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04-12-2013 01:04 AM

I thought this might be an interesting discussion. I know that many if not most of you are very fine woodworkers and not just a small shop, small project guy like me. You could probably edit a magazine yourselves. I have subscribed to August Home’s ShopNotes and Woodsmith for years. I should break down and order their DVD set and save some room in the shop. I have issues dateing back to the mid 90’s.

Lately I have been deluged with offers from other magazines that are hard to pass up. For instance, $15.00 for two years of Popular Woodworking. My wife says I am going to have to build a larger coffee table to hold all the magazines I get. At some point they all appear to be repetitious, but just now and then there will be one item that changes what you have been doing or not doing and makes the entire year’s subscription worth while.

Bottom line: What do some of you think about the various magazines.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#1 posted 04-12-2013 01:11 AM

Woodcraft, it doesn’t impress me and seems like one giant ad; they are starting a kids series of projects that could improve it. It really annoys me that my copy shows up a few weeks later then at the news stands but for 6.00 for two years I can’t complain too much.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#2 posted 04-12-2013 01:15 AM

1. Wood 2. Popular Woodworking 3. Both Woodcraft and American Woodworker 4. Woodwork’s Journal
Fine Woodworking would be number but cost too much. I do have the archive DVD.

-- Jim from Doniphan

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#3 posted 04-12-2013 01:34 AM

Hey Andy. I subscribe to @ magazines. Woodsmith and popular woodworking. I like them because they are easy to read and seem to be teaching me as I go. One other magazine I subscribe to is Arts and Craft homes. It is not a woodworking magazine but focuses on that period of home. It inspires me.

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#4 posted 04-12-2013 01:51 AM

I like fine woodworking and popular woodworking, but don’t enjoy woodsmith and american woodworker.

-- Joel

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#5 posted 04-12-2013 01:57 AM

Steve….you’re an inspirational guy!!!...LOL Still having problems completely honing the Grizzly. That riser block is the culprit…..but its working.

Thanks for all the come backs. I am rather surprized that no one has mentioned any of the August Home publications…...Woodsmith and ShopNotes I like the fact that there is no advertizing in them and the give a good rundown of sources for the materials needed for the projects they publish.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#6 posted 04-12-2013 01:59 AM

Of the August home publications, I like Woodsmith the least. Too many big projects, but now and then, just what i needed to know.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#7 posted 04-12-2013 02:06 AM

Wood magazine for a few years. I like the variety of projects. One feature I like a set of items for example a basic patio furniture set. That set has stools, tables, a cart. I like shopnotes but haven’t subscribed to it because most of the projects I’ve scanned through are informative but not fitting for my small shop. I do like the online extras they have for projects. Most of the projects I’ve made have been requests from friends or special items I needed for a project.

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#8 posted 04-12-2013 02:14 AM

Fine Woodworking, Woodworkers Journal and Popular Woodworking. I’d rate them in that order too. I feel like it’s been about a year since there’s been an issue of Popular Woodworking that had a project I really liked, but it’s still decent enough and not terribly expensive, so I keep subscribing. My big gripe about WWJ is sometimes it reads like a Rockler ad, but they have had quite a few projects up my alley.

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#9 posted 04-12-2013 02:30 AM

ShopNotes and Woodsmith—like ShopNotes the best. As stated Woodsmith projects all big.
Scrollsaw Woodworking & Crafts – great if you are a scroller.
Wood for many years now. Getting a bit boring.

-- Steve in Richmond, VA

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#10 posted 04-12-2013 02:36 AM

Just ShopNotes. I love the lack of advertising and the fact that I find at least 2-3 things I want to make in every issue. I used to subscribe to Fine Woodworking online, but just got bored and wandered off after awhile.

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#11 posted 04-12-2013 02:38 AM

None, but I have a pile of old magazines. Some going back to the 80’s. The more of them I read and re-read the more I realize they all just recycle articles and borrow from one another.

-- Rick M,

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#12 posted 04-12-2013 02:46 AM

I subscribe to PWW but don’t think I will renew. Typically i flip through FWW when I am at lowes and if it has a few worthwhile things I throw it in the cart.

Use the lowes card and get it 5% off

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

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#13 posted 04-12-2013 03:04 AM

gtbuzz…..sure right about WWJ. Rockler seems to have their hand in everything. I understand even Bench Dogs ia part of their group.

Rick…..your are right about the recycling I think.

Good point about getting the news stand issue. I have never seen anythink like that at Lowe’s. Looks llike I better start.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#14 posted 04-12-2013 03:55 AM

I subscribe to Woodcraft and Shopnotes, most months I buy FWW and Pop. Woodworking. Occasionally buy Woodsmith and/or Canadian Woodworking. I found Shopnotes useful when I was starting out and building up my shop, but the last few months I haven’t really done much more than flip through it when it arrives. I really enjoy FWW, Woodcraft and PWW though.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#15 posted 04-12-2013 04:21 AM


albeit I confess to buying the odd one off the rack

I would rather peruse Pinterest, Homz, Google etc.,

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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