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post #1 of 9 Old 02-25-2013, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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Fine Woodworking online membership worth it?

I know, I can sign up for their trial and cancel within two weeks, but I've been traditionally very, uhhhh, bad about canceling those things.

So just in case I do forget to cancel, does anyone else here subscribe? Is it worth the cost of the membership? It seems like there would be lots to access with it, but I'm not sure how it's laid out. Are all the articles on their website that are "members only" just the same articles as the magazines?

Are their video series any good?

Any thoughts?

I'm still a newbie who has been trying to learn at a fast pace, but would love a good resource to get some deeper learning in one place.

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post #2 of 9 Old 02-25-2013, 05:09 PM
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heh. i think they count on that. i am really bad about cancelling too.
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I have a subscription to the magazine. I used to be an active member on their forum but they have let that go so bad most have left. I was considering the online subscription but the way they let their forum go made me wonder how the rest of their online stuff would be.

You can already get some videos and articles for free. With the magazine, I can take that into the shop and use it there without a computer.

Maybe I'm old but I just couldn't justify the cost of another subscription. And it kind of turned me off that they don't offer a discount to magazine subscribers. Much of what's online is already in the magazine.
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I too was thinking of subscribing to the online edition, after some research I think I will subscribe to the print magazine and add the online for $15. Online only is $35, so is the print. This way I get both for $50.
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post #5 of 9 Old 02-25-2013, 07:28 PM
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From what I've seen from a friends subscription.....

If you like FWW you will like the on line version. My friend was able to go back a few years and pull a very obtuse and specific article for me.

Now, I'm not a fan of FWW so any comments made by me would be probably biased and irrelevant.

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I've enjoyed the online subscription so far...especially the access to the archive and all of the additional web content. I don't dig around as much as I used to though, so we'll see how long I keep it up.

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post #7 of 9 Old 02-25-2013, 10:33 PM
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I used to get the magazine for years. My favorite mag. I buy copies from time to time. Now I have the on line version too. For me they are the most trusted in woodworking today. I used to build Woodsmith projects and dream Fine Woodworking. It pushed me to learn and do more.


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Just got an email from Fine Woodworking for a 2 for 1 deal. You get print plus digital editions.
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There is a discount if you get the magazine as Paul mentions. $14 ($15?) for subscribers. To me as a subscriber it's a no brainer. Access to the entire catalogue of articles, video series taking you through an entire build, it's great. One note, if you subscribe to the magazine you can get the iPad edition as well which is excellent - very well done.

If you are looking for online video classes also check out Popular Woodworking's Shop Class, many of their DVD's online.
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