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Cricket

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07-30-2014 02:56 PM

When you are looking at the projects here on LumberJocks, what makes them stand out for you?

For me, it is more than the project itself, it’s about the story behind the project.

My favorites are those in which the LumberJock took the time to tell us more…

How about you?

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Clint Searl

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#1 posted 07-30-2014 03:05 PM

Function, design, and execution are all that matters. Ya seen one cutting board or mallet, and ya seen ‘em all, regardless of the accompanying heartwarming story.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 07-30-2014 03:07 PM

I like unique things and shots of how it was made!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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CharlesA

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#3 posted 07-30-2014 03:09 PM

I tend not to care too much about the story about the project, except in some particular circumstances. Excluding jigs and other projects that help you make something, projects stand out to me in the beauty of wood, the evident craftsmanship, the aesthetics of the shape. I tend to like wood that looks relatively natural (no heavy color treatments), simple, clean lines, and functionality. I know lots of folks like carvings, scroll saw projects, etc., but they’re not for me.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 07-30-2014 03:10 PM

Creativity, and execution. Background stories are nice, and often interesting, but don’t affect my opinion of the project.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#5 posted 07-30-2014 03:19 PM

I really like to read about considerations regarding design, methods and choice of material. A good story behind helps as well. And great pictures!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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CharlesA

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#6 posted 07-30-2014 03:23 PM

+1 on “considerations regarding design, methods and choice of material”

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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Paul Maurer

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#7 posted 07-30-2014 04:01 PM



Function, design, and execution are all that matters. Ya seen one cutting board or mallet, and ya seen em all, regardless of the accompanying heartwarming story.

- Clint Searl


Clint has got it. There would have to be something special to make a cutting board or mallet stand out. A woodworker need not be a writer or even much of a photographer. I like to appreciate the art, gather ideas and knowledge.

-- Psalm 62: 11 Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God, 12 and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord. For you repay to all according to their work

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CharlesA

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#8 posted 07-30-2014 04:05 PM

Guess it is time to post my combination mallet/cutting board.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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firefighterontheside

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#9 posted 07-30-2014 04:15 PM

A lot has to do with photo quality. Ill confess that i dont use my good camera. I dont provide a really good setting. Some projects look so much better when there is care in the photo taking process so that you can really see what i see. Im most proud of a table i built, but my pictures were not too good. It did not get much a ttention.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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eddie

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#10 posted 07-30-2014 04:27 PM

the project are great ,but its the ones that take the time to share their knowledge on the building that make the best,i really don’t like it when i see ones that are favored but the reader dont even take the time to post a thank you. for it .its means a lot for someone who goes to the trouble to post a project . there are many Masters of this craft of wood working on this site and i have noticed they all have one thing in command they love to share and encourage .

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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CFrye

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#11 posted 07-30-2014 05:10 PM

Things that stand out to me…
1)the photography. A project post with different angles, close up/detail shots, something else in the image for scale.
2)the details. I am a novice wanting to learn. Tell me the woods, tools and finishes used, what the size is, what problems were encountered and how you resolved them…
3)a different way of doing something or using a tool.
4)a helpful link is appreciated, although I’d rather not have to leave the page for info.
5)the story-I’m a sucker for a good story.
6)the name of the project. I know I’m not the only one that has clicked on a project because of an intriguing or cryptic name.

-- God bless, Candy

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CharlieM1958

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#12 posted 07-30-2014 05:35 PM

The first thing that catches my eye is the photography. Some may say that’s not important, and of course the photography has noting to do with the quality of the project, but how often do you see a project with blurry cell phone photos make it onto the top 15 page? Since the question posed was “What makes projects stand out?”, I have to admit that good photography is what attracts my attention first.

After that, I really like it when posters add some information about any special techniques they used, challenges they faced, and so forth.

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

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steve_in_ohio

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#13 posted 07-30-2014 06:17 PM

I look at how unique and complex a project is

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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OldWrangler

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#14 posted 07-30-2014 06:28 PM

I like any project that makes me wonder, “could I do that”. Good photography and some instructions are really of a lot of help as is the suggestion of the wood used. Some of you guys get woods that I can only dream about.
Having your own saw mill and a National Forest in your back yard is one of the secrets, isn’t it Monte?
We have a great ice cream dairy in Texas who’s slogan is ….”we eat all we can and sell the rest”(That’s Monte and his BKP).

-- I've given this a lot of thought and I don't think being an adult will work for me!!

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bigblockyeti

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#15 posted 07-30-2014 06:33 PM

For me, function and craftsmanship are the things that get my attention more than most. A good design is nice, but not so much if the execution is sub-par.

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