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Well the time has come. I have for over many years been getting about 7 different woodworking magazines. As a New Year's resolution I am thinning the count drastically because these have become so redundant and full of advertisement. They are no longer becoming useful. How many times can they test drive new tools. Lets face it a tool doesn't hit the market if it does not work and one tool may have more or less gadgets on it and they call it or give it top honors. People make choices on past experiences. But enough with that rant.

My question is I do not want to just throw these out so I am asking what do you all do with those old magazines that are taking up valuable landscape in the shop???? Just think of all the money I can save to buy that top of the line new tool that every magazine has given top awards to. Thanks and have a great day.
 

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I had the same problem. typically in each magazine there were only 2-3 articles i even cared about. i started cutting them out and placing them in page protectors and storing them in 3-ring binders. this lets you catagorize your articles. i got so tired of spending half a day serching for an article or tip i needed but could not remember which magzine it was in. This took a HUGE stack of materials and pared it down to a managable amount.

hope this helps
 

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I do the same as flyingoak. I cut the articles out that I want to keep and file them in file folders by varios categories. Certain Magazines like my shopnotes and woodsmith I keep in contact and file them by issue.
 

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i am addicted to magazines. i have virtually every major magazine issue from 6 different magazines. i find storage to be my biggest problem. I now use a metal cabinet and store them flat in chronological order and by brand. Every stack has a piece of hardboard between them every year. it sticks out so i can label the year and mag name and issue #. I have found that storing them flat keeps them from sagging and distorting. When I am researching a project or subject, I can easily pull several articles on the subject to look at.

I now am on the lookout for sources of article indexes to make it easier to find articles on certain subjects or projects. the different magazines are starting to make indexes available. someday we'll be able to look up subjects easily. with google, sometimes the magazine articles pop up.

I could never cut them up as described. the magazine-junkie in me won't let me.

i also will sometimes pull out 3 or months of a magazine and read through them for the first time (again).

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I built a bookcase for mine and it is almost full now, so I am going to have to do something, I like the idea of cutting out articles, except the time it would take, I have thought about making an index, but again the time,I still have enough room for about a years worth, maybe I'll think of something before then. lol
 

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i was at rockler the other day and the guy told me that they give all their old mags to the fire department cuz they have time one their hands to do woodworking so u might want to bring a stack to your local fire station and see if they want them? other thing i would do is see if other woodworkers want them? or samething different storie sell on ebay.com or craigslist.org
 

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jeez thats a good question…i got 20 years worth of canadian home workshop and wood magazine..lol…but i always have customers who borrow my magazines to see if they can find a specific project they like. I don't know what to do with mine. I wouldn't scan mine unless I burn them on a CD because viruses come and computers crash. I'll have to think about that one now… thx JT!
 

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I scan them into the computer. Saves room and by giving each article a good title I can actually find it later. I use about 30 folders and keep them arranged by subject. I also save tons of plans and articles from the web, they go in the appropriate folder too. Then when I want to look something up I don't just Google, I use windows explorer to look for the file on the HD.
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I too have many hundreds of woodworking and machining actually probably a few thousands.I stopped buying them a few years ago when I discovered what I was spending in a year would buy me a new saw.I actually just buy books only now and have a formiddable collection housed in a large tripple book case of my own making.I find books are much better value for money and no repetative repetative did I say repetative ad's .Alistair
 

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I guess I'm the only guy on here without tons of old woodworking magazines :)) but I have enough on other subjects!!

JTTHECLOCKMAN, et al, you might consider dropping them off in Drs and dentists offices when you visit, hospital waiting rooms, ect. Might take a while to empty the storage area, but some one will get some use of them. Might consider the local library too.
 

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I junp from mag to mag as the subscription expires. Of course I find something I would like to make , and the specs are in an issue that I don't have.
Has anyone tried the back issue collections on CD that they keep sending special offers for?
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It might cost you a few bucks depending on how many you have, but you could have them scanned to PDF and then sell the magazines in lots on ebay. I know a lot of people will buy them if they are in sequential order etc…
 

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Recently someone on the local Freecycle gave away a whole bunch of old Fine Homebuilding magazines. I'm reading through them, making notes when I find a pertinent article, and I figure I'll pass 'em on and just subscribe to the online archives when I need to revisit an article.
 

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I did not expect to see this many responses but I am glad I asked the question. As I read this I see some have the same problems I do with collecting them. I will not bother to scan them. I may take a quick look before I stack them to do something with. There were many good ideas here. I think the doctor thing is out. I don't go to the doctors nearly enough to get rid of the tousands of magazines I have. I will keep the ones that interest me the most these days and those have plans and patterns in them and will keep all the turning ones. Those only come out 4 times a year so not many to store. Not sure which subscriptions I will continue but do know at least 5 are going. That will be alot of savings. As someone said with todays internet magazines and newspapers are becoming obsolete. Thanks all for the replys.
 
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