Questions tagged [discussion]
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Non toxic staining and finishing solutions
At this point in my woodworking I am not comfortable nor do I have the proper setup to do this safely (That and my wife said no). Fumes and working temperature are my hurdles. Would 2 separate ...
Is this question about end-grain cuting boards on-topic?
My question is what are the advantages and disadvantages of building and using an end-grain cutting board. The answer to this question will require knowledge of woodworking and wood, but may also ...
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 ...
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?" ...
Wood usage question
What are the different uses for plain sawn (flat sawn), rift sawn, and quarter sawn boards? is starting to garner some comment discussion on its value. It was originally moving toward closure as a ...
Sawn question impass
I have this Q&A that has received a lot of attention. What are the common cut patterns used to mill a log into boards? The problem is the community, and the internet it seems, are having an ...
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 ...
I need a suggestion for a tag name
While posting a question, I knew that a tag that would be valuable would be a tag that reflected the question was specifically about the trueness of the joints, whether they were square, plumb, proud, ...
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?
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 ...
CAD Tools/Utilities we could recommend to new users.
Very frequently I can see the need to referencing plans. Mostly to give context to questions. Like the OP did in this question: How to make a long shallow cut on a narrow piece of wood with a circular ...
A question perhaps ill-suited for SE: Suggested order of tool investment
It's certainly a common question, and while "buy them as you discover you need them" is not a bad strategy -- especially since the answer depends on what kinds of projects you want to tackle -- there ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
What should our custom close reasons be? [closed]
Right now, if you are voting to close a question, the off topic because... menu only contains three items: This question does not appear to be about woodworking, within the scope defined in the help ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
Links to merchants/specific products
On other SE sites, linking to or referencing a specific product for purchase is highly frowned upon. But with woodworking, this could be a real stumbling block. What should our standards be when asked ...
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.
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 ...
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"?
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...