thanks dave that does indeed solve my problem ..........now to my other problem... how do i add a picture under my name or do newbie forum members have to wait until they've posted a certain number of posts.
You mean an avatar.
You do that from the profile settings, click the profile link at the top left corner of the screen and scroll to the bottom. There are a number of pictures on the site you can choose from, if you want your own picture you need to put it on a web server on the net and then link to it there.
have to confess i've not made anything from this piece of wood as it's not mine - it just seemed appropriate as i have a huge stack of oak from a wood reclaim charity in brighton - it's mostly 2"x1.5"x8'. i'm building bookcases and drawers from it very slowly as i've got enough clamps to make one decent piece a day, and many things come up to mean i don't manage to make a decent piece every day. when i get a digital camera i'll put up a more personal picture.