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    Has anyone ever heard of this club or is a member? I got some stuff in the mail from them yesterday. It sounds like a good deal.
    SSG, U.S. Army
    Retired
    K.I.S.S., R.T.F.M.

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    I was a member for about a year (around 2 or 3 years ago). The magazine had a few interesting articles in them, but that was about all. I got a super cheap tool or product to test every 6 months or so (one was a cheap speed square and another was a bottle of another company version of WD-40). I understand you need to be a member for MANY years to get to test the better stuff.

    The thing I mostly did not like was that they would send a book every month and if you kept it you bought it (don't remember the exact price, but think it was about $20 each?) or you could send it back. They were supposed to enclose a sticker inside each package to send it back at their cost, but almost never had one myself so I had to hot glue them back up and mark refused to send them back without paying more of my money. I did not care for those troubles and many of the books were not that useful to me. After calling them I found that you must get the books every month to be a member, whether or not you decide to keep them. Personally I would recommend that you spend your money on a more useful subscription to a more dedicated magazine.
    Still enjoying all 10 fingers!

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    • #3
      Thanks that is what I needed to know. As always if it sounds to good to be true it isn't.
      SSG, U.S. Army
      Retired
      K.I.S.S., R.T.F.M.

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      • #4
        Plastic doo-dads r us

        Originally posted by TOD
        Has anyone ever heard of this club or is a member? I got some stuff in the mail from them yesterday. It sounds like a good deal.
        Most serious woodworkers consider it a JOKE !
        Lorax
        "Did you put the yellow key in the switch?" TOD 01/09/06

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        • #5
          They are a serious and dedicated company. They are seriously dedicated to seperate you from your money by providing as little as possible in return! Send the $10 or $12 or whatever it is they charge to your favorite charity instead.

          At least twice a year, I receive a mailing from them inviting me to become a "charter member". This has been going on for 6 or 7 years now. Just how long does it take to get that Club started anyway?
          Teach your kids about taxes..........eat 30 percent of their ice cream.

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          • #6
            Yes, if only I had been smart enough to not listen to my "less serious" friends I could have saved a few bucks for sure. I'll just chalk that one up to a life lessoned learned. Having joined some of these forums I have gotten way more good information than I ever did from any of those magazines!

            WWS
            Still enjoying all 10 fingers!

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            • #7
              Hey, I love their mailings... not so much because I'll ever join, but they keep sending me these plastic drill guides! My grandson loves them, for drawing circles.

              I haven't found a use for the stickers yet.

              Other than that, you're better off saving your "book" money for something of better quality.

              CWS

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              • #8
                Those aren't drill guides, they're spaghetti sizers. I use the mailing label stickers on HF 10% and 20% off coupons instead of writing all that info out. Kinda seems fitting dontcha think?
                Teach your kids about taxes..........eat 30 percent of their ice cream.

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                • #9
                  other magazines?

                  Do you have any suggestios for magazines? I've gotten some good information / tips / plans from Wood, Woodworker's Journal, and American Woodworker (I think).

                  Anyone else have some good suggestions?

                  Thanks!
                  -Chris

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                  • #10
                    I subscribe to Wood and Workbench.
                    Lorax
                    "Did you put the yellow key in the switch?" TOD 01/09/06

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                    • #11
                      i get work bench and i think it has some good info at times and i get handy man club . they to have some good info at times
                      Charlie

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                      • #12
                        I like ShopNotes for all the jigs, tips, and shop projects.
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                        • #13
                          My grandmother bought me Family Handyman for 2 years. After that time was up I renewed. Every year I learned how to make a new shed, reorganize my garage, hang molding, build a deck or a patio. After my 4th year I cancelled. There magazine was useful for ideas for a year, but then they just keep rewriting the same articles.

                          The goofs were always good though.

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                          • #14
                            I have a young man live with us who helps out in my shop. He joined it agianst my advice, wasted his hard earned money . Really I mean he was so proud of his Handyman of America sticker. The magazine was imo useless. Anthony

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