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08-08-2010 01:45 AM

Hi everyone!

I wanto to subscribe to a woodworking magazine… could you help me choose? I live in argentina so I cannot change or try it everymonth… will have to buy a year subscription… I would like a magazine tha have techniques, good foto or ilustrations, some plans or step by step projects, good ideas, etc.



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#1 posted 08-08-2010 01:49 AM

If you can only have one I would choose Finewoodworking and a on line subscription too.

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#2 posted 08-08-2010 02:05 AM

I agree with Jim this time… :)

Fine Woodworking is the only one I have kept over the years.

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

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#3 posted 08-08-2010 02:23 AM

Do a search, here at LJs, for this topic. It has been asked several times. Look at what other folks are reading then go to that magazines web site. There are always free listings of what is current and archived articles. This should make it easier to get an idea of what they have compared to what you are looking for.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 08-08-2010 03:05 AM

Hi jim… how is the subscription to fine woodworking? the paper issues and online memebership are separated? you have to buy each one of them separately?


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#5 posted 08-08-2010 03:15 AM

Agreed with Jim. FWW is the best one in my opinion, but I buy lots of them. My next two favorites would be American Woodworker and Wood. Either way, you’ll certainly find value and enjoyment from your subscription.

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#6 posted 08-08-2010 03:22 AM

I have to disagree with you guys….. I get FWW, Woodworkers Journal and Wood. I use the plans in Wood more than the other two combined. I like the other two, and wouldn’t chose to cancel either one of them but if I had to pick one it would be Wood.

-- Chris

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#7 posted 08-08-2010 03:58 AM

i think it depends what you are looking for. If you want inspiration, and advanced projects that can really take you to an advanced level of woodworking, then I would go with FWW.

If you want to learn the basics, and have a lot of great plans for beginner to intermediate projects, then Wood Magazine is great. Popular Woodworking is a solid contender as well. I particularly always look forward to Glen Huey’s work there. I would also give a good plug for Woodworkers Journal in that category (I just signed up for 5 years at $10 per year).

I get all of these off and on, and if I had to choose one, it would be FWW. But if I had to choose one when I was just getting started, it would have been (and in fact, was) Wood Magazine.

For another option that is free and on-line, take a look at Woodworkers Guild of America ( Its essentially an on-line magazine with lots of high quality free plans, tool reviews, tips, etc., as well as a large collection of videos, including their own content as well as videos from others.

-- PaulMayer,

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#8 posted 08-08-2010 04:26 AM

I too would choose Wood magazine if I had to choose only one. Also if you have a current issue of it check the drop out cards that are in it. Lots of times they offer two years for the price of one. Pretty good value!

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#9 posted 08-08-2010 04:35 AM

I get both Fine Woodworking and Popular Woodworking. If I had to cut it down to just one, I’d go for just Popular Woodworking. Since they merged it with Woodworking it has really become a great magazine if you are into emphasizing hand tools over power tools.

Somehow it is more dense than Fine Woodworking. Fine Woodworking has more pages, but it takes me much longer to work my way through Popular Woodworking.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#10 posted 08-08-2010 05:02 AM

I’ll give my nod to “Popular Woodworking”. First of all there is the awsome presence of editor Chris Schwarz. Although an incredibly busy guy, he actually takes the time to answer individual emails & questions. You’ll look far and long to find a staff of more dedicated woodworkers. Somehow, they are finding/making the time to put on a three day woodworking conference in Cincinnati on October 1-3., I’m impressed!

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#11 posted 08-08-2010 05:12 AM

Wood mag. or ShopNotes

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#12 posted 08-08-2010 05:17 AM

I just subscribed to popular woodworking, but I also have picked up Chris Schwarz’s “Workbenches” hard cover book. I am planning on building one of his workbenches.

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#13 posted 08-08-2010 01:12 PM

It seems wood magazine only ships to US or CANADA, FWW sends internationally….


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#14 posted 08-08-2010 01:28 PM

FWW is the only one I subscribe to, but it doesn’t have plans and step by step instructions. It does have good illustrations and technique articles, though. It’s also probably the most expensive. I always renew for 3 years, as it’s much cheaper than a single year. And I don’t bother with the online subscription, as I have all the old back issues. But the online has access to all the old articles, so you might want to try it.

-- Gerry,

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#15 posted 08-08-2010 01:43 PM

FWW is a good magazine, but if you are looking for something to give good ideas and plans I wouold suggest Shopnotes or Woodsmith magazines both of which mail internationally. The thing I like the most about these two is the lack of advertising.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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