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Blog entry by ElmoSr posted 01-02-2011 04:46 PM 2553 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

All I want to do today is vent,,,,my favorite magazine has sold out. I have been reading/using Work Bench for 20 years, and I have a collection going back to the 50’s. They have so changed the format that Work Bench has completely nothing like Work Bench was.

Am I the only person that dislikes this change.

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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#1 posted 01-02-2011 06:41 PM

I cancelled the subscription a couple years ago, as it was becoming unbearable. Even worse, my wife told me we got a ‘come back’ letter to resubscribe yesterday and they have changed their name to ‘My Home, My Style’, which appears to be some kind of home decorating magazine. A quick check of their website has confirmed this.

Sorry buddy.

-- Chris

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#2 posted 01-02-2011 06:48 PM

They changed their format significantly as the new name implies. We did not renew our subscription.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#3 posted 01-02-2011 06:55 PM

After seeing this post it prompted me to search and dig out several issues from the Sixties that I had stored away. Top notch magazine back then.

-- Tom, Northwest Wisconsin

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#4 posted 01-02-2011 07:04 PM

Its like what they have done with a simular magazin here in Denmark
and only home refurb and if they swing them self up something they call woodworking
its only sheds-goods where they glue some wood on the edges and call it an officetable
and if they want to show joinery they only make drawings of them
thats why I skipped it 6 years ago , its only DIY stuff for the home now ….so sad
becourse it is the only magazin in our country

take care

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#5 posted 01-02-2011 07:41 PM

It’s now a Martha Stewart Lite knock off. I hate it.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#6 posted 01-02-2011 08:35 PM

It does seem that many of the old line woodworking magazines have dumbed down a lot. Fine Woodworking seems to one of the few that tries to remain interesting. There was one other that I seem to have lost track of that was good.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#7 posted 01-02-2011 09:36 PM

This is the second time they’ve done this. I was a huge fan of the magazine up until about 15 years ago when they changed format and focus. I’ve bought it sporadically since then, only when an article grabbed my attention.

There are two forces at work here. First, they follow the money. I’m sure they have tons of market research that says there’s more money in paint and decorating than in DIY/Woowworking. Second, and this may be an even bigger issue, after a while one finds less and less new stuff in woodworking magazines. I mean how many times can you see the same tips and tricks and comparisons of 12” chop saws before extreme deja vu sets in?

I’ve given up on ShopNotes and WoodSmith and. I’m sure, in the years to come, I’ll give up on other magazines as well. It’s in the nature of things.

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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#8 posted 01-02-2011 10:58 PM

Are magazines becoming obsolete? I’ve never been a fan of Workbench, in fact isn’t that magazine a spinoff of ‘Better Homes and Gardens”? Though I empathize, to lose something you’ve been a loyal subscriber to all these years has gotta hurt. I once canned my subscription to “Woodshop News”; they went through some changes and I canceled as well. I don’t even read hard-copy FWW anymore, the LOML gave me the DVD, all articles 1975 to the present, so again, I’m spending more time at the computer than under the reading lamp. I’ve discovered, due to my learning methods, that You-Tube has displaced magazines as the go-to medium for learning new techniques in woodworking. And then we can fill in the details, those nagging unanswered questions by posting them here in LJ and wait for all the good people to respond with the answers we need.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#9 posted 01-03-2011 02:08 AM

I canceled my subscription too. Sheeeesh!

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#10 posted 01-03-2011 12:51 PM

thanks for the feed back, hope and pray all have a wonderful and safe new year

well there sure seems to be a general consensus about this. i almost canceled my subscription twice but i defiantly will this year, they have just changed way too much. .

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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