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378 days ago

I have to apoligize for the way I answer threads. I sometimes forget that this is a woodworking forum and not a metalworking forum. I actually do more metal work than woodworking, so I sometimes forget and make replies that reflect my metalworking background. It may provide an answer, but may not be a suitable answer for someone who works wood exclusively. My woodworking skills are limited to common garden variety projects, like shop furniture, benches, some garden furniture; nothing too fancy. I have built some furniture, but hardly fine furniture quality. I can build them strong, but they won’t be fancy. I envy the fine work I see by LJ’s on this forum. I work mostly with softwoods and plywood; Baltic Birch being the most exotic I use. Any hardwoods I use comes from scraps and salvage. I will try to tailor my responses to the woodworker.

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#1 posted 378 days ago

You’re fine. If that’s the worst thing that happens, we’re in pretty good shape.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 378 days ago

MrRon, is there something wrong with thinking a bit outside of the traditional box? If we all had the same knowledge, experiences, and skill sets we would all be bringing the same thoughts to the table.

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#3 posted 378 days ago

We all add what we have to offer ,I envy a lot of the work some of folks do here too. Don’t sweat the small stuff :))

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 378 days ago

I have the same problem. For 30 years I split my time between cabinet making, tool/die making and metrology. It was always difficult to seperate working/measuring in microns from the level of accuracy required for woodworking.

-- Loyd, San Angelo, TX

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#5 posted 378 days ago

As someone who uses the lathe quite a bit, I enjoy the metal worker’s perspective.

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

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#6 posted 378 days ago

MrRon, I also come across many times as less than affable. Some have even called me a curmudgeon, (ask my wife).
I never mean to, but sometimes my humor doesn’t come across or comes across as criticism.

I only want to enlighten the recipient to an alternate way of doing something or get the point across that one way may not be better than another.

Sometimes my thought processes don’t work correctly, possibly due to a rough time growing up or maybe a couple of head injuries, so what I type out doesn’t look like it comes from an educated person. That is far from the reality.
When I’m working in the shop, the wood and the machines talk to me, letting me know what is going to work and what isn’t usually. Trying to convey that to someone via the gift of the internet for me is difficult and frustrating.

Keep posting, keep being abrasive. sometimes microns do matter in wood working, sometimes expansion matters in metal work…..

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#7 posted 378 days ago

Metal working is a fine complement to woodworking. It is great that you bring that perspective to LJ’s.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#8 posted 378 days ago

Thanks. Glad to hear that others have the same concerns. I’m one of those metrology nuts that works to thousands of an inch.

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#9 posted 378 days ago

Nothing wrong with a different perspective. Some people have skin that is, as you say, measured in microns thick

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#10 posted 378 days ago

It’s great to have you here and to see your take on things.

-- “A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.” ― Mark Twain

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#11 posted 378 days ago

I don’t think you need to apologize for having a different approach.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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#12 posted 378 days ago

Some of the woodworkers work or set up their woodworking machines with such tight tolerances you would think they are making metal parts.

-- Ken from Ontario

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#13 posted 378 days ago

I’ve enjoyed both your approach and your advice, Ron. I hope you change nothing!

-- jay,

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#14 posted 378 days ago

Change nothing.. It is the diversity each member brings that makes this a great forum.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#15 posted 378 days ago

Carry on as usual. I’ve never been offended by your posts (but have by others)

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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