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Joel_B

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09-18-2014 05:13 PM

I got an offer from Wood magazine, 3 years for $28.
My understanding its more for beginner / intermediate level which is about where I am.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA


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#1 posted 09-18-2014 05:20 PM

I havent really looked at it much , but if you can find copies in your local Libray you might check out a few and see if it looks good to you. Sometimes what is good for you might be to low or high level for someone else.

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#2 posted 09-18-2014 05:25 PM

It’s a good magazine good range of projects and tool ratings. Check their website. $28 for 3 yrs is a good price $9 a year.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#3 posted 09-18-2014 05:27 PM

I think it’s worthwhile at that price. I was going to renew my subscription for $9/year. It’s not worth the higher price tag that Fine Woodworking gets, but I think $9/year is good.

I subscribe to Woodsmith and Shopnotes currently. My local library which is within walking distance carries Fine Woodworking so I don’t need to subscribe to that.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#4 posted 09-18-2014 06:33 PM

I took out Wood in 1990, and kept it for all this time until this year…..Only reason I dropped it was because I had about 1,000 magazines of theirs, and as usual, they began to have a lot of re-peat articles….I like the magazine, and it’s worth the $$$, but I’m overrun with them, just like Shop Notes and Woodsmith, which I also dropped…..My library was just getting too full….I have a whole cabinet devoted to just ww books, magazines, and plans…..I either had to drop them, or build another cabinet…...I’m full up…..I took a couple of others, but these are my “go-to” books…...Try it, you might like it…....But then again, you can blow that $9.00 on a couple of burgers…...if you’re lucky…!!!

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#5 posted 09-18-2014 06:36 PM

I subscribed to Wood until they tested a ClearVue dust collector and gave it a bad rating for blowing dust back into the room. They apparently didn’t read the assembly instructions. They had the Wynn filters improperly assembled. I own one of those and got a manual with it that shows the filters assembled differently. I dropped them after more than 25 years. I was a charter subscriber but they have let their quality fall through the floor.

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#6 posted 09-18-2014 06:52 PM

I like it, and ShopNotes, mostly for the jigs. There are some OK projects too. I also get Fine Woodworking, Popular Woodworking. I used to get Woodcraft, but got annoyed that it was basically 50%+ sales pitch and/or ads. As much as I like FWW, it’s just too pricey, and I won’t be renewing.

Where did you get 3 years for $28? I’d do that.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#7 posted 09-18-2014 07:27 PM

BinghamtonEd

Go to the Site below, it’s the Daily woodworking tip sent out daily by WOOD Mag. and their ‘Pop Up Ad will direct you to this offer.
http://www.woodmagazine.com/wood/shopTipOfTheDay.jsp?sssdmh=dm17.551742&esrc=nwwood092911&email=3238140398

I too am a charter subscriber, it has some worth while articles, tips and reviews and is reasonably priced. Each issue has projects of various skill levels and has pull-out plans for a few projects each month. My Grandchildren have made a few of those projects in the shop with my supervision.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#8 posted 09-18-2014 08:46 PM



BinghamtonEd

Go to the Site below, it s the Daily woodworking tip sent out daily by WOOD Mag. and their Pop Up Ad will direct you to this offer.
http://www.woodmagazine.com/wood/shopTipOfTheDay.jsp?sssdmh=dm17.551742&esrc=nwwood092911&email=3238140398

I too am a charter subscriber, it has some worth while articles, tips and reviews and is reasonably priced. Each issue has projects of various skill levels and has pull-out plans for a few projects each month. My Grandchildren have made a few of those projects in the shop with my supervision.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

- GrandpaLen

So I went and looked at the shop tip of the day which is of interest to me because I am currently building a router table and was planning to buy a Triton router because it has the above table height adjustment but I can’t afford it right now. I do have a PC 690 router but I don’t how the height adjuster they show could work with it because it would just fight against the adjustment on the PC 690. The only way to adjust the height I know to is rotate the motor within the base. Am I missing something? I also don’t see why this additional height adjust would be any easier than just rotating the motor. It I didn’t have to loosen and tighten the clamp on the base then that would be nice but I don’t see how that could be done. Sorry I know this OT.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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GrandpaLen

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#9 posted 09-18-2014 08:53 PM

This height adjuster will only work with router motors which slide through their base.

,,,btw Joel I have had the 3 1/4 hp Triton mounted in my table for over a year now and have been more than happy with it’s performance.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#10 posted 09-18-2014 09:00 PM

Maybe you cam make a deal with Rick for $8.00 a year and just get the old ones, which are probably better anyways.
You get the Mag and rick makes a few bucks, win win.
There is plenty of good info on the net, I don’t waste my time with subscriptions.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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Earlextech

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#11 posted 09-18-2014 09:06 PM

My second favorite after Fine Woodworking.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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Joel_B

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#12 posted 09-18-2014 09:27 PM



This height adjuster will only work with router motors which slide through their base.

,,,btw Joel I have had the 3 1/4 hp Triton mounted in my table for over a year now and have been more than happy with it s performance.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

- GrandpaLen

Guess I should just bite the bullet and get the Triton.
I was also planning on getting a Woodpecker Super Fence, another $180 and the Incra plate $100.
This router stuff is expensive.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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Fred Hargis

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#13 posted 09-18-2014 09:34 PM

I’ve subscribed to Wood for a very long time, though I’m not quite a charter subscriber. I was also peeved about the CV review, and quite a few other things about the magazine and their opinions. Still, it’s my favorite woodworking magazine and along with Woodsmith, they are the only 2 of which I keep all the copies. The other mags I subscribe too are passed along to other woodworkers.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#14 posted 09-18-2014 11:06 PM

I think you nailed it with your assumption. Wood is my favorite, because it’s very down to earth. They have good tips, and don’t focus solely on fine furniture.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#15 posted 09-19-2014 12:24 AM

My absolute favorite mag is ‘Shop Notes” No ads, all projects. And cheap to boot.

My second favorite is Fine Woodworking, but I have to read it at the library. Too frigging expensive.

Then comes Wood magazine. Just get ready to get a renewal slip along with your first and every subsequent issue.
I got a 3 year subscription and the very first issue had a letter attached to it warning me my subscription was about to expire. Renew Now Really pisses me off, but otherwise the magazine is good.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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