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09-29-2014 11:44 PM

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It used to be that there was a winter and summer contests that inspired a lot of LJ’s to post descent projects here because the rules were the project would have had to be already posted. $500 prize was maybe one sponsor. Now, with no incentive to post a project, why do you do it? Also, we used to have sponsors like Bailighs that did $2500 giveaways: and they are gone. With the advertisement doubling on this site, which translate to additional revenues, why would anyone post a project that they spent 12 to 15 hours to design and show it to a bunch of people who have not bothered to even post any projects or even create a personal description. Please don’t shoot the messenger; Just wondering if sitting on the fence is the best approach in this site because it seems that what a lot of people are doing.


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#1 posted 09-29-2014 11:50 PM

I have never paid attention t any contests. I post my projects bc they’re fun to share with other woodworkers and I learn a lot in the process. I don’t post jigs bc I do make ugly jigs.

-- "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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#2 posted 09-29-2014 11:51 PM

Actually completing one.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#3 posted 09-29-2014 11:58 PM

Remembering to take pictures before I give it away, sell it, or the kids break it.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#4 posted 09-30-2014 12:15 AM

Good question mrjinxx…what inspirers you post yours? None of us post for the advertising or promoting our work because we will never sell our stuff to other woodworkers.

I post to get positive/negative input from other woodworkers who know what we go through and what is involved with building something…When I compare this to some of the outrageous questions and input that I hear from non woodworkers at some of the shows I do…well you get the idea…!

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#5 posted 09-30-2014 12:24 AM

I posted one project because it was a little different than most I found when searching. I don’t think about posting the stuff I make as much of it can already be found and usually better representatives of the piece already. I don’t personally see any value in doing so but maybe that is where I shouldn’t consider what I find useful.

I imagine many feel part of the group and see many of the forum members as friends and want to share as they see it as community. Others don’t feel this way so aren’t moved to participate in this manner.

It doesn’t bother me one way or the other.

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#6 posted 09-30-2014 12:32 AM

I post pictures when I remember to take one. I building a router workstation, so I am going to try to take photos at each step.

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#7 posted 09-30-2014 12:41 AM

I am a genuinely happy man. Long ago, I realized the universe is so vast I am less than a speck on a grain of sand in the desert, but … from my point of view, the universe goes out from where I stand. I am the center of my universe.

I naturally think the universe is interested in me. I know I am.

People treat you nicely here. That fact, and the continued necessity to feed my feeling of worth with compliments, makes me share occasionally.

I get the fact that other people like to be treated as if they are the center of their universe, so I give proper respect and compliments to them as well.

Maybe we all need each other. This place has always treated me like I like to be treated.

I feel welcome here.

Good enough for this narcissist.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#8 posted 09-30-2014 01:48 AM

nomercadies, yes, it could very well be the feeling of belonging, feeling warm and fuzzy in that we belong, have online friends and so on. But look to the right of your screen and that is all about; and that is AOK.


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#9 posted 09-30-2014 01:53 AM

A warm fuzzy feeling, sort of like watching kittens play or getting a full width Lace shaving from a new Krenov inspired plane on the virgin stroke!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#10 posted 09-30-2014 01:55 AM

I like sharing new ideas and knowledge, and also learning from others.

I participate on several forums and the general theme is the same.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#11 posted 09-30-2014 02:13 AM

I like to share the things I make. I have never made anything earth shattering but I hope in a small way I can get someone, anyone interested in making something. I haven’t posted any recent projects here and I need to get caught up with that. Looking at the views on mine they all have around 1300 views, except one. To me that is cool. And the simple lumber rack I posted has over 16,000 views. To me that is awesome. Surely in those 16,000 views I have somehow helped a fellow woodworker.

If not for others posting projects and jigs, my woodworking would not be what it is today.

-- Check out my projects and videos

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#12 posted 09-30-2014 02:24 AM

I like to share and I hope that some one might use some parts of my projects in their’s.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#13 posted 09-30-2014 03:12 AM

A warm fuzzy feeling, sort of like watching kittens play

Now yer gettin’ weird Rad. :) My self I post ‘cause I’m kinda pleased with what I make. If your in the planning/idea phase, it really helps to see what others before you have done and a quick PM you can find out how they did it. But as long as I’m here….What’s the deal with all the nae sayrs /doom and gloomers/this site sucks kinda people? If ya don’t like the site …Leave. Don’t bitch about it.

-- Mark

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#14 posted 09-30-2014 03:17 AM

I like to share it because in this community of ours there are many others (please don’t think I make fun) that are maybe the loners and like to work by themselves type of people. We seem to understand each other and appreciate the many hours spent pondering, trying, building (rebuilding), designing and redesigning all of the intricacies that we “loners” like to do. Not all of us are like this. And other times because wood is just plain cool, for lack of a better word

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#15 posted 09-30-2014 06:25 AM

Good question and I had to think about it for awhile. Mostly I enjoy learning and sharing is one way to learn. If I get lots of positive feedback then I know it was well done, even no feedback tells me something. And I have learned a lot just by browsing projects and experiencing another person’s creativity and craftsmanship. Even the arguments and disagreements have a place as they force me to reevaluate what I [think] know. I’m not afraid of being wrong, I’m afraid of being wrong and never finding out.


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