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Forum topic by MrMeasureTwice posted 10-17-2011 10:18 PM 1670 views 1 time favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MrMeasureTwice

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10-17-2011 10:18 PM

Hi Fellow sawdust producers (uh, woodworkers…),
I would like your recommendations on your 3 favorite woodworking magazines. I like magazines and I keep most if not all of my issues. I consider magazines a key tool for my edification and ability to do more in the shop.

The problem is, there are TONS of woodworking magazines around.

Would you be so kind as to reply with your favorite magazines? Just your top 3. I am pretty sure I will be getting Fine Woodworking, but not sure about others.

most of my projects are not huge in size or complexity, but I do like to be challenged, so that is why I am getting Fine Woodworking.

So, chime in and let me know…

Thanks,
Jim Marchetti

PS – this site has a seemingly comprehensive listing…
RMW Enterprises

-- -- Jim “Mr. Measure Twice” Marchetti -- http://www.mrmeasuretwice.com/


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Gary

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#1 posted 10-17-2011 11:26 PM

Woodsmith

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 10-17-2011 11:29 PM

They all have their niche. The only one I would stay away from is American Woodworker.

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#3 posted 10-17-2011 11:35 PM

I’ve just gotten into woodworking, so of course i looked up everything i possibly could. i found a ton of old issues for every magazine dealing with woodworking online, and have been reading a new one every night. so far, my favorites have been WOOD, and ShopNotes, along with FWW

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MrMeasureTwice

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#4 posted 10-17-2011 11:52 PM

Thanks Gary, Syene & flipped… @flipped – god idea!!!

-- -- Jim “Mr. Measure Twice” Marchetti -- http://www.mrmeasuretwice.com/

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#5 posted 10-17-2011 11:56 PM

Popular Woodworking; Fine Woodworking; and ShopNotes seem pretty good.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 10-18-2011 12:09 AM

I like Fine Woodworking and Shop Notes, definately for my first two. Then it’s hard to decide between Wood and Popular Woodworking. Since Wood pisses me off by asking me to renew before I receive my first issue then every month after that, I’d probably have to go with Popular Woodworking.

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#7 posted 10-18-2011 12:42 AM

Wood, Shopnotes, and FWW. If you have the opportunity to get to the old issues (online or get their “all issues” DVD), that’s a great way to go. You may find that what’s old is new again, though. Yeah, the tools may change and even some of the techniques but there’s definitely repetition in there. It’s not just these three mags, by the way – they all seem to do it. But then . . . how many times can you offer plans for a night stand and not have recurrent similarities?

@crank49 – I was thinking I was losing my mind when an issue of Wood Magazine came in with a “2nd reminder” envelope. The current expiration on my PAID-UP ‘script is October ‘13 and they trying to convince me I need to pay up. Interesting revenue stream if you can keep it going.

Whit

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MrMeasureTwice

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#8 posted 10-18-2011 03:29 AM

@crank49 – so true. All my gun magazines do the same thing.

@cr1 – LAST FINISH YOU’LL EVER NEED – love those kinds of “hook” articles. SHEESH!

THANKS TO ALL WHO’VE OPINED.

-- -- Jim “Mr. Measure Twice” Marchetti -- http://www.mrmeasuretwice.com/

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#9 posted 10-18-2011 03:51 AM

Wood, Fine Woodworking, and Popular Woodworking. I usually like Wood the best, but varies month to month with content. FWW is proud of their publication, and is by far the most expensive.

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live4ever

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#10 posted 10-18-2011 04:06 AM

I have found FWW online to be really worth it in my first few years of woodworking. $40 or something like that for the year. You get access to the archives, plus current/future issues, and a ton of video content. Really useful if you are fairly new to the craft as there is a tremendous amount of content.

Note: I know you asked for a hardcopy recommendation, but FWW online coupled with a good PDF management software is pretty nice!

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

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flippedcracker

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#11 posted 10-18-2011 04:09 AM

@live4ever: what software do you use for managing pdf files?

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#12 posted 10-18-2011 04:13 AM

I had a run in with a subscription a couple of years ago. It got warm enough over the email that they called me on the phone. We talked a long time and emailed more. I told the guy I have been a subscriber for about 20 years. He said I see the problem. Most of our people are good for 5 to 7 years. I understand why you think we are not keeping the information fresh.

Face it guys there are only so many ways to cut a board.

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live4ever

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#13 posted 10-18-2011 04:43 AM

@flipped: I use Papers for Mac. I’m in science/medicine, and organizing research papers is important. But I also use the same software for organizing my FWW PDFs. Works great. If you don’t mind spending the cash and are on a Mac, I highly recommend Papers. There are also versions of Papers for iPhone and iPad.

Some other options out there are Peaya and Mendeley. Most of these programs are really geared towards organizing scientific literature and potentially overkill as far as some of their features go, but if you don’t mind spending the $25-75 for one of them, they can be really useful for storing, searching, categorizing, etc. your digital magazine files.

There is a free one for PC my buddy uses but I’m not remembering the name at the moment. Will find out…

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

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