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Forum topic by TaybulSawz posted 11-25-2013 02:04 AM 1316 views 5 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-25-2013 02:04 AM

If you go to and Search for Wood Magazine back issues you can bring up all the back issues in PDF format and download and print any and all of their plans for Projects. There’s a LOT!!!

Here’s an example…

Try it out. They’re all There!!!!

Also I’ve scanned and downloaded and and have a library of almost all the Shop Notes and WoodSmith Magazine issues so if you know what issue has the plans you want or if you have Projects you need plans for send me your Personal email and I’ll put the PDF file out on my Mega Drive and send you the link so you can download the plans.

-- Still got all my Fingers!!!

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#1 posted 11-25-2013 03:16 AM


I don’t think the companies and people who create and print those magazines appreciate you’re efforts to spread free copies of their products. If very many people followed your example we would soon lose these magazines as ongoing sources of information.

I’ve got a complete set of Shop Notes and WoodSmith Magazines myself. They’re all original and most of them were bought on EBay.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#2 posted 11-25-2013 03:20 AM

I have all of the ShopNotes issues…on their DVD. Good purchase on my part.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#3 posted 11-25-2013 03:24 AM

Hey Herb,

I’ve subscribed to ShopNotes and WoodSmith magazines since their inceptions. I have the printed copes of almost every single issue and have scanned them into PDF files in order to preserve them and make it more convenient to access them. Since I OWN them and PAID for them I can share them with whomever I choose as long as I don’t profit from it. Sorry you feel the way you do. I don’t!!!

-- Still got all my Fingers!!!

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#4 posted 11-25-2013 04:01 AM

”Since I OWN them and PAID for them I can share them with whomever I choose ”

Actually NO you don’t own them.
When you “purchase” a copy of any magazine you only have a license to use it for yourself.

If your intention to “share” them were legal, the same would apply to music, art work, software, any intellectual property. Try “sharing” copyrighted music with anyone you want and see what happens..

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#5 posted 11-25-2013 04:45 AM

Herb and Michael (crank49) are correct. You are not allowed by copyright law to reproduce or distribute copies of your magazines (or any copyrighted material) without the permission of the copyright holder. It doesn’t matter whether you profit from it or not.

Also the plans in most of those magazines cannot be used to make items for sale. The plans you used to make that wine bottle box that you’re planning to sell even states that in the plans.

“The purchase of these plans does not transfer any copyright or other ownership interest in the plans, the design, or the finished project to the buyer. Buyer may neither reproduce the plans for sale nor offer for sale any copies of the finished project.”

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#6 posted 11-25-2013 07:29 AM

The plans themselves are covered by copyright but most of the products are not. The only exception I believe is if the product contains a unique, non functional, decorative element that itself might be protectable by copyright. It may be possible to cover the final product through a license agreement but I’m unaware if that has been tested in court.

-- Rick M,

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