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Forum topic by Jim Bertelson posted 11-26-2009 08:24 PM 1638 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim Bertelson

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11-26-2009 08:24 PM

As I scanned some recent posts, one by Barbs, another by kindlingmaker, I was introduced to some online sources, and was reminded of my search for books on woodworking. I wondered if there was a more systematic way to help LJ’s find good sources of information, both online, and in books.

I have seen, in a totally unrelated hobby, a recommended reading list maintained on a forum topic, and regularly updated. I thought it would be great if some of the experienced LJ’s who like to read, and perhaps have a number of books to recommend, could share their thoughts and opinions.

As fodder for discussion, I wonder if a group of self designated people could come to some agreement on the best sources (meaning books, printed or electronic, or web sites) on a select number of topics. And then maintain a list somewhere here.

For example, Basic Woodworking Skills, Hand Tools, Machine Tools, Finishing, Jigs, Joints, etc. Of course there are all kinds of sources. Even videos such as Todd Clippinger’s excellent card scraper demonstration would be pertinent.

I suspect there would be lots of controversary and opinion, but I bet there would be a general conscensus.

I don’t know what would be the best format for this, but I am sure some LJ would have a good solution.

Anyone interested?

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#1 posted 11-27-2009 10:26 AM

I agree with Jim. It would be nice to have a dirrectory of some kind to help point us in the right dirrection.

Sometimes doing a search gives WAY too many hits and is hard to find what you are after.

Also the library is a good source for books, but what is worth getting and what is a waste? Some books only deal with certain subjects, (box makeing, turning, etc..) and would be a better source then just general wood working books.

Any other ideas?


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 11-27-2009 02:39 PM

Hi Jim,

I started a forum topic about this quite awhile ago.

At the time, I didn’t put a ”TAG” on it.

Check it out.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 11-27-2009 10:30 PM


I searched the forums and couldn’t find anything. Of course, I didn’t tag mine either (-:

Why don’t we just start re-posting to your thread, perhaps we will get some renewed interest. Also if we just periodically summarized the results in a post, it would pop up on the home page again, and give people a summary.

Great minds thinking alike….....of course (-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 11-27-2009 10:33 PM


Thats what I was thinking, how could I wade through a lot of books, some of which aren’t available to read, such as at the library or the bookstores, and come up with useful ones, especially those on particular subjects. Books can be pretty expensive, and it is pretty frustrating to come up with an expensive dud, such as a gift, or something ordered online.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 11-29-2009 03:50 AM

I agree. However, I was interested in what the LJ’s said about things, there is always a different slant. I have purchased highly regarded books before in unrelated fields and found them less than useful. Guess I want to hear what the LJ’s say, then I can quiz them if necessary. I have made a list for the topic start by Dick:

Reading List Topic

You will find my list near the end.

You know, we can grill these guys before we purchase a book…....that’s entertainment value in itself (-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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