ShopNotes vs Woodsmith?

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Forum topic by ErcAnRua posted 10-15-2009 09:47 PM 4798 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-15-2009 09:47 PM

Anyone care to elaborate on their reasons for subscribing/buying both magazines? At a fairly casual glance they seem to basically be the same magazine. Certainly their two websites have exactly the same descriptions regarding content/format (not a huge surprise given they’re by the same company) so how do I choose which to subscribe to?

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#1 posted 10-15-2009 09:54 PM

Firstly welcome to Lumberjocks
and i’m a shopnotes man myself the describtions are more understandable and easyer to follow well for me anyway…...

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#2 posted 10-15-2009 09:58 PM

I take both and shop notes seams to be more involved with jigs and techniques and woodsmith is focused on projects. I like them both.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 10-15-2009 10:04 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. You’ll love it here.

I subscribe to both magazines. Woodsmith tends to have furniture projects, boxes, clocks, things for the house, etc! Shopnotes is all about building things for your shop. Jigs, storage, workbenches, tool stands, etc! The drawings and instructions in both magazines are excellent and easy to follow. I enjoy both magazines very much and have built projects from each one.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#4 posted 10-15-2009 10:06 PM

I do both shopnotes deals with the shop and woodsmith other stuff. I like them because there is no ads

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#5 posted 10-15-2009 11:13 PM

Yup me too, both…

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

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#6 posted 10-15-2009 11:25 PM

I buy both but I don’t subcribe to either, if I see a copy on the shelf in the store I think would be a good read with a few good projects in it, ill pick it up.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#7 posted 10-15-2009 11:36 PM

I get one and a friend gets the other. We share. I take the shopnotes.
BTW, welcome

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#8 posted 10-16-2009 12:11 AM

Those are my 2 favorites as well.

-- 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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#9 posted 10-16-2009 12:35 AM

Both for me too.
(And Wood Working Magazine, and Popular Woodworking..and American Woodworker & Woodworkers Journal…...)

OK, it’s an addiction, but I’m working on it…..

You know there is a problem when you see three of the same sharpening articles at once…..

-- Eric, central Florida

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#10 posted 10-16-2009 12:35 AM


Establish what is important to you and go from there.

ShopNotes is what the name implies…shop, sawdust, hard work, bare wood, jigs, fixtures, clean-up, organize, sweat, mess, real world.

Woodsmith is everything else…exquisite teatables, yet another cutting board, and more.

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#11 posted 10-16-2009 12:40 AM

I do both too. Just when I think one or the other is not needed they come out with a great project in that one!

-- St. Louis - just a cut away from finishing!

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#12 posted 10-16-2009 02:07 AM


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#13 posted 10-16-2009 02:15 AM

Thanks to all of you who answered the question about what’s the difference between the two—why would I choose one over the other, if it had to only be one!

To those who answer that they buy both, it’s an interesting data point, but isn’t really to my point…

And thanks to all of you who welcomed me via my profile—I do feel welcome! This is the most response I’ve ever received on a board… Most impressive.


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#14 posted 10-16-2009 02:17 AM

Yeah I go both ways too, wait that didn’t come out right.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#15 posted 10-16-2009 03:06 AM

Don’t worry Dock, we get it.

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