

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#9 posted 03-15-2013 09:46 PM

Nobody wants to come home with a lemon do they? These posts usually indicate the poster has done some research and they are simply seeking reassurance that the (fill in the blank) will do a decent job.

How many times have I seen these posts about the same (fill in the blank)?,
definitely more than 20 times, but I am able to not get hung up about it. I use my inbuilt wheat/chaff filter and opt to not click on the post. Besides, most of the (fill in the blanks) are American made, which we European jocks are never likely to encounter. I stay out of it, I mean what good is a (fill in the blank) with a 1” arbour to me? None whatsoever, ‘cos none of my blades would fit.

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#10 posted 03-15-2013 10:57 PM

MsDebbie…I’ll add that anybody using this FREE site should know that any advice is only “opinion” and it should be taken as such. There are paid services that will be more than happy to give you expert advice (50/50 shot at getting better results). DKV seems to think this is the latter. He can be pretty annoying at times (but I heard he can’t eat pork chops so it all makes sense to me).

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#11 posted 03-15-2013 11:10 PM

Renners, I am going to do some research (maybe, don’t hold me to it) to see if posters just copy and paste their answers from thread to thread. You know, something like A1Jim and others do when they welcome new members.

Teejk, I eat porkchops but only alone and behind closed curtains. I also love pig skins. I also eat meat on Friday. I also cross in the middle of the street. I also turn right on red in states that don’t allow it. I also sneak water to my favorite plants when we are asked to conserve. I also…

Also, what do you mean annoying? I think of it as speaking the truth.

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#12 posted 03-15-2013 11:42 PM

You’re not a very good Muslim then are you Deek, stuffing pork chops down your face when no-one can see you.

What would your Imam have to say about that?

Have you ever had a proper Pork Pie, made in Melton Mowbray? Can you get them where you live?

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#13 posted 03-15-2013 11:53 PM

well DKV…my point is that so many members here only found the site via a google search. The majority of us learned on our own and the internet has been a great resource. So even though you post mainly in the OT forums, you are making fun of those that might want to learn something or at least get a few ideas. That is annoying. It is a free site after all and not everybody has your level of expertise.

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#14 posted 03-15-2013 11:53 PM

I do not know about pork pies but this looks good.

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#15 posted 03-15-2013 11:56 PM

Teejk, I guess, if you insist.

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