New Website Showcases Woodworking Artistry

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Do-it-yourself enthusiasts, weekend warriors and professional woodworkers can now take advantage of a free website that allows them to post stories and photos of their woodworking projects. Whether they create simple home accessories or tackle complex home remodeling jobs, “LumberJocks” around the world are invited to join http://LumberJocks.com -- an online community of woodworking aficionados who receive a personal web space to post their creative works free of charge.

Do-it-yourself enthusiasts, weekend warriors and professional woodworkers can now take advantage of a free website that allows them to post stories and photos of their woodworking projects.

Whether they create simple home accessories or tackle complex home remodeling jobs, "LumberJocks" around the world are invited to join http://LumberJocks.com -- an online community of woodworking aficionados who receive a personal web space to post their creative works free of charge.

"I wanted to build a site where woodworkers at all levels can share their projects with their peers," says site founder Martin Sojka, who also presides over the successful http://PowerToolBench.com. "What makes LumberJocks.com so unique is our star rating system, which permits users to rate -- using a 1- to 10-star score -- other users' projects. Users can also submit comments and ask questions about any of the posted projects. All they have to do is sign up, providing their name and email address. It's that simple."

Every project is required to feature at least one photo (up to three may be posted per project), as well as a personal story. These stories may cover tips and tricks, materials used, challenges encountered, sources of inspiration and what one might do differently in the future.

"The story/photo combo helps users learn more about each project," Sojka says. "We want to create a dialogue among woodworkers so that amateurs can learn from the pros and get new project ideas. By posting projects, users can also create an archive that can be shared with family and friends. It's a great way to let people know what you've been doing."

There is no limit to the number of projects each user can post, and highest-ranking projects are featured on the home page for easy access. Sojka encourages LumberJocks to post woodworking projects like:

  • Furniture
  • Home accessories
  • Remodeling and building
  • Woodcarving
  • Toys and miniatures
  • Gifts
  • Fine art and sculpture

"As the site grows, we will expand it to include personal project logs, user blogs and personal toolboxes," he says. "It's an exciting new launch, and we expect to see traffic climb dramatically over the next few months."

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