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mahdee

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10-03-2014 12:24 AM

Hi folks,
I am wondering, what is your woodworking ethics? I googled the subject, “woodworkers ethics” and didn’t find any thing. One of my personal ethic(s) is to throw away all my plans upon completion because I don’t want to make the same thing twice. Another is to tell my client every flow that that I have covered up and how to fix it upon restoration. I am also in the process of making a detailed picture process of how I made the product to go with the sale. But I am now mainly interested in some “universal woodworker’s ethics”, like the 10 commandments of what thou shalt not do or do as a woodworker. My aim is to come up with a list of ethics that would become the woodworkers guide for ethical practices. I mean as a woodworking community, shouldn’t we have some common standards? And why hasn’t there been some ethical guidelines since woodwork has been some of the oldest trades in the world? I see people say “green and green-inspired” I like the idea of giving credit when credit is due. So, there, there is the first “10 or 30” commandments of woodworker’s ethics.

-- earthartandfoods.com


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CharlieK

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#1 posted 10-03-2014 12:43 AM

What a cool idea!

I think woodworking ethics are quite similar to ethics in life. Kind of like the Golden Rule, or “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”.

These are not specific to Woodworking, but some of the ones I try to live by are:
  • Be Honest
  • Be Fair with People.
  • Avoid Pettiness
  • Give More than Required
  • Be Kind

I am really interested to see what other people add to this and which ones you ultimately decide to include!

-- Adjustable Height Workbench Plans http://www.Jack-Bench.com

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Scott C.

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#2 posted 10-03-2014 01:05 AM

thou shalt not skip grits

But in all seriousness, I’d say give credit where credit is due, if you take influence from anothers design give them credit.

-- measure twice, cut once, swear and start over.

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Dark_Lightning

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#3 posted 10-03-2014 02:36 AM

There are already 10 commandments that can be reduced to one (thank you, George Carlin). I wonder why a woodworker’s morality would be different from the rest of the population?

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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jmartel

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#4 posted 10-03-2014 02:59 AM

Thou shalt not use Pocket Screws

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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mahdee

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#5 posted 10-03-2014 01:23 PM

LOL,jmartel.
-Be a mentor to someone.
-Time/cost analysis of your work eliminates false perceptions and skepticism.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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NoThanks

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#6 posted 10-03-2014 01:29 PM

Thou shall never sand cross grain!

-- Because I'm gone, that's why!

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patron

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#7 posted 10-03-2014 01:32 PM

with the boxes i make
i give a warranty

my life
their life
the life of the box
whichever goes first
voids the warranty

i do fix any normal use things
if they don’t mistreat them
some have left their boxes in the rain
or beat up in the trunk of the car
i take them back
and they can order another
or cover the cost of fixing
if they are salvageable still

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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jmartel

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#8 posted 10-03-2014 02:48 PM

Thou shalt not cut twice and measure once. Nay, I sayest thou shalt measure twice before cutting once.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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Clint Searl

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#9 posted 10-03-2014 03:07 PM

Ban BLO

-- 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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CharlesA

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#10 posted 10-03-2014 03:46 PM

1) pocket screws have their place
2) though shalt only use square or torx drive screws
3) in fine furniture minimize all screws
4) remember, woodworkers are the biggest fans of craftsman/mission/etc. normal people not so much
5) let the wood be the star of the show
6) keep workbench clean
7) simple designs have longevity
8) try things you don’t know how to do/have a few tried and true projects for quick gifts
9) learn how to do every operation by hand that you do with a power tool
10) remember to add finishing time when estimating completion time

-- "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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jmartel

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#11 posted 10-03-2014 03:50 PM


4) remember, woodworkers are the biggest fans of craftsman/mission/etc. normal people not so much

- CharlesA

Regionally dependent. Here in the PNW, everyone goes crazy for the Craftsman/Arts & Crafts style. Most of the houses here have some influence of it.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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CharlesA

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#12 posted 10-03-2014 03:53 PM

I have friends who like it as well. But on LJs or in ww mags it is the favorite style by a good margin. It is a woodworker-centric style.

-- "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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jmartel

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#13 posted 10-03-2014 03:59 PM

Right. But I was commenting on the fact that you said normal people don’t like it nearly as much. Up here, they do.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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CharlesA

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#14 posted 10-03-2014 04:04 PM

But you’re assuming folks from PNW are normal.

-- "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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summerfi

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#15 posted 10-03-2014 04:10 PM

+Respect the wood. It’s a valuable God-given resource.
+Take good care of your tools, and they’ll take good care of you.
+Understand and value the historical aspect of the woodworking craft.
+Pass along the craft by teaching someone else.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html

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