|Review by mafe||posted 09-05-2011 08:44 AM||2915 views||4 times favorited||23 comments|
The Complete Woodworker
And he was telling the truth!
Book title: The Complete Woodworker
By: Bernard E Jones
Edition: 1935 (first edition: 1917).
Bought via E-bay:
Price 35AU$ Shipping 30AU$
Highgate, South Australia, Australia
I was recommended this book from a fellow LJ David when I made my not so positive review of Schwarz Anarchist book, he wrote me this:
“The Complete Woodworker.” ‘The book is an apprentice’s instructional manual, if you will. It goes through many of the tools of the 19th century that were commonly used, tells you what they did, how to care for them (like making sure to keep your wood planes oiled with linseed oil so they won’t crack) and how to use them. There is no fluff, but it tells you things like the recommended way to stand so that you can rip cut long boards with a hand saw without tiring yourself out. The book was written when hand tools were the norm and power tools were something that only “specialized” places had. It can be a “hard read” because the writer is speaking to you as a “master to junior apprentice” relationship but it is all business – designed for those that either want to learn or not. It gave me a tremendous appreciation for the craftsmen of the time and the work they did’.
And I am not sure I need to write so much more than that!
This book is really brilliant, you will find just about all you will ever need to know about:
Using hand tools.
All kinds of joints.
Nails, screws and bolts.
Trimming and shooting, making shooting boards.
Brief instructions with all you need to know about:
Doors and gates.
Basics in wooden airplane making (I’m sure you will need this).
Even plans for a workshop shed.
And much more.
About 900 diagrams and 100 wonderful photographs.
If you are into woodworking with hand tools: THIS IS A MUST HAVE BOOK.
I love it, I love the way it is written (Yes I read every word).
This book with its water damaged cover but mint pages that traveled from Australia to me in a age of 76 is going to be a favorite of mine with no doubt, it will be one of those books that I will come back to again and again and perhaps it will pass on one day to some young woodworker who discovered the joy of using hand tools and then will discover the many little secrets of it.
So yes this is a full stars book with no doubt.
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.