The first time I read a woodworking magazine was in 1998 because of a piece of furniture I was trying to make. I got stuck somewhere along the line and instead of going to spend unnecessary cash at a local shop, the diagram inside the magazine helped me fix the problem in no time. Everyone saw me and thought I was a pro, and I sure basked in the euphoria for a while.
In recent years, however, there has been a considerable decrease in the number of woodworking magazines produced every year. I find it very sad because I knew how much it had helped me in the past. I also know that it can still benefit several people as well.
I assure you that most of these magazines contain more than just a step-by-step guide but also diagrams that are well explained, coupled with many things you may never be able to find in a YouTube video.
Below, we take a look at a few options that could each be considered the best woodworking magazine.
This 2-in-1 book by John Carpenter has more than 1200 photos and illustrations that explain the various techniques and skills of woodworking, and provides expert guidance for woodworkers around the world. Apart from the 41 complete plans for outdoor and indoor projects that this book has, it also contains some step-by-step instructions that explain what to do at various points during each project.
It was written engagingly, walking you through the process of the wood making process, which makes it both a good book for beginners and experts. It has a section that is fully dedicated to the principles of wood designs, an introduction to almost all the woodworking tools you can ever think of and how to use them, along with some of the best techniques that will make your project radiate elegance.
This 448-paged magazine does not just talk about the peripherals of woodworking but delves right into the field of carpentry, making it one of the most comprehensive magazines on the current.
It is also accessible as you can buy it e-form and in print.
- Paperback: 448 pages (also available in e-book form)
- Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing; First edition (May 13, 2019)
- Language: English
- Dimensions: 8 x 1.1 x 9.9 inches
- Weight: 3 pounds
- Comes with thorough illustrations
- Best for beginners
- The online version may not display all details properly
Randy Johnson is a well-known figure in the furniture industry. So, anyone interested in brilliant woodwork designs should find this magazine very appealing. It is packed with step-by-step instructions, detailed techniques, workshop tips, as well as expert advice that has been tested over the years to ensure success in your designs, be it for outdoor or indoor purposes.
The advice from experts details how to build about 50 different projects for every room in your home. Here are some of the indoor projects that are explained in this magazine: construction of chests, cash and jewelry boxes, drawers, racks and trays, frames, and other classic furniture.
How to make an outdoor garden bench for relaxation is also detailed in this illustrated magazine. Whether you are a professional or an amateur, buying this amazing guide will improve your skills. Here is an additional breakdown of some of the projects this magazine offers:
- 13 kitchen improvement projects
- 7 storage piece projects
- 8 outdoor living projects
- 10 furniture projects
- 12 gift and keepsake projects
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Language: English
- ASIN: 1565235045
- Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches
- Weight: 2.1 pounds
- Well explained patterns and diagrams
- 50 projects available with clear instructions
- Made easy to read and understand
- Designs may only be for machine tools, not handmade tools for traditional woodworkers
- Some designs may not be as thoroughly designed
Here’s another masterpiece by Tom Carpenter. Simple techniques are explained, with more than 200 photos and more than 40 projects that are recommended to sharpen the basic skills that you have already learned. It also highlights working tips from experts in the business, tips, and tricks that if applied can help with all sorts of projects.
This 480-paged magazine also lists and explains the tools needed and how to use them for each project. Having this book will make you realize one thing: that woodworking is not that difficult, and that all you need is the right information (which the magazine provides), a little working experience, and the right tools and materials.
You will also find interesting the extra resources that contain information on setting up your workspace, making a plan for each project, selecting the right type of wood for your project, squaring and cutting stock, the art of making joints, assembling of projects, and touching up your design to put some finishing on it.
All of the 40-plus projects come with an in-depth explanation of every cut you need to make, including parts, sizes, numbers, and materials.
It covers everything from “Setting up shop,” to different wood types and cuts. Squaring, marking, and cutting are all made easy. It covers all of the different joints and how to make each. Even though you may consider yourself an amateur, feel confident with your job as you allow John Carpenter to be your guide. Remember to stay safe.
- Paperback: 480 pages
- Language: English
- Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10.5 inches
- Weight: 3.4 pounds
- Contains over 1200 photos, patterns, and illustrations
- Extra features like how to set up a workspace is included
- It might take a while to complete (almost 500 pages)
- Might be better for those who already have a basic knowledge of woodworking
Of all the picks, this magazine is exceptional. This is the first in our list that contains ‘how-to’ photos in addition to other diagrams and pictorial illustrations. You can turn yourself into a professional with just two days because of all its features.
Various plans for different wooden designs like shelving, tables, beds, bathroom and bedroom cabinets, kitchen cabinets, and many more designs are all included. In fact, there are over 35 projects that are provided, with each project not being too complex. Some projects can be completed within a few hours. Above all, the photos and illustrations are simple and easy to follow.
Additionally, it contains specific instructions on how to handle projects, including pointing out what type of wood is best for each project. It also highlights which tools can be used, when they are needed and how to use them, and how to be safety conscious around your workshop. It is a must-have for all woodworkers.
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Language: English
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 9.9 inches
- Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Plenty of great knowledge
- Availability of well-detailed diagrams and illustrations
- Clear how-to instructions are present
- Might be difficult for a beginner
Nothing makes a woodworking magazine more sought after than having useful tips for various kinds of projects. That is what sets this magazine apart from the rest. It contains more than 650 workshop tips and secrets from experts in the industry. This magazine has also been described as the ultimate collection of tips because that is the most important feature of it. The tips include instructions on how to:
- Rout perfectly fitting edge joints every time
- Sharpen every kind of blade and bit, including carbide router bits
- Move, store, and saw 4×8 sheets all by yourself
- Make drawer slides that glide well and won’t wear out
- Clamp and glue awkward miters and curved parts
- How to flatten warped wood (it’s easier than you think!)
This magazine also answers some challenging questions that have been asked by many woodworkers, professional, and rookies alike. Some of those challenging questions surround:
- ·How to sharpen woodworking skills for drilling, sawing, gluing, joinery, routing, and finishing
- How to avoid common errors and how to troubleshoot problems involving materials and tools
- How to benefit from the experience of others and how to keep safety paramount in your workspace
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Language: English
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches
- Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Contains 800 color photos
- Expert tips are readily available
- Compared to other woodworking magazines, the pictures may be less detailed
Contained in the pages of this amazing magazine is a variety of projects that fit you, no matter your skill level. The instructions are clear, so even beginners should have an easy time understanding: the tutelage is top-notch, in the form of colored pictures of the techniques and tips that will help you succeed with any project.
Throughout the book, you will find great advice about the tools you need to use, different kinds of woods and their uses, as well as pro tips from experts.
It contains projects, but the noteworthy fact about this is the way each project is presented, coupled with photos that bring them to life.
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Weight: 2.26 pounds
- Dimension: 8.33 x 0.91 x 10.31 inches
- Language: English
- Well explained projects to sharpen your skills
- Useful for both a professional and a beginner
- It focuses more on short projects
Other Woodworking Safety Tips
While woodworking can be fun and productive, it is vital to understand the importance of safety in your workspace.
Here’s a list of things that can help you stay safety conscious while working in your shop or at home.
- Wear protective gear like safety glasses and gloves.
- Use a good face mask or dust mask. This will prevent you from breathing in harmful sawdust when cutting or shaping.
- If you love wearing jewelry, be sure to remove any jewelry that is dangling before you start working with machines.
- If you are going to cut through pieces of wood, it is better to keep the blades clean and sharp. Dull blades may break, rather than cut, through wood and this can eject dangerous shards into the surrounding area.
- If the machines you are using have cords, be sure they are placed out of the way to avoid tripping or other hazards.
- Avoid loose clothing, gloves, and other accessories that can get tangled with a working machine, thus causing severe injuries.
- Disconnect each machine after use to avoid injuries.
- Never attempt to clean a machine that has blades while it is still connected to power.
These are just a few things that can help you stay safe in your workspace.
We hope that this buyer’s guide helped you find the best woodworking magazine for you. Be sure to check out our many other reviews and guides for woodworking!