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You can now order the complete set of Woodworking Magazines , all five issues , on one CD. No more do you have to troll eBay for issues one, two and three (which are now sold out), or call our offices to slyly ask to buy our personal copies at our desk.

We’ve put all five of the issues on the CD in pdf format, so any computer will be able to view and print the files with the free Acrobat Reader program. And, as an extra, we’ve enhanced these files so they are easy to use and have extra features you’ll find useful.

– First, the CD is easy to navigate, with useful links embedded into the pdf file. For example, when you open up each issue and see the cover, you can jump immediately to any story in the issue by simply clicking on its description listed on the cover or on the “Contents” page.

– Second, you’ll find that the stories are linked directly to our magazine’s weblog. How does this work? Say you’re reading the article about the “Roubo-style Workbench” from Autumn 2005 and want to see if there are any tips, tricks or updates about the project available on the website. Clicking on a link at the beginning of the story will automatically open your computer’s web browser, search the weblog for relevant articles and display them on your screen.

– Third, we’ve provided links that make it easy to buy tools and supplies listed in the issue. Want to buy the 6″ rule we reviewed in Issue 1? Click on the picture of the ruler and your web browser will open up a window of a vendor we think is reliable (remember: we accept no advertising or sponsorships) that sells this product.

And most importantly, these files will print nicely in color and black and white on your home printer. That way you can take a printout of a construction drawing or parts list to the shop instead of the real magazine. So you can mark it up to your heart’s content or spill varnish on it and not ruin the original.

If you would like to know what articles are in each issue, click on the following links:
Issue 1: Shaker Hanging Cabinet
Issue 2: Shaker Side Table
Issue 3: Stickley Magazine Stand
Issue 4: Roubo-style Workbench
Issue 5: Enfield Shaker Cabinet

The CD, which is in stock now, costs $17.95 to your door. That price includes shipping. You can order it from our Back Issues page or by calling 800-258-0929 and asking for item #PWWCD.

Christopher Schwarz

P.S.: We think these might sell quickly. The first one out of the box was stolen from my desk over the weekend. Seems we might have a woodworker lurking in our building.

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  • Martin

    Very good idea, Chris. Congrats.

  • Javier

    Not to change the subject but I really enjoyed the current issue
    of PW.Three great articles,Franz Klaus’s toolbox,the bandsaw resawing
    article, and especially the review of those infill planes.

  • Alan DuBoff


    Any chance that we’ll see a CD version of the magazine in the future? My preference would be for both, hard copy and CD version (does the CD version use PDFs?).


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