Different Woodworking Magazines

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Blog entry by Alan Hart posted 03-01-2011 09:01 AM 1393 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello LJ’s

I was wondering how many different woodworking magazines are out there. I can think of Woodsmith, Shopnotes, Fine Woodworking, Popular Woodworing, American Woodworker, Woocraft, and Wood. I have thought of an older one, Workbench.

What magazines can you think of? What do you subscibe to? What’s good, what’s not so good.

I even thought of ones that airn’t quite woodworking magazines but have woodworking in them, Family Handyman and Handyman America.

-- Al Hart

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#1 posted 03-01-2011 03:33 PM

I have read all of the ones you mentioned and subscribed to most of them at one tome or another. Finally I’ve settled on Fine Woodworking. I do buy Shop Notes occasionally at the supermarket, if I like the issue.

-- What if we're all wrong? ---- Colorado Curmudgeon

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David Craig

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#2 posted 03-01-2011 03:39 PM

Well I can assure you that “Lemon Detox Diet” has no woodworking info whatsoever ;) Even without looking.

I subscribe to Woodsmith and Wood magazine. Of the two, I think I like Woodsmith a little better. There are no ads, more illustrations and less photographs, and the magazine lacks that gloss that can make it difficult to read under shop light.

Wood magazine has a good deal of informative articles and more project plans. I do like how they insert patterns in the center of the magazine, have tutorials for skillsets to complete projects, and I can’t complain about the subscription price. My only real complaint is that similar projects seem to rotate when you read it on the long term. But it is a good publication to help boost your standing in the intermediate level.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#3 posted 03-01-2011 03:49 PM

I found an old copy of Woodworkers Journal. Dont know if it still in print, but it is a good magazine also.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#4 posted 03-01-2011 03:58 PM

I have 4 subscriptions. Woodworkers Journal, Popular Woodworking Magazine, Wood, & Shopnotes. I like all 4. Each bringing something different to the table. Wasn’t real happy when Popular Woodworking and Woodworking Magazine became 1 magazine. But it’s OK now. Probably my least favorite of the 4.

If I was to pick one, it would probably be Wood.

And when my PWM subscription runs out I won’t renew it and I’m going to pick up Woodsmith.

-- In this world there's two kinds of people my friend. Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.

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#5 posted 03-01-2011 04:00 PM

Magazines are a problem as I spend six months in Florida, and six months in Michigan. I’ve really cut down on my magazine subscriptions as many of them simply don’t get read.

That said, I do have a “special relationship” with “Popular Woodworking”, having attended one of their Woodworking in America conferences. Meeting the editor Chris Schwarz and his staff puts a personal touch on their magazine articles and on-line blogs. They are also receptive to receiving and answering emails.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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Glen Peterson

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#6 posted 03-01-2011 08:57 PM

Don’t forget the British mags. I really liked Furniture and Cabinet Making but I haven’t seen it in the stores here for a couple of years. It’s still published, but I couldn’t even find a copy in London during the summer. Good Woodworking is another British mag, but I’ve only bought a few copies.

-- Glen

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#7 posted 03-01-2011 09:12 PM

I’ve subscribed to all/most of the US WWing magazines from time to time. But due to rising subscription costs and the repetition of subjects I’ve narrowed my subscriptions “severely”.

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

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