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thebaldguy

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09-09-2009 03:29 PM

I have an opportunity to order (or should I say I have to order) magazines for a fundraiser for my son’s baseball team. There are several woodworking magazines to choose from.

American Woodworker
Fine Woodworking
Popular Woodworking
Wood
Woodshop News
Woodworkers Journal

I was wondering what magazines does everyone find helpful or useful. Which magazine do you subscribe to and why or what magazine do you see at the store and you have to buy. I have dozens and dozens of magazines I’ve bought at the store over the years. Usually what ever one catches my eye and not just one in particular. Except Shopnotes. I have found myself buying every issue each month. I should just go ahead and subsribe but unfortantly its not one of the ones for my sons fundraiser. But i find Shopnotes helpful and usually has a few good plans for something I can use. Wood is another magazine I fine myself using alot.

Here is a link to the website if anyone wants to also subscribe and save some money also. http://magfundraising.com/PZWizardSplash.aspx?ftype=email


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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 09-09-2009 03:35 PM

I like Fine Woodworking and Wood.

While not on the list, I have also found some nice projects in Woodsmith.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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thebaldguy

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#2 posted 09-09-2009 03:38 PM

Ah I forgot about Woodsmith thats also a good one. I know there are many mags to choose from those on the list are unfortantly the only ones they are offering. But I was hoping to hear what everyone likes and start a good discussion on each one. Plus I need help in deciding which ones to order. Like i said I really like ShopNotes

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Clement

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#3 posted 09-09-2009 03:40 PM

I have found that Fine Woodworking is the top of the line in magazines, followed by American Woodworker. I also have had subscriptions to Shop notes which I find very useful. All the iothers have had some interesting articles, but I would not suscribe to them any more. Best of luck to your Sons fundraiser.

Clement

-- Clement, from Longview in East Texas

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depictureboy

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#4 posted 09-09-2009 03:56 PM

wood or fine woodworking…its actually pretty cool that they seem to have decent mags. normally they are all sound alikes….I actually have subs to Wood, Woodsmith, and Shopnotes….its cheaper than getting them off the rack….I dont know if I would subscribe to fine…its a little upscale for me yet…maybe popular woodworking…Woodworkers journal is a little thin for me, though I really really like Chris Shwarz

-- If you can't build it, code it. If you can't code it, build it. But always ALWAYS take a picture.

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Jeff in Huntersville

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#5 posted 09-09-2009 04:11 PM

The two things I like about Woodsmith and ShopNotes (both by the same publisher) are the lack of advertising and the detailed plans. The thing I don’t like about them (maybe it’s the same for all magazines) are the dire warnings to re-up your subscription even though you still have half the year left

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 09-09-2009 04:18 PM

I’ll second that thought Jeff. My current subscription to Wood does not run out until May, 2011 and I am already getting requests to renew.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Kindlingmaker

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#7 posted 09-09-2009 04:22 PM

There is never enough information and ideas so ALL the mags! ; ) (Fine Woodworking is the only one I don’t get, it’s too high end for my skills.)

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#8 posted 09-09-2009 04:34 PM

I used to get them all. I have whittled it down to Fine Woodworking and WoodShop News.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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mski

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#9 posted 09-09-2009 04:39 PM

Woodsmith and Shop notes, My #1, All info no Advertsments.
Fine Woodworking too high class for me.
Wood , good mag, alot of ads but plans and patterns for some neat projects.
My 2 c

-- MARK IN BOB, So. CAL

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depictureboy

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#10 posted 09-09-2009 05:17 PM

While I like the ad free nature of woodsmith and shopnotes…I like looking through the adverts in wood to see what Im missing out on…and sometimes there are real gems like the Dustcollector on sale from Harbor freight for 139 this month….

-- If you can't build it, code it. If you can't code it, build it. But always ALWAYS take a picture.

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ajosephg

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#11 posted 09-09-2009 07:49 PM

I subscribe to Wood and I’m not impressed.

-- Joe

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johnnyp

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#12 posted 09-09-2009 08:21 PM

I tried your link but it was to set up fundraisers, not to order!

-- JohnnyP - Lindstrom, Minnesota

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reggiek

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#13 posted 09-09-2009 09:24 PM

Ill second Woodsmith and Shop Notes. I have whittled down the magazines to those two…as most of the stuff in the glossy mags can be found online. Why pay a fortune for subscriptions full of advertisments that I can look for online if I am interested. Not to mention the stuffers and the stupid reminders about renewing…they are indeed a nuisance…Also, you have LJ’s here as a better resource then any of those magazines could ever supply.

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

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James Austin

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#14 posted 09-10-2009 08:23 PM

I think I subscribe to all of those….

My favorites are; Shopnotes
Wood
Popular Woodworking

As to the jig question…I think most of the ones I see in magazines are just rehashes of jigs Nick Engler built in the 80s…....

-- Some people have a shop so they can build things, the rest of us build things so we can have a shop...

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reggiek

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#15 posted 09-10-2009 08:39 PM

Cessna, I don’t feel singled out.

I agree with you on the furniture in those two….I’ve only built the machinists chest in 3 years of receiving their magazine. I scan the methods used for various joints..etc…and agree or disagree….and see if they offer any better ways of performing them that I haven’t seen anywhere else.

I mostly review the tips…and get ideas for my own jigs (I don’t recall if I have ever duplicated one of their exact jigs)....I’ve used one of the readers tip jigs for my laminated and segmented bowls and it is excellent (using a jack with plywood and threaded bolts)....I have extended that jig for a lot of clamping purposes also…

The only reason I still retain their subscriptions is the lack of advertising…and they are inexpensive. I think we all get different things from different sources…BUT I will stick to LJ’s as being the best source to date…and its interactive…

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

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