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    Interesting Woodworking Find

    Not sure what the total value is, probably not much but interesting nonetheless.

    Anyway the guy I work with is kind of a collector of junk so when he said he had some "carpentry books he wanted to get rid of," I was not to gung ho about the whole thing. He was insistent on grabbing the box tonight, so I was surprised to find it was not books that he had, but a great big box filled with Fine Woodworking Magazines.

    I always liked that magazine and found no matter if they are old or new you can get some good information from them. He also said that they were in good shape and "in chronological order." Wanting to see how far back they went, the first magazine I grabbed was simple labeled "1975, Volume 1, Number 1.

    The box is filled with the first 10 years of what I would call a great magazine. (winter 1975 to December 1985). All are in good shape...perhaps a bit dusty and as my 2 year old says, "mells like cow poop daddy." Probably from being in a garage for 30 years. They are very much readable though,and in good shape with no water stains or nothing. A pretty good find I would say all things considering. No big high dollar value by any means, or say a 1909 Stanley #140 Plane in mint shape, but the information within holds some value.

    Well I'd love to chit chat but I got some reading to do now.
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    Well you sure found a king's ransom worth of woodworking knowledge

    Congrats on the haul.
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    Don't be so quick about the value. I once bought a box of "WOOD" magazines at a yard sale thinking they would be good reading. After getting into them, I found that is was also the first 40 or so issues starting with the very first issue. Just for the heck of it, I posted the first 3 issues on Ebay, (its was 3 or 4 years back). When the dust cleared at the end of the auction, I got a total of 167 dollars for them The guy who won them was happy, I was very happy as I only give 2 bucks for the whole box! Just a thought.

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    Great find! I used to save all my magazines and had shelves full of them. Then we moved to Hawaii and they all got given away. It was either bring all my tools or leave some and bring the magazines that was a no brainer. I had most every issue of WOOD magazine and an assortment of others. Funny thing, I haven't started a subscription to any magazine sense I got here in Sept. 2005
    Aloha,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Cox View Post
    Don't be so quick about the value. I once bought a box of "WOOD" magazines at a yard sale thinking they would be good reading. After getting into them, I found that is was also the first 40 or so issues starting with the very first issue. Just for the heck of it, I posted the first 3 issues on Ebay, (its was 3 or 4 years back). When the dust cleared at the end of the auction, I got a total of 167 dollars for them The guy who won them was happy, I was very happy as I only give 2 bucks for the whole box! Just a thought.

    Randy
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    I'm a charter subscriber to WOOD and have every issue ever published. Maybe I should be thinking eBay!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennie Heuer View Post
    WOW.
    I'm a charter subscriber to WOOD and have every issue ever published. Maybe I should be thinking eBay!
    Naw - think retirement annuity... probably more valuable than the stock market.

    I have a friend who worked to complete his collection of Fine Woodworking, and was paying $25 or more each for missing issues. The first issue is even more valuable.
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    When I cleaned out my mother's house after her passing, I found stacks of my fathers very old Fine Woodworking magazines. I kept two or three to read and trashed all the rest. Oh, well....

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    The Stock Brokers must be dumping their old issues of Fine Woodworking on Fleabay so they can buy toilet paper as I looked, and the first 10 issues are going for 30 bucks buy now.
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    WOOD MAG Had a flood several years ago and they lost all there earlier issues. I was trying to fill out my collection 4 or 5 years ago and was buying them on eBay. I never did get issues #1 and 2 as the were going for around $200 buck at the time.

    I wish I would have had a good flatbed scanner when I had all my old Magazines...... I would have scanned in only the best articles of each issue and could have brought it with me when I moved

    20/20 hind sight
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    Great Find....

    Hours and hours of looking. Beats TV any day.

    I think the 1975 advertisements would be very interesting and entertaining.

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