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Woodworking magazine opinions

by akdale
posted 11-21-2009 08:10 AM

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#1 posted 11-21-2009 08:12 AM

Popular Woodworking, Fine Woodworking, shopnotes, etc.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 11-21-2009 08:33 AM

Shop Notes

-- Bob in WW ~ "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 11-21-2009 08:34 AM

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

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

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#4 posted 11-21-2009 08:59 AM

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

-- Bob in WW ~ "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 11-21-2009 10:45 AM

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

-- Dave- New Brunswick

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#6 posted 11-21-2009 12:31 PM

Wood, Shopsmith, Family Handyman, Popular Woodworking

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

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#7 posted 11-21-2009 07:25 PM

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 11-21-2009 07:34 PM

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.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#9 posted 11-21-2009 08:27 PM

Fine Woodworking, American Woodworker and the odd UK magazine…


-- Late awakener....

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#10 posted 11-21-2009 08:28 PM

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 11-21-2009 08:36 PM

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 11-21-2009 08:37 PM

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 11-21-2009 08:52 PM

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

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#14 posted 11-21-2009 09:07 PM

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

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#15 posted 11-21-2009 09:07 PM

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 11-21-2009 09:21 PM

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 11-21-2009 09:44 PM

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 11-22-2009 05:42 AM

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 11-22-2009 05:51 AM

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 11-22-2009 05:54 AM

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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