[ There used to be a full FAQ for this newsgroup at http://www.robson.org/woodfaq /. However, it had not been updated for years and has now been taken off-line (sometime in the first half of 2008?) ]
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**** 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 newcomers just sit back and read the NG for a short time before a first posting. This will allow gradual familiarization with how things are done in this neck of the woods, become familiar with the locals, etc. Sometimes some members of this NG can be a little harsh, but this is to be taken it in stride. The timid don't survive NG's for very long. However, politeness does matter, this is one of the few NG's left on Usenet where decorum is still common practice rather than the exception. Posting off-topic is not encouraged. If done anyway it greatly helps if the subjectline is prefaced with "OT", so that those not interested in OT posts can skip them.
**** One resource that is even greater than this NG is this NG's archives. This link http://groups.google.com/advanced_search?q leads to a page where any specific topic can be entered, together with "rec.woodworking" as the newsgroup to search. Some people say that if everyone were to use Google before they posted a question, this NG would be dead, but this is a pessimistic point of view. Likely all that would happen is that many of the common repetitive posts would disappear and people would get better advice. Some of the most knowledgeable people from this NG have left due to the high noise-to-signal ratio.
***** A note about advice received here on the wreck While much of the advice given here will be top notch, the use of common sense is to be recommended: something that does not feel/sound safe should not be put into practice. 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.
***** * A note on Trolls People, *PLEASE* do not reply to the trolls, leave them under their pitiful bridge to starve. And they will starve, and go away if people stop feeding them with replies.
LINKS TO GREAT WOODWORKING SITES # Dust Collection FAQ, everything you wanted to know about dust collection, http://mypeoplepc.com/members/dstig/dustfaq_1.html # Steambending FAQ, http://www.wcha.org/tidbits/steamfaq.html # Free Plans, http://absolutelyfreeplans.com # Loads of Free Plans and Links, http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/afs/andrew.cmu.edu/usr/flip/www/plans.html # WoodShop Demos, lots of ww'ing demos and info, http://www.woodshopdemos.com/menu2.htm # Woodworker's Central, where you can find reviews of equipment, FREE plans and much much more, http://www.woodworking.org / # WoodBin Plan Finder, http://www.woodbin.com/calcs/planfinder.htm # Internet Woodworking.com W5, Free plans, much reference material, http://www.internetwoodworking.com / # Plans Now, pay ww'ing plans, http://www.plansnow.com/index.html # Free Woodworking Plans, http://www.freeplans.com / # More Free Woodworking Plans, http://plans.the3house.com / # Woodweb, lots of ww'ing industry info, http://www.woodweb.com / # Woodworking.com, http://www.woodworking.com / # The Old Woodworking Machinery Website. Everything you wanted to know about buying, restoring and using vintage woodworking machinery, http://www.oldwwmachines.com / # Bernie Hunt's Porter-Cable 557 plate joiner FAQ's, http://www.huntfamily.com/pc557.cfm
# Old Tools Mailing List FAQ, info for collectors and users of old hand tools, http://www.brendlers.net/oldtools/oldtools.html # The Electronic Neanderthal, traditional ww'ing info, http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~alf/en/frontpage.html # Patrick's Blood and Gore, Everything you ever wanted to know about Stanley hand plans, and much more, http://www.supertool.com/StanleyBG/stan0.htm # The Stanley Bench Plane Dating Page http://www.hyperkitten.com/tools/stanley_bench_plane/dating / # Scary Sharp, find out what all the fuss is about, how to sharpen tools with sandpaper, http://www.shavings.net/SCARY.HTM#original # crowbar FAQ http://www.shavings.net/CrowBarFAQ.HTM
** Links to Woodworking Magazines ** - Fine Woodworking, http://www.taunton.com/fw / - Popular Woodworking, http://www.popularwoodworking.com / - Wood Magazine, http://www.woodmagazine.com - Woodworkers Journal, http://www.woodworkersjournal.com / - Canadian Woodworking magazine, http://www.canadianwoodworking.com / - Shop Notes Magazine, http://www.shopnotes.com / - Woodsmith Magazine, http://www.woodsmith.com / - Workbench Magazine, http://www.workbenchmagazine.com /
** Links to online retailers ** - Lee Valley (great tools), http://www.leevalley.com/home/main.asp - Lie-Nielsen (top of the line hand planes), http://www.lie-nielsen.com / - Knight-Toolworks & Custom Planes (top of the line wooden hand planes) http://www.knight-toolworks.com / - Grizzly, http://www.grizzly.com - Rockler, http://www.rockler.com - Woodcraft, http://www.woodcraft.com - Garrett Wade, http://www.garrettwade.com - Amazon, Tool Crib of the North, (Amazon.com product link shortened) />/ - Jeff Jewit's Homestead Finishing, great finishing advice and finishing products, http://www.homesteadfinishing.com / - Paddy O'deens (Patrick Olguin) Shellac.net, best Shellac on the net, http://www.shellac.net/index.html
** Links to Woodworking Equipment manufacturers ** - General and General International, http://www.general.ca / - Delta, http://www.deltawoodworking.com - Jet USA, http://www.jettools.com / - Jet Canada, http://www.jetequipment.com / - Performax Sanders, http://www.performaxproducts.com / - Powermatic, http://www.powermatic.com / - Wilke Machinery Company (Bridgewood), http://www.wilkemachinery.com - Dewalt, http://www.dewalt.com/us/core/ - Porter Cable, http://www.porter-cable.com / - Hitachi Power Tools, http://www.hitachi.com/product/personal/diy/index.html - Makita, http://www.makita.com / - Bosch, http://www.boschtools.com / - Milwaukee, http://www.mil-electric-tool.com / - Northfield Foundry & Machine Co., Serious Big Iron, in the old iron tradition, http://www.northfieldwoodworking.com - Forrest Saw Blades (makers of the famous WWII blade), http://www.forrestsawblades.com / - Leigh Dovetail Jig, best DT jig on the market, http://www.leighjigs.com - Carter, the famous bandsaw guide company, http://www.carterproducts.com /
** Links to Woodworking shows on TV ** - New Yankee Workshop, http://www.newyankee.com / - The Woodwright's Shop with Roy Underhill, http://www.ibiblio.org/uncpress/woodwright / - The Router Workshop, http://www.routerworkshop.com /
** Related News Groups ** - alt.binaries.pictures.furniture - alt.binaries.pictures.woodworking - rec.crafts.woodturning - rec.crafts.carving - alt.home.repair