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Forum topic by HorizontalMike posted 06-01-2011 04:39 PM 4122 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-01-2011 04:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: magazines resources woodworking library woodworking information

I am floored at the gift that has just been bestowed upon me. A biker bud of mine has just started giving me his late father’s WW-Library (it wouldn’t all fit in his truck at one time). I have to be the luckiest relatively newbie WW fool in the world! Some of these magazines also appear to have occasional INDEX Issues for future reference.

All I can say is that America lost something when all the big corporations lobbied and changed the copyright laws with the development of digital publications. If this were all digital (AND IT IS NOT), I would be breaking the law by inheriting all these publications via “a gift”, BUT since this is all hard-copy IT IS EXEMPT. Neither I nor the publications can be touched! If I ever tire of this library I am as free to give it away as freely as it was given. If I wanted to actually sell any part of it, I also have that right. I now OWN it, not just renting or licensed for limited use, OWN it… The kids these days really do not know how much has been taken away from them, and that is sad, IMO.

Here is just a taste of what I have thus far (I still need to go pick up another PU load, or more, when I can). All this is preliminary and expected to increase in numbers and most of the collection seems to date from roughly mid-1980s through1999-ish. My friend’s father passed in 2001:

Shop Notes: # 1-60
Woodsmith: #36-88
Fine Woodworking: # 60-109
Fine Woodworking Techniques: # 1-9 Hardbacks (covers issues #1-55)
Fine Woodworking Design Books: #2-3
Fine Woodworking on: Tips, Spindle and Faceplate Turning
Wood Magazine: Issues # 1—201(only missing #1) collection from Dec.1984—Dec 2010
American WoodTurner:
WoodTurning Magazine:
Weekend Woodcrafts:
Popular WoodWorking:
Weekend WoodWorking:
American WoodWorker:
WoodWorker’s Journal:
Today’s WoodWorker:
Variety of ShopSmith Catalogs (~1985-1999ish)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#1 posted 06-01-2011 04:44 PM

Nice, Great score a real treat for you and a big decision on your friends part :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path [email protected]

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#2 posted 06-01-2011 04:55 PM


-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#3 posted 06-01-2011 04:58 PM

Way to go buddy lots of information you have.
Great friend you have.

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#4 posted 06-01-2011 05:12 PM

Man oh man, what a haul, Mike.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 06-01-2011 05:24 PM

Sweet, What a haul !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#6 posted 06-01-2011 09:08 PM

great gift

lot’s of classic information

that will keep you busy
on those cold winter days

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 06-01-2011 09:09 PM

Boy, you’re a lucky man! Are you going to digitize them into .pdf? That’s a joke, of course, nothing like paper in the hands. Someone told me once that paper was made of wood. Ridiculous, I replied.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 06-01-2011 09:11 PM

Would you mind summarizing them, and then posting your thoughts here ??

Thanks much !

Just think of all the trees it took to make all those magazines, and what a great room full of furniture it could have been, if things had gone differently ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 06-01-2011 09:15 PM

I am with Neil, please post a quick summary of all the contens as soon as you can. :)

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#10 posted 06-01-2011 09:16 PM

^Neil…another guy who thinks paper is made from wood (facepalm) ;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 06-02-2011 04:38 AM

In summary I WOOD have to say, besides hauling another SIX boxes (mostly books this time) home today, that this WOOD have to be my biggest WW score EVER!

Again, I can’t get over repeating that this is truly amazing to have someone’s entire WW lifetime collection of magazines, books, and guides covering all aspects of WW, turning, carving, clock-making, router projects, bandsaw projects, jigs, wood types/recognition/research, power tool techniques, ShopSmith Guides/Projects, fine cabinet making, Shaker Furniture, Pine Projects, and other specific furniture styles, etc.

To say the least, it looks like my NEXT project(s) will be looking at building suitable shelving to hold all of this stuff. My guess is that it will take 8-10 4ft shelves to hold/display everything.

I don’t have room in the house to keep all this so I am looking for ideas that would allow me to:
1. Store this stuff in the shop
2. Keep it sawdust free (covered) while stored, or on the shelving
3. Keep it easy to access/organize/browse
4. Yeah, I know the answer i in one of the mags or books, but in what chapter and what page number? 8-O

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#12 posted 06-02-2011 05:00 AM

maybe build a barrister’s bookcase for all of them.

nice score!

-- Tampa-FL

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#13 posted 06-02-2011 07:27 AM

Maybe some cabinets with doors. Build some extra if you can.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#14 posted 06-02-2011 08:50 AM

deffently this weeks sucker No.1 ….. :-)
congrat´s Mike
make one of the old library shelfclosets with framed glassdoor …. no dust on them and you can still enjoy :-)


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#15 posted 06-02-2011 12:30 PM

Camper has the right storage answer – Barrister bookcases. They are a very nice woodworking project. Just in case you are not familiar with them they are the bookcases with a glass front on each shelf. They were designed to protect a lawyers books. If you design each shelf as a separate stackable box they are also very portable.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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