Old Woodsmith Magazines...

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Blog entry by dakremer posted 01-16-2021 08:31 PM 1129 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a whole bunch of Woodsmith Magazines. The oldest one seems to be from 1981. Are these worth anything? I’m getting sick of them collecting dust in my shop. Thoughts?

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#1 posted 01-16-2021 11:14 PM

I have a full set. I have checked into selling them on ebay. There are more sellers than buyers. Some manage to sell off an issue at a time. Would your local lilbrary want them?

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 01-17-2021 12:17 AM

I was in your position before my move across country. I found out Woodsmith can be on dvd or memory stick now for some dollars. I still like the paper copy and kept the ones with anything I thought I might use in my new shop. I donated to a Thrift store that always sold woodworking magazines. uggh such a loss but to a good cause. I had ShopNotes until they stopped also. Maybe a Craigslist ad to sell or barter for something, it just might work out for you.

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#3 posted 01-17-2021 01:01 AM

I had 5 years of Mood magazine that no one wanted and they got recycled.


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 01-17-2021 09:39 AM

Unfortunately for you, most woodworking magazines are available digitally (DVD’s).... One DVD can easily hold 40 years of magazines… and are usually available. I’d back sras about donating to a public library (or a men’s shed type organisation) as there probably wouldn’t be a great demand to convert hard copies to shekels.

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#5 posted 01-17-2021 06:42 PM

If your local school still has shop type classes (probably called technology education) they might be interested.

I have an assortment of old magazines that I have kids look through from time to time. It gives kids an idea of how projects can be put together differently. The internet is full of projects, but many of them use pretty simple joinery and sometimes I want my students to do things a bit more complicated.

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#6 posted 01-17-2021 07:21 PM

As said above by everybody else, unfortunately, there is no real market to sell them as they are available to download, usually for free as well as most other published mags.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#7 posted 01-20-2021 07:23 PM

I had a bunch of WOOD magazines that I inherited when a friend moved out of state. I added to them several years and kept them all for quite awhile. I was cleaning out my shop and wanted to get rid of them so I asked a new neighbor that does some woodworking if he would want them. He took them and said he’d give them to the local veterans group after looking through them.
I thought that was perfect! Really made me feel good to think of a bunch of veterans going through them and dreaming up new projects!
I also really like MrsN’s idea to give them to a school shop class.

-- "If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." Red Green

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