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Since I am trying to get back into woodworking I am interested knowing what magazines other members here read. I might want to pick up a subscription or two - I am always interested in tool reviews, how to articles, and of course project ideas/plans.

What do you read and what do you like about that magazine?
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it's kinda like pick one...
I always liked Taunton of yesteryear...
the new Taunton is - not so much...
better well written articles and everything you are looking for...
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There are a good number of good magazines to choose from and the articles vary form one to the other. You could look at their respective websites and get a fair idea of what they offer both in print and online. There's Fine Woodworking, Woodsmith, Woodworkers Journal, Woodcraft, and several others. Taunton Press Store has Fine Woodworking magazine as well as many books, videos, online classes and such.
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I read Wood, Woodworkers Journal, and Woodsmith. I like the articles and have built several projects from the magazines. When I started wood working, I also took Workbench. Now I only read the first three.

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Steve's list pretty much covers the available titles. I like the newer version of Woodsmith which incorporates a section of what might have been the best journal ever, Shop Notes. However, my vision is making it hard to read that small print, so I have chosen to go digital.

You can buy digital collections of most magazines today for about twice the cost of one annual subscription. Display them on a large screen to read, then print out project pages for something you decide to make. As a former magazine editor (did several specialty magazine startups), I know there are about 4 years of possible stories without repeating the cycle. So these back issues cover much the same material, what differs is the concentration on types of projects. I have both Shop Notes, Fine Woodworking and the whole 13 seasons of videos of Woodsmith Shop TV programs. Many of these TV shows are in repeats on public TV.

There is a wealth of information on techinque, project ideas and execution on Youtube. Woodworkers Guild of America also has some pretty good material, and I'll leave it to others to suggest their favorite video producers, most of which are one man/woman operations. Some have gone commercial with sponsors and amazing shops full of sponsors' tools. But most are shot in garages.

My favorite source of router information is watching youtube videos by Marc Sommerfeld. He uses his own tools and bits and jigs, but he's a former cabinet maker and his techniques are ultra simple and worth watching. Most video makers remove the safety devices so you can see more clearly what's happening. Best to leave them on your own machine whenever possible.

For tool reviews, start online for best tool listings for whatever tool you're thinking of buying. Most magazines will run reviews of tools, some in more detail than others. You can also get some good information about purchases here on Router Forums. Many here have older gear so if you are thinking of buying a used machine, you can get some good input from the folks here.

Since you're getting going, you might find the attached pdf interesting. It's about the eighteen plus things that accelerated my progress at woodworking. It's long, but has pictures, and hopefully it will help you avoid some of the costly mistakes I made. It covers about 12 years. I acquired my tools mostly during my highest earning years, so don't think you have to get it all at once. I never could make anything really nice until I got a really good table saw, so to me, that's where to start IMHO.
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I am subscribed to Finewoodworking online unlimited. The price is a bit steep at $99 per year but it gives you access to all of their issues and lets you search. When I start a project I search the site and there is always great tips, articles and videos which will save you pulling out your hair and a lot of money in wasted wood from mistakes. The tool reviews and video series are excellent. It took my woodworking to the next level.

If you ever get stuck on a project, ask away on here. These guys know everything.
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A bit a naysayer here. At one time I subscribed to the majority of the magazines noted above and over time started to see the same projects and reviews rotate through each one so I dropped them. Still red the Woodworkers journal because a friend subscribes and he gives me the old ones. Overall thIs forum, Lumberjocks and Somefield are hard to beat and a lot cheaper.

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Woodsmith. Not much advertising. Uaws ro be none. The projects are well documented with good illustrations.
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Used to subscribe to several. Now the only one I subscribe to is WoodenBoat. I like wooden boats, and the articles show some amazing quality of woodwork.
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I haven't read much lately. I got a fingerburn from the page.(similar to rugburn) Now I read mostly tea leaves.
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