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Forum topic by reelman65 posted 06-02-2014 03:10 PM 1227 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-02-2014 03:10 PM

Hello fellow WWers,
I am fairly new to fine WWing. I am very familier with DYI etc. I am just finishing an addition on the house and also putting together a wood shop. I will be building vanities, bookshelves, closet organizers also shop cabinets etc. I am looking for the best magazine or two that will provide direction and plans for useful furniture and shop fixtures and minimal artistic trinket type stuff.

thanks in advance for the input,

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#1 posted 06-02-2014 03:49 PM

Shopnotes and Woodsmith are great magizines. IMO these two are exactly what you are looking for

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#2 posted 06-03-2014 01:41 PM

subscribed to shopnotes and woodsmith, will also probably get a cd of back issues.


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#3 posted 06-03-2014 05:08 PM

I think anything you can find in a magazine, you can find on any of the woodworking sites like this one. I used to subscribe to WW mags, but after a while, I was finding them less useful. Advertising counts for maybe 75% and seems to be taking a bigger share each year. The two sources quoted above are probably the best when info/advertising is concerned. Woodworkers Journal used to be a good one.

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#4 posted 06-03-2014 05:11 PM

You can find a ton on the internet, here is great, and steve’s WWMM site is great for projects folks of ANY skill level can do, but as far as magazines I only really have time for shopnotes, and even then its not as good as it used to be. Someone on here said it best, “you can only think up so many jigs”.

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#5 posted 06-03-2014 06:28 PM

Shopnotes/Woodsmith might the exception but otherwise don’t waste your money on magazines. The magazines just recycle their own and each other’s content. The best WW mags are British but aren’t project/jig/tip based.


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#6 posted 06-03-2014 07:38 PM

It seems to be an annual issue, but Woodwork magazine is really cool.

It used to be a semi monthly thing just like Wood, or Fine Woodworking.

I got this issue as a stocking stuffer – it was on the rack at Lowes in November..

If you are looking at really neat design, of pro shops doing one of a kind work, there are a log of ideas.

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#7 posted 06-03-2014 09:23 PM

reelman65: ”...subscribed to shopnotes and woodsmith, will also probably get a cd of back issues….”

That sounds like a plan, both are good mags.

SUGGESTION: Look for LJs who are giving away their old collections of WW mags.

I got lucky and was given 15-20 years of several mags from a friends father. I have found the hard copies to be very enjoyable to read and work with. You might keep your eyes open to fellow LJs that occasionally give away entire collections of these magazines. It happens on occasion. That is how I picked up an additional 10yr of WOOD Magazine a while back. All I had to do was pay shipping. My WOOD issues now span 1984—2010 and what make that great is that you can use their online index to find a desired project/article and then go pull it from your own collection. Just a thought…

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#8 posted 06-03-2014 10:28 PM

Woodwork is awesome. I used to buy it back when it was owned by Reader’s Digest, then it was sold to another company which was bought by another company; haven’t seen an issue in years. Good to know it’s still around.


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#9 posted 06-04-2014 12:35 AM

I have told family members who are looking to get me something for Christmas or Birthday what WW magazine to get me a subscription to. I now get most of them and I will agree with previous comments that there is more advertising than content but I would rather have the magazine than some ugly shirt that I will never wear

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#10 posted 06-04-2014 12:53 AM

Great suggestions!

thanks again

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#11 posted 06-04-2014 07:28 AM

Can’t go wrong with Shopnotes and/or Woodsmith! You could add WOOD magazine to that list too!
Those are the three I get now, I am letting all my others expire!

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#12 posted 06-04-2014 03:04 PM

Have to agree with Hans -
Wood is great. Especially there are great projects to do with the kids.

Most of the teacher Christmas gifts over the years came from Wood magazine.

Shopnotes is great for jigs and function.

Wood – has a lot of good basic projects, that can be scaled as wanted, or made more ornate.

FWW for reviews, and more advanced techniques and projects.

I subsrcibe to Wood and FWW.

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#13 posted 06-04-2014 06:44 PM

I have tons of old WW magazines. Every time I have a doctor’s appointment, I take a stack with me and leave in the office or hospital; sure beats 5 year old issues of Newsweek or Sports Illustrated. When I go back to the office on another appointment, I always find the WW mags are gone, so I guess other people like them and take them home.

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#14 posted 06-04-2014 07:05 PM

I am with Mr Ron completely,I used to buy about six magazines every month and they soon moiunted up very quickly.I also like Mr Ron too, found a lot of stuff was advertising and as I was into routers , woodturning ,cabinet making ,etc etc plus a whole host of engineering stuff .I soon also discovered that in a couple of years I had spent a lot of money a few thousand pounds and wondered what a machine I could have bought insteadLOL .I still have them but I did my homework and found on Amazon that instead of paying five or six pounds sterling Uk for one magazine times all the others I could for a little more money ( not a lot more) I could buy books which I started doing overnight.Now there were absolutely no ads ,unwanted stuff, or mostly notetc etc .I have amassed quite a colection of engineering and woodworking books a library full.However I enjoy my books again and again unlike the magazines which I never look at almost never.Buy books instead that’s what I would advise then when you die or lose interest your family have something they can resell with your workshop stuff .It makes sense to me at any rate LOL . Alistair

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#15 posted 06-04-2014 11:22 PM

I used to get Wood. I renewed my subscription and they kept sending me renewal notices. Got tired of fooling with them. I get all my info from the Internet- this website and which covers just about all phases of woodworking and

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