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When I came onboard as managing editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine a few months back, my knowledge of the title was that of a reader – but as a staff member of a publication with about 30 years of history, I had some catching up to do. So I dug into the stacks (or, rather, the company hard drive filled with PDFs) and got to work reading. And reading, and reading – a magazine really generates a lot of information in a handful of decades.

In studying these back issues, I was struck by how even the oldest of our articles remained engaging and relevant. The Shaker stepstool cover story from April 2000? I want to build that for my youngest to reach the kitchen sink. Or how about that smoothing plane article from June 2003? Or the plans for an Arts & Crafts mantle clock from July 1997? I love clocks!

While you can’t dig through the company hard drive like I do, you can check out these articles and more on the Popular Woodworking Magazine 1995-2013 DVD. Featuring 19 years of magazine history on one handy disk, the collection is easily navigable: For the pre-2000 years, we’ve provided a browsable table of contents; newer issues are fully searchable. And all you need is a computer running the free Acrobat reader to immerse yourself in over 9,000 back issue pages crammed full of essential technique instruction, tool reviews, project builds and more.

And because we’re trying to make room in the warehouse for some new projects coming down the line, we’ve dropped the price on this collection – use the coupon code POPWOOD40 to pick up this collection for just $72 – that’s 40% off the $119.99 retail price. Easy to use, easy on the wallet and the easiest way to get almost two decades of magazines on a single shelf. (Don’t have a shelf? Check out the Stickley bookcase in the April 2003 issue.)

–Rodney Wilson

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