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Forum topic by Rob posted 05-25-2008 05:35 AM 1871 views 0 times favorited 29 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-25-2008 05:35 AM

I’m always tempted to buy WW magazines but I tell myself that I can find all the info I need on the net or in books and so I usually don’t buy them. Occassional I ignore my sensibilities and buy one anyways. Today I picked up Popular WW’s May edition I believe and I definitely gleaned some valuable info. Whether or not I remember it when the time comes to use it remains to be seen however.

Anyway, the reason for my post… I had some difficulty picking out an issue; so many choices! I ended up with Pop WW because it had an article about bandsaws which related well with me since I recently purchased my first. But my question for you LJ’s with WW mag experience is:

Which, if you could only pick one, WW magazine would you have delivered if you were stranded on a desert island?

(Of course there would be a fully stocked shop on said island so you would have use for this reading material. And no you can’t get the delivery guy/gal to help you escape because they are simply evil and profit somehow off of your subscription.)

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#1 posted 05-25-2008 05:44 AM


-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 05-25-2008 05:57 AM

Survival Woodworking and Fine Fire Building

-- Richard

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#3 posted 05-25-2008 05:58 AM

Hi Rob

I subscribe to Fine Woodworking on the internet. It is a little cheaper and I can read back articles. I have had it for two years now and really enjoy it.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 05-25-2008 06:32 AM

A little searching around and I found a similar post …

This topic has been done … seems the majority recommend FWW. Some however mention that they found some of the projects within a tad intimidating. Perhaps I should just be asking what magazine you would recommend to a beginning woodworker?

Tom, I appreciate the value of FWW online as you get access to all the back issues, however I’m leaning to subscribe to a hardcopy; something I can take anywhere you know.

Richard, Funny response to my attempt at a humourous post; but I do ask my question seriously and would like to know what you seriously recommend. Thanks. Seriously :)

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#5 posted 05-25-2008 06:46 AM

I have every issue of FWW from day one and I think they are a great reference. With them I don’t need all the compilation books they put out, since they are just the magazine articles in one place.

You can find back issues in ebay pretty cheap also.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 05-25-2008 06:46 AM

I’ve been a consistent subscriber to FWW for over fifteen years. I have in the past subscribed to ALL of them at one time or another. Right now, I also subscribe to Pop Wood, Woodwork and ShopNotes. Each one serves a different niche. And I still check the others out on the newsstand monthly. I just don’t always take them home.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#7 posted 05-25-2008 07:22 AM

Popular Woodworking is pretty good. I also like Woodworking Magazine and Shopnotes definitely is an occasional pickup.

Fine Woodworking is nice as well.

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#8 posted 05-25-2008 11:53 AM

i like FWW and wood

-- making sawdust....

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#9 posted 05-25-2008 12:28 PM

I subscribe to Woodsmith and Wood.

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#10 posted 05-25-2008 02:16 PM

Wood magazine is my favorite.

-- Berta in NC

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#11 posted 05-25-2008 03:49 PM

Woodworkers Journal is another good one to check out.

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

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#12 posted 05-26-2008 02:09 AM

I have been getting Woodsmith and recently subscribed to Woodcraft.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#13 posted 05-26-2008 02:28 AM

I tried WoodCraft magazine when it first came out , but there were at least twice as many ads as there were woodworking projects or info articles….Presently subscribing to WOOD and Woodworking Magazine.

....W.M. is Now available to subscribe to online AND absolutely NO ads , just woodworking skills !!! LOVE W.M. and I don’t have to hunt it down any more at various bookstores….it’s sent directly to my home : ) Also if I can’t wait for the book to arrive , I can download the issues online as part of my subscription ; )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#14 posted 05-26-2008 03:21 AM

I’m with Dusty – Woodworking Magazine is great, and the no-ads policy ensures I’m reading about techniques to improve my woodworking, not reading ads for stuff I don’t really need to buy. The list of stuff I want to buy is long enough already!

-- -- Kevin in Mentor, Ohio

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#15 posted 05-26-2008 05:57 AM


Living in the Uk, I go for Furniture ans Cabinet making, excellent mag, and subscribe to FWW on the net.

Both very good, very infomative.

I love my mags, the Internet is a lot cheaper, but my laptop would not fare too well in the workshop, and you need something to do while the glue drys and the coffee is still hot :)

-- Keep your tools sharp, your mind sharper and the coffee hot

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