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Welcome to the November 2010 - issue #41 - of the LumberJocks eMag
Click here to view the LJ eMag archives


From the Editor


Our online community ...
One of our members (I'm sorry that I can't remember who it was, to give him/her credit) recently posted something about the difference between a community and a social network.

I loved the idea and have spent a lot of my time, since it was stated, thinking about the difference. How proud I am to be part of this community where people care about each other, support each other and work together to make this the best place online to talk about woodworking.

Being a community, as opposed to just a place to network, LumberJocks.com unites members with a variety of different woodworking backgrounds, from beginner to expert, different personalities and viewpoints, and different forms of artistic expression, from pens to cabinetry, to .. well, the sky is the limit. And yet, with all of these differences, each member has the same goal: to support the craft of woodworking.

Our community is about bringing a "what can I do for you" mentality to the group with the goal of inspiring, motivating, supporting, challenging, and learning from others. Many of the blogs posted, for example, are tutorials, sharing the how-to process to create a project or complete some woodworking step. And, regardless of what type of question is posted in our forums, our members are right there to provide answers and suggestions. It truly is a magnificent community! Thank you, to all the members, for your contribution to our community.

Now, on we go to the eMag. As always I look forward to reading your comments about the newsletter. You can post your feedback here.

What's New at LJ.com?

What's new? A new forum!

Rounding out our group of forums is the new "Focus on the Workspace". We now have a place to talk about everything and anything related to woodworking:

The Skills (tips, strategies, general "how to" questions)
The Wood & Lumber (characteristics, sources, special requirements, etc.)
The Tools & Hardware (and more) (comparing, adapting, maintaining...)
The Workspace (organizing, adapting, and more...)
The Designing Process (transforming ideas to reality)
The Business (making the craft profitable)
Safety (what more is there to say - be safe)
Trade & Swap (wood, tools, other woodworking resources)

See Martin's blog about the new forum

And a reminder about pictures

Remember that photos can now be uploaded to blogs directly from your computer! In the past, many non-projects have been posted in the projects section just because of the photo uploading issue. But all that has changed.

Postings, such as new equipment, wood gloats, and new family members (those sweet little baby pictures) can now be posted in the blog section.


LumberJocks' Winter Awards 2011


Psst .. next month we will have the official announcement for our Winter Awards but here's a sneak preview - just for you! The category this year will be:

"The Art of Joinery" – dovetails, mitres, and even the good old butt joint can turn a practical project into a piece of art. For this Winter Awards, show us your artistic joinery creations, whether they are in a piece of furniture, a sculpture or – whatever your imagination can design. As always we want to hear about your creation and how it came to life.

LumberJock Classes

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The Shoe Carving Class

This fall, Jordan has been teaching a LumberJock class how to carve a shoe. (The class tutorials began here.)

It has been an exciting process, not only for the students in the class, but the observers as well. The end of the series, which takes place later this week, will include the unveiling of the class projects.)

Music Soothes The Savage Beast

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Tongue Drum by bobasaurus

English playwright William Congreve states in one of his plays, that "Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak."

Lumberjocks have a great love for music, as indicated by the vast array of musical instruments and equipment. (For a sampling of the projects, see those tagged as "music".)

Amongst the many projects are guitars, music stands, speakers, drums, flutes, photo frames, instrument stands, harpsichords, and a 34-string harp!

The projects range, as with most LumberJocks projects, from easy to extremely complex, providing inspiration to beginner woodworkers as well as those in the "master" category. There are many very happy musicians out there, not only because of the instrument (or other resource) but because of the beauty and the passion put into the making of it.

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34-string Harp

Inspired? Have you been thinking about making a musical instrument or related item? Looking for some "how-to's"?
* Perhaps the answer lies in one of our blogs tagged as "music"
* I also did a search for "music tutorial" on our site and these links were provided.

We would love to see your finished projects, read your blogs and share tips and strategies with you.

Be sure to tag your postings with "music" along with the other appropriate tags.

The Talk of the LumberJocks Shop


(For the "most discussed' projects this past month, click on the "Hot Projects" link on the Projects Page's toolbar) and don't forget to check the "silent projects" that are waiting for some feedback.)

And speaking of "waiting for feedback", there are forum topics that are unanswered, as well.

The following are some other projects posted by our fellow LumberJocks.

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Tutorial Highlight

One of the many great things about our LumberJocks is their willingness to share "how to" tutorials on building projects or performing some woodworking task. Looking through blogs tagged as "tutorial" I found this one by stefang sharing with us how he sharpens chisels and plane blades.

Stefang says that his philosophy on sharpening is "focused on speed, convenience and frequent easy edge refreshment". To achieve this his preferred method is with a diamond sharpening stone and... well, I'll let you read his tutorial for the rest of the details.

Interview with a LumberJock

In case you missed it in our November issue of the "CreativeHands Newsletter" I had the opportunity to interview SnowyRiver. You can read the interview here.

You should also check out the interviews at HomeRefurbers:
* PaBull
* TenonTim

Where In The World Is MsDebbieP?


Today, we are off to Iowa USA, to visit the shop of
ND2Elk where equipment is put on wheels to provide the most space and tool accessibility.

I asked ND2ELK how he would change his shop if he could and his reply was: "I guess the only thing I would change about my shop, if I could, would be the size. One has to work with what area is available to them and what they can afford. I do have an 8 X 10 shed sitting on the patio slab just outside the back door of the shop for jigs, off-fal and misc shop stuff. My basement is unfinished so it allows me to store my rough lumber boards and finish down there if I need to. Both these places help keeps my shop area less cluttered."

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"Small but Mighty"

As to advice for creating a workspace: "I would advise any woodworker setting up a shop space for the first time the following things:

1. Determine what space might be available to set up a shop.
2. Determine what type of woodworking projects you might like to do and what stationary equipment is needed to make them.
3. Determine if you have the adequate electrical service and lighting.
4. Consider what is needed to heat and cool your shop area. Good insulation is a must if you plan to work in it year round.
5. Utilize every available space you have for storage.
6. Let the things you are making determine what order you buy your tools and equipment in.
7. Buy the best quality tools and equipment you can afford.
8. In my small shop I tried to keep the equipment I use in the most more accessible locations. All the other equipment is mobile so it can be moved out when needed and rolled out of the way when not in use.
9. It is a must that you keep your shop neat, clean and organized.
10. Take advantage of this great Lumberjock site to get ideas and ask questions. I Do!

Thanks ND2ELK for showing us your workshop - and for letting us know what your nickname means.

From the LumberJock Store


Travel Companion

Holiday season is fast approaching and that typically means lots of traveling to see family and friends.

A travel mug could really come in handy, not only to hold your beverage but to remind you of your "other family" and friends here at LumberJocks.com.


Company Information


CreativeHands Network

Founder and CEO: Martin Sojka
Website: http://creativehandsnetwork.com