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The Woodwright's Guide: Working Wood With Wedge & Edge

The Woodwright's Guide: Working Wood With Wedge & Edge

2101 days ago by Texasgaloot | 11 comments »

Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2008. “It’s just a piece of wood, but let’s see what your axe handle has to say.” (p.4) From the opening sentence of St. Roy’s latest tome exudes the essence of Underhill, both myth and man. As a young boy, my grandfather had me chopping wood for my breakfast, and the only thing I remember my axe handle saying were words not fit to use here, but when Roy visits an axe handle, it suddenly springs to lively disc...

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Thinking about a thumpin' slab?  This is your book!

Thinking about a thumpin' slab? This is your book!

2196 days ago by BikerDad | 12 comments »

I picked up this book recently after stumbling across a mention, then a review, then a bunch of raves. I chose to purchase the book directly from Lost Art Press, getting the Deluxe Edition (w/ CD). Their website didn’t want to have anything to do with my credit card, but that simply meant I had to deal directly with a real live and very courteous individual. The verdict on the purchasing experience: the folks at Lost Art Press are a pleasure to deal with. But, you may be wondering...

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Excellent Resource . . . a fun read . . . a source of appreciation for craftsmen of the past

Excellent Resource . . . a fun read . . . a source of appreciation for craftsmen of the past

2197 days ago by JohnR | 4 comments »

Over the years, when I have looked at a “framing square”, I have been put in mind of going to the beach and seeing a guy wearing a tiny, lime green Speedo. The connection may not seem apparent at first, but as to the inadequately clothed male, I shake my head and think, “There are 11 men in America who might qualify to look right in that miniscule patch of lycra or spandex . . . . unfortunately, he is not one of them.” When I have looked at a framing square with al...

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If you want to fall in love with furnituremaking - read this book!

If you want to fall in love with furnituremaking - read this book!

2246 days ago by Loren | 7 comments »

I read this book when I was just starting out. It isa spiritual revelation in terms of what it means to work with wood – and do it well. It’s not a book of plans and there isn’t enough informationin here to teach you how to build anything if you don’thave any skills. This book (and Krenov’s others) are about Feelings. Theyare about discovering the wood and discovering a designprocess that produces furniture that is finely proportionedand intimate –...

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The best book on power-tool joinery

The best book on power-tool joinery

2248 days ago by Loren | 6 comments »

I have a lot of woodworking books. About 60 of them. Yeung Chan’s book is one of the best and most practicalof them all. He shows several ways to make each jointso even with a modestly equipped shop you’ll be ableto make quality joints. Yeung’s jig designs are great too. They aren’t complicatedor hard to build and he explains how to make sure theyare accurate. Gary Rogowski also wrote some great books about making joints – but if you get just one get ...

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The Joint Book The Complete Guide to Wood Joinery

The Joint Book The Complete Guide to Wood Joinery

2261 days ago by bilsborough | 4 comments »

I picked this little book up this past weekend for thirteen bucks. Its a small (7”x9”approx) spiral bound hardcover with nice thick pages that would feel right at home on a shelf close at hand to the workbench. There is a lot of information packed into its 192 pages. With well made diagrams and pictures. The first chapter is an overview on layout and clamping.The second designing joints- wood movement, grain orientation, choosing a joint and gluingThird Chapter Edge and Scarf...

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The Ultimate Router Book

The Ultimate Router Book

2295 days ago by Paul D | 12 comments »

Hardcover: 344 pages Publisher: Readers Digest; Rev Upd edition (June 1, 2006) Language: English ISBN-10: 0762108002 ISBN-13: 978-0762108008 Product Dimensions: 11.2×8.8×1.4 inches I just completed reading through this book and it is by far the best router book I have read. I would highly recommend this book to anyone whether a total router newbie (like me) or a seasoned veteran. There are plenty of tips, jigs, table plans, etc. in this book and Bill Hylton’s writing styl...

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Enlightening

Enlightening

2314 days ago by DannyBoy | 8 comments »

I just got this book in the mail yesterday after I had found it on amazon while looking for another book. I was able to read the introduction before I ordered and I was already impressed. Sam Sherrill takes an ecological, economic, and just common sense approach to addressing the waste that our society generates by not treating felled trees of our urban forests as assets or inventory but as waste to be thrown away. I haven’t completed reading the book cover to cover yet, (I’m...

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The Complete Guide To Sharpening by Leonard Lee, Taunton Press 1995 ($22.95 US/$32.95 CN)

The Complete Guide To Sharpening by Leonard Lee, Taunton Press 1995 ($22.95 US/$32.95 CN)

2342 days ago by Sir_Robert | 6 comments »

About the BookWhile Leonard Lee’s book on sharpening is nearly 14 years in print, it still ranks well above other texts on the topic. Mr. Lee’s strong attention to the science behind his sharpening methods leaves readers feeling confident about using what they’ve learned. This book will teach you just about everything—no, on second thought, make that EVERYTHING—about sharpening woodworking tools, kitchen knives, craft tools and anything else that has an edge. ...

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Most useful literature in my shop, easily.

Most useful literature in my shop, easily.

2344 days ago by USCJeff | 9 comments »

While this is not a tool, this book has earned its spot as one of my most useful assets in my shop. After posting numerous threads that requested help from the more experienced Jocks, I was told that Flexner’s book was the “Bible” of finishing. While I laughed at that, it turned out to be the case. In the last several months since the purchase, I have yet to have a finishing question that wasn’t explained in detail within the pages. My favorite feature is the indiv...

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