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03-22-2008 06:10 PM

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I’ve been viewing a lot of the posts on LJs and was just curious what woodworking magazines other LJs are reading. Over the years, my favorites have been Woodsmith and lately, Woodcraft. Several magazines seem to have changed direction and philosophies over the years. Just wondering about the opinions of other woodworkers.


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#1 posted 03-22-2008 06:27 PM

well i subscribe to woodworkers journal because i can’t afford Fine woodworking. i am receiving the complete fine woodworking series though (except 1 and 2) and that is such a great magazine. so woodworkers journal is okay, fine woodworking is the best, and i looked at popular woodworking at Lowe’s and it looked pretty good too. hope that helps.

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#2 posted 03-22-2008 06:49 PM

I have always liked Wood Magazine. They usually have at least one project in each issue that I find useful. The projects in Wood are usually pretty easy to build, well suited to beginners, but they also get into some more advanced projects.

I also subscribe to Woodsmith which is more suited to moderate to advanced skill sets.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 03-22-2008 06:57 PM


I do recommend FINE WOODWORKING ONLINE, They have just about anything you want to know about woodworking.

I was getting a great magazine from England, WOODCARVING, but it expired, & I haven’t gotten around to renewing.

I think I’m going to let some of them expire, because the internet is taking to much of my reading time.

It’s kind of a hard choice though.

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#4 posted 03-22-2008 08:20 PM

Fine Woodworking Online is a must subscribe and a great reference point -

Hard copies: Wood, Popular Woodworking and ShopNotes are great monthly reads.

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#5 posted 03-22-2008 08:30 PM

Wood. Only because is was less than $1 per issue for 3 years.

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#6 posted 03-22-2008 10:20 PM

I like the details, tips, techniques, and suppliers lists I get with Woodsmith and Shopnotes. Even though I’m not always immediately interested in the featured projects, on several occasions I have become interested later on and it’s nice to have the issues in my library.

If I could only have one, though, it would be Wood (hey, I even like the sound of that, ” would be Wood”). :^) Like Mark said, there is always something that interests me in each issue along with great reviews, tips, how-tos, etc, etc.

This year I am trying out Workbench, Popular Woodworking, and Woodworker’s Journal too. I’m finding the variety of articles in these three makes for interesting reading. I subscribe to the online versions of two of these magazines as well and will probably let the hardcopy versions expire.

It sounds like FWW Online is highly recommended here, I think I’ll look into that. For researching specific information for projects or just general information I think it’s hard to beat the internet and the online versions of the mags in particular. But, for me, there’s always going to be at least one or two magazines coming in the mail. I love the anticipation of their arrival and turning the pages when they get here!

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#7 posted 03-22-2008 10:46 PM

Wood for me, as Gary quoted, I also got three years cheap. I also get Shop Notes too but when Martin starts our Tips and Tricks forum, I’ll probably drop that. I like FWW and might get that in the future.

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#8 posted 03-22-2008 10:58 PM

Here’s a place that has some fairly good subscription rates.

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#9 posted 03-22-2008 11:04 PM

Canadian Woodworking. My favourite.

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#10 posted 03-22-2008 11:30 PM

i get fww both hard and online , woodsmith , woodshop news , and i think i recently signed up for something else that was free for a year . ive thought about giving up the subscriptions and going stricktly on line . but then id need to buy a laptop for the reading room !

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#11 posted 03-23-2008 12:27 AM

Fine woodworking, woodsmith, shop notes, wood, and woodworkers journal. I think that the most useful is Wood and it is the cheapest.

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#12 posted 03-23-2008 12:43 AM

Wood and any catalog for wood working supplies and materials.

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#13 posted 03-23-2008 12:53 AM

Fine woodworking for years. I think it is the best if you want to get to the fine craftsman level (which I am still striving for!)

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#14 posted 03-23-2008 12:53 AM

Let me see…Fine Woodworking, Popular Woodworking, WoodCraft, Woodsmith, ShopNotes will be the ones I will keep my subscriptions on. I will be dropping Woodworker’s Journal, Wood and American Woodworker. I may subscribe to Woodworking but I think I am getting too many right now. I also recieve just about every catalog under the sun…not sure how to stop those from coming.

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#15 posted 03-23-2008 12:59 AM

Greg, The best way to stop getting the catalogs is to stop ordering from them….roflmao

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