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Don Newton

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08-07-2009 08:45 PM

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I am sure this question was probably discussed here in the past, and excuse me for asking if it was, but here goes; What woodworking magazines do you read? It seems that we have Fine Woodworking at one end of the spectrum and Popular Woodworking at the other with a number in between. As an intermediate woodworker, which magazines offer you the most? I’m not particularly interested in articles on cutting boards, although there are some ‘Jocks out there making AMAZING cuttingboards, but more towards traditional furniture pieces, product reviews that aren’t paying lip service to the advertisers, and some useful tips. WHAT ARE YOUNZ ALL READING OUT THERE?

-- Don, Pittsburgh


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#1 posted 08-07-2009 08:50 PM

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#2 posted 08-07-2009 08:56 PM

Hey thanks Purplev….it’s getting pretty hard to find a topic that hasn’t been discussed!

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#3 posted 08-07-2009 09:27 PM

I stopped buying magazines on woodworking a number of years ago.I had years of them accumulating here in my shop and then decided to buy books instead.Used magzines here are worthless we just chuck them out or give them away,at least this way with several hundered books now in my collection ,when I die my sons can sell everything I have.That’s the theory and in anycase I love my machining, and woodworking ,woodtuning, sharpening ,books. I suggest you guys do the same abook is so much better than a magzine.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#4 posted 08-07-2009 09:39 PM

Alistair, I agree that books have their place but I find that magazines are more “current” if you know what I mean. I do get a few magazines passed on to me by a good friend and make it a point to pass them on rather than throw them away. I’ll bet that most magazines are read by a lot of people that weren’t the original purchaser, especially in doctor’s offices!

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#5 posted 08-07-2009 09:41 PM

I’m not sure I see a huge difference between books and magazines. if an article is useful in a magazine or a book it is still useful. i understand that they don’t always delve into the same level of detail, but sometiems you don’t need that. also, the magazines expose you to things you may not be actively searching to learn about (that can be good or bad). Finally, books seldom have up to date product reviews. over here, magazines from the good publishers seem to fetch about 30-50% of their original cost. that seems in line with a book. we live in very different places though so I can see how our experiences good differ significantly.

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#6 posted 08-07-2009 09:45 PM

I have every magazine I purchased since 1987 and every title, I was into pine craft type woodworking when I started as my skills improve I go back and find things I wouldn’t tackle back thenthat I enjoy now. I will say they tend to repeat themselves and as I find more websites like this I buy less of them. Jeff

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#7 posted 08-07-2009 09:49 PM

My doctor told me last week old magazines lying around aggrivate my sinus Just thought I’d throw that in. Jeff

-- Jeff,

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#8 posted 08-07-2009 09:51 PM

I noticed you have access to a computer and the internet. < grin >

Websites devoted to woodworking (even with paid subscriptions), CD’s/DVD’s of woodworking magazines (including archived back issues) and this forum are the wave of the present. Woodworking is a very visual craft. Video sites, like The Wood Whisperer, shout with knowledge. All of the major woodworking magazines are shadowing their efforts on the Internet. You can’t change the future if you don’t live in the present.

I’ve quit buying printed woodworking magazines because they are made of paper, which competes for the wood I’ll be using in my projects.

Save a tree – use the Internet.

-- 温故知新

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#9 posted 08-07-2009 09:54 PM

I think you guys need to understand thet American woodworking magazines offer so much more than ours do.They are really well written, well illusrated, and complete in detail ,with I think fewer ad’s, in short you guys demand and get better service per dollar than we do.Our magazines are becoming a big advertising copy and a lot of uninportant things to make. like tree mug holders ,and stupid little boring tiddly first day projects like christmas tree decorations yoyo’s hardly ever anything really good when the do something of worth they deliberately spread it out over several weeks with chunks and details missing.That’s my experience.Sure I like to keep up with the ads but I don’t need over 50% of the magazine carrying toilet paper for the down and outs.I bought a subscription of youre mags and they were in general alot better .LOLAlistair p.s perhaps I am painting too dark a picture their not that bad but near enough LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#10 posted 08-07-2009 09:55 PM

Hey Randy….good point! I do enjoy the podcasts that I have seen and must admit…...one podcast is better than any magazine article I have read.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#11 posted 08-08-2009 04:47 PM

I have not had much money to spend on, magazines.

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#12 posted 08-08-2009 04:57 PM

If you want a magazine with no advertising, check out “Woodsmith.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#13 posted 08-09-2009 05:13 AM

I have online subscriptions as well as hardcopy subscriptions. I love to use my stash of woodworking mags for reference. Please, do NOT throw yours away.
I suggest:
Do NOT dump them on some school hoping they get into the hands of someone interested on woodworking.

DO seek out some aspiring woodworker who would spend many hours soaking up the contents.

Another option might be to sell back issues on eBay.

Thanks to all woodworker magazine editors, project developers, freelance writers and the staffs for sharing their knowledge with the likes of myself.

-- Keith, NW Alabama

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