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Forum topic by SkySoldier posted 02-23-2011 07:06 AM 1171 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2011 07:06 AM

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Hello all, very new here and I was wondering if buying a bunch of old Fine Woodworking magazines is a good investment? Now-a-days, it seems like I can get many answers on the internet, so maybe I should just spend the money on tools. I ask because I came across this on craigslist- ”#1 winter 1975 thru # 184 Fine Woodworking magazine, $300.” Any thoughts for a new guy? Thanks in advance.


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#1 posted 02-23-2011 07:19 AM

FWW has an online store, I think they offer a CD of all old issues. about $150 I think.

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#2 posted 02-23-2011 07:26 AM

I would second the DVD issues of any magazine, they take up less space, can print what you need at a given time and most importantly you can SEARCH all of them and they never get lost (unless you lose the DVD of course LOL!)

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#3 posted 02-23-2011 07:28 AM

I think that when you have a specific question, the internet is great, and having these magazines in digital form is great, because it is searchable, but I hvae a ton of old fine woodworking and fine homebuilding magazines, and I love them. I wouldnt say they are great for answering questions, becuase you can search digital media so much easier, but they are great reading material, and they are great for giving you ideas. Just casually read them and you will learn interresting techniques, and see great projects, but they are rarely pertenant to your current project, so it really depends what you want to get out of them.

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#4 posted 02-23-2011 07:39 AM

Yes, old issues are good to go through but save your money. That seller is a bit high. The DVD is a good idea, but network with some other local ww’ers. You all can share amongst yourselves too.

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#5 posted 02-23-2011 01:31 PM

I think the price is fair if it is indeed a full set in good condition. Sure all the info is on the internet but call me old school. I see value in a hard copy of knowledge you can take into the shop or leave in the “reading room”.

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#6 posted 02-23-2011 02:04 PM

The best magazine I’ve seen for people starting in woodworking is “”. It not only has detailed plans you can follow, it goes into detail on different joinery methods. You can scroll thru the past issues and pick out projects you want to build.

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#7 posted 02-23-2011 02:08 PM

Buy the online membership to FWW and you get access to all their old mags online. Cost is $35/yr. Good value I believe.

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