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04-01-2010 01:04 AM

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I’ve looked at the Fine web site and all their glitz and plans and reviews, etc., etc. Anyone here belong that would care to tell me whether or not membership with them is worth the money? Some articles and plans looked pretty good to me. But I felt that most of what they offer is available on other sites (like Lumberjocks!) at no cost. Comments? Opinions? Thx

-- Larry, formerly of East Greenwich, RI - "Rhode Island's Oldest Home":

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#1 posted 04-01-2010 01:18 AM

Yup … I think it is definitely worth it.

I asked the same question a couple of years ago … finally decided to take the ‘plunge’ and have never once regreted it!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 04-01-2010 01:19 AM

Thanks. That’s one “for”

-- Larry, formerly of East Greenwich, RI - "Rhode Island's Oldest Home":

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#3 posted 04-01-2010 01:21 AM

Make it Two . I think it’s the second best resource for wood working on line right after LJs.

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#4 posted 04-01-2010 01:23 AM

Its worth it to me.

If you subscribe to the magazine the online membership is way cheaper, like 14.95 if I remember correctly for a year.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#5 posted 04-01-2010 01:26 AM

Thanks guys. You’ve all convinced me. -Larry

-- Larry, formerly of East Greenwich, RI - "Rhode Island's Oldest Home":

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#6 posted 04-01-2010 01:27 AM

I think FWW reviews aren’t that great, and as per project plans Woodsmith is the best. However for picking up techniques FWW articles are very good especially the pictures and illustrations within. Going on the web and searching for correct techniques with good easy to follow instructions is like a crapshoot. I had FWW membership for a year and it was worth it. You can always just sign up for the cheapest term and download everything you think you would ever need.

-- Ed

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#7 posted 04-01-2010 01:27 AM

They had a 30 day free trial at one time. I think you had full privileges.

It is interesting to see the TS and router people battle out on the “best” way to rabbet, box joint…

Much better value to me than any magazine subscription. You can search for an answer at any time and usually at least get an idea to get going. Great for some beginner project too.

As Jim points out, not the level of camaraderie or range of work that LJ has.


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#8 posted 04-01-2010 01:36 AM

To me the FWW web site, is like a online school that is very inexpensive to purchase. I don’t have the time to go to a woodworking school or do I have one in my area. So FWW web is part of my constant desire to learn more about woodworking and it is very reasonable in price for what you get. As Les said if you subscribe( which I do) to the magazine, the web site is really a good deal.

-- Guy Kroll

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#9 posted 04-01-2010 01:54 AM

i had one i think it’s better to just do the 14 day free trial and get everything you can from that cuz after you look at the stuff you want and a little bit of the other stuff you don’t want to but look at anyway your done me i was just paying money for months od service for nothing. i was always here on LJ where you can find anything and everything they have. I think anyway!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#10 posted 04-01-2010 02:00 AM

I have had it for two years and it is great.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 04-01-2010 02:05 AM

ive had it for about 2 months now and i love it. they’ve got everything over there.

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#12 posted 04-01-2010 04:56 AM

I’m a fan. It is my second favorite website. Their instructional videos are exceptionally good.

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

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#13 posted 04-01-2010 04:59 AM

I’ve had it for several years and I recommend it 100%.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 04-01-2010 05:05 AM

My first year as a member, I’ve downloaded quite a bit in the way of ‘member only’ plans and articles for my own future reference. Not sure if I’ll continue it next year, but definately worth at least one year.

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#15 posted 04-01-2010 05:49 AM

I am new to woodworking, but have been a member for about 4 months. I have found it to be really helpful, especially with their reviews of tools. I have spent a lot of time reading the stuff they have archived there. I would say that for me, it is worth every penny, probably even more than what it costs.

-- Brian Meeks,

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