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Blog entry by andy_P posted 01-09-2015 01:01 PM 10962 reads 0 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

How many of you out there subscribed to ShopNotes magazine and how do you feel about the decision to stop publishing the magazine. They are giving certificates for digital media to make up for the value of ones remaining subscription to ShopNotes. I’m interested in finding out other subscriber’s thoughts. I’m not happy about it at all and the way they have gone about doing it

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.



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Alongiron

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#1 posted 01-09-2015 01:10 PM

Andy

I purchased the online issue thingy where I can see all the back issues as well as upcoming issues

I guess I have not heard anything about it.

Do you get like a letter in the mail?

-- Measure twice and cut once.....Steve Lien

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dbray45

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#2 posted 01-09-2015 01:20 PM

Woodsmith and ShopNotes are now one in the same – per my new issue of Woodsmith.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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gblock66

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#3 posted 01-09-2015 01:31 PM

I just renewed my subscription in October . . .Andy how did you find out about this ? ? ? ?

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MT_Stringer

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#4 posted 01-09-2015 02:17 PM

This has been known since about November that Issue #138 would be the last.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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johnstoneb

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#5 posted 01-09-2015 02:50 PM

There have been posts about this on most of the woodworking sites since it was announced in Nov. I am surprised it lasted as long as it did as they spun it off from Woodsmith originally. Their jigs and devices had become so complex and expensive lately that they kind of defeated the purpose of a jig.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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andy_P

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#6 posted 01-09-2015 03:22 PM

Boy, I sure missed the announcement back in November. I guess I better read it again. The way I found out is when I got my latest issue of Woodsmith yesterday. I’ve been in touch with August Home and hoping they come up with an alternative to buying their digital media and hoping they will just tag on the value to my existing Woodsmith subscription. I guess some of the editors are not too happy about the decision to cut off Shopnotes either. I agree that some of the jigs were getting a little bit too far out lately…....or maybe it’s that I am getting old…LOL.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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BinghamtonEd

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#7 posted 01-09-2015 04:11 PM

I sent an e-mail to them (subscriptions@augusthome.com) back in October, and asked that my subscription (through Aug 2016) be transferred to WoodSmith. They obliged, no problems. I think that if you sent them an e-mail, they’d happily extend your WoodSmith subscription.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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razor524

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#8 posted 01-09-2015 04:14 PM

I dropped my subscription because the jigs got to the point where buying the materials and making the thing did not make sense with the stores full of ready made jigs. I like to make end product more than jigs, however.

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andy_P

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#9 posted 01-09-2015 05:00 PM

Done that, Bing.

I agree, razor. I did find now and then they had some good tips but some of the stuff was pretty basic. They did have a couple of plans that I made.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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pjones46

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#10 posted 01-09-2015 10:23 PM

I looked at Issue 138 and does’t say anything about it I just went on to my account at ShopNotes magazine and they claim Last Issue Mailed:February 2015 but have not received it yet nor was I notified unless I just missed it.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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andy_P

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#11 posted 01-09-2015 11:25 PM

Same here, pjones46. I was just sitting out on the patio reading the most recent issue of Woodsminth (Guild Issue)......we can do things like that in the southwest….It’s 80 degrees…..and don’t find anything special about it except that it has more pages with lots of the ever present tips that I’ll never use. The hutch they feature in it has probably been done ad nausea in every woodworking magazine published. Maybe we are just getting too updated on the latest things to pay attention. I did enjoy the article on Bamboo Lumber and if my drill press ever needs that type of overhaul, I’ll probably just buy another one…..but good information at least. I think my love affair with August Home magazines is coming to an end.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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MikeNap

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#12 posted 01-09-2015 11:25 PM

Guess I missed it too. Thanks for the info, guys – I’ll contact them for the extension too. Glad I joined this site!

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andy_P

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#13 posted 01-09-2015 11:34 PM

Good, Mike. If you “mess” with wood, this is the place to be. Lots of “moxy” guys and gals here.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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pjones46

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#14 posted 01-10-2015 12:10 AM

Andy,

Thanks for rubbing in the temp…..Wicked cold here.

Paul

-- Respectfully, Paul

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MT_Stringer

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#15 posted 01-10-2015 12:18 AM

I just sent them an email asking for a status on my subscription. Personally, I think it not very business like on their part to simply do nothing.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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