Fine Woodworking Techniquess set of books, are they worth it?

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Forum topic by YanktonSD posted 06-24-2013 04:58 PM 967 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-24-2013 04:58 PM

Hey I say this on ebay and wanted to get your take on this. There is a set of Fine Woodworking technique books listed for 75$ it looks to cover about 50 issues of Fine woodworking. Does anyone have this set and it this a good set for a hobbyist?

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#1 posted 06-24-2013 05:32 PM

I have some. They cover 10 issues or so each of
FWW, so if you get the first 3 (what I have) it covers
about the first 30 issues.

They include the quirky sidebars readers would send
in. Other than that they are just the articles on how
to make stuff… which is mostly what FWW published
but not all.

These days you can get a DVD with all the back
articles up to a year ago or something for about $100 –
so you get a lot more information on a disc.

If, however, you prefer to peruse books and will use
them, they are a lot sturdier than magazine back issues
and fun to read.

I acquired my kaleidoscopic familiarity with woodworking
techniques by reading these books and magazine
back issues.

I like real books personally and use them differently
than digital content. For broad learning books have
a tactile quality missing from digital content.

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#2 posted 06-26-2013 01:52 AM

I kinda like having the books, my computer doesn’t like saw dust that much.

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#3 posted 06-26-2013 01:57 AM

I just subscribe to FWW online, which gives you access to all the archives.
There is some great stuff in there.

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#4 posted 06-26-2013 01:59 AM

I have the set and the’er very informative . I’ve always liked FFW I have a whole collection of them from #1 up to a couple of years ago when I ran out of storage space and dropped my subscription.

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#5 posted 06-26-2013 09:50 PM

Yes books are I have some as high as $ 125.00 I’ll pass them onto the girls when there time come’s.

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#6 posted 07-03-2013 03:33 AM

Thanks for the imput, I am going to watch these. I seem to find some good deals on ebay every once in a while.

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#7 posted 07-03-2013 12:25 PM

Jim, I almost have a complete set of FWW too. Also, FHB.

I stopped my subscription a few years back as well. It just isn’t the same magazine it once was. Half the size and loaded with ads. Do they still have the reader’s gallery? Now, they want to charge me for the internet page.

I remember when it would come in the mail and I’d sit down after dinner and read the whole thing. The wife even left me alone so I could enjoy it. Just doesn’t have the same appeal.

But, I do collect books and anything by Tauntan press is usually a nice addition. A good investment.

I always do a search before buying a book on E bay. Some books are much cheaper on Amazon and no shipping.

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#8 posted 07-04-2013 02:54 AM

I have found it is much better to go online and buy a bunch of older mags rather than have a subscription

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