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Forum topic by Grasshopper000 posted 07-11-2014 11:54 PM 1280 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-11-2014 11:54 PM

Hey folks, wondering about your opinions about the best woodworking magazine for those interested in using primarily (but not exclusively) hand tools? I’m a beginner in terms of skill if that matters. Familiar with Popular WW and FWW and a few others but would appreciate your opinion on these and also whether it’s worth it to get one of these. Thanks.

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#1 posted 07-12-2014 11:38 PM

I don’t think there is a print magazine out there for that. Just think of what advertisers would pay for a magazine and the money isn’t coming from hand tools for the most part. What you are looking for is mostly covered by online sources such as The Wood Whisperer, Paul Sellers Masterclasses, The Renaisance Woodworker. The last two are almost exclusively hand tool oriented, but you can get lots of power tool information elsewhere already.

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#2 posted 07-13-2014 12:57 AM

In my view, Popular Woodworking has the most focus on hand tools of the mainstream magazines, followed by Fine Woodworking. I subscribe to both. The other magazines (ex Wood) tend to focus more on power tools.

Christopher Schwarz of pop woodworking still contributes a hand tool article to the magazine many months. Last month was an article about coping saws. His blog at Lost Art Press ( is a fun read. Schwarz’s book “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” has an expansive discussion of hand tools in terms of usage, history, and the tool buying process, as well as interesting philosophical concepts.

I agree with Tim’s votes for online content. Also, Roy Underhill (The Woodwright’s Shop on PBS) is a plethora of traditional woodworking information. The PBS app for iPad has many of his recent episodes for free.

I’m still a noob myself, so take this for what it’s worth.

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#3 posted 07-13-2014 12:51 PM

Thanks for the input, especially the online resources. Very helpful.

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#4 posted 07-13-2014 12:58 PM

Don’t know if I’ve even seen a magazine that would be geared exclusively toward hand tool users, but most of the better known woodworking magazines at least touch on the subject to some degree in every issue. Not too long ago I saw a guy giving away ten years of WOOD magazine on Craigslist. Given what a subscription costs it seemed pretty generous to me.

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#5 posted 07-13-2014 05:49 PM

Oh you’re right, Woodwrigths shop and is good and the Lost Arts press books are too. I also forgot Tom Fidgen’s blog:
Has very good information along with complete video series of some project builds.
Paul Sellers’ blog is also good, but more general information type.

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#6 posted 07-15-2014 08:16 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions, very helpful.

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#7 posted 07-15-2014 08:49 PM

Get the back issues DVD of FWW. You can get ones that are a few
years out of date cheap on ebay. While issue-to-issue the magazine
doesn’t specialize in hand tools by a long shot, over the course of
30 years or more it’s offered enough articles on how to do things
well by hand. Back issues and practice are mostly how I learned. I
never watched woodworking TV shows.

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#8 posted 07-16-2014 12:37 AM

kinda surprised there isn’t a hand tool only magazine. I think it’d be pretty cool to see some of that kinda stuff, but not sure if i’d subscribe. maybe not enough readership?

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

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#9 posted 07-16-2014 12:55 AM

Probably so. I’m not anti- power tools. I just lean toward hand tools as I’m getting started in woodworking. Partially for practical reasons, space, cost etc. I met a really good experienced woodworker in my town and he’s actually willing to teach me things just because he enjoys it, which I really appreciate. He is also a collector and sells me things from time to time. He just sold me an inexpensive but fully functional brace and a nice set of Irwin augurs, and besides the thing just being cool, for me it’s more enjoyable to use the brace than a power drill and it does an amazing job. No room for a table saw so looking into hand saws now. So begins the addiction…

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