What topics can I ask about here?

Please look around to see if your question has been asked before. It’s also OK to ask and answer your own question.

If your question is not specifically on-topic for Woodworking Stack Exchange, it may be on topic for another Stack Exchange site. If no site currently exists that will accept your question, you may commit to or propose a new site at Area 51, the place where new Stack Exchange communities are democratically created.

Questions about the following topics are considered on-topic:

  • Tools, materials, or techniques used in woodworking.
    • Tools may be general types of tools or specific products, including the tools themselves, as well as jigs, fixtures, safety gear, and tool accessories. Software that is used in the design of woodworking projects, such as SketchUp or AutoCAD, may also be considered a tool.
    • Materials may include any materials commonly used in woodworking projects, including wood, composite materials, hardware, fasteners, and supplies such as sandpaper and glue. Questions about materials may also include questions about selecting materials appropriate to the project and general advice on how to locate and purchase said materials.
    • Techniques may apply to any phase of a woodworking project, including design, prototyping, cutting, construction, finishing, safety, and fixing mistakes.
  • Properties of a type of wood
  • Design considerations for a general type of project (e.g., "What factors do I need to consider when designing a chair?")
    • Joinery recommendations for load-bearing components
    • Human factors (e.g., appropriate dimensions and proportions for a chair)

Questions falling strictly into the categories listed below are considered off-topic. Although they may be woodworking-related, these types of questions usually cannot be answered objectively and definitively, would require extended debate, or they are only likely to be useful to the person asking the question.

  • Help identifying a particular piece of wood (for example, by looking at a picture)
  • Product or vendor recommendations
  • Help finding woodworking plans
  • Critiques of a specific woodworking project or design (not to be confused with general design considerations)