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What's in your shop? #1: Virtual Bookshop

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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?



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RGtools

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#1 posted 1250 days ago

An incomplete list in an order of sorts.

David Finck, “Making and Mastering Wood Planes” (read this ASAP)
James Krenov “The Fine art of Cabinetmaking”
Tom Fidgen “Made By Hand, furniture projects from the unplugged workshop”
Aldren Watson, “Hand Tools: Their Ways and Workings”
Moxon “The art of Joinery”
Peter Korn “Basics of Woodworking”
Rob Cosmon “dovetail shop copy”
A very Old L.A. School-district, teachers’ manual on Carving (my wife rocks by the way)

I look forward to the day when Roubo’s book is translated. I am looking for the Joiner and Cabinetmaker. George Nakashima, “The Soul of a Tree” is also on my wish-list. The book that got me started…Readers Digest Crafts and Hobbies (the section on making joints, entirely by hand hand me enthralled for days).

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#2 posted 1250 days ago

Here’s an oldie but a goody and it’s free!

http://www.evenfallstudios.com/woodworks_library/001/woodwork_joints.htm

It’s downloadable from project Guttenberg.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#3 posted 1250 days ago

That is and awesome link BigTiny.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#4 posted 1250 days ago

Thanks. I went through it when I first downloaded it and was totally amazed by some of the joints they made, and all of them with hand tools!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#5 posted 1249 days ago

Garret Hack’s The Handplane Book. I read this when I bought my first handplane and wanted to figure out how to use it. It’s a beautiful book, packed with information and great photos too. At the time, I wasn’t quite ready to dive into hand tools, but later on I revisited it and it gave me an appreciation for the hand planes that I was beginning to acquire.

I’ll also mention another book, though it’s got nothing to do about woodworking. But lots of people who like building things with wood also have an interest in how all sorts of other things in general are built. Why Buildings Stand Up by Mario Salvadori. This book describes the structures what hold up towers, domes, bridges, etc. in a technical but very accessible way. A great read for anyone who has an interest in engineering and architecture.

-- --Brian, Brooklyn, New York

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