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Blog entry by John Gray posted 03-08-2009 07:44 PM 1319 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I noted that someone here said something like, “You know you are a woodworker when your magazine subscriptions total more than a weeks pay”.
I’ve been getting a lot of magazines lately that are filled with things I already know about, advertising, and several pages of large projects I may never build. So I’m making a list of magazines to do away with subscription wise.


-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#1 posted 03-08-2009 07:54 PM

Hi John,

I currently subscribe to three and would recommend them to anyone. They are: Wood Magazine, Woodworker’s Journal and American Woodworker. The fourth magazine I would subscribe to would be Fine Woodworking.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#2 posted 03-08-2009 08:08 PM

“FWW” for sure. “Woodturning Design” is a quarterly that I pick up at the store. I also like “Woodworker’s Journal.”

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#3 posted 03-08-2009 08:26 PM

Currently subscribe to Popular Woodworking, Wood Magazine and Woodworker’s Journal. In the past I’ve also subscribed to ShopNotes and Woodsmith magazine, probably 3 or 4 years each.

-- John, co-owner Sawdust 'n Stitches

View GaryK's profile


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#4 posted 03-08-2009 09:49 PM

I don’t subscribe to any anymore. I just make sure to get to a store that sells them all once a month and pick out the ones with something interesting. I end up saving a lot of money.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 03-08-2009 09:56 PM

Bambi . Superman .Tom and Jerry . lol .... Fine Woodworking, Kidder , Stokade , Handyman , Mlcs, Homeworkshop, Bear Woods, Powermatic, AmeicanWoodworker, Systimatic, House of Tools, Master Woodworkers .

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Douglas Bordner

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#6 posted 03-08-2009 10:05 PM

Fine Woodworking (include
Popular Woodworking

I only currently take FWW and Woodcraft. But Chris Schwarz is rising fast in my estimation.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

View Dusty56's profile


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#7 posted 03-08-2009 10:13 PM

Like GaryK said , I didn’t bother to renew any of my scripts this year. I will miss having the crisp , commercial-free, Woodworking Magazine , as well as WOOD and Popular Woodworking delivered to my door , but the money I save by perusing the mags at the “library” before purchasing the useful ones will go to tools and lumber purchases instead. I also enjoyed the other mags already listed by the “jocks” above.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 03-08-2009 10:20 PM

Since I divide my life into six month segments between Florida and the Upper Peninsula, magazine subscriptions are a problem.
Fortunately, Fine Woodworking and Popular Woodworking offer DVD’s of their magazines, and the Woodworker’s Journal now has an on-line edition.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#9 posted 03-08-2009 10:55 PM

Wood Magazine
Fine Woodworking.

ShopNotes and WoodSmith predominately have PLANS. Wood Mag has stuff that is on my level. FWW has stuff that I want to aspire to.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#10 posted 03-08-2009 11:33 PM

Like GaryK, I did not renew mine this year either and just get the ones I want from the mag store.
I did subscribe to: FWW, American woodworker, Popular woodworking, Woodworkers journal, Shop notes, and Woodsmith…....... oops, that’s more than 4, sorry.

I think in the long run I will be saving money to spend on tools.

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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Scott Bryan

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#11 posted 03-08-2009 11:37 PM

Wood Magazine
Woodsmith Magazine
Family Handyman
Fine Woodworking

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#12 posted 03-09-2009 02:16 AM

FWW, Wood, Shopnotes, & Popular Woodworking

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

View TimK's profile


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#13 posted 03-09-2009 02:25 AM

Fine Woodworking
Popular Woodworking

I currently get Fine Woodworking & Woodshop News (it was free).
I just dropped my subscription to Wood.

-- Tim, Western Maryland

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Craftsman on the lake

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#14 posted 03-09-2009 02:44 AM

Gee you guys. We get Time and Ladies Home Journal. I need to look into what you’re reading.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#15 posted 03-09-2009 03:57 AM

Woodworking Magazine
Wood Magazine
ShopNotes (If you are building out your shop/jigs)
Popular Woodworking (if you don’t take SN)

I travel all accross the country for a living and read all of these mags on the plane.
I also subscribe to:
Woodworkers Journal
This Old House Magazine
American Woodworker

Some of these are gift subs from my family.

On occasion pickup FWW at the Airport.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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