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02-28-2010 08:37 AM

What does everyone have for favorite mags?

I buy Fine Woodworking often, but I feel it seems it really caters to artists who work in wood, rather than more typical small-shop hobby-type people.

I really like Shop Notes, and recently came across several back issues of American Woodworker. Wood magazine seems pretty good to me also.

What do you all like and why?

-- Lee in Phoenix

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#1 posted 02-28-2010 09:25 AM

My favorites (the only ones I currently subscribe to) are ShopNotes, Wood Magazine, Woodsmith, and Fine Woodworking. I also had a subscription to Family Handyman, they often have some good projects, tho after it runs out I’m just going to buy the occasional issue. ShopNotes and Wood are definetly my two favorites, they both have great projects and lots of great articles, I’ve learned a ton from both of them. I’d say 85% of the projects on my to-do list (and its a long ass list) are either taken directly from or inspired by projects and ideas from those two mags.

I have a few dozen issues of various other magazines, I just buy them if theres anything interesting or informative, I figure if I buy more than a few of a single title its worth subscribing to, otherwise I just buy specific issues.

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#2 posted 02-28-2010 09:31 AM

ShopNotes and Wood. I have every issue of each since they first came out.

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#3 posted 02-28-2010 09:34 AM

Favorite & Subscribe FW, Ocaasionally buy Wood Mag, Pupular Woodworking, Woodcraft, and Woodworking Journal – read Ezines online too.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 02-28-2010 10:27 AM

Shop Notes. I have FW online. They have a lot of great info, but their projects are way over my head, I’m not a furniture builder.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 02-28-2010 11:29 AM

Wood, Woodsmith, Shop Notes.

-- Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else

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#6 posted 02-28-2010 11:43 AM

I too like ShopNotes and Wood.

-- Scott in Texas

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#7 posted 02-28-2010 01:30 PM

I only subscribe to FWW, and rarely look at any others. I have nearly a full set of them. I prefer readin about very high end projects, and FWW is the best out there imo. I do purchase the occasional ShopNotes when it has something interesting, but maybe only once a year.

I subscribed to a UK magazine, Furniture and Cabinetmaking, for a few years. It had some nice high end projects, but was a bit thin, and very expensive.

-- Gerry,

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#8 posted 02-28-2010 02:01 PM

I subcribe to FWW, WOOD and WOODWORKING. WOODWORKING is soon to be replaced with a combination magazine of POPULAR WOODWORKING and WOODWORKING.

Even though FWW magazine is mostly highend furniture, I have still learned a great deal from it, mostly the finishing articles. I also subscribe to there website.

WOOD was my first magazine I purchased. I have learned a great deal from it. Their project plans are very readable and easy to understand. They give complete details for construction. I have found that some magazines are vague with their plans and seem to leave out some of the details.

WOODWORKING to me is reading about the history of woodworking. I totally enjoy it. I am more than disappointed that it is being combined with POPULAR WOODWORKING. I think it will lose it idenity and focus.

-- Guy Kroll

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#9 posted 02-28-2010 02:18 PM

At one time or another I”ve subscribed to just about all of them: Am WW, Pop Wood, Woodsmith, WW Journal, Wood, Fine WW, and even British mags. My daughter is a girl scout and they’ve have sold subscriptions some years as fund raisers. Right now it’s just FWW and ShopNotes. I used to love FWW, but it seems that their projects aren’t as challenging as they once were, but that might say more about my neophyte status 25 years ago. One of my favorites is the British magazine Furniture and Cabinet Making. I let the subscription lapse last year and I can’t find it at Boarders or B & N anymore. They seemed to have replaced it with Good Woodworking, which I don’t like very much. Although I like the British perspective. It’s amazing what they can do in shops that seem more like little sheds. I find the magazines somewhat redundant, there are only so many skills, tools, and projects, but I hundreds of issues dating back to the 70’s and I refer to back issues regularly. Perhaps that one of the reasons I’ve become interested in ww blogs and forums.

-- Glen

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#10 posted 02-28-2010 02:25 PM

I subscribe to Woodsmith I like FWW and Shopnotes also when I see an issue I like.

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#11 posted 02-28-2010 03:36 PM

I have also received many different mags over the years, but I currently subscribe to Woodsmith and ShopNotes. I also enjoy reading This Old House magazine.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#12 posted 02-28-2010 03:44 PM

Wood, Fine Woodworking, Shopnotes, Woodsmith and Popular Woodworking.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#13 posted 02-28-2010 03:48 PM

This question has been asked several times on this forum.

I subscribe to none of the current wood working magazines.

I will occasionally buy one that strikes my fancy at the magazine rack at our local grocery market.

Our local libraries carry several wood working magazine titles that I read regularly.

Internet research provides me with far more knowledge than the old fashioned ink on paper publications offer.

Besides, paper, like wood, comes from trees and I prefer woodworking to paperworking. :)

-- 温故知新

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#14 posted 02-28-2010 04:21 PM

Shopnotes, Fine Woodworking, and Popular Woodworking. I had been buying Woodworking as well.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#15 posted 02-28-2010 04:45 PM

Since I divide the year between Florida and the U.P. magazine subscriptions are a problem. I do purchase, over the counter, Fine Woodworking and Popular Woodworking. Fine Woodworking is the leader in the field, and I think they are trying to reach down to those of us who are somewhat below the “juried artist” classification. I try to purchase every copy of Popular Woodworking because of the awsome presence of Chris Schwarz, a terrific woodworker and a great guy as well.

A little over a year ago I suscribed to the on-line version of Woodworkers Journal – thought this would be a great alternative to the paper copy being at the wrong address at the wrong time. However, Sandor Nagyszalanczy has an “attitude” that rubbed me the wrong way, so I did not renew.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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