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05-02-2012 07:41 PM

Topic tags/keywords: book wood-working passion

Here are a couple that have made a big impact on me….

Eric Sloane is an all time favorite of mine…

Reverence for Wood and Museum of Early American Tools made a big impact on me.

and Jack Sobon’s Build a Classic Timber-Framed House is what inspired me to design and build a modification to his Hall and Parlor frame.

What books have stoked your passion for all things woodworking related?

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#1 posted 05-02-2012 07:45 PM

Well, I was just getting into wood when I came across a copy of Building Beautiful Boxes with the Band Saw by Lois Keener Ventura. It inspired me to make my first major purchase a band saw. I have been hooked on the band saw and the boxes one can make with them for several years now.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#2 posted 05-02-2012 07:54 PM

A book that I bought well after becoming proficient in woodworking just because it is so old school, and reminds me that we don’t really need all the newest and greatest jigs and tools to build anything – Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking (3 volumes). really a great book that goes over most joinery, finishing, building, and designing techniques with very basic tools, sometimes with variations between machines and hand tools.

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#3 posted 05-02-2012 08:44 PM

Krenov mostly.

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#4 posted 05-03-2012 03:05 AM

the schwarze, books ie. the work bench book,his hand plane book. the anarchist’s tool chest;wasn’t the greatest read as i thought,just ok. i have several chris pye carving books, which are great.

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#5 posted 05-03-2012 03:09 AM

I would like a great jointery book, if anyone has a good suggestion. did like the looks of a gary rowgosky(spelling wrong),but it seem to get bad reviews.

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#6 posted 05-03-2012 03:39 AM

The Anarchist Tool Chest was intriguing but…..

Krenov is inspiring

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#7 posted 05-03-2012 05:38 AM

Woodworking With Your Kids by Richard Starr is an excellent one. I read it just for the inspiration of teaching and that his projects are not of the birdhouse and lollipop tree type. It has much to teach adults as well as the children who will be working on the projects.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#8 posted 05-03-2012 06:09 AM

Gary Rogowski writes well on joinery. The router
joinery book is old-fashioned to be sure… no router
lifts or fancy aftermarket router table fences in
site, but the methods are sound. The later
FWW book on joinery is a good book but
you should not expect to learn every method
in joinery from one source.

Yeung Chan’s book on power tool joinery is
first rate.

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#9 posted 05-03-2012 11:54 PM

Woodworking with the router and router magic (both by bill hylton) really opened my eyes to what a router is capable of.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#10 posted 05-04-2012 07:25 PM

Like NiteWalker I am a big fan of Bill Hylton. His books on routers as well as Pat Warner ( should be required reading when working with a router, hand held or in a table. Patrick Speilman is also another great author, especially about scroll saws. When it comes to building boxes Doug Stowe is my go to author. For a great book on finishing this is the one to have: Understanding Wood Finishing: How to Select and Apply the Right Finish by Bob Flexner. I usually lay out 100 to 200 dollars a month on books and magazines each month which some are outstanding reads and some not worth the paper they are written on.

-- If it won't fit get a BIGGER hammer.

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