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I receive Wood, Woodsmith, and Popular woodworking. Of the three Popular woodworking is my least favorite and will not renew. In the last 2 issues non of the articles inspired me to build anything. I will say rarely do I ever build any project exactly as in the article but they inspire me to build a project or I learn some new technique .Anyone share my frustrations? 

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I had cancel PW last year due to the fact the projects were beyond my experience (and budget). Wood wasn't too bad, but now I only get Woodsmith. This too may have projects beyond my scope, but I need something to read while on the crapper.

3 years for 24 bucks  can't really complain to much...

some of the articles are not inspiring to build but, I found that shopnotes is sometimes better than woodsmith. I get both of them. I also use other woodworking mags to get different ideas to use in a project or refer back to an issue that might have that same idea or problem which I read in a issue that didn't inspire me to build. They are good reference material for later use. I can't complain too much about what is in the mag this month or next. Not all issues are good. Sometimes PW is really boring and sometimes it is fine. I still like Shopnotes better than the rest of the other ones. 

Like Leslee, I get WoodSmith and ShopNotes. I also subscribe to online mags for others. Usually cheaper and I can download only those projects that interest me. I find that the articles I enjoy most are the "How-To" ones, like how to build and use new jigs.

Thank's for all comments. I think I will subscribe to Shop Notes no adds in this magazine and let pop woodworking expire. As far as Fine woodworking goes above my skill level.

James, what online mags do you subscribe to that allow you to download projects? I did a few searches but didn't come up with much.

HERE, HERE  to Woodsmith!!!! I like the tips, techniques, and jig plans that they present.

kenny

Rob,

    Several wood magazines, like Wood and American Woodworker have online magazines. I subscribe to the online version of Fine Woodworking and Woodworkers Journal. In addition, most wood magazines have a free newsletters you can subscribe to. Most will have links to on-line plans, how-to tips, etc. My favorite of these is Woodworkers Journal EZine.

Rob said:

James, what online mags do you subscribe to that allow you to download projects? I did a few searches but didn't come up with much.

As a newbie, I've found that Wood and Family Handyman offer some reasonably simple projects for beginners.  I like how Wood doesn't assume I have Norm Abrams work shop, but also challenges the reader.  I've only been able to thumb through a year or two of Wood (father-in-law's subscription) and have had a Family Handyman subscription for a year, that I don't plan to re-up because everything they put in the mag is online for free.  I have picked up a Woodsmith, but found it was a little, or a ton, above my level of craftsmanship.  But, after reading this, I may give them a second look.     

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