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01-04-2008 03:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: magazine woodworking newsletter

For anyone who has never heard of it, Woodworking Magazine is a sister-magazine to Popular Woodworking. It is a quarterly publication and completely ad-free. In addition to great tool reviews and woodworking advice, each issue contains several detailed projects – there is one main project in each issue and usually a few smaller projects designed to precede the main project as a way of building the necessary skills and confidence.

Chris Schwarz, an editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine, is also an editor of this one. He keeps a blog with weekly entries, always filled with interesting information and always entertaining.

They also have a FREE on-line newsletter and they’re looking to spread the word about it. I thought I’d post something here…

Please check out the Woodworking Magazine website, sign up for their free newsletter, and maybe even consider buying one of their past issues to check them out. I’m not affiliated with them in any way; I just feel this is the best magazine for woodworkers I’ve come across in years and want to do everything I can to help keep them in business.

-- Ethan,

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#1 posted 01-04-2008 04:06 PM

Sorry… I didn’t include a link to their website.

I also didn’t realize until just now that you don’t need to buy an old issue to check it out – you can download a FREE copy of issue #2 from the main page of their website!

Woodworking Magazine

-- Ethan,

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#2 posted 01-04-2008 04:35 PM

Thanks for bringing Woodworking Magazine back to the front of people’s minds, Ethan. I completely agree. For those who find they value this publication, F+W Publications released a hardbound version last year of ALL the issues since inception. It may still be available and sold for around $40 I believe.

Another excellent book by Chris Schwarz has been released. The subject being Workbenches. This book has been well praised and sells on Amazon for around $20. There is also a site run by Chris himself, Lost Art Press, where you can order a ‘deluxe’ copy that includes a CD containing a fully searchable electronic version of the book (PDF). The disk also has some eDrawings files of a few benches detailed in the book. The deluxe version can be had for $34. I received my copy yesterday and will be diving in this weekend.

Like Ethan, I want to see Woodworking continue as a publication and have no affiliation. When I ordered my book, I received a personal email from Chris Schwarz thanking me AND he signed the book unsolicited. Simply put – good information and good people.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#3 posted 01-04-2008 04:44 PM

Hello Ethan;
—-top-of-the-new-year to you…!
Great newsletter here and thanks for sharing….I also do follow their weblog….

Just gotta love that ‘pumpkin pine’.

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#4 posted 01-04-2008 05:34 PM

I’ve been a subscriber. Thanks for thinking to post it to help spread the word.

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#5 posted 01-04-2008 07:06 PM

Frank, I’ve never gone wrong with anything they’ve suggested. If I ever make a pine project, I’m definitely going to try that pumpkin pine finish. I also love the fact that the tools they end up recommending as a best or better choice are rarely the most expensive ones.

On the other hand, some of Chris’ reviews in his blog (the $2500 set of moulding planes, for example) could put a woodworker in trouble with the wife if he were to buy without taking it to the budgeting committee first.

Jeff, I got the Workbench book, too, though mine was autographed by Chris and one of his daughters drew a smiley face in it. It looks a bit like a Jean Renee Mackintosh rose, actually…

-- Ethan,

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#6 posted 01-04-2008 08:25 PM

Thanks for the link Mr. Red

This was a new find for me.

I signed up, and bought three downloadable issues.
I like their style.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 01-04-2008 10:54 PM

Precisely why I posted it, Steve! Glad to see you found something you like.

I think they really have something good going and I always look forward to the next issue. Speaking of… the first issue of 2008 should be coming out soon!

-- Ethan,

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#8 posted 01-04-2008 11:10 PM

cool.. thanks

-- making sawdust....

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#9 posted 01-04-2008 11:18 PM

I have also looked the magazine over and think it is a home run. The only thing I wish they had was color. I don’t know if I am wierd or what, but I think I could understand a lot better if the pages were color?

-- Jeff, Indiana

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#10 posted 01-04-2008 11:26 PM

Being an ad-free magazine, I think they have to stick to some techniques for keeping costs down, and printing in black-and-white only is probably a huge money-saver.

In one or two issues where indicating a color was important to the topic, they would use the inside of the back cover to display the example. Chris has also been known to incorporate his blog entries with the magazine, so he can show something in color if people ask for it.

I suspect adding color to each page would also add several dollars to the cost of each issue.

-- Ethan,

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#11 posted 01-04-2008 11:39 PM

Yup I DROOL Over waiting for the next Issue… Wood freak wood freak I’m just a super wood freak!
I have 80 lbs. or so on my wood working book case.. I really can’t get enough! Nice shout out…
By the way ever been to ireland some nice boat building and wood working but where aRE all the trees…
I imagine wood is hard to come by on some of the islands . I remember a very cool article about a woodworker
trapt Using recycled drift wood for benches and furniture even his shop walls…. How did a place with very little trees create some dandy wood workers.. O well maybe that’s where all the trees went. Ha never thought about that…. Few forests over there… Erin Go Bragh!, Patrick.

-- PJM.`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸ ><((((º> ""BY HAMMER AND HAND ALL ARTS DO STAND""1785-1974 nyc Semper Fi, Patrick M

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#12 posted 01-05-2008 01:00 AM

I just found out about Woodworking Magazine a couple weeks ago. I liked the latest issue enough to order the first 7 on CD-ROM. Can’t go wrong for $23 shipped.


-- -> Malta, IL -<

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#13 posted 01-06-2008 08:26 PM

Here is a review that TheWoodWhisperer recently posted about Chris Schwarz’s Workbenches book.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#14 posted 01-07-2008 05:24 AM

Thanks for bringing this up! I had wondered recently whether anybody made an ad-free woodworking magazine and the sample issue is definitely up to snuff. Subscribing now…


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#15 posted 01-07-2008 03:32 PM

Sorry, I have to make a correction. They run issues twice a year, not quarterly. My mistake.

They currently don’t give the option to buy a subscription, Ben, which is most unfortunate. But they are going to be announcing something this Friday on the future of Woodworking Magazine, so I’d be sure to check out their website then (maybe the weblog page?) to find out what it is (though I suspect I’ll probably post something here…).

Woodworking Magazine Weblog

Are they going to publish more than twice a year?

Are they going to let us buy subscriptions?

Who knows – Chris Schwarz is suspenseful like that…

-- Ethan,

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