The Bottom Line
- Practical woodworking tips in every issue
- Detailed tool reviews
- "Methods of Work" tips from readers offer unusual solutions
- Most articles geared toward more experienced woodworkers
- The tool tests are comprehensive, and the annual Tool Guide issue is regarded as a "must read."
- Lots of pictures of fine furniture pieces readers have sent in that can be quite inspirational.
- A bit advanced, so a beginner can feel like a "98-pound weakling" reading "Muscle & Fitness."
Guide Review - Fine Woodworking Magazine
My favorite feature in Fine Woodworking is the "Methods of Work" column. In this section, woodworkers write in and tell their favorite practical woodworking tips, most of which would definitely qualify as "off the beaten path," but always very useful.
While the trend in woodworking is toward using machines for as many tasks as possible, Fine Woodworking spends a great deal of time attempting to keep alive some of the more traditional methods of woodworking. Techniques for using old-time tools such as hand planes, chisels and back saws. While the editors certainly don't avoid pieces on power tools, its refreshing to be able to learn some more traditional methods.
Taunton's Fine Woodworking is published with six, bi-monthly issues and one special end-of-the-year issue. Price is $7.99 per issue on the newsstand, but subscriptions are substantially less expensive. Visit the website for subscription information.