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While I love printed magazines and books, I am a huge fan of electronic books and magazines – especially when doing research on a project or technique. Plus, pdfs allow me to carry an entire woodworking library on my laptop, which is handy for traveling.

So I am eager to get my hands on a new DVD from Popular Woodworking Magazine that has all the issues from 1995 to 2012 in pdf format. Previously, the magazine’s electronic library went back to 2000 – so the editors have added another six years of issues to their library.

On one hand, I’m buying this DVD selfishly because it covers the early years I worked at the magazine – I was hired in 1996. So a lot of my ridiculous early work is in these issues. This was back when I had short hair, no beard and wore contacts. I’m barely recognizable.

But in addition to the entertainment value, there are a lot of really good stories in these issues.


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