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Are questions on woodworking tool features acceptable?

For example, I'm looking into buying a band saw. I've never used one before so I don't know which features are important in a band saw. To make the best out of my money, I would like to know which ...
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Welcome, Woodworkers

It took a year and a half, but we finally have a Stack Exchange site to get help and exchange advice on our woodworking projects. However, the work isn't done yet and we'll need a lot of activity to ...
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Community Project: Lets build a workbench!

(This post is part of our community projects initiative to give users the opportunity to build something of value and in the process run into situations where they might have questions that our ...
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Introducing the Woodworking Pro Tem Moderators

For every newly launched SE site, we need members who focus on helping with community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community to act as temporary, ...
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Starting out on the right foot

Hello fellow woodworkers! I know we are only a couple hours and less than a hundred questions in, but everything seems to be going very well! We've closed our first question, reached over one ...
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Should we allow questions that specifically ask for plans to build something?

I know in my travels with woodworking, I oftentimes like to see the plans or instructions on how to build something to better myself in the hobby. It could get out of hand, however, if many questions ...
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Please replace the [circularsaw] tag with [circular-saw]

We have some questions tagged circularsaw. The tag should really be circular-saw since it's written as two words, not one. We also have several other saw tags that have the hyphen: band-saw, hand-saw, ...
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Lets drum up some content! Who's up for community projects?

I have to tell you all: I am in love with this site. I love that there is a Stack Exchange site that covers a topic that I am passionate about. So, I really want to help the site to succeed. In ...
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Keeping our shop clean

Welcome to Woodworking! I'm not a moderator or anything (yet...), but I just wanted to welcome everyone with the first one of the first Meta posts, and also point out a few housekeeping lessons I've ...
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Is tool safety on-topic?

On this question, the first comment was asking whether tool safety is on-topic. I would think that it would be, as woodworkers without fingers aren't very efficient or effective.
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Vote Early and Vote Often

I think we are off to a great pace, voting-wise. Questions and answers are receiving a high-number of votes, which is a very good thing. On that note, I'm going to relay a message on the tex.SE meta ...
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Is it okay to ask questions that already have google-able answers?

I'm all for a site that can become the source for canonical woodworking answers, which have careful and accurate descriptions, maybe even with photos or video. Other non-SE websites may have good ...
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Answering older questions

I'm relatively new to stackexchange. Although I've searched it for answers many times, I've only rarely contributed. My question is: should we answer older questions? How old does a question ...
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Should we allow people to ask questions about SketchUp?

As I was building a SketchUp model for a question I was posting, I realized I'm really horrible at SketchUp for making woodworking models. Should SketchUp related questions be considered on-topic?
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More Pictures in answers and questions

I am barely a gifted amateur when it comes to this stuff. I have been seeing tools and terms frequently that I am not familiar with. As a general request I would like if we include pictures wherever ...
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Tag formatting guidelines

Can I suggest we discuss some tag guidelines? IE, what kind of approach should we take to how our tags are created, named, and used.
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How would we name our chat room?

There is a "tradition" to name chat rooms so they don't have the same name as the sites they belong to. Our main chat room name is currently boring "Woodworking". How would we name it? Please provide ...
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What level of editing is allowed?

Some SE sites only allow editing for clarity, while others also allow editing for correctness and sometimes even adding content--basically treating the accepted answer as a wiki answer. To what ...
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Enable YouTube embeds for Woodworking

Embedded YouTube videos are possible on a per-site basis. I think Woodworking is a good site to enable them on, for various how-to videos and such, which are plentiful on YouTube. It'll also make it ...
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Can we come up with a cool design for our voting and badge icons?

Currently, we have the Stack Exchange standard voting and badge icons: What would it take (beyond someone with a great idea and some graphics ability) to get some cool/appropriate icons like they ...
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Should we get rid of “wood” in our tags?

I just stumbled into tags which start with "wood" (by searching for [wood-*]). It's obviously that all the questions on this site have and will have to do with wood. Do our tags need contain "wood"?
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How should we approach “What tools do I need [as a beginner]?” questions?

This question came up and although it's a common type of question, it is not very well-suited to the SE format. I put it on hold as too broad because there are many equally valid answers which will ...
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Is this question off topic?

This question: What are the name and origin of the woodworking style used for this wooden cabinet with rounded features? is getting downvotes and comments as off topic. The question is for help in ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore election

Summary: Woodworking Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on March 18 to bring in one more moderator. For full details of the process, see the announcement on Meta ...
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Who should our moderators be?

There are few tasks yet to complete in our bid to move from private to Public Beta. One of the questions that is always posted around now is asking people to volunteer and/or proposing others as ...
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Are wood identification questions allowed?

For example, if someone posts a picture of a tool or a piece of wood, how should that be handled? I think I recall some SE sites discouraging identification questions as too localized because they ...
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Is woodworking history an acceptable topic for this site?

I suggested a new tag called woodworking-history. Is this an appropriate topic for this site? This would not cover any questions related to the "act" of woodworking (such as the typical "How can I......
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Is “best” a naughty word in questions?

The most recent question on Woodworking beta asks for the "best" surface to use on a large desk/workbench. It was put on hold as being to general. A couple of days ago someone asked about a good ...
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When should I accept an answer?

In the help center, there's a fact about accepting an answer. Accepting an answer is not meant to be a definitive and final statement indicating that the question has now been answered perfectly. ...
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If the person who asks a question finds that it's a duplicate, should they delete it?

For example, I asked a question related to wood glue and the general consensus was that it was a duplicate question. Should I delete the post or just leave it marked as a duplicate?
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How can we maintain a healthy number of questions?

For quite a while we were getting a good number of new questions every day, but over the past week or so, the number of questions has fallen. A good Stack Exchange site should reach a critical mass ...
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Attribution of posts

Something that comes up in many sites, but I think will be more common here than most, is attribution. We need to remember (and remind others) to attribute our posts when we source the material ...
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Does the “every answer is equally valid” criterion apply?

I took a shot at answering In what cases is it NOT useful to have more than one of the same tool?, but I found it necessary to reframe the question somewhat in order to write an answer that didn't ...
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What should our documentation contain?

Of The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta we seem to have at least touched on the others, but I don't think we have asked this one yet. The question "What should our documentation contain?" ...
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regulating semi-opinion-based responses?

For example, this question is a pretty straightforward question with a few straightforward answers. However, a number of the answers are versions of "don't bother making biscuits/slots by hand, use ...
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what is a tag wiki and where are they?

I think I am missing something. At 1500 reputation a user qualifies to edit Tag Wikis. Is this the same as the tag descriptive text found under 'more info' ? I looked at the description of a tag ...
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What to do with the milling tag

I just looked through a bunch of milling questions and there is one that stands out. Can I use a CNC router bit specified for metal on wood? While technically speaking the milling in his question is ...
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Same user answering question twice

Recently on this question How to bend chipboard into a cylinder without tearing it apart? A user answered the question twice with 2 different suggestions. I originally thought this was in bad form ...
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How can we grow this website now that it has made it to public beta?

Now that the site is open and usable to the public, how do we successfully grow it? I imagine it should be easier to promote it now than it was when it was just in the proposal stage, but that's not ...
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How far can we take tool fabrication questions

Another discussion of scope for questions. Something like wooden tool handles is in scope I would figure as it is just a matter of turning, carving or cutting wood. What about the metal components of ...
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I assume we like hats?

With the ending of the current year, we have the option to participate in the 2016 Stack Exchange Winter Bash. This basically means we'll have the opportunity to earn hats by participating on the ...
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Is it okay to point to your own website?

I've got a website that I frequently post woodworking projects, tips, and tricks to. On occasion I've felt the need to direct people to that site but have avoided doing so to avoid coming across as ...
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Are tool fixing questions on topic?

My specific question would relate to a drill press chuck that wobbled and possibly damaged itself while falling out. I'm looking for more knowledge insight into if the chuck is junked and, if not, ...
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Question about hardware

I've got a question about locks (not door locks, but like gate locks and stuff). It's for a woodworking project (more of a carpentry project) but it's not about the wood itself, it's about lock ...
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Posting sketchup drawing for review

Can I post sketchup files (as links) for review. For example, I'm drawing a fold up bench for the garage. Can I post the drawings as a question to get feedback on my design?
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DIY questions vs Woodworking

I just asked a question that could easily be on DIY, but I asked it here because I felt it could fit and we need questions! I'm just wondering what others feel is the line between where the question ...
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Are questions that may go out of date acceptable?

I'd like to ask about alternatives to SawStop. A correct answer to this may change in the coming years. Is this acceptable? If so, should I make my question time-specific? (Are there any ...
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Are questions about how tools work on topic?

I'd like to ask how a variable speed drill press, lathe, etc. works. Is this on topic? More examples: How does a SawStop work? What kind of motion does a random orbital sander have? How does a ...
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What is off topic for Woodworking? [closed]

I am going to guess that anything not specifically related to woodworking (i.e., welding) should not be considered on topic. The standard StackExchange off topic items like off site recommendations ...
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Should we have tags for Japanese joinery and/or hand tools?

Japanese woodworking has a significant following among hand tool woodworkers. Woodworking.SE already has several questions related to Japanese hand tools and joinery techniques. Would the site ...