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Blog entry by alexbarlage posted 04-20-2010 05:04 AM 1396 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch


So I was looking around CL for stuff that I don’t have the need or room for and came accross a listing for (2) armloads of wood for $1 a piece. Was suppose to include some pine, dowels, and other misc. small pieces, birdhouse stuff.

I went out and check out the wood piles they had for sale, a bunch of random stuff, that I’ll go back tomorrow and sort through some more. She told me take a look inside the garage also, as this was all her fathers stuff and they were trying to sort through it and clean up the garage.

So when I was walking up and down the rows of stuff, I came across some issues of Fine Woodworking. I recently scored 50 old Wood Magazine back issues this summer for a dollar. She wanted $3.50 a stack, there was around 15 or 16 stacks. We setteled on $40 bucks for all 16 stacks.

They were already well kept and cataloged by issue number, and I just got done moving a few around and piling them up. My wife came in and was mad because I still have the Wood Magazines under my desk and not filed away, and she was wondering how long these were going to sit in the second bedroom now.

So with her being unappreciative of my score I figured I would brag a bit and post a picture on here, to guys that understand my “collecting” personality. You never know when you will need to look something up in one of those old magazines. Most of the time they have better jigs and ways of doing things then we do nowadays.

The earilest magazine is Winter of 1977, Issue #9 ( I was born in 1983, haha) and the most recent is Winter 2009/10 Issue No.209, that was on display until March 31, 2010. So I basically have damn near every issue of Fine Woodworking that they put out.

So if you don’t see anything from me for a while, you’ll know what I’m doing….

-- The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.

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#1 posted 04-20-2010 05:12 AM

Oh, the total issues….169. Approx. .236 cents an issue. A huge savings from $3.00 in 1977 to $8.99 in 2010

-- The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.

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#2 posted 04-20-2010 05:18 AM

I have a complete collection of fine woodworking their great to have.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 04-20-2010 05:30 AM

And here I thought I earned the “you suck” award for the day. Great find!


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

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#4 posted 04-20-2010 08:13 AM

Even cheaper than the DVD version but not as easily searchable. I hope the thing you’ll be doing when we don’t see anything from you is reading the back issues and not stacking and moving them around. lol

-- Jim

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#5 posted 04-20-2010 02:44 PM

Nice find.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 04-20-2010 04:01 PM

Happy you!!!
Nice find.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#7 posted 04-20-2010 05:45 PM

That’s a great deal. I’ve been a subscriber Since about 1985, but I paid about $20 for each year of the older ones I got from Ebay.

-- Gerry,

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#8 posted 04-20-2010 05:51 PM

Boy, some women just don’t appreciate Anything. You have a real steal there, and I think you’ll fine the older issues of the magazines high in text value and lower on photos. They are an information treasure trove, with tips and old-timers tested ways shared copiously. I wouldn’t give up my old black and white issues for anything. I’m constantly re-reading them, for everything from cabinet assemblies to turning tips. Tage Frid contributed to lots of those, and all the ‘old masters.’ Enjoy! Oh, and tell her you’ve just taken over the second bedroom for your reading room, and she’d better not damage any of those with the vacuum cleaner, either.


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#9 posted 04-21-2010 11:49 PM

potty time just got better!
Make sure to stand up once in awhile so the legs
dont go numb!!!!! hahahha!
Thats awesome!!!!!

-- dumpster diver delux

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