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Woodworking magazine opinions

by akdale
posted 1733 days ago

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#1 posted 1733 days ago

Popular Woodworking, Fine Woodworking, shopnotes, etc.

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#2 posted 1733 days ago

Shop Notes

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 1733 days ago

woodsmith and shop notes appear to be very similar..comments?

-- Phil 4:13------Our family motto

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#4 posted 1733 days ago

They are by the same publisher. One has bigger projects, the other shop tips and jigs.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 1733 days ago

Shop Notes, Wood Smith, Fine Wood Working, Canadian Wood Worker.

-- Dave- New Brunswick

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#6 posted 1733 days ago

Wood, Shopsmith, Family Handyman, Popular Woodworking

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 1732 days ago

Woodsmith, Shopnotes, Wood, Popular Woodworking, American Woodworker, Fine Woodworking, Woodworker’s Journal, and WoodCraft. I subscribe to most of them. I’m a magazine addict.

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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#8 posted 1732 days ago

Fine Woodworking and Shop Notes. I had a sub to WOOD but I had a problem with receiving the magazine on time and the content, to me, has taken a downward turn. I cancelled it not too long ago.

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#9 posted 1732 days ago

Fine Woodworking, American Woodworker and the odd UK magazine…


-- Late awakener....

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#10 posted 1732 days ago

I think we went through this before….but always a good time for an up date…..I’ve been hearing that wood has taken a turn downwards…..I still get it….I got one of those 3 year “promotional” subs. It’s not too bad….lots of adds…..thats why I like woodsmith and shop notes….but I would wish that they would quit building the same old bookshelves and get to more interesting stuff….I like the LJ’s cyberzine….at least it mentions the blogs and discussions that are most notable here…..the shiny mags should take a look at the content here to see what woodworkers are really interested in….....we get more content here than in any of the zines…..

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#11 posted 1732 days ago

I’ve just given up on the mags. Too much repetition for me, and most of the projects (rocking horse???? Sure.) are not for me. I do sub to Woodshop News for info on fellow WWers.


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#12 posted 1732 days ago

FWW and the occasional Shopnotes. I had a subscription to Furniture and Cabinetmaking, from the UK. It has some good stuff, but is a bit expensive.

-- Gerry,

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#13 posted 1732 days ago

Fine Woodworking and Wood, I really like Fine woodworking I consider it the premier magazine.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#14 posted 1732 days ago

Woodsmith, Shopnotes, Wood, , American Woodworker, Fine Woodworking, WoodCraft and wood shop news
I like Fine Woodworking best.

-- Custom furniture

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#15 posted 1732 days ago

I have been through a lot of them over the years, Fine Woodworking, Wood, Shopnotes, American Woodworker. I currently only subscribe to Woodsmith. I do get This Old House also which is nice for construction, and it does occasionally provide some good woodworking ideas.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#16 posted 1732 days ago

Thanks everyone. Seems like my gut was right about WOOD. FWW and Woodsmith have been the two I whittled down to. Both subscriptions just ended and before I spend the dime again wanted to see what you all were doing. I am a computer/network engineer so to be honest I like to look at something other than a lcd screen when I get home. I tell my wife that if it does not have a throttle, a blade, carbide teeth, or go BANG! I do not want to see it on my off time. :)

-- Phil 4:13------Our family motto

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#17 posted 1732 days ago

Popular WW, Woodworking Magazine, Woodsmith, Shopnotes, Wood, and WW Journal…...for now may cut back later.

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

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#18 posted 1732 days ago

Popular Woodworking, Fine Woodworking and Woodworking Magazine. I’m surprised nobody mentioned Woodworking Magazine—it’s probably the most honest publication as they don’t have to kiss-up to the manufacturers by giving positive “reviews” to the companies that spend the most in advertising. Used to get American Woodworker and Wood but find the others to be better for what I’m looking for.

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#19 posted 1732 days ago

I have subscribed to all the major wood working mags at one point or another but, Fine Woodworking won out. I may buy a different one at the supermarket if it has somthing useful in it.

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#20 posted 1732 days ago

Ditto on the poor quality of WOOD. I just let my subscription expire. I like Shopnotes.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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