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We’ve added a wish list function to our store, which allows you to select products you would like to have and share the list without having to drop odd hints, such as leaving photos of author Ron Hock in the bathroom.

And if you fill out a wish list by Nov. 30, you will be entered in a drawing in which we’ll select two lucky people who will win everything on their wish lists , up to $500. The winners will be announced in our Weekly Wood News newsletter.

If you want to get started, just click here.

What are woodworkers wishing for this year? Here are the top 10 most-requested items.

1. “Handplane Essentials”
2. Popular Woodworking 2000-2007 on CD
3. “Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use”
4. “The Perfect Edge
5. “Made By Hand”
6. “The Best of Christopher Schwarz” on CD
7. “The Best of Shops & Workbenches” on CD
8. “Hand Tool Essentials
9. “The Best of Arts & Crafts” on CD
10. “Turning Basics for Furniture Makers” on DVD

And because we are twisted in the head, here are the 10 least-requested items. Poor chickadee.

1. What’s Cookin? Plan
2. Treasure This Plan
3. Woodworking Magazine Issue 14
4. Popular Woodworking October 2007
5. Project: Clips N’ Things
6. Project: Box in a Box
7. Project: Chickadee Cottage
8. Popular Woodworking October 2006
9. Project: American Kestral Sanctuary
10. Adirondack Chair and Footstool Woodworking Plan

Be sure to make your list before Nov. 30 to enter our contest.

– Christopher Schwarz

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  • Marty

    Chris got it almost right in his reply above. (Second messsage in this thread.) I’ll go ahead and split a hair.

    Searchability is indeed important. FINDABILITY is way better. 😀 Can’t remember when some interesting project was printed? Have you loaned an issue or two to a buddy who never gave ’em back? Put a special issue to the side ("gonna build that someday") and then that stack of papers got thrown out? OR, have you thumbed through two, three, five years worth of issues looking for a particular tool review? (Been there, tired of that.)

    Knowing that executing one digital search will find ALL of the occurences of that keyword, in the full depth and breadth of the publication: priceless.

  • Joseph Sullivan


    Wish list is an interesting idea, but why would anyone want a picture of Ron Hock in the bathroom?

  • megan

    The price on the paper version doesn’t reflect the s&h that is added on at checkout – I _think_ it’s $2…so in the end, the paper version costs $1.99 more (unless you spend $25+, then s&h is free).

    But I think the even pricing reflects that it costs the editorial staff the same to produce it, no matter how it’s distributed. And then there are those pesky server and Internet connection fees…
    But yes, the paper copies are overstock, and when they’re gone, they’re gone.

  • ChrisF

    I’m actually kind of curious about the digital vs paper pricing. Given that it costs something to print magazines, but costs almost nothing to distribute something digitally, it would seem to make sense for the digital copy to be slightly cheaper than the paper copy.

    Is it simply that the paper copies are overstock and so the printing cost has already been paid regardless of whether or not anyone buys them?

  • Christopher Schwarz

    No clue why. Stupid, huh.


  • Gene

    Actually, I knew all that about the digital issues. No argument there. Digital is great, and I’m an unabashed digital pack rat.

    I was just curious about the $0.01 difference. Was that a conscious decision, or a software limitation (i.e. – same item names, needed a differentiated field?) or something else? Just idle curiousity….


  • Lyle


    Although, I do not doubt your commitment to the digital media, I am frustrated by the turaround on the digital edition of WWM. Could it be that Woodworking Magazine Issue 14 is least requested because it is yet to be made available in the digital format?

    Anxiously awaiting my download of Woodworking Magazine Issue 14. 🙂


  • Christopher Schwarz

    You can search it. You can take it and 10,000 other magazines with you on a laptop. You can print out as many pages of plans as you like to take with you to the shop. Personally, I love the digital issues. I have all mags on my hard drive at home.

    That said, some people are going to prefer paper.


  • Gene

    OK – you got me to browse the store. So what makes a digital download worth exactly $0.01 more than a printed magazine? All the digital back issues are $6.00, while the printed issues are $5.99.

    Twisting my head over that one…..

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