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09-28-2011 04:19 AM

I’m looking for a good woodworking magazine to subscribe.

Nothing too fancy like Fine Woodworking appears to be.

Nothing that I can see all the projects on TV for free like Woodsmith Magazine.

I liked the old Workbench Magazine (now My Home My Style), but it went too home decor and girly for my taste with the name change.

What do you enjoy?

-- Eric

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#1 posted 09-28-2011 04:32 AM

I like Fine Woodworking. The projects are interesting and not all of the projects are too fancy. (Really depends on the issue.)

Wood is another good one.

I have gotten Woodworker’s Journal a few times and they are usually interesting.

If you are into woodturning, Woodturning Design is another good one.

If you like scrollsawing, try Creative Woodworks and Crafts or Scrollsaw Woodworking and Crafts.

-- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 09-28-2011 04:34 AM

I thought Workbench magazine compromised itself long before the name change.

I like the two mags you mentioned…Wood Magazine would my next choice.

-- jay,

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#3 posted 09-28-2011 04:37 AM

I prefer Wood. But get a few others as well. Some are more spendy than others. FWW comes to mind. It was like an arm and a leg for 3 yr subscription. Thankfully it was a gift.

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#4 posted 09-28-2011 04:49 AM

I always liked for the simple stories and articles. You can still get the paper version sent by mail or the digital subscribtion. I like the paper version in color now because it was the wood workers magazine and it doesn’t have all the advertizing like a lot of others. It has that old newspaper feel to it. Try it out!

-- Barry, Louisiana

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#5 posted 09-28-2011 05:03 AM

Popular Woodworking? I like it.

Dark horse: I’ve been a subscriber to Family Handyman for a few years now. Costs about $1.50 per issue. I’ve learned tons of tips/tricks/techniques for woodworking and general home maintenance. This month’s issue actually has a great router table plan.

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#6 posted 09-28-2011 05:29 AM

American Woodworker and the Woodcraft magazine is’nt half bad.

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#7 posted 09-28-2011 05:30 AM

I have subscribed to many over the many years, and the only one that is still showing up is Fine Woodworking. Once you get past some of the real fancy projects (which are always fun to look at), there is a wealth of information and tips in each issue.

I read mine over and over, as the first skim usually is looking at photos… :)

If you learned only one thing from each issue, think how much smarter you would be at this time next year!

All the Best!

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

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#8 posted 09-28-2011 05:38 AM

I second the Family Handyman. I have been buying it for a while and finally got the subscription. Tons of little stuff and great ideas like Bondera now I can’t wait to do my backsplash.

I get Woodcraft’s mag, it’s a good down to earth periodical. It comes every other month and I tend to forget about it.

Use to get This Old House. Loved it but never re-subscribed, their website is good enough.

In the mail the other day I got an offer for WOOD. They were giving 2 years free for the price of one. They were also giving a free jig book for the subscription. I was looking for another mag and just had to jump on three years for 24 dollars and a free book on table saw and router jigs. I have bought WOOD in the past and loved it. No flame finials or other stuff that is way out of my current league.

-- Paul C., Sacramento, Ca

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#9 posted 09-28-2011 06:54 AM

My vote is for Fine Woodworking’s online subscription or Wood in print.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#10 posted 09-28-2011 06:58 AM

I’m a fan of Wood Magazine.. nothing too complicated and a lot of good tips for the less .. invested

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#11 posted 09-28-2011 09:13 AM

I liked the old Workbench Magazine (now My Home My Style), but it went too home decor and girly for my taste with the name change.

I have said the EXACT same thing about this magazine. I still subscribe to it. They do come out with some off the wall stuff that I like…..........

-- mike...............

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#12 posted 09-28-2011 09:24 AM

American Woodworker

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 09-28-2011 09:42 AM

I get 6 magizines each month. I would suggest Wood or Woodcraft. They are both fine magizines but if I was to pick over the other I would choose Woodcraft. They have small things to work on up to furniture. However, if you could affort both I would do it, they offset each other very well and they both have from small things to large projects to do, just different projects/

PS – You could also watch the for sale section here and individuals are selling some older back issues of alot of magizines.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#14 posted 09-28-2011 11:45 AM

Have had a few subs over the years on a variety of subjects,not the least fine WWackin.But when I discover’d sm town used book stores 20 or so years ago…...haven’t had a sub since.Once a book collection starts to grow you’ll find yourself being rather specific or picky in your quest.Enter online used books.We probably get around 20-30 used books here a year.Best of luck,BW

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#15 posted 09-28-2011 12:32 PM

I just remembered Google books has about 20 years of back issues of American Woodworker online.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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