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05-09-2007 07:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: beginner magazine

I’ve been looking around for a magazine subscription but I thought I’d ask here first. I am totally self-taught so a mag that has lots of how-tos would be helpful. I’m mostly interested in making some basic furniture – no carving or turning. I like tool reviews, who doesn’t, but I’ve seen other magazines loose their backbone when it comes to reviewing a sponsor’s product. I’d like to avoid that if I could.

Popular Woodworking seems to have a good price, but is it a good magazine?

I know there are others but I don’t really know where to start digging.

Thanks for the help.

-- Jerry L.

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#1 posted 05-09-2007 07:49 PM

You should check out the forum on Periodical Opionions.

-- JP, Louisville, KY

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#2 posted 05-09-2007 08:00 PM

That’s perfect. Thanks.

-- Jerry L.

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#3 posted 05-10-2007 04:35 PM

Take a serious look at fine woodworking online. When you subscribe you get access to avery issue that they have ever published. It is a great resource.

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#4 posted 05-10-2007 06:23 PM

Two very good Magazines are “Wood” and “Fine WoodWorking”. jockmike

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#5 posted 05-11-2007 06:14 PM

My suggestions would be, Wood (has patterns in the magazine), ShopNotes and ShopSmith(have a lot of neat ideas and usable designs).

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#6 posted 05-11-2007 07:05 PM

I personally like Wood, ShopNotes, Popular WWing, and FWW. I subscribe to those. I occasionally pick up a copy of ShopSmith or Workbench. Handyman and Family Handyman are pretty good, but their not exclusively WWing. I like their product testing program. I’ve gotten a couple of neat items to test when I subscribed to them.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#7 posted 05-11-2007 07:10 PM

hmmm.. I guess the best “magazine” you can get for free is the subscription to the LJ Blogs Feed ;) What do you think?

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#8 posted 05-11-2007 09:12 PM

To answer your question, I like Popular Woodworking and think it has great content as well as the other’s listed. I read all of them.

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#9 posted 05-12-2007 12:20 AM

A great magazine for a beginner is ShopNotes. They show you methods of work and teach you how to build jigs, they have good projects to build and they show you the plans and have cut lists/plans online for free, (last time I checked.)

-- John

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#10 posted 05-12-2007 04:36 AM

Let’s see…. $20 for 14 copies of a magazine or a shameless promotion for ;-). I think it’s a toss up between Popular Woodworking, ShopNotes, and the online subscription to Fine Wood Working.

Thanks everyone for your help.

-- Jerry L.

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#11 posted 05-12-2007 06:04 AM

I subscribe to FWW, but I don’t do the web site because I never could get past the fact that you have to pay again to view the web site…I have always felt that subscribers to the magazine should have access to the web site. Just my .02

-- John

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#12 posted 05-12-2007 04:36 PM

I agree with you there John. I wish they didn’t double dip for the online subscription. On the other hand, their online content is far more extensive than any other magazine’s site. They are definitely spending more money to maintain it than the other publications. The video content alone makes it worth it for me as that is the only kind of instruction I have access to. Shopnotes has some great free stuff on their site, though.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#13 posted 05-12-2007 06:58 PM

Thanks, Jeff,

Your (and other’s) comments about the content may sway me regarding the FWW web site…

-- John

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#14 posted 05-13-2007 03:41 AM

What about just grabbing whatever woodworking magazine on the newstand that catches your fancy. I have hundreds of woodworking magazines and have never had a subscription. Fine Woodworking is great, and many libraries have years of back issues of this publication and Wood magazine.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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#15 posted 05-13-2007 05:39 AM

Hands down SHopnotes

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