I still get the turning magazines, as I love to see what other people are making. The only two magazines I still get is Woodsmith and Shopsmith because I love the hints in them.
That's an interesting viewpoint - I found myself thinking about it on the ride into work this morning. I can see both sides of it. On one hand there is creating your own designs...and the other is appreciating excellence in others. I've built three projects exactly from other people's plans. In each of those, the original design was (IMO) visually perfect...I could not improve on it. In one case (my coffee table entry from this year's calendar), the design was not in a magazine but from an amateur WWer who shared his design sketches and measured drawings with me. It is a work of art (if you happen to like that style). I think it would a pity for there to be only one in the world...so I made another...and it's better than any design I had sketched for myself. The third project I only changed a minor element due to a flaw in the original plans not compensating for wood movement properly (a WoodSmith plan for barrister bookcases). It was one of my earlier projects and designing it myself would certainly have been a learning experience, but I am sure the final project would not have come out as nicely. Even working from plans, I still learned a lot.How can I live with myself duplicating projects out of a magazine?
We were talking about a related subject this morning, in that we weren't sure that everyone understands (because we haven't explained it well!) that the turning skills you learn in the Build a Chess Set weekend seminars are the bulk of exterior spindle turning skills for anything & everything. So, to a great degree, if you can turn a pawn, a bishop, and a rook, you can do the exterior turning for most solid-body lathe projects.That's an interesting viewpoint - I found myself thinking about it on the ride into work this morning. I can see both sides of it. Chris
I think Grainger's abandonment of the CD version of their catalog was more because ISPs have increased their bandwidth to the point that catalogs can be accessed (and updated) in real time. I can remember when Home Depot did this as well. Maintaining CD production for such services has become antiquated. Nowadays, one can go online to almost any vendor offering it and not only view everything they sell but have it being sent to you, tell you which branch has it in stock closet to you, or on a 'will call' cart at their nearest branch very quickly.Years ago, Grainger tried to go to catalog on a CD. It was hard for maintenance guy to take a disk out to job and see if the needed part, especially electric motors, was available. Experiment only lasted a couple years.
Looks like FWW only offers the digital copy free with a print copy subscription. I prefer the digital pdf format on a good sized screen (my eyes are not what they used to be) as this retains picture dimensions better than Kindle & Ipad formats.I remember some magazines offer online subscription instead of getting magazines in the mail to save trees. It will be good idea for Fine Woodworking mag to offer it or they have already done it? I am in NY for salmon fishing.