|Forum topic by parttimer||posted 01-01-2012 05:39 AM||1766 views||2 times favorited||6 replies|
01-01-2012 05:39 AM
I recently read Wearing’s ‘Essentials of Woodworking’ and really enjoyed it. I’m a self-taught woodworker, so it’s nice to be able to read a book like that which assumes no prior knowledge and allows for an easy reference at the bench or on the nightstand.
I’m a firm believer in the theory that using books makes learning techniques significantly easier than reading about it on the internet. I just put in an order for ‘The Anarchist’s Tool Chest’ and ‘The Joiner and Cabinetmaker’. I’m hoping that by reading these books, I’ll be able to develop much better hand tool skills.
This brings me to my next point: I would really like a good book about sharpening hand tools. Specifically planes, chisels, and saws. I’m more interested in sharpening planes and chisels for the time being. It seems like sharpening saws is a whole different ball game that requires it’s own time and place.
I enjoy Schwarz’ writing style; I’ve been following his blog for a long time and am intrigued by the few writing samples I’ve read from The Anarchist’s Tool Chest. Some people don’t like Schwarz, but I do, and I would like to find a sharpening book written in a style similar to his.
One other note is that I’m primarily interested in using water stones. I don’t know much about them, but I do know they seem to be the preferred method over grindstones and sandpaper (I don’t have a bench grinder anyway…).
If you have read a book about sharpening planes and chisels with stones, please let me know what you thought of it, and if you would recommend buying it over any other book.
Thanks for your time, and Happy New Year!