There's an excellent article in the current "Atlantic Monthly", which
is not exactly a conservative mouthpiece, that explains why Saddam was
thought to have so much WMD capability.
It's a very well written article, worth the cover price of the
magazine by itself.
If only he would drop that absurd amnesty bill he is pushing. When Bush was
talking I had Clintonesque flashbacks. I remember Bill saying, "It all
depends on what your definition of 'is' is." Bush basically did the same
thing with the definition of amnesty. I wish there was a "real Republican"
running, but he's it. He's better than any of the dwarfs from the
Democratic side. What I have to do is contact as many of my friends as I
can to contact representatives and senators and ask them to fight and defeat
> I subscribe to all and now must leave to wait for the postman...The new
==================================== I started subscribing to both Woodsmith and Shopnotes from Issue number ONE
of each... I have every single issure of both "On File" in my shop. I
rate Woodsmith a 9.5 and Shopnotes a 3.5 on a scale of 10 for USEFULLNESS
in my shop....
I am retired and with all those issues of Woodsmith in the shop I will never
be without a project...However I very very rarely build a project the way
they do...I find some of
their construction methods rather complicated and only marginally (if at
all ) better then other methods...It is fun to play around with some of
their methods, you learn a lot,
but the shear number of projects I have "plans" ..lol... for just from this
one source is more then enouth to carry me thru my retirement... Which I
started 5 years ago...my HUGE supply of lumber that I stored for my
retirement is almost gone and I have had to putrchase more BUT I am not at a
loss for a project to build...
Do A Google Search (DAGS) for "magazines":
But in a nutshell, there is a lot of cross-over as far as content (tool
reviews, how-tos, projects, etc). Some have a slant towards a certain area
(like FWW and ShopNotes), some have better tool reviews (less advertiser ass
kissing), some lean more toward the hobbyist (like Popular Woodworking), and
some distinguish themselves by just giving you more bang for the buck (like
Wood). Here are a few quick notes I tossed together (as I am in a hurry).
Fine Woodworking (http://www.finewoodworking.com/):
focuses on fine furniture building)
Woodsmith (http://www.woodsmith.com /):
no advertising, typically has one furniture project (usually with a
practical variation or two), a couple of related tips and techniques related
to the project (like details on making some of the joints used in the
Workbench (http://www.workbenchmagazine.com ):
workshop-oriented projects and other information
ShopNotes (http://www.shopnotes.com /):
no advertising, lots of tips and jigs for your workshop
Wood (http://www.woodmagazine.com /):
beefy mag, lots of info, projects, howtos, and ads
Popular Woodworking (http://www.popularwoodworking.com /):
Woodworker's Journal (http://www.woodworkersjournal.com /):
similar to Wood but with much less content
American Woodworker (http://www.americanwoodworker.com /):
similar to Wood but with much less content
Let's not forget Woodwork and Woodshop News. The latter is aimed more at the
small commerical shop owner, but has a lot of info that hobbyists may find
useful. Woodwork is an overall excellent magazine, aimed more at the artistic
side of practical woodworking. Now there's a title no one is using these days:
Practical Woodworking. Too, Popular Mechanics still does a lot of woodworking
project articles. Ro Capotosto has retired, but Neal Barrett seems to be a very
"Brevity is the soul of lingerie." Dorothy Parker
Charlie penned....Popular Mechanics still does a lot of woodworking
Popular Mechanics got me started in the hobby with their article about
four or five years ago on getting started in woodworking. After
reading the article and fondly remembering my high school shop years,
I bought a Sears Router and Table (yeah, I know) and the rest in
Since that time I subscribe to every magazine mentioned so far (except
Woodwork, have to look for that one) and I do more reading than
anything else. I enjoy the ads, but Woodsmith is still the best
magazine for newbies. My first full-project was a a Woodsmith blanket
chest, and without ever cutting a rabbit before, it turned out great.
Thank you very much! This is exactly the sort of insight I was seeking. I
very much appreciate your time.
I did find a google's worth of magazines, but have no way of knowing them
nor the time to try to find out myself.
Woodwork is an artists' magazine disguised as a woodworkers' magazine.
It showcases a lot of wasted talent.
Can you tell that I am a function over form kinda guy? Take a look at
the items at www.furnituresociety.org. I'm sure it took skill to
build them, but it takes a lot more skill to build a piece of
furniture that is both artistic and functional.
:> Rich Shepard wrote::> Perhaps I've missed a post, but I haven't seen anyone mention "Woodwork" :> yet. For artistic inspiration, I think it's the best. Not much "how to" :> stuff, but a showcase for real talent.
: Woodwork is an artists' magazine disguised as a woodworkers' magazine.
: It showcases a lot of wasted talent.
Well, there are some items and articles that are artsy furniture, but most
of the magazine -- and i've been a subscriber for years -- has functional,
gorgeous stuff. I view the artsy stuff as a necessary evil, like the
every-three-years articles on how to tune a plane, align a tablesaw, build
a cutting board, etc. in other mags.
Another magazine well worth reading is Furniture and Cabinet Making, from
-- Andy Barss
I've been considering subscribing to Woodwork but have been
somewhat reluctant because of the way-out stuff I've seen in some of the
copies I've bought. So, from what you've been seeing, that is not
really the norm?
Dick, I have almost every issue of Woodwork and while they have
a fair amount of artsy stuff, it also showcases some of the best
work from all over with good writing. They do a fair number of
step-by-step articles where the pictures demonstrate the production
and that's real nice. Doug Stowe is a frequent contributor too. ;p
That "artsy" stuff does cause a lot of consternation among
Woodworks' readers. It's definitely NOT my favorite content but
it is my favorite WW mag.
Good synopsis. I'll intersperse my personal opinion.
I've been a subscriber for years and it seems to run hot and cold these
days. One issue will show a top notch veneering job and the next will
have a guy building a basic bookcase with biscuits. They seem to have
lost their focus.
This was my favorite for years as I climbed up the learning curve.
Completely project oriented and generally using proper joinery - not
biscuits and pocket screws.
I subscribed for a year then dropped it. There are a few basic jigs
that every shop needs (resaw fence, tablesaw sled, etc) but beyond that
it's building jigs for the sake of building jigs. You can get all the
jig making advice you really need from any of the mainstream
The last time I really read Wood was about 10 years ago and it was
pretty basic stuff. Pukey ducks cut on a scrollsaw and screwed together
children's furniture. I've skimmed it at the newstand occasionally
since and it looks like it has improved.
This is my new favorite. For me it's the proper mix of hand and power
tool usage. The project articles are in the middle ground - not low end
Walmart quality screwed together stuff but not Philadelphia highboys
either. The three or four issues I've read so far have had some
original content - unlike most these days.
This used to be a great magazine until a few years ago when Reader's
Digest took them over and dumbed it down. It used to occupy the
niche that Popular Woodworking now has. After the takeover they changed
their focus to building the kind of junk you can get at Walmart and
their tool reviews got incredibly shallow.
Right now I subscribe to Fine Woodworking and Popular Woodworking. If I
had to drop one it would be FWW. I have most of the FWW back issues,
which are a great reference but I'm not seeing much original
I just recently let Woodsmith lapse because I feel I've progressed
enough to design my own furniture and have gotten competent at all the
basic joinery. It's still the magazine I would recommend first to
someone with only a few years of woodworking under their belt.
Scott Post firstname.lastname@example.org http://home.insightbb.com/~sepost /
I'll agree with what the others's have said. Personally I do Fine
Woodworking (to see others build things I could never do) and Wood (to do
projects on my skill level).
I won't subscribe to any others - but will page thru them at the bookstore
and buy the occasional issue.
Some closing comments:
ShopNotes, as others have said, is entertaining for about a year, but then
wears thin. I don't really think I'll ever build my own lathe.
Workbench, has improved greatly in content, with the last few issues. I
won't continue the subscription but will peruse it in the future.
American Router - a new entry - I found to be very disappointing. Won't be
buying another issue.
I still get FWW because I have bought it since it came out. It was
better when it was still in black and white.
It used to contain examples of work that a man could aspire to.
I'm not so sanguine as to it's merits in that regard, these days.
I have little in the way of counsel as regards secondary wooddorking
sources, except to say, "love wooddorking and do as you will."
tom - who will prolly puke if he has to read one more butchered how-to
article by some dude who don't know dick - regardless of the venue.
thomas J. Watson - Cabinetmaker (ret.)
(Real Email is tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet)
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