First off, I pay for that magazine and anything within it is then my property unless copy written or otherwise protected in print in that magazine.
Secondly how many of you are familiar with Norm Abrahm, and the comment on his PBS show that if you would like to PURCHASE A PLAN for this project ...etc. Of course he just went to a location and took pictures of someone else's work to take back to the shop to reverse engineer and draw the plan he is now selling. Or is there an age restriction on creation?
Additionally, if I copy a plan, it is used as a base for a project. And when I sell the resultant project, I'm selling my interpretation, my craftsmanship, my hard work.
If this doesn't hold true, we all owe royalties or at least credit for ownership to the first craftsman who rolled a log and conceived the wheel who is the real owner of the concept that was the root of the industrial revolution.
I have created quite a few original items in my life, and have had others copy them (without asking) and without mentioning my effort. However, the copies are always better or worse, interpreted by the copier, not represented as my work (that, I would be excited about), and I take them as a silent recognition of a good basic idea. I say thank you to the copier, I hope that you can improve it and then I to will avail myself of your design when you make it public.
I agree, these have all been "reviewed" to death. How about something that we don't see every year six times in all the magazines. Maybe bench top router shapers, as one above stated, how about consumables like mortise chisels, are they all interchangeable? Those of us that have been doing this for years have made our choices in small power tools. These die of old age and improved come on the market, but aside from a brake or different motor type, face it, a router is a router and once you have the one you like you know what's comfortable and needed.
I read this and other mags searching for interesting tips and information. I recently did an internet search for info about beeswax, turpentine, and linseed oil finishes, how to formulate pros, cons, and options. most of what I found was written by people that knew less about the subject than I do and they were guiding the truly lost.
ANOTHER review of the same old same old is of little or no value, this is really the one magazine that I expect to be progressive and unique. Maybe that is what the next article should address.
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