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Forum topic by sandhill posted 03-13-2009 08:56 PM 1241 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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sandhill

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03-13-2009 08:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resource tip bandsaw carving tool drill-driver lathe planer spray gun router miter saw drill press chisel biscuit joiner blade clamp jointer plane sander tablesaw

9 Days ago I posted what I thought was a good idea (Here is the link if you want to read it http://lumberjocks.com/topics/6881#reply-69447) so I ran with it after a lot of positive feed back from my fellow Lumber Jocks and here is where it has led to. A web site that is modeled from Craigslist and I hope it will grow from this into other areas of woodworking I hope to contribute something that will be beneficial and fun at the same time. Some of the features I have included in the new web site are RSS feeds for new ads, and my favorite is when you place an ad you click on the Google map to put a balloon at your location which when after the ad in placed anyone visiting the site can click on it and an ad link comes up that you can again click on to take you to that ad, pretty cool huh? I have put a lot of hours into the web site so far and as long as the interest is there I will continue building it to be what everyone wants that visits it. I am not a programmer so my skills are limited I guess the reason I am doing this is because before I retired I was a contributor and by doing that for 40 some years I have that built into my personality, I’m sure those that are retired know what I am saying. After 60 it’s hard to find a job especially these days.

This is the theme for the new web site: “woodworkerslist.com” Posting free ads that has Google maps so you have the option to show where you are on the map. You can post pictures or a video of your items, there will be a blog section eventually for discussions about woodworking techniques, work a rounds and fixes. YouTube feeds, links to forward blog and ad entries, Face book feeds and tons more it is live now. No more “flash and woo” I know I get sick of all these flashing banners and little boxes popping up when you accidently run your mouse over a word that blocks what I am reading or music coming over my speakers scaring day lights out of me. They goal is to have something that is as interactive as Face book with more interesting things to look at when are done communicating with friends and family but have the simplicity of Craig’s list. I have built in a “Bad word list” that is scanned in the data base when people submit there ads and makes them start over if they place ads promote pornography or prostitution I think its enough so people will get discouraged if that’s what they are trying to do. I will monitor it as much as I can and if it becomes a problem (I don’t think it will) I have a switch that holds the ad until its release it to the ad space. There’s a lot of stuff going into this that I have to sort out and some will be trial and error but I have the basic design in my head and some written down I hope it all works out as it comes together.

Thank You for your support

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/


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lew

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#1 posted 03-14-2009 02:20 AM

Nice looking site! Thanks for the “lack” of bells and whistles. I, too, get so fed up with useless windows and pop ups.

I will be using your site, shortly. Looks like I am going to upgrade my planer and part with the old one.

Lew

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

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Gary

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#2 posted 03-14-2009 02:26 AM

Great site. It should get loads of use. Now I’ll be rivited to two sites…..I’ll never get anything done
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-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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sandhill

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#3 posted 03-14-2009 06:31 PM

I can’t wait until someone uses the up load video part I want to see how it works because I have not tested it yet. Bring the computer into your shop then you really won’t get anything done. I am getting rid of the one in my shop for that reason. When we upgraded to an HP I thought some day I would get a small CNC machine and the computer would be one less part of it to buy but then I woke up to reality and went back to making saw dust. Well its off to the Tampa wood Working show. Credit cards stay at home!

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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sandhill

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#4 posted 03-16-2009 08:08 AM

Blah! The new software is not preforming the way I had hoped it would. No documentation came with it and I am unable to edit the pages to enter the content other than add or subtract categories, Their map feature is a real nice thing but that is the extent of it. Unless I can find someone that can write in html and php I will start to look for another software package and blow off the cash I laid out for the program and the second hosting package. Oh well live and learn. The original site is back up and still doing very well. We are seeing a good amount of traffic other then from LJ’s. People are coming from other wood working sites and “Wood Talk On Line” gave us some air time or will according to Mark last time I talked to him in an email.
So if you need to sell something or want to buy a new tool you can use both sites woodworkersclassified.net woodworkerslist.com . So keep on posting and keep on looking I guess these things take time. Sorry if this messed anyone up.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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sandhill

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#5 posted 03-17-2009 04:28 AM

Well I shook up the software vendor ans told them I want my money back if they did not respond. Just about everything was fixed in one day. Yea one day after 5 days of emailing them in the UK and not getting any results. With that behind me know I tried out the video posting and added a Jobs category the ads are coming in slow but we are new and I expected that. I am working on putting up a demo section with all videos of new tool releases for anyone to watch.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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Matt

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#6 posted 03-17-2009 05:48 AM

I haven’t looked at your site yet but I would have no problem helping you out. I am a Sr. Software engineer specializing in web applications. I have produced automation that eliminated tons of manual effort. I have been writing HTML for nearly 15 years, ran my own web hosting company for over 5 years, and a Linux ninja. I’ve also got a great deal of experience with PHP and using Javascript with the Google map API’s to do all sorts of things.

I’m also a woodworker. If you need a programmer let me know. I also know a few ways you can monetize the traffic you’re getting to ‘pay the bills’. We can work something out. Drop me a line.

Take care,
jMatt

-- Matt - My Websites - http://www.bestinwood.com - Hand Tools :: http://www.workshopgarage.com - Small Shops

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Matt

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#7 posted 03-17-2009 06:04 AM

Ok, I looked at your site now. Good start! What is the name of the software. I could probably do some customizations on that package or add some desired functionality to the Google maps. Nice site. I’m just now getting my woodworking site/blog up and running so I’ll make a link to ya if I can get one in return.

Good night,
jMatt

-- Matt - My Websites - http://www.bestinwood.com - Hand Tools :: http://www.workshopgarage.com - Small Shops

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sandhill

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#8 posted 03-17-2009 06:37 AM

Matt, you may be a god send. If you looked at all my post you will see haw this all came to be but to save you some reading. I saw what I thought was a need and it has grown from there. 14 days later I have 2 sites and about $300.00 invested in something that 15 days ago I had no idea I was going to do. I will PM you the rest of my thoughts and you can let me know what you think/ you can do.
Thanks

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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Matt

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#9 posted 03-17-2009 04:35 PM

Sandhill,

You have a PM. I don’t know about a God send but I’ve been doing this for too long and can help you avoid some of the things that a lot of webmasters don’t consider early on.

Take care,

-- Matt - My Websites - http://www.bestinwood.com - Hand Tools :: http://www.workshopgarage.com - Small Shops

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sandhill

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#10 posted 03-18-2009 06:14 AM

I have moved all the posted ads to the new site. If they can be viewed at woodworkersclassified.net
keep them coming. Any new categories or features you can think of would be great.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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sandhill

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#11 posted 03-26-2009 06:16 AM

Well I have to apologize for what has happened wit the classified ad site. I am about to get a refund on some software I bought for site. It turned out to be a disaster the program has bugs all over, after about a lot of hours every day for 2 weeks Ive give up on this software. The tech support people say its the server configuration now. The server is what they recommended the company and software is ikiclassifieds. besides the software being the pits they are the worst people I have ever dealt with, it took them as much as 48 hours to respond to an email if at all and when they did respond they were not very nice about it. Not that anyone would buy this software but me… If I had to rate these guys on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being the worst I would give them a -100.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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rickf16

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#12 posted 03-26-2009 06:24 AM

sandhill, I don’t know what’s going on, but I cannot get to your site. It must be me. I use firefox mainly,but tried it with IE and still no luck. Any suggestions?

-- Rick

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Tom Walz

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#13 posted 03-26-2009 04:50 PM

No luck getting on either.

-- Newtoolstom www.carbideprocessors.com

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sandhill

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#14 posted 03-26-2009 05:29 PM

http://woodworkersclassified.net is the web site I think the link was or is bad for some reason. But as I said previously I am having a lot of trouble with the software and may be getting a refund if they can guarantee no more problems I may move it to another server because they are saying its the server configuration even though the required software platforms are there they may be set up wrong. I cant say I know if that is true.
Sorry for the trouble but at some point this will work.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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Emily Whitman

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#15 posted 03-27-2009 12:37 AM

We make a special saw blade that uses an advanced cermet material for the tips so that the blade lasts longer. No one really wants to sell a saw blade that lasts longer, especially saw shops, so we are having a hard time finding someone to distribute them. We tried selling them online, which allows us to sell them to anyone, anywhere. I posted an ad about our LongLife saw blades on your classified site. Hope that’s okay. Thanks for putting the site together. I think it’s a great idea.

-- Thanks- Emily, Washington, www.carbideprocessors.com

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