I was thinking today, as I was undressing my recent Jet 14” bandsaw for some TLC about the indispensable books on my book shelf. These are books that I have and have used and can’t imagine being without.
Here is my list, in no particular order:
George Nakashima, “The Soul of a Tree”
Aldren Watson, “Hand Tools: Their Ways and Workings”
Mark Duginske, “Mastering Woodworking Machines”
USDA, “Encyclopedia of Wood”
Terrie Noll, “The Joint Book”
R. Bruce Hoadley, “Identifying Wood” & “Understanding Wood”
Nigel Calder, “Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual: How to Maintain, Repair, and Improve Your Boat’s Essential Systems” (This is one that I picked up and have used for everything from fixing a water boiler, to realigning the drive shaft on a runabout. It’s an amazing book.)
Recent acquisitions that I’m sure will take up a space of prestige on the shelf in due time:
William Cumpiano and Jonathan Natelson, “Guitarmaking: Tradition and Technology”
David Finck, “Making and Mastering Wood Planes”
So what’s on your shelf that you can’t live without? Anything I should look into?