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08-07-2009 07:15 AM

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Somewhat new to woodworking, have a garage/shop. Don’t get into hand tools all that much. Just do furniture/household woodworking projects.

With all the magazines out there dedicated to woodworking, I couldn’t believe how many there were, which one is best?

I know alot of it is personal taste, but any thoughts?

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#1 posted 08-07-2009 07:37 AM

Well, I get Wood magazine and Woodcraft Magazine. Both are good and have projects in them. American Woodworker is another great one. And there’s always Fine Woodworking, though it is a bit pricey.

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#2 posted 08-07-2009 01:49 PM

i like american woodworker and popular woodworking

fine woodworking is mostly ads in my opinion

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#3 posted 08-07-2009 01:51 PM

I signed up for the fine woodworking web site which is great if you are starting out. It gives you access to all of the articles that they have from years past. there is so much there to check out. I also get Wood and shopnotes (it is for shop jigs and such)

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#4 posted 08-07-2009 02:08 PM

They’re all only as good as the last good article. It’s so subjective, and so dependent on our experience level. I tend to like American WWer, Pop WWing, Wood, and FWW, but have also enjoyed issues of Shop Notes, WWJ, Workbench, etc.

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#5 posted 08-07-2009 05:05 PM

Here are links to several discussions about what LJ’s read. Hope it helps!

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#6 posted 08-07-2009 05:07 PM

the best one is the one you don’t have usually…
otherwise it really depends what you consider good material – they each focus on slightly different approach (reviews/articles/jigs)

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#7 posted 08-07-2009 05:09 PM

Wood and Popular Woodworking

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#8 posted 08-07-2009 11:17 PM

+1 on using the FWW mag. archives.

I’d also suggest going to the library and checking out a bunch of back issues of whatever they carry. You’ll get a better idea of what the different magazines offer if you want to subscribe.

Another advantage: check out issues a bit less than a year old. So instead of reading about Adirondack chairs now, be reading about early fall or even gift building ideas now. Then next spring, build that A. chair and have it handy for the whole season.

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#9 posted 08-07-2009 11:30 PM

If you are new to woodworking I get shop notes and hate it the reason that I hate it is there is so many good projects to build.and I have a small woodworking budget to work with. Each issue has something for everyone and projects look easy to build and you can hone your skills.
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#10 posted 08-07-2009 11:35 PM

Shop Notes for sure:-))

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#11 posted 08-08-2009 12:39 AM

I subscribe to every woodworking magazine I can find. There is always something of interrest and something I can learn from each one. If you learn just one idea from one issue it can be valuable enough and worth what you pay for the entire years subscription.
I have been woodworking for over 50 years and still love to learn new ideas and put them to use.
I subscribe to: Shop Notes, Woodworkers Journal, American Woodworker, Wood magazine, Popular Woodworking, Fine Woodworking, Woodsmith and have purchased numerous woodworking books.

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#12 posted 08-08-2009 12:50 AM

Dropping magazine subscriptions is worse for me than when I gave up beer and cigarettes. Here’s what I am going to renew when the time comes FWW (both paper and online), Woodworking, Popular Woodworking, Wood and Shop Notes. I’m dropping American WW, Woodcraft (has more advertising than any of the others IMHO), WoodSmith, and ShopSmith unless they send me a deal to good to be true. )

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#13 posted 08-08-2009 12:58 AM

Topamax is right on the Shop Notes…love that one….Woodsmith is another…...I look forward to their arrival. I also get the AAW journal…..(woodturner’s eye candy)....

I like the ones that don’t drive you nuts with all the ads and that have good techniques and tips…..I look for content more than quantity…some ads are fine….but I hate the magazines that have about 2 pages of material for every 50 pages of ads.

Truthfully, you can find more content here on LJ’s then any magazine – without all the fluffy advertisements… you can discuss, comment and ask questions.

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#14 posted 08-08-2009 02:05 AM

I have subscribed to at least a dozen woodworking magazines over the years and the only one I have stayed with continiously is Fine Woodworking. I have every issue and I have stored everyone of them where I can access them when needed. I find most magazines publications became redundant after 3 or 4 years.
My other current subscriptions are Wood Workers Journal and Woodturning Design.

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#15 posted 08-08-2009 04:04 AM

Alot of good comments.

So far I bought the Pop Woodworking CD with 7yrs of issues.
I subscribed to American WW and Woodsmith.
I will check out Shop Notes.

Thanks All

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