Woodworking magazines are excellent resource materials for woodworking enthusiasts. The typical magazine includes do-it-yourself projects, from simple projects such as chairs and tables to more complicated ones such as shelves and bed frames. Product reviews, woodworking design ideas, techniques and tips are also included.
There are a lot of magazines for woodworking available in the market. A variety of magazines are available for the newbie woodworker, and also for the experienced one. Some magazines even have expert woodworkers as their writers, thus ensuring tried and tested projects, techniques, and tips. Of the numerous woodworking magazines, which is the best one? What differentiates one from the other?
Fine Woodworking Magazine
Fine Woodworking Magazine is the undisputed leader in magazines for woodworking for over 30years. The magazine caters to both beginner and expert woodworkers. As with all the other magazines, it contains design ideas, projects, tips and techniques, and product reviews. According to the magazine, their goal is to bring the most trusted woodworking information available by traveling the country in order to find the best hands-on craftsmen and photograph their techniques.
The projects they feature are beautiful works of arts that include alternative sizes and ideas, which gives the reader more options to choose from. Most of the projects though are more geared for the expert woodworker. Also, the projects do not have detailed diagrams that show the step-by-step process in creating the project. Though it caters to both beginner and expert woodworkers, beginners would have a harder time in doing the projects featured in the magazine. Though the projects are a bit hard, it would definitely be worth a try and it would help beginners grow to an expert woodworker.
The products reviews are very detailed and critical, thus ensuring that when you buy one of the products, it would definitely be worth it. The magazine also publishes a yearly Tool Guide Issue which is considered a must have for woodworking enthusiasts.
A favorite feature in the magazine is the “Methods of Work” where in readers send practical tips and solutions for woodworking. Though some of the tips may sound unusual, they are tried and tested and they really work.
According to a lot of people, Fine Woodworking Magazine is the Bible of woodworkers. If you are going to buy just one magazine, this is the one you should buy. A 12-year subscriber of the magazine said, “Of all the woodworking magazines available to read Fine Woodworking is the best, bar none. It will encourage those with no experience, and inspire those who are serious about woodworking.”
Popular Woodworking Magazine
If you are more of an amateur woodworker, then Popular Woodworking Magazine is the right one for you. The magazine covers the A to Z essentials in woodworking. Though the projects featured are aimed for the amateur woodworker, they are inspiring, beautiful, and useful projects that help build up your woodworking skills. Professional woodworkers write the articles in the magazine.
Popular Woodworking Magazine, like its other counterparts also includes tool reviews and tips and techniques in woodworking. The magazine is better known for the projects they feature which an amateur woodworker would be able to replicate.
The Woodworking Magazine is a sister publication of Popular Woodworking Magazine. The Woodworking Magazine is the only magazine that does not have any ads in its pages. According to the creators of the magazine, they do not accept ads from manufacturers and seller of woodworking tools to ensure that the magazine is free of bias. All the pages of the magazine, including the back cover is filled with practical tips, ideas, techniques and projects.
The magazine is intended for beginners and amateur woodworkers. The articles are in depth and include a step-by-step illustration on how to create the projects, thus, perfect for the beginning woodworker. It also includes a glossary that explains terms in the magazine that needs to be defined. Some of the issues include tool reviews, which includes information on how to use the tools better.