Things I Didn't Know I Had - Stack of Woodworking Magazines

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Blog entry by AngieO posted 07-31-2012 08:05 PM 2385 reads 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My DH has decided to give me a better space in the garage to keep my tools and things. So right now while everything is getting rearranged it’s hard to get at all my stuff. So I’ve been planning out some projects I’d like to make. While looking on LJ’s and other sites for some projects to build I started to look for some plans. Until I really get going with this I’ll need plans to go by. I like because of the easy to follow plans.

If you have sites that you’d like to share with me that has free plans… feel free to share :)

I found a “finishing station” that I really liked. And while this had not crossed my mind before I really liked it and I like the idea of having a place to store all my finishing supplies. Plus I liked the swiveling top on it. I also found a bench-tool system I liked. I think I must have been on So I was trying to find the issue that the plans were in. It was the October 2007 Issue # 179 that had the bench-tool system.

After looking at all the magazines on ebay for sale I started wondering if anyone I knew might have some magazines laying around that they wanted to get rid of. You know… people that “thought” that wanted to get into woodworking and never did. Or people that did… and just don’t do it anymore. Well… it just clicked all of a sudden. At one time I was one of those people I had a desire to get into woodworking and back in 1997 I bought my first tool… an RBI Scroll Saw. I never really went anywhere with it. Of course… that was before YouTube (for me at least). And before I knew about sites like this (if they even where around). I went into papercrafting instead. And currently… upstairs in my sons room… is a very deep and tall filing cabinet. I have all sorts of craft books in there and so I thought… MAYBE I still have something.

I was pretty surprised at what I found.
2 Issues of Wood Magazine – April 1998 #105 – November 1997 #100
1 Issue of Workbench – March 1996
2 Issues of Woodsmith – Vol 16/No. 96 – Winter 1995
2 Issues of Weekend Woodworking Projects – January 1995 Vol. 8 No. 1 Issue 43 – July 1995 Vol. 8 No. 4 Issue 46
4 Random magazines/books that I got for inspiration
1 Scroll Saw patterns book
2 Pattern packs (with multiple projects with plans for each)
and… an envelope that came with my old RBI saw (the ex sold the saw long ago). It has a book of projects and all sorts of patterns.

I was pretty excited to find I had all this. And even more excited to look through them. I love how most of the items are still relevant today. Jigs, fixtures, tools, furniture plans… for the most part they are things like I see today. About the only thing that I though was dated was a CD rack/holder and a computer station that allowed for the big box monitors and box large computer towers. But everything else… pretty current.

Now I’m off to figure out what to make next. And try to find a way to get the DH to work on the garage today so I can get out and work on something tomorrow. :)

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#1 posted 07-31-2012 08:28 PM

It is almost as fun looking for projects to build as it is building them.
I have found that has a lot of nice stuff to build along with free plans and videos.
I am also a big fan of “WOOD” magazine.
Good luck on your new venture and be careful of those 10 fingers!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#2 posted 07-31-2012 08:39 PM

Oh, I know what you mean Angie. I have a few books that are full of thing that want me to make them! And then I see wonderful projects here that I can not wait to make either. I have to remember that starting 25 projects and finishing none of them is not a good way to proceed. I need to keep a list and whenever I finish one project, I will allow myself to pick a new one to start. Continuing to buy books and picking out plans does not get the projects finished!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#3 posted 07-31-2012 09:06 PM

Kay… I know! It’s driving me nuts not being able to get out there and make something. Even something small.

Oh… and correction… the finishing station that I found that I liked wasn’t on the Wood magazine site. LOL… it was in the Woodsmith magazine that I have. Writing down the materials now so I can pick them up.

And Alongiron… I like my fingers just the way they are. I like what someone on here said… safety first, second, third and always.

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#4 posted 07-31-2012 09:30 PM

I have to dig out the old magazines from time to time just to go thru them. Good luck with the finishing station project. We can’t wait to see it…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#5 posted 07-31-2012 09:32 PM

Wow! your’e lucky!
When I Started woodworking, all I had was a hammer, a drill, and a few pieces of scrap wood :(
Marty, I have all the magazines fine woodworking made….

-- My terrible signature...

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#6 posted 07-31-2012 11:52 PM

to name a few from my bookmarks… this guy’s site is very cool and a lot of free plans – free plans – free plans – free plans, vids and entertaining

When I start a project, my first stop is usually Google, and try a specific search (e.g Free plans wood birdhouse) to get ideas.

I read many WW mags and have a notebook with projects of interest (I’m getting old and memory not what it use to be.) I think you’re taking the right approach by looking for publications, you may want to put something on your local craigslist requesting older woodworking mags.

We are living in an amazing time. The net is filled with useful information, ideas and plans. You just need to get good at filtering the garbage.

-- Nicky

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#7 posted 08-01-2012 12:25 AM

Thanks Nicky – I did not know of two of those you listed. Time for more ideas! I did not know about Ana-White until Angie mentioned it in an earlier post. When I have searched for woodworking plans, there is so much garbage. It is great to have a list of reliable sites to check.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#8 posted 08-01-2012 12:56 AM

Kay, be ready for “Information Overload”

When I first started woodworking it was out of necessity and built things we needed and that dictated my list of projects. You’ll figure out whats important, and prioritize things that you want to build. Start simple, build skills and confidence and keep challenging yourself. Ideas are where you find them.

-- Nicky

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#9 posted 08-01-2012 01:19 AM

What I have a problem with is finding or taking the time to go though all of the mags that I have just not enough time in a day. :) Angie one thing I’d like to warn you about during your search for plans etc…. online is that you may run into a scam called Ted’s wood working don’t I repeat do not buy into this, he’s a fake and all of the plans are copied from others, even his address is not real.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#10 posted 08-01-2012 01:29 AM

I subscribed to numerous woodworking magazines in the past and have somewhere around 50- 60+ magazines that I read when I got them and put them on the shelf to gather dust.
I need to have a woodworking magazine garage sale sometime soon to clear them off the shelves.

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Monte Pittman

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#11 posted 08-01-2012 02:45 AM

Ana is very cool. She has brought a whole new group of people to woodworking. Most of the plans are basic but they are great for beginners. Woodworkers workshop has a lot of plans as well. Most of them used to be free, I don’t know if they are any more.

Good luck.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#12 posted 08-01-2012 05:45 AM

Hi Angie,
Looking for plans helps for just few days for your woodworking. Most of the time there is always missing link in doing a project as per plan ending up with unfinished projects. When I do my projects, I just learn the methods and do it on my own just because I have very limited resources and time. To be honest, I owe a lot of my woodworking knowledge from other LJs. Ok, there are only few who are wholeheartedly will help you out through private message directed to them but try. Use this website and select your buddies. By the way, I read your comments on Larry’s class cutting board. It would be nice for you to try it. It will train you to join pieces squarely and align pieces together. Keep it going.
Enjoy your new adventure with woodworking. It is addictive.

-- Bert

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#13 posted 08-01-2012 02:48 PM

The only reason I had the time to look was because I couldn’t get out and work. Not gonna have that problem today. I’m outta here in 20. Gonna finish my cc sled, do the glue up and finish on a box and maybe make a mitre sled. Probably going to have to get my fence and blade aligned first. I have a few requests from my mom so she is going to buy all the lumber needed.

What I’ve found so far in looking at all the plans and projects I’ve seen…. Is that I’ve ad the opportunity to see HOW they are doing them. Which methods, maybe order of assembly, tools used. This has shown me a lot. And like someone said… Most of the planscive found have some missing element. With the projects on myblistvof “need” to make (I say that loosely because when you are addicted you need to make it all lol)... A night table for my room, a frame for a picture quilt my mom made, a table for my moms quilting room, a microwave cart for my mom (she’s a little needy maybe lol) and bunk beds for the kiddos. That’s quite a list! I better get started now!!! :)

Oh… And Backie… Thanks for the heads up. I had kinda seen Steve from WWMM mention it but wasn’t really sure what he was asking about. When I did a YouTube search for projects I found several different videos promoting it. NOT interested. I did also find a link about it that had a list if the sites he pulled the plans from.

Nicky… Thanks for that list!

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#14 posted 08-01-2012 02:49 PM

The public library can be a good source for woodworking magazines & books. If your local library doesn’t have certain magazines or books; just as if they can get them. I found my local library very willing to purchase additional books justy by asking.

-- Julian

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#15 posted 08-02-2012 03:00 AM

So… my mom is a big romance novel reader. She reads all the Harlequin books and others. She reads them QUICK. She gave me a couple of boxes of books. I don’t read them. I just never got into them. So (with her permission) I took them to the local family owned used book store. They give you store credit for your trade ins. Man… I got over $50 for those books. But don’t read a lot so I didn’t ever do anything.

The other day a guy I met as the ReStore asked if I had even been to That Book Store (that’s it’s name) He said they had some books on woodworking. This is what I got. Free to me :) And I still have more store credit.

The one on the bottom is “The Practical Woodworker”. It has some interesting things. I really like the Jig book too.

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