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02-03-2016 02:11 AM

Wondered if any of you have subscribed to the online version of Fine Woodworking or any other online publications and what your assessment of them is?

-- Bill eastern Washington

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#1 posted 02-03-2016 02:22 AM

I subscribed the first year I really wanted to get into woodworking. I thought I would use all the plans and watch all the videos. Basically, I ended up coming back to LJs or going to youtube more often and I did not renew. For me, it wasn’t worth it.

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#2 posted 02-03-2016 02:45 AM

I’ve been a member of Fine Woodworking online for several years now. I go there quite often, have learned quite a bit. For just over a buck a month, it’s really nice not to be stopped by the “Member Content” icon. They have some really slickly produced content, tons and tons of woodworking goodness.

I used to also subscribe to Popular Woodworking videos – I just kind of let that one lapse after a year, because I had watched everything that they had, and new videos just weren’t coming fast enough to justify the 20 bucks a month It was well worth it up until that point, though, they also have a great selection of content. I would definitely say they are worth it for at least the first year, at least.

Outside of online publications, per se, I am a member of both Chris Pye’s and Mary May’s online carving schools. They are also both very much worth the 10 dollars a month or so that they cost, if you are into woodcarving in the classical tradition. I rate Chris Pye’s much higher than Mary May’s, I think he’s just more of a consummate professional, and a better carver and artist all around, but it’s also good to get the different viewpoints.

-- Learn Relentlessly

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#3 posted 02-03-2016 02:46 AM

It seems like LJ is really a great resource for specific requests and links to information whenever you need something.

-- Bill eastern Washington

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#4 posted 02-03-2016 03:12 AM

I did look into Chris Pye’s and Mary May’s offerings and I have invested in a few nice carving knives but just haven’t found the time to get started. I’m trying to learn as fast as I can but at 72 and still working it is hard to find the time to devote a lot of time reading books. Video seems to work well for me because I can see what they’re trying to explain. I’m leaning toward decorative boxes and the carving would come in handy there.

-- Bill eastern Washington

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#5 posted 02-03-2016 12:57 PM

Puttn, I am a FWW online member because when I google a question , the answer is either on FWW or LJs. Like David, I don’t want to be blocked if my answer is in the Members Only section.

-- Art

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#6 posted 02-03-2016 02:08 PM

I’ve been a member of Fine Woodworking online for a long time now.

I use it a lot and it’s relatively inexpensive.

Worth it to me.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#7 posted 02-03-2016 02:28 PM

It is relatively inexpensive, but I don’t use it as much as I thought I would. I am undecided if I will renew.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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#8 posted 02-03-2016 04:17 PM

I’ve had so many ads for different magazines and online sites run by me I can’t remember which one had the most videos of ‘How To”. Since I learn better by seeing how something is put together I tend to like videos better than written instructions.

-- Bill eastern Washington

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#9 posted 02-03-2016 04:31 PM

The don’t post new video projects very often.

They’ve got some good videos, though.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#10 posted 02-03-2016 04:31 PM

I subscribe to Canadian Woodworker which comes with free online issue to members, made the mistake of looking online and when magazine came next day didn’t have to open it? I still prefer the paper version but then again like the feel of a hardcover book in my hand too!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#11 posted 02-03-2016 10:19 PM

I like FWW online, as others have said it’s pretty reasonable in terms of cost. I use it often when designing pieces to get some ideas/reference and it’s great to compare projects to see 5 different ways to do the same thing. I also like the Video Workshop series.

As far as other paid subscription resources, I’ve bought a few of the Woodwhisperer Guild projects. They are extremely thorough and have excellent production value. I use a ton of free resources scattered about the Internet as well. I am a solely “Internet-taught” woodworker – you can learn anything on YouTube :)

-- Follow me on Instagram @endgrainy

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#12 posted 02-03-2016 10:23 PM

I have been a member from the first year they started it. Use it a fair bit. Worth the money.

Learning one thing a month is valuable, might save me a costly mistake or teach me a new trick.

I would recommend it.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#13 posted 02-03-2016 10:47 PM

is there any deal if you get their magazine and on line together, thx RJ

-- Life Begins @ 190 MPH

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#14 posted 02-03-2016 10:48 PM

I believe you get a discount on the Magazine if you sign up for the online version.

-- Bill eastern Washington

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#15 posted 02-08-2016 04:29 PM

That would be great, I’ve never had a discount since they started it…

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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