Anyone have any advise or opinions on what magazines an aspiring woodworker
such as myself should invest in? are ther any magazines, or articles in
particular that have made a lasting impression on you?
Subscribe to Woodsmith & Shopnotes for 1-2 years (I think the 2 years isn't
much more than 1). You won't need more than that because you'll start
seeing a lot of repeats. And I got bored with the plans, they're kinda
plain -- though they're easy to follow and very detailed, I did like that.
If you think you'd like to start designing your own stuff or get into
mortise/tenon different finishes, etc then I definitely suggest Fine
Woodworking. Instead of being stuffed with various project plans it covers
all the basic (and complex as you get better) building blocks so that you
know how to approach a project from start to finish on your own. I LOVE
I've read Wood a couple of times and it's pretty decent too -- kind of
between woodsmith and FWW was my impression.
Also, go to your local library and read through whatever books you can get
your hands on. Plus (also at your library) there are 3 videos by Frank
Klausz that are phenomenal as well. Wish I had watched those prior to some
of my first projects, they would have been so much easier.
Other than that, just practice. Sounds corny and I hated hearing that when
I first started out, but now that I look back, some of my best learning came
from the mistakes I made (and still make ;)
If you are just getting started, I'd recommend Woodsmith and
Shopnotes. (Woodsmith if you want to build furniture, Shopnotes if you
are more interested in shop projects).
I subscribed for many years and the projects are clear, well described
and easily modified as you get more confidence.
Once you feel like you know what you are doing, I like Fine
Woodworking and Workbench. Fine Woodworking assumes you know what you
are doing, Workbench is in the middle (more details, but not step by
On Fri, 06 Feb 2004 18:15:45 GMT, "js"
I subscribe to both Fine Woodworking and Wood. Both are so good I have not
tried others. I have been a happy amateur for about 25 years. When I was
first getting started Wood was far better. Now that I have gotten somewhat
(only somewhat) more advanced, they are about equal. Too much artsy-fartsy
stuff in FWW. I like the tool comparisons in Wood. In other words, spend
like a wild man and get both.
Woodsmith gives a lot of detailed information useful to a beginner and
intermediate wood worker and it was the major source of information for me.
I particularly like the fact that they usually teach you joinery as opposed
to using dowels and hardware. A great magazine for good, basic information!
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