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Blog entry by Michael Brailsford posted 07-24-2008 07:35 PM 1178 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Confession time. I have been a member of Facebook for a while now. First mainly to keep an eye on who is talking to my kids and then because I found I was able to get in contact with friends, many of whom I have not heard from in years. However, there is a dark side. Politics and social issues abound on Facebook. I am a person who can be quite passionate on issues that I care about. This past weekend I had a particularly disagreeable exchange with a close friend who took some hurtful shots because of which I have decided to avoid these issues. Mainly because no matter what I think or anyone else thinks make no matter to my daily life. Who anyone votes for is their business and not mine and vise versa. I know who I am going to vote for and will do so, why engage in a pointless arguement over it? So I am shunning that now and found lumberjocks quite by accident. The only debates I wish to get into now will be over gel vs alcohol stain, cherry vs walnut, and such. It is much more meaningful on a personal basis to encourage people on their work, and to give and get help. The free exchange of ideas on this site is a blessing. On this site nobody will ever know if I am Democrat or Republican, Conservative or Liberal.

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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#1 posted 07-24-2008 07:58 PM

Not everyone here always agrees, but I have found they are willing to accept your ideas without being judgmental.


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

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#2 posted 07-24-2008 08:18 PM

Religion and politics are topics of conversation which always seem to stir up a big cloud of drama. JM$0.02.

-- Ciao, gth.

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dennis mitchell

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#3 posted 07-24-2008 09:00 PM

Of course half of us won’t talk to you is you support Dewalt. The other half if you support PortaCable. The we have a few who only use hand tools. Which we will tolerate if they don’t talk about it and keep in behind closed doors….and welcome to LumberJocks!

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Greg Wurst

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#4 posted 07-24-2008 09:04 PM

This is a relatively drama-free site. It’s quite refreshing, really.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 07-24-2008 09:28 PM


Lumberjocks is a very uplifting site.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 07-24-2008 09:30 PM

I’m with the others here in that you won’t find much, if any, judgemental entries in this forum. It really is quite a fun place to be. There have been a few times that I’ve looked at a project and thought that it really didn’t look good. There were things that they could have done better. Before I opened my mouth, I realized that it isn’t a competition here, although there are a few contests. Not everyone is an expert and we want to encourage woodworkers, not criticize them. This is a place to get help and share ideas. What a great place…welcome.

-- Tom, Charlotte, North Carolina

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#7 posted 07-24-2008 09:44 PM

Now I am in a quandary of whether I like walnut or cherry better! It probably depends on the project. I do like Dewalt cordless tools, but I’ll take a Porter Cable router over a Dewalt any day. I am sure others will disagree. Tough. They all create sawdust. :)

-- Tim from Iowa City, IA

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#8 posted 07-24-2008 10:43 PM

there is no doubt that you will not find a better group of people on the internet.all are helpful and have many different ideas on how something should be done.there is no quandary for me , i love to work with walnut.good to have you aboard.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#9 posted 07-24-2008 11:04 PM

So…....who you votin’ for…..just kidding. There are a nice bunch of people around here.

-- JB

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#10 posted 07-24-2008 11:19 PM

Yes, LumberJocks is a friendly place. And, I think that’s because the folks here work to keep it that way. The only real drama in my time was the “Painted Walnut Incident” aka PWI, but we try not to talk about it.

Welcome to LumberJocks.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#11 posted 07-25-2008 04:06 AM

Well stated. You are going to fit in well around here. Once again, welcome.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#12 posted 07-25-2008 04:45 AM

you said what i have been thinking

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#13 posted 07-28-2008 05:27 PM

not the painted walnut issue again.. I thought that had been forgotten about!! argh (ok .. so I painted walnut!!!)

welcome to LJ.
we do have our moments but they are few, far between and short-lived. Just like a big ol’ healthy family! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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