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Forum topic by BentheViking posted 06-06-2011 05:38 AM 1628 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-06-2011 05:38 AM

Forgive me if other people have already had this same conversation on other forums, but I didn’t see it so here it is.

I would like to subscribe to one of the many woodworking magazines that are out there, and am wondering what people think are the best. I have flipped through most of them from from time to time at Barnes and Noble, but haven’t ever bought any. I guess I am wondering what people’s thoughts are. Best articles. Best advertisements. Best photos. Best plans. Best value (are there any that come out every month rather than every other).

I guess any other info ya’ll might find relevant would be great as well.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#1 posted 06-06-2011 05:52 AM

I prefer Wood magazine. Good project ideas and tool reviews. Finewoodworking is good as well, but pretty expensive relative to other publications. If I were to only get one, it would be Wood.

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#2 posted 06-06-2011 09:55 AM

I’d have to agree with ShaneA. I recently subscribed with Wood, after dropping it for awhile. They had a 3 years for the price of 1 year deal that I couldn’t pass up. Wood probably has the largest subscriber base and the most retail sales – advertisers certainly seem to think so, as Wood has tons of ads. But that can be a good thing. If a new tool comes out you’ll probably see it advertised first in Wood magazine.

Without a doubt Fine Woodworking is a higher quality magazine than it’s competition and certainly worth the higher cost for a subscription. It can have a bit of an “elitist” feel at times, but if you can get past that it definitely stands above the others.

Shop Notes and Woodsmith are both pretty good, their published by the same company and are rather similar in content. Pretty much all how-to articles and not so much, or none, of the inspirational type of stories. Their thin, about fifty pages or so, but have no advertising, although some of their articles read suspiciously like ads. Very few of their articles have more than one photo, some have none, but they include plenty of instructive drawings.

American Woodworker was a real nice magazine, but it has fallen on hard times, as in far fewer pages than they had. The same goes for Popular Woodworking, Woodworking Journal, etc. Unless the economy gets a lot better, very quickly, which apparently isn’t going to happen anytime soon, some of them will go under.

As far as which is best, I’d suggest you post what it is your looking to build.


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#3 posted 06-06-2011 12:34 PM

It varies from issue to issue with each one, but overall I’ve enjoyed Wood, Popular WWing, American WWer, and Fine WWing the most.

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#4 posted 06-06-2011 12:44 PM

Use the “search” button; you’ll find a treasure trove of information on best WW magazines.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#5 posted 06-06-2011 12:51 PM

It’s what matters to you.
FWIW, I now prefer electronic subscriptions, wherever possible.

-- 温故知新

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