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Jeff Miller writes a solid instructional manual for woodworkers

Jeff Miller writes a solid instructional manual for woodworkers

258 days ago by jusfine | 6 comments »

This is the first Popular Woodworking book that I have really found entertaining. Some of the previous ones I have read have been quite elementary and didn’t offer much substance. ”Woodworking with Body, Mind and Senses”, this book is a good addition to your library. Jeff Miller provides some basics in the first few chapters so the understanding of working wood fibers is clear, then moves on to sharpening tools, techniques, safety, jigs, tool use, etc. then brings it a...

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Good small reference for newbies or anyone

Good small reference for newbies or anyone

284 days ago by rhybeka | 1 comment »

So I haven’t been able to get into my shop lately due to other projects going on. I was at the library yesterday and happened upon this book by Spike Carlesen. Admittedly I’ve only read through the first three sections, but I’ve enjoyed the conversational/q&a style writing as well as some of the ideas it’s given me. It is definitely geared for woodworking newbies, But would be good review or flip through for others

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French Polishing. Finishing and restoring using traditional techniques. By Derek Jones

French Polishing. Finishing and restoring using traditional techniques. By Derek Jones

330 days ago by Jorge G. | 3 comments »

While I have done French polishing in the past, I would like to become more accomplished with it. I thought this book, given it’s name would be the one that would gain me that knowledge. Sadly this is not the case, if you are considering this book, do not waste your money! There are more in depth, better explained sources in the internet. I should have bought a Charles Neil book instead of this one. First, I do not know if it is because this is written by a British person, but the te...

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ABCs of Hand Tools

ABCs of Hand Tools

361 days ago by Stephenw | 6 comments »

This is not primarily a woodworking book. This book was published in 1945 by GM and shows the proper use of most common hand tools. The book is illustrated with a Disney character called “Primitive Pete”. This caveman shows improper tool uses that result in damage or accidents. This fun book can be found used on eBay or Amazon. I have a link to download a free electronic copy of the book from the GM Heritage Center on my website here… ABCs of Hand Tools

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My opinion on two digital downloads from Popular Wodworking website

My opinion on two digital downloads from Popular Wodworking website

372 days ago by JuanGatico | 5 comments »

Hi LJs! Since I live in Colombia it’s rather difficult and expensive purchasing books, DVDs and tools in general to be shipped this part of the continent. For that reason I tried some digital downloads, specifically Christopher Schwarz’ video Handplane Basics – A Better Way to Use Bench Planes and Jim Tolpin’s The New Traditional Woodworker. Handplane Basics – A Better Way to Use Bench PlanesAfter waiting nearly an hour I started watching the video and what...

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Must-Have Books for Plane Collectors!!!

Must-Have Books for Plane Collectors!!!

418 days ago by poopiekat | 20 comments »

Although this book has been mentioned a few times, I don’t know of a formal review here, so here goes: Volume I and II, “Patented Transitional & Metallic Planes in America” is an astounding body of research on the development of handplanes made since 1827. The research deals with planes from 1827 to 1927 in volume I and 1927 to the present in volume II. In it you will find data from the US Patent Office, as well as blueprints, logos, and advertising literature for th...

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Discount code makes it well worth the price!

Discount code makes it well worth the price!

435 days ago by StumpyNubs | 14 comments »

I’ll keep this simple. Popular Woodworking is running a special deal on their online e-book subscriptions. For ten bucks a month (half off) you get full access to back issues of both Popular Woodworking and Woodworking magazines, plus tons of great books that usually cost a bundle. I subscribed because I learn a lot from reading stuff like this, and the price was too good to pass up. It’s a limited time thing, so if you’re interested, you’d better get on it! Here...

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The Wood Wright's Eclectic Workshop

The Wood Wright's Eclectic Workshop

463 days ago by A Slice of Wood Workshop | 3 comments »

The following review is copied from my website, A Slice of Wood Workshop. The Wood Wright’s Eclectic Workshop, by Roy Underhill, was more than I expected. On the cover it says “How to start with a tree and an axe and make one thing after another until you have a house and everything in it.” I figured that it would show you how to make furniture for the house. It was much more. Open the cover and look at the table of contents and you will get a slight glimpse of what to expect. The first...

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Mouldings In Practice By Matthew Bickford

Mouldings In Practice By Matthew Bickford

476 days ago by Caleb James | 11 comments »

I am happy to share this new book on the subject of moulding planes. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Considering how I have not found another book that covers this subject, it is the modern go to book on the subject of moulding planes. I started investigating moulding planes several years ago and made a couple of my own to use in my case work so I can appreciate the usefulness of these remarkably simple yet highly sophisticated planes. At first glance these planes seem quite m...

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Understanding Wood Finishing by Bob Flexner (1994 edition)

Understanding Wood Finishing by Bob Flexner (1994 edition)

496 days ago by Purrmaster | 11 comments »

Please note: This is for the 1994 edition of the book. I recently got this book and have now read it cover to cover. This is a fantastic book. I learned more from this book than everything else I’ve read on finishing. The book covers pretty much all of the finishes you’d be putting on wood. Varnish, shellac, lacquer, oil, etc. The book isn’t so much a how to manual about how to apply the finishes (though there is enough of that). It’s more of a primer on th...

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