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Blog entry by woodymays posted 09-26-2009 05:09 AM 1328 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What magazine is worth the while to subscribe to. Does anyone get American Woodworker magazine?

-- Behind every great man is his wife with rolling eyes.

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John Gray

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#1 posted 09-26-2009 05:26 AM

I highly recommend Woodworking Magazine and the bound back issues of it.
I dropped American Woodworker as there didn’t seem to be of much that interested interested me in it.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 09-26-2009 05:36 AM

I agree with John on American Woodworker. It may be one of the worst I have ever taken.
Don’t know about the other one,as I have not took it.
The ones I subscribe to are: Wood Magazine(since1990), and Woodworkers Journal—both good.
I seem to get a lot of info and good articles, well written, and good projects.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!

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#3 posted 09-26-2009 05:38 AM

I have taken american woodworkers for years and find it has many interesting articles and I think it’s a very good magizine. But if I could only afford one magazine it would be Finewoodworking.

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 09-26-2009 06:33 AM

Popular Woodworking… I like the Staff, projects, and misc. stuff they have… Blogs, videos, etc. very good.

Fine WW’g… High Class magazine… Good projects, good online section, very well done.

Shopsmith… I like it… No Advertising… Easy to read graphics & instructions… GREAT!

ShopNotes… same as Shopsmith…

Woodworking Magazine… Emphasizes hand tools only… Nice change of pace.

Wood… on a down-trend to me… Pop WW’g is much better IMHO… Used to be better than now; get super cheap subscriptions on eBay!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#5 posted 09-26-2009 06:43 AM

I love Fine Wood Working, great magazine,
I used to love American Woodworker, but it has gone down hill…
Shopsmith and Shopnotes are just plain fun to pick up every now and then.

-- -Sleff

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#6 posted 09-26-2009 06:55 AM

Fine woodworking!! I just cancelled WOOD. Not worth it

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#7 posted 09-26-2009 07:00 AM

I would suggest the following:
Go to your local book store that carries a decent magazine selection and flip through the wood magazines they carry (you may have to go to a hardwood lumber yard to find Shopsmith or Shopnotes). See what kind of projects they feature, and read a few paragraphs of a couple of articles to get a sense of their writing style. If you can spare the money buy a few that you think might be interesting and take them home to read. Also, take a look at the web sites of the magazines that you are considering.

Make your decision based on your own sense of these magazines and not what someone else thinks of them, since you really have no idea whether their ideas on woodworking are similar to yours.

-- criticism: the art of analyzing and evaluating the quality of an artistic work...

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#8 posted 09-26-2009 02:00 PM


Yes, that would be a good idea to view several magazines and evaluate which one would fit me best. The internet only gives so much information on wood magazines. I use to subscribe to certain wood magazines some time ago but had lost interest in woodworking. I also believe eveyones opinion accounts for something too otherwise this web site would be useless. I listen to what people say even at the work place. for example, being that I use to be an engineer, manufacturing gave me alot insight on the machines and dies being assembled which help me design the next project even better. this is Just my thought.

-- Behind every great man is his wife with rolling eyes.

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#9 posted 09-26-2009 02:51 PM

I subscribe to Wood, Woodworker’s Journal, and Popular Woodworking. I have had other’s at times. I think they all take good and bad spells. Lately Wood is my least favorite.

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#10 posted 09-26-2009 03:00 PM

I get Shopsmith and Woodsmith. Have gotten them for many years. Occassionally get Woodworkers Journal. Just dropped Wood.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#11 posted 09-26-2009 07:13 PM

I get Wood and AWoodworker. I get great ldeas from wood mag. and AW. I like the articles too. Just seem informative and up to date. I just let my sub. of shopnotes run out, I’m going to re-up, I miss it. LOL.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Daniel Dugan

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#12 posted 09-27-2009 02:29 AM

FWW and Woodwork are both great. At one point I bought most of the back issues of FWW that I did not yet own by bidding for them on e-bay. There is a significant market for the better journals.

-- -Daniel. "To be, rather than to seem" (not my words, but I like them)

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#13 posted 10-24-2009 06:43 AM

Hi Mark,

I recently subscribed to FWW magazine and the website after watching this interview with the editor

I also subscribe to The Wood Whisperer podcasts on iTunes. It’s free. Then I watch them on my iPhone when I am on the treadmill in the mornings.

I’m going to check out Popular Woodworking next, just based on the number of people I see referring to it in blogs and videos.

Hope this helps.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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Vincent Nocito

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#14 posted 10-24-2009 03:56 PM

I get Wood (on and off subscription), Woodsmith (last 18 years) and Popular Woodworking (very cheap trial subscription). Just dropped Woodworkers Journal. I scan thru the others at the bookstore (FWW, Woodworking, etc) and will buy if there is something of value. Never found much of interest in AWW or Woodcraft…but it really is your taste and interest

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