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tom in indy

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02-05-2015 01:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: magazine subscriptions online archive question

Hey all,

What Wood Working Magazines do you have subscriptions to?
What order would you put them in “best to worst”?
What Wood Working Magizine would you steer someone away from?

Also what online archives do you pay for (as an example…FWW) ?
What are your thoughts about the flash drive archives (such Wood)?

Over the next few months I am wanting to start 2 or 3 subscriptions and or online archive subscriptions.

Thanks for the input


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#1 posted 02-05-2015 03:31 PM

I think which ones are best and worst depends on the type of projects you like to do, and your preferences on targeted experience level of the magazine.

I get Wood and Woodsmith. I think they are very different, but I think if I had to choose, I would pick Wood. Woodsmith, seems to cater to pretty high end projects, vendors and woodworkers. Wood is much more laid back for the weekend hobbyist (me).

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#2 posted 02-05-2015 04:12 PM

I read Fine Woodworking, Popular Woodworking and Wood. I also watch Rough Cut, The Wood Whisperer, the Woodsmith, The American Woodshop.

-- Talent, brilliance, and humility are my virtues.

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#3 posted 02-05-2015 05:26 PM

FWW and Wood.

Wood has great projects that i have done for and with the kids.

I usually modify thier plans, where they lately like using biscuit joinery to glue up furniture (like legs to table aprons)

FWW has more of my aspirations in it.

PBS shows are great, but i am rarely able to watch. Woodwright, and Rough Cut are usually on a 12:30 and 1 on our Channel 8 on the weekend.

That timing just doesn’t really work, and I am too cheap to buy a dvr.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#4 posted 02-06-2015 01:46 AM

Tried Fine Woodworking, not for me.

About to drop Wood after two years. It is OK but my local library has a subscription I can read there.

Thinking about trying Shopnotes. Anyone have a thought about it?

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#5 posted 02-06-2015 02:31 AM

ShopNotes just recently ceased publication, but you can purchase the entire collection from Woodsmith. I don’t remember the price, but I remember thinking it was pretty reasonable.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#6 posted 02-06-2015 03:04 AM

I get Fine Woodworking (the only one I really care to get), Popular Woodworking (not bad either but prefer FW), Woodsmith (wouldn’t pay to get again), and Woodcraft Magazine (don’t like).

Wood magazine a few years ago but I really didn’t enjoy as overall the projects didn’t interest me. It was like seeing a flea market in print form. I have done several projects from it and saved a few but just not my thing.

I also have several archives (could read one a day for almost 3 years).

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#7 posted 02-06-2015 07:46 PM

I have years of Shopnotes, FWW, Furniture and Cabinetmaking, Wood, American Woodworker, Canadian Woodworker, I think I have tried them all.

Still subscribe to FWW and F&C (it’s a European magazine, kind of expensive, will not appeal to all).

I buy Shopnotes and Woodsmith on a content basis when seeing them at Chapters. I find them too repetitive and simplistic personally to have every issue.

Best learning tools (videos) and money spent by far is Marc’s (The WoodWhisperer) and the Woodwhisperer Guild. You won’t regret it.

Much better than anything on TV right now. In my opinion.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#8 posted 02-06-2015 09:43 PM

I have so many miscellaneous magazines, notes, books and plans stored that I quit subscribing until
I get caught up on all my plans, which should happen about the time I hit my 250th birthday. There
such a thing as too much of a good thing. The only problem is that those woodworking shows are
on TV and I make the mistake of walking by the magazine rack. My favorite was/is Woodsmith.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#9 posted 02-06-2015 10:12 PM

I like Fine Woodworking the most, but read it for free monthly at my local Library.

I still have a subscription to Woodsmith that I’m not sure if I will renew or not. It’s got some good projects, but it does get repetitive.

I have hundreds of stuff from Wood, Woodsmith, FWW, etc. on digital copies, so paper doesn’t really appeal to me anymore, and I think I’m pretty well set for a while.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#10 posted 02-06-2015 10:45 PM


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#11 posted 02-07-2015 03:12 PM

This thread got me looking at some of the archives as I haven’t looked at hardly any of several of them. I don’t think I every looked at a wood working magazine until mid 20’s or so and even then didn’t really pay much attention to things. The PW archives cracked me up. Finding out it was Pacific Woodworker the first eye opener, then pictures of several of the more well known woodworkers was amusing (Chris Schwartz looked like high school kid). Harbor Freight adds actually selling Delta Table saws, and then one of the hottest items today a certain track saw with that lovely green color (Festo at the time of the add).

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