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Forum topic by newoodwork posted 03-19-2010 05:58 PM 1164 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-19-2010 05:58 PM

Hello guys,

I recently came across a book “Woodworking4home”
on This book looks really interesting and great for someone
woodworking. Does anyone have any opinions on this book or own it?

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#1 posted 03-19-2010 06:28 PM

I guess if you have a lot of projects you need plans for for your home it would be OK, but for many of us, we also enjoy the design aspect of our own projects. We also bounce ideas around here for projects. You have yet to discover the vast depth of knowledge that is amassed here. All you need do is ask and you shall receive.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#2 posted 03-19-2010 06:36 PM

Knowledge is the Key

If you like it buy it

By the way, Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#3 posted 03-19-2010 06:45 PM

First, I can’t judge this book as I have never seen it. If you do a search here on LJ’s for ‘woodworking4home’, you will turn up some interesting feedback on the folks who (evidently) produce this book.

Personally, I think books like this are a waste of time and money. I am not opposed to buying books, DVD’s, plans, etc. ... I actually buy quite a few myself. But the ones I buy are aimed at developing a specific skill or a specific type of project.

Take UnionLabel’s advice … save your money, and take advantage of the experience, skill, and wisdom that is available free here on

Oh, and if you feel like you just need to spend some money, you can make a donation here on the website to help defray the cost of providing this service!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#4 posted 03-20-2010 08:47 AM

I’ve found in the digital age with thousands of websites out there, I don’t buy wood magazines that often or books anymore. Most of anything you would want to make/build/learn can be found on the internet for free.

-- San Diego, CA

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#5 posted 03-20-2010 10:47 AM

personally id say take a quick look thru the book and see if theres any really cool ideas that u cant seem to live without and if thats the case books are great reference and besides, what else is there to do while on the throne?
but i will say normally if im gonna buy a book or magazine ill make sure whatever projects or projects that i like or better yet certain skills i want to learn or get better at are talked about in it
my favorite so far is shopnotes and tho ive only built 1 thing from it so far its been worth every penny for the subscription ;)

-- if you dont have it, build it, especially when its a stupid idea

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#6 posted 03-20-2010 02:18 PM

FWIW … this is NOT a book. Check out the comments here on LJ’s before you buy this!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#7 posted 03-20-2010 02:20 PM

Depends on what they’re asking for it. I’ll almost never pass up a woodworking book in the 99 cent bin because you can almost always find one good $1 tip in every book (and I’m getting forgetful and books/magazines are great references to go back to for the technique you recall but don’t remember exactly how to do).

On the other hand if it’s a $49 book, as mentioned above there are lots of cheap/free sources of great tips.

There’s great info here on the site but if there was one change I could make to the site it would be to add a separate tab for jigs and tips because sometimes you do really need to search for it.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#8 posted 03-20-2010 02:31 PM

You can get books on all aspects of woodworking from your local library even ones that you can buy so it’s like a sort of try it first thing, i don’t know if they will have the one you asked about in your posting but they do have many others. Welcome to the best and most addictive site on the planet!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#9 posted 03-20-2010 04:02 PM

I have hundreds of woodworking books and magazines but in today’s world you can get all the info your need on line an in particular here on LJs. Ask Any question and you will have dozens of responses.
Welcome to LJs

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 03-22-2010 09:39 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks newwoodwork. If you stick around, you’ll have to change your nickname though.

Plan? What’s a plan? I don’t need no stinkin’ plans….

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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