Is there a FAQ?

I just subbed to this newsgroup and was wondering if there was a FAQ.
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Yes there is... The mini-FAQ was posted just minutes ago right here... Look for the post titled: *** Rec.Woodorking mini-FAQ *** 124 (with filter info!)
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Hey Dean,
I didn't receive it and have been waiting for several days. ??? Searched all message titles, and it didn't show itself.
Would someone mind posting it manually in reply to this?
Thanks, Steve

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Search Result 1 From: David F. Eisan ( Subject: *** Rec.Woodworking FAQ, Now with Troll Control *** 111 View: Complete Thread (2 articles) Original Format Newsgroups: rec.woodworking Date: 2003-06-11 04:30:48 PST
Dear New User,
** Welcome to rec.woodworking, known locally as the wreck **
This is an informal group with users of all levels of knowledge, from those who have yet to pick up a tool, professional woodworkers, authors of books on woodworking, woodworking magazine editors, principals of tool companies, and every level in between.
One of the traditions of Usenet Newsgroups (NG) that is encouraged, is the tradition of "lurking", or hanging around for a while, taking in the local culture before posting to the NG. While not mandatory, it is asked that you just sit back and read the NG for a short time before your first posting. This will allow you to become familiar with how things are done in this neck of the woods, become familiar with the locals, etc.
This group is a collection of people with a common interest in woodworking (ww'ing), and as such the topics discussed sometimes wander away from strictly ww'ing. Think of this NG as if you were having a number of friends over to your shop to discuss ww'ing, 90% of the discussion will revolve around ww'ing, but you will also discuss other things going on in your life, like your shop dog dying, gloating about the vintage minty fresh Unisaur you just got for $100, just got a new job, etc. That is what we do in this NG.
Please DO NOT post off topic. If you *MUST* make an off topic post, please preface the subject with "[OT]", so those who are not interested in OT posts can skip them..
NOTE: I have recently been receiving a lot of flack from the cabal regarding the preceding paragraph. Apparently, a few of them think I am encouraging OT posts, I am not, I am simply providing a way of distinguishing them so those who want to skip them can, or even put OT in their kill file if they wish.
If you find yourself being referred to as a "newbie", don't take offence; it is not a derogatory term, but a statement of fact.
Sometimes some members of this NG can be a little harsh, take it in stride, put on your Nomex underwear and fire back. The timid don't survive NG's for very long. But be polite, this is one of the few NG's left on Usenet where decorum is still the common practice rather than the exception.
One resource that is even greater than this NG is this NG's archives. Every message posted here is stored on (now /). Many knowledgeable wreckers no longer post on topics asked every other day, because of the repetitive nature. If you want the most in depth answer to your question, check Deja, if you do not get all the information you require, then post your question to the NG.
Another useful Search Engine is Usenet Replayer, .
** A note on Trolls **
People, when will you learn, *PLEASE* do not reply to the trolls, leave them under their pitiful bridge to starve. And they will starve, and go away if you stop feeding them with your replies.
** How to use Nfilter to filter out Trolls and other useless crap **
I have been using the wreck for years now, and I finally broke down and had to start using filters due to a recent troll attack.
1. Download & install NewsProxy from / Basic instructions are at
2. Copy the "NewsProxy" shortcut from - C:\Program Files\NewsProxy\ To - C:\WINDOWS\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp\ [Modify this to suit your OS. I'm running win98SE.]
3. Start OE. Right click on your news folder (not rec.ww - you want the main news folder) and select Properties. Select the Server tab. Copy the information from the Server Name box. Enter "localhost" (without the quote marks) in the Server Name box. Select the Advanced tab and make sure that News(NNTP): is set to 119. Click OK.
4. In NewsProxy. Select Edit | Configuration | Network tab. In Server Name or IP Number paste the information from Server Name you copied in step 3. Click OK. Select Edit | Filters. Copy the following 6 lines to the bottom of the file & be sure not to leave any blank lines.
rec.woodworking drop xref:*rec.pets* rec.woodworking drop xref:*:*:*:* rec.woodworking drop from:*puppy* rec.woodworking drop from:*bwa*ha*ha* rec.woodworking drop subject:*fuck* rec.woodworking drop subject:*cocksuck* rec.woodworking drop subject:*sharpton*
You should be able to see from those examples how to add additional rules to drop messages with certain words in the subject or from specific users. If you have any questions, please reply to this message.
Save and close the file.
5. If you are running a firewall like ZoneAlarm you will need to enable NewsProxy to function as a server.
I am working on some additional rules, if anyone has any to add, please let me know.
A special thankyou to Art, AKA the Wood Butcher for his help installing Nfilter, It works, go get it and install it now.
** A note about advice you receive here on the wreck **
While most of the advice you will receive here will be top notch, use common sense, if something does not feel/sound safe don't do it. Just because someone else does something one way does not mean that is the only or even the correct way. Your safety is your responsibility.
** How to use the Google rec.woodworking archive search engine **
Click this link to do a power search,
You will be taken to a page where you can enter specifically what you are looking for.
Into the blue shaded area you can be as specific or vague about what you are looking for, with words to include and exclude from your search.
Be sure to enter "rec.woodworking" as the newsgroup you wish to search.
Some people say that if everyone were to use Google before they posted a question, this NG would be dead. I totally disagree, all that would happen is that many of the common repetitive posts would disappear and people would get better advice. Many of the most knowledgeable people from this NG have left due to the high noise to signal ratio.
Google now has a new image search engine, great for finding ideas on design!
Check it out,
** Answers to VERY common questions ** (my personal summations)
- Is Grizzly any good? The consensus would seem to be that Grizzly is a little hit and miss. The price is right, but the fit and finish will not be up to par with Jet and Delta. Sometimes you will get a Lemon. Waiting over a month for delivery is not uncommon.
- Where can I get plans? See some links at the bottom of this message
- Where can I get plans for a router table? See above.
- Jet vs. Delta? At this time it seems that both are excellent products, with Jet having the edge in value.
- What is SWMBO? (or DAMHIKT or BTDT or POS, etc.) See link at bottom to full rec.woodworking FAQ.
- Should I buy a Craftsman power tool? No.
- Should I use PVC pipe for compressed air lines?
- This newsgroup should be split. A subject that has been beaten to death. The wreck will remain the way it is. This NG has been pick choose for a while; simply skip over what does not interest you.
- How do I stain Cherry? You don't.
- What is the proper finish for a cutting board? Mineral Oil.
- How do I protect cast iron tabletops from rust? Plain 'ol Johnson's paste floor wax.
** Links to great woodworking reference sites **
- *** The Old Woodworking Machinery Website ***, Everything you wanted to know about buying, restoring and using vintage woodworking machinery, / - *** The full FAQ (frequently asked questions) for this newsgroup ***, / - *** Dust Collection FAQ ***, everything you wanted to know about dust collection,
- Canadian lumber suppliers, - Steambending FAQ, - *Free* Plans, - *Loads of Free Plans and Links*, - WoodShop Demos, lots of ww'ing demos and info, - Woodworker's Central, where you can find reviews of equipment, FREE plans and much much more, / - WoodBin Plan Finder, - Internet W5, Free plans, much reference material, / - Plans Now, pay ww'ing plans, - Free Woodworking Plans, / - More Free Woodworking Plans, / - Woodweb, lots of ww'ing industry info, / -, / - The Oak Factory, general ww'ing info, / - Portal: The Woodworking Industry Internet Directory, - Old Tools Mailing List FAQ, info for collectors and users of old hand tools, - The Electronic Neanderthal, traditional ww'ing info, - Patrick's Blood and Gore, Everything you ever wanted to know about Stanley hand plans, and much more, - Scary Sharp, find out what all the fuss is about, how to sharpen tools with sandpaper, - Health Hazards of Wood, - Bernie Hunt's Porter-Cable 557 plate joiner FAQ's,
** Links to Woodworking Magazines **
- Fine Woodworking, / - Popular Woodworking, / - Wood Magazine, - Woodworkers Journal, / - Canadian Woodworking magazine, / - Shop Notes Magazine, / - Woodsmith Magazine, / - Workbench Magazine, /
** Links to online retailers **
- Lee Valley, Great tools, - Grizzly, - Rockler, - Woodcraft, - Garrett Wade, - Amazon, Tool Crib of the North, ( product link shortened) />/ - Jeff Jewit's Homestead Finishing, great finishing advice and finishing products, / - Paddy O'deens (Patrick Olguin), best Shellac on the net, - Woodfinishes online, /
** Links to Woodworking Equipment manufacturers **
- General and General International, / - Delta, - Jet USA, / - Jet Canada, / - Trademaster Canada, - Toolex International, - Performax Sanders, / - Powermatic, / - Wilke Machinery Company (Bridgewood), - Dewalt, - Porter Cable, / - Hitachi Power Tools, / - Makita, / - Bosch, / - Milwaukee, / - Northfield Foundry & Machine Co., Serious Big Iron, in the old iron tradition, - Forrest Saw Blades (makers of the famous WWII blade), / - Lie-Nielsen (top of the line hand planes), / - Knight-Toolworks & Custom Planes, traditional wooden hand planes, / - Leigh Dovetail Jig, best DT jig on the market, - The National Router Academy, /
** Links to Woodworking shows on TV **
- New Yankee Workshop, / - The Woodwright's Shop with Roy Underhill, / - The American Woodshop with Scott Phillips, / - In the Workshop with John Silloats, (Canadian), / - The Router Workshop, /
** Related News Groups **
- - - rec.crafts.woodturning - rec.crafts.carving -
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Steve Garcia wrote:

Did you know that google archives all posts to this newsgroup? (and most others)
Go to and enter this in the search box: mini-FAQ group:rec.woodworking
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