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Shop Notes Back Issue Library - The First 20 Years - Issues 1-120

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Review by MT_Stringer posted 731 days ago 5993 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Shop Notes Back Issue Library - The First 20 Years - Issues 1-120 Shop Notes Back Issue Library - The First 20 Years - Issues 1-120 Shop Notes Back Issue Library - The First 20 Years - Issues 1-120 Click the pictures to enlarge them

After getting back into woodworking after a layoff of more than 25 years, I bought the recently published Back Issue Library from Shop Notes.

As advertised, the DVD contains the first 120 issues of Shop Notes. I am still going through the various issues.
The cover of each issue is displayed for you to browse or…
Search by title, article summary annd index only or…
Search full article text (including title, article summary and index)

With that said, I typed in “workbench” and got 51 articles containing “workbench”.
Typing in the word “jig” resulted in 252 articles containg the word “jig”. That’s a boatload of reading! :-)

Basically, what you see on the screen is exactly what the magazine looks like with two pages displayed just as if you had it open on your desk.

By the way, the media is in pdf format. I had no problem printing out page 36-39 of Issue 109 (Plans for shop vac and cyclone separator cart). In fact, I built that cart today. I just printed out the article and took it to the garage and started slinging sawdust. :-)

For $99, I think I got a fair deal and a whole lot of catching up to do.

And…I subscribed to shop Notes two issues ago.

Hope you find this review usefull.

Note: I did find one page that was upside down. :-) I guess the person in charge of scanning goofed up.
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas




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#1 posted 731 days ago

Nice review, Have been kicking arund buying this as I have about 4 yrs worth now in the shop. Thx for the info. By far one of the best and ost useful magazines out there.

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

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#2 posted 730 days ago

You know, if you bought this, I don’t think there would be ANYTHING you couldn’t find to fill a shop need. At this point I can’t imagine a need for the shop that ShopNotes has fulfilled in one way or another.

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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#3 posted 730 days ago

Here is a screen shot of the DVD file listing.
All you do is insert the DVD into your computer and double click the file named “Start Here ShopNotes Back Issue Library”.

The program will load and the main screen shown previously will be displayed. Drop dead simple. :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#4 posted 730 days ago

Might just have to get this. Thanks for the review!

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#5 posted 730 days ago

I heard a complaint once that it was difficult to navigate. Do you find this to be the case?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 730 days ago

“I heard a complaint once that it was difficult to navigate.”

Not sure if you are talking about the same product. This is a recently published item.
Adobe Acrobat allows you to navigate the document easily…up arrow/down arrow goes to previous/next page (which is two pages of the magazine displayed side by side).
Use the scroll wheel on your mouse to do the same.
Zoom in or out for a better view. Easy as pie.
Print what you want page only, or a series of pages.

As far as navigating the many issues. Click on one and view it individually or search by tag and see all of the items in a list of results. Click on the one you choose and browse.

I can’t imagine it being difficult for anyone to navigate…unless you are like me and go brain dead every so often when I want to search for something and can’t think of the word to search for! :-)
Hope this helps.
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#7 posted 729 days ago

Is there a catalog on the DVD where you can search by project? Or can you only flip through?

Fine Woodworking tried it, but I feel it failed miserably.

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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#8 posted 729 days ago

@Milo – I don’t think so. I am still learning more about the contents. So far, all I have done is browse the individual issues after looking at all of the covers.

And I have searched for things like router table, workbench and a few other things that resulted in lots of articles in the various issues.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#9 posted 726 days ago

Nice review, and I think shop notes is a great publication.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#10 posted 724 days ago

If they’re PDF files, you should be able to put them on your iPad pretty easily.

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#11 posted 724 days ago

That seems like a great addition, and possible replacement for having dozens of old mags and paper on a shelf in the shop. Love the concept, may have to buy this. Thanks for reviewing and making me aware!!

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#12 posted 724 days ago

Nice – I have these as well. Love them.

-- Michael and Matthew

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#13 posted 724 days ago

@ Tennessee… In my case, I didn’t have anything so it is a bargain for me.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#14 posted 724 days ago

I had this given to me as a gift I really like it even though I own all the hard copies already ,it’s much easier to search.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#15 posted 720 days ago

The first 110 issues can be downloaded from the internet for free, but they are the complete publication of each issue, so there is no search engine. You need to know what issue you want to review. I know, I know.. but the price was right, so I have 110 issues on my aux. hard drive.

-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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