As I stated in this month's CreativeHands Newsletter, next month, we are re-introducing the GardenTenders Newsletter and a seed has been planted (pun intended) to possibly introduce a newsletter for HomeRefurbers as well some time in the future.
What this means is that we will no longer be producing the CreativeHands Newsletter, which will result in a revamping of our eMag. All good stuff: perhaps a new format and new look - but still the same content - information shared by your fellow LumberJocks. I'm excited about the possibilities and how this will enhance this resource.
(as always, feedback on the eMag is appreciated!)
Quick Glance: Past eMag Contents
Widgets & Badges
Or not so new...
▪ did you know that we have a downloadable toolbar? An excellent resource.
▪ you can upload pictures to blogs and comments directly from your computer
▪ blogs are great places to post "projects in progress", wood gloats, family updates, etc (leaving the projects section for finished projects only)
▪ you can link blogs together to create a blog series
▪ there is a toolbar near the bottom of every page, just above the "sister sites" section
▪ when tagging an entry, use the tags provided (first) for consistency and future reference. Other tags can also be added.
▪ on the tags list, the most commonly used tags are in bold letters
▪ project cards let you share your projects using a photo link. (All the projects posted in the eMag are done with project cards). Here is a video "how to".
▪ there are widgets and badges for your personal website. Pretty cool stuff!
▪ you can choose which projects are displayed in your personal Interactive 3D LJ Galleries.
Sample Project Card
Projects: Is It Or Isn't It?
What are "projects"? They are finished wood creations that you have made yourself.
▪ What about unfinished projects that you are still working on? Not finished - the best location is in a blog
▪ What about jigs? As long as they are finished, they are made of wood, and you made them yourself - they are projects.
▪ What about cool woodworking projects you want to share but they aren't yours? 1) respect copyright rules; 2) blog about it or post it in an appropriate forum.
▪ Wood gloats? We have a forum heading just for that - wood and lumber
▪ refinished, refurbished? You may not have made the original piece but the "fixins" are all yours - it's a project.
▪ tools & equipment in your shop? Blog it, review it, or post the information in the tools forum (unless, of course it is made of wood and you made it yourself)
▪ new family members? Family updates: special occasions worthy of special attention - in a blog.
So what will happen if your posting fits better in another section of the site? We'll send you a message to have you re-post it in a different section (and we'll include your written description so it isn't lost). We will then remove the original post. No worries, no problem.
Blogs about Blogs
When you have written a blog elsewhere and want to share it with your fellow LumberJocks, we ask that you "copy/paste" the information into your LumberJocks' blog, in its entirety. You can of course add a link to your original posting.
Our thoughts go out to family and friends of fellow LumberJock, Chip.
Chip, one of our long-time members, first joined LumberJocks in March, 2007. He has been a good friend and, with over 1900 posts, I know that he has helped many woodworkers in one way or another. He shall be dearly missed.
Craft Show Display
Recently, someone asked for information on selling woodworking products. Knowing that a number of blogs and forum topics have been mentioned in our eMag over the years, I thought I'd take a stroll down memory lane and see what has been noted in our Tutorial listings.
One of our "Hot Projects"
Be sure to check out the following:
* Hot Projects (most discussed projects from the last month). See the Projects Page's toolbar)
* Silent Projects (projects waiting for feedback) also on the projects page
* Unanswered forum topics - waiting for feedback
The following are some other projects posted by our fellow LumberJocks.
This tutorial, one of the many "how to" tutorials by our fellow LumberJocks, shows us how to create a segmented ring without using a lathe. Tutorial by scrappy.
Woodworking: A Family Event
Jeff Waggoner proudly (I'm sure) shares the step-by-step process of his family's work.
* Check out "Jordan's Project", a tutorial series of sorts, as we follow a young woodworker building a portable writing desk.
* and here 13-year-old Jalen begins the building of a Davenport desk
* and in this blog we get a glimpse at Jeff's daughter Janae's project blog
Sheila Landry/ Scrollgirl
Today we head to the Sheila Landry's (scrollgirl's) to check out the space where she creates her beautiful scrollwork, writes her blogs, and produces her tutorial videos.
Great projects are made in great workshops, right? Not necessarily. Sheila, a master a scroll work, lives and works in a one-bedroom home.
Sheila uses her kitchen, bedroom, living room, and even the bathroom as her workspace. She recently built a storage unit in her living room for storage. "The Project" blog series starts here.
"She must not have much equipment", I hear you say. Not at all. Her main tools that she uses are the scroll saw, drill press, router, Dremel, hand-held orbital sander, and miter saw. That is quite the list and it is basically all that she needs. She loves her work and she loves her space.
Sheila's Work Space
I asked Sheila what she would change about her work space and she said, _"One thing that I would change about my workspace is that I wish I would have more of it. I see pictures of these huge shops and wish that I had more room for larger tools that could be left out and made more convenient to use. However, since I need to work with what I have, I try to utilize every inch of space possible to make things efficient without being cluttered.
One change that I am going to make in the near future is to have better lighting over where I scroll saw. It is kind of in the corner and out of the way and I could use more light there. A nice overhead light placed under the upper cabinet would be a welcome addition that would not cost much and would make a big difference."
As for advice to woodworkers with limited work space, she shared the following words of wisdom: I think the best feature about my workspace is that it is simple, yet functional. I have a small area that not only serves as my shop, but also my living space. Being organized and keeping things clean are very important to me. I like that when most people come over, they can’t believe that I do woodworking here. When I am finished with using something, I put it back where it belongs. I keep things clean and organized all the time. This minimizes accidents too, as I feel that clutter is a huge contribution to mishaps. I like to stay focused on what I am working on, not having to push around clutter and work over mess and cords. No matter what size shop I have, I believe that I will always be that way.
Keeping things neat and having them all organized and in place makes doing projects fun and exciting. When all is done, everything has a place and is neatly put away, ready for the next time. I don’t waste time looking for things that I misplaced and scurrying around when I am in the middle of something. I also feel that by working this way, I accomplish a lot because I don’t start something without finishing it. Having things ‘right there’ encourages me to finish what I start without moving on to something else. If I had a basement shop or a shop in the garage, I may be more likely to walk away from something and move on to something else before the first project was finished.
Sheila, thanks for the visit and the helpful tips!
You can visit Sheila's "workshop" here.
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