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Just looking for opinions on what membership site everyone thinks might be best. I understand this is subjective and everyone will have different answers which is fine. Just looking for opinions and reasons for those opinions. If you are a member to multiple sites please speak up and be as detailed as possible about why you think your top site is best. Thanks in advance to anyone that answers. Just a couple I know about are and

-- Just starting out on my woodworking adventure

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#1 posted 352 days ago

You’re on it here

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 351 days ago

JMHO, I feel there are enough FREE resources and forums on the internet that paying to be a member ANYWHERE is a waste of money.


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#3 posted 351 days ago

I find myself frequenting You Tube and LJ’s more then any, get all the help I need aside the fact I don’t really have the time for other sites and I agree with rhett my money is better spent on magazines, supplies and tools.

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#4 posted 351 days ago

I am with Blackie on this one. And the thing about YouTube is that you get to see the “bad” along with the “good” (practices) assuming you can recognize the difference. Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc searches also can be a source of information. My only warning is to carry a BIG salt shaker when digesting this free information. That said, it is much like LJs in that respect.

Hanging out for a while, in order to get to know the members/posters, is a must-do activity if you are wanting to depend on any of this “free” advice. Know your source… ;-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#5 posted 351 days ago

FWW is a great value at $5/month for all the articles and videos. You can save/print which articles you need. As for the WW guild, I probably wouldn’t join, but there’s a few projects I would buy.

+1 on youtube and LJ, but I also like the woodnet forums a lot.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#6 posted 351 days ago

+1 for what NiteWalker said. Since your just starting out it is good to have a reliable source like fww.

Also i would recommend going to your local library and borrowing a few books on woodworking.

-- Joel

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#7 posted 351 days ago

I enjoy coming here more than any other woodworking site. No 2 wood be the Fine Woodworking website. I have many other sites that I like but time is always a problem.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 351 days ago

You mean there are other sites than this one? or Why would anyone want to go to any other site than this one?

I don’t post much but being a novice and fairly new to the hobby, this to me is the better site to learn…right, wrong, or indifferent. Cheap entertainment just reading others replies.


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#9 posted 351 days ago

Not only is LJ the most informative site on the Net, it is by far the most ‘user friendly”!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 351 days ago

You’re on it !!! ;o))

-- BELT SANDER: Used for making rectangular gouges in wood.

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#11 posted 351 days ago

+1 for Andy. I used to be a big fan of FWW, but have found it’s web site a total frustration—especially for a Mac user. Besides, LJ is like getting a new issue of the best WW magazine every day. I’ve subscribed to various WW magazine since the 80s, but I feel like I’ve learned more in the past year + that I’ve been on LJ. I know LJ has made WW more interesting and more challenging. The talent on this site is absolutely top notch, everyone is friendly and help is only a post away. Save your money for tools.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#12 posted 351 days ago

yeah!!!!!! me too ..


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#13 posted 350 days ago

I belong to different woodworking message boards and see many members here on those too. While a new member here have been a member of those sites for years. Yes, many recurring questions, but people come and go so always interesting. Talent and skills of people posting advice and pictures makes my day.

Like Mike said search until find those that fit for you. You do not have to join to appreciate and see what is available at a site.

Have found a few bargains shopping at vendors sponsering those sites too.

-- Bill

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#14 posted 350 days ago

I am a member of Paul Sellers’ Woodworking Master Classes site ( ). It’s a great resource if you’re interested in hand tool woodworking. There’s a new 30+ min class every week and some pretty active forums. It costs $15/month and I definitely feel like I get instruction worth at least that much. The current project is an Arts and Crafts type coffee table. Past projects include a tool tote, dovetail boxes and caddies.

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#15 posted 350 days ago

Between this site, youtube, and other people’s blogs (Heartwood, Close Grain, David Barron come to mind right away but there are more that I watch), TV shows (Woodwright’s Shop, Woodsmith Shop, Rough Cut, New Yankee), and related TV show websites, I never feel want for ideas, techniques, tips, or anything. I do subscribe to Woodsmith magazine, and I buy the occasional other WW mag off the shelf, but other than that I find I’d regret the price of admission to the sites w membership fees.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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