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Forum topic by langski93 posted 11-21-2009 07:27 AM 1521 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-21-2009 07:27 AM

I enjoy the magazine, though I don’t subscribe, I do buy it occassionally. I was previewing the website and it looks pretty interesting. I thought it would be helpful to hear from others who either were on line members or perhaps reasons why they did not join. Thoughts and opinions are always appreciated.

-- Langski, New Hampshire

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#1 posted 11-21-2009 08:19 AM

I just asked about magazines myself. 2Years ago I subscribed to FWW online and for 15 dollars (if you subscribe to the magazine) I thought it was a decent deal. You get to download tons of PDF items from old issues. There was alot of good advice and info there and you can print it out. I was just contemplating renewing. What other magazines do you read?

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#2 posted 11-21-2009 12:06 PM

It sounds like a reasonable deal if you’re a subscriber of the mag, but the concept of paying for “extra” privileges on the website doesn’t sit well with me. There is so much free info out there, and I’m not saying the info on FWW isn’t useful, but is it really different or better than the same info that’s free? I suppose the downloads have some value…

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#3 posted 11-21-2009 07:17 PM

It’s access to the vast archives of project plans, etc.. That did it for me knotscott – I subscribe to FWW Online and only pick up paper magazines when they contain something of interest.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#4 posted 11-21-2009 07:24 PM

its ok if your gonna be on there alot other than that most of the stuff u can get with just by going to site its just some vids u might want to watch or info u want and u cant without a membership try their 14 day free trial and if u like go for it but its free and u can cancel at anytime even when u become a full member u still can cancel at anytime.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 11-21-2009 07:34 PM

For $35 a year (without print subscription), I can go there anytime I want and see everything they’ve got. To my way of thinking, you can’t beat it.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#6 posted 11-21-2009 11:10 PM

Russel and bigike, I do like the “cancel at anytime” policy. How could I go wrong? I guess I have been concerned with some of the projects that FWW offers. In the magazine they are often beyond my capability.

akdale, I inherited a large set of FWW, Woodworkers Journals, Woodsmith Magazine and ShopNotes from another woodworker when he passed on. Hubie would want to know I’ve read a lot of back issues lately, including a couple of FWW that were still black and white. In addition, I often buy Wood Shop News, which is more industry/trade, but its still pretty interesting to see the business side of the business if you know what I mean.

Maybe I should have asked what web sites are others subscribing to as alternatives, as all the major pubs seem to have the correspoding pay to play sites.

Great feedback.

-- Langski, New Hampshire

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#7 posted 11-21-2009 11:38 PM

I like Fine woodworking and it’s on line version too. I think it’s the premiere magazine and web site. If I had to get down to one magazine and one woodworking site(other than Ljs)FWW would be it. There both worth the money. I have eight magazines I subscribe to and full collections of four magazines.

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#8 posted 11-22-2009 02:01 AM

Though I’ve considered those offers in the classified section of FWW for complete sets of back issues, (approx $400-$500 plus shipping usually) , I’m glad I held off, you can get the entire set on DVDs for about $150 now. Unsure of the exact retail priice, but I see them on eBay from time to time…

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#9 posted 11-22-2009 02:16 AM

Hey pooiekat
I have the DVD version and it’s great It’s much easier searching for a particular article with the DVD but since I already have the printed collection it’s the best of both worlds. If I didn’t have the printed set when I bought the DVD archive I don’t think I would have bought it afterwards. Taunton press has them on sale some times as much as 50% off. you might check with them and see if that specials coming again.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 11-22-2009 05:41 AM


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#11 posted 11-22-2009 06:00 AM

I have every issue of FWW. I started taking about two years after it started publishing and bought all the back issues. I’m not fond of the online subscription idea for anything. It seem like everyone wants you to sign up for some sort of subscription service. I guess it is a steady flow of cash. FWW also sells DVDs of all their back issues and indexes.
I have taken at least a half dozen different magazines over the years. The only ones I take now are FWW, Woodworkers Journal, and Woodturning Design.
For newer wood workers Shopnotes is a good one to take for a couple of years.

Like newspapers I fear the magazines may be having trouble staying financially viable against the internet. Be cautions of multi year subscriptions, just in case )-;

-- Les B, Oregon

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#12 posted 11-25-2009 07:05 PM

I resisted FWW online … until about a year ago. Now my subscription is about to expire and I plan to re-up. As pointed out by others, there is a wealth of informaiton available, and the online service is on par with the printed magazine in terms of quality.

I share the concern about the viability of print publications. Newspapers and magazines are dropping like flies … some due to competition from the Internet, others due to the bad economy, and some due to poor management. My wife is a quilter, and one of the mags she subscribes to has just been taken over by another owner (a company that I think also has a woodworking mag), and she says the quality of the publication went right in the toilet when the new owners fired the editor.

I subscribe to too many mags (FWW, WOOD, Popular Woodworking, ShopNotes, WoodSmith, Woodcraft, American Woodworker, and some more I can’t remember). I really don’t have time to read them all, so I plan to let some of them lapse. But for me, FWW is a must.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#13 posted 11-25-2009 07:17 PM

I’m in the same category with TheDane.

I have a ton of print subscriptions (like the ones he mentioned), but my FWW subscription is the online version. I use it as a resource when I need advice on any woodworking topic. Whatever I need, I type it in to their search box and there will almost certainly be an article (or several) in the archives with all the info I’m looking for. It’s also a great source for project plans and ideas.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 11-25-2009 07:35 PM

Being able to search makes it completely worth it. I love my print copies of FWW, but at the end of the day I find myself using the online site a whole lot more often.

-- Dylan Vanderhoof - General hobbiest and reluctant penmaker.

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#15 posted 11-25-2009 07:46 PM

IU have subscribed to so many mags for so many years. I have hundreds of them. I never thow them away because I still browse thru them from time to time. It drives my wife crazy that i keep so many magazines. I wish I had good indexes of all the articles on all of the magazines. then If i want I can find specific articles on a project idea for advise. I think i like my mags better than an on line subscription.


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