I created a proposal for a new SE site on Woodworking. This new site may have some overlap with Home Improvement. Are there enough new topics to warrant a separate site?
The about page for the Home Improvement site states that:
The core of this site is around parts of your home that are typically included when you buy or sell it, the structure, utilities, and major appliances.
Based on this summary, questions about cabinetry, hardwood flooring, molding, doors, and some power tools would likely overlap with Home Improvement. However, there are many aspects of woodworking that would be off-topic in Home Improvement, such as:
- Selecting and identifying wood
- Crafting fine wooden objects like boxes, bowls, and game or cutting boards
- Furniture construction and design
- Wood turning tools and techniques
- Boat building
- Using hand tools
Many topics may fit in Home Improvement when applied to cabinetry or flooring, but could be answered better (or differently) by an audience experienced in other areas of woodworking. Some topics that come to mind would be:
- Finishing techniques (sanding, applying oils, varnishes, etc.)
- Use and maintenance of power tools
- Weather/moisture's long-term effects on wood
A dedicated woodworking site would attract woodworking experts that don't have experience with home- improvement-style projects, yet have expansive knowledge in the techniques and nuances of working with wood in other areas.
Woodworking and Home Improvement are completely different disciplines.
The DIY site is flooded with questions which is mostly irrelevant to woodworking which is why I support this new site. Just because you can hang cabinets, doesn't mean you can build them too.
This DIY question asking should my first power saw be a circular or jig saw, would get a completely different answer, weeding out master carpenters from us mortals, as paprestreet states here:
True woodworking ... is the most involved, demanding, grueling, rewarding endeavor anyone can undertake. It would take a lifetime to learn everything there is to know about cabinetmaking and that's just one facet of a very broad field. Woodworking deserves to have it's own community.
If the site needs to be broadened, I agree with Hemm that "anything that is usually done by a skilled artisan or craftsperson" should be included.
How do I build a rocking horse? might also need the expertise of "machinists, metalworkers, and leatherworkers".
Woodworking and Smithing -The fine art of craftsmanship.