Trip to the library

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Blog entry by 559dustdesigns posted 12-28-2009 12:57 AM 1206 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am very interested to learn more about woodworking and studing this hobby any chance I get. While visiting my sister in Florida I conned my brother inlaw into getting a W. palm beach library card so I could check out some interesting woodworking titles I can’t find back home in California. The library has an online catalog thats very helpful to find what is avaliable and which library the book is at. I really cannot afford to buy any books right now. You may consider checking out your library. I really like the idea of previewing these books before making a purchase. So far, I have found I really like the following books. +Taunton’s Complete Illustrated guide to Woodworking + Practical Furniture Design by Fine Woodworking
What other books would you recommend?

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#1 posted 12-28-2009 02:42 AM

Here is a link for LJ reviews on woodworking books-



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#2 posted 12-30-2009 12:58 AM

Have you looked at your Hanford (King’s County) library online? Most all the libraries in the San Joaquin Valley (here in California) are linked together. You can search for books at either individual libraries, or through the entire system. When you request a book, it will be sent to your local library for you to check out. Bakersfield and Fresno have quite a few books on woodworking. I am in my second group of seven books, with one more set from the main Bakersfield library, then I will start making my way up the valley for more titles that intrigue me.

If you need more info, PM me.

ps: I looked, and hanford is part of the San Joaquin ValleyLibrary System. When you look at the Hanford Library’s catalog on line, you are looking at ValleyCat, the SJVLS catalog.

Good Luck,

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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#3 posted 12-30-2009 01:05 AM

Nick Engler has written about 60 books on woodworking. Look for his “Woodworking Wisdom” which is practically a woodworking bible.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#4 posted 12-30-2009 07:55 AM

Thank you 8iowa, I will be looking for that woodworking wisdom book.

dlmckirdy, Thanks for the info. When I get home I’m heading to the library to barrow more books. Honestly Hanford only has a couple woodworking books. Books that were not very helpful to me. I didn’t know I can request books and have them transfered. I thought I had to get the books where they are.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#5 posted 12-31-2009 03:20 AM


Another woodworking author to look up is the late R. J. DeCristoforo (over 50 books). Both Engler and DeCristoforo have long time investments in woodworking education.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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