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Forum topic by Imakenicefirewood posted 11-20-2014 06:02 PM 660 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-20-2014 06:02 PM

I have been trolling here for quite a while, decided to create a profile a while back, and now am participating. I enjoy reading and seeing what you guys are working on, and have learned a lot from the members here. I am a novice woodworker/furniture maker, and like to read. What books and magazines do you feel offer information that has value? Some books are simplistic and show how to build one piece, but I am looking for information on methods and tried and true techniques that can be used on many projects. E.G. “here are three ways to make a breadboard tabletop.” Each method may be applicable but in different situations.

Perhaps there are books that every woodworker “must read?” Magazines that are worth keeping after you read them?

Thank you, from Western Oklahoma.

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#1 posted 11-20-2014 06:19 PM

many threads already on the same subject. A search will give you already good pointer to what should be read. Good luck

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#2 posted 11-20-2014 09:52 PM

How about an entertaining, fun to read book on furniture repairs and finishing? It’s “The Furniture Doctor,” by George Grotz. It’s and old book, about 1962, but has lots of great information.

A sampling of chapter titles: “Removin’ made less confusin;” “Bleaching—the Blondes I have known;” “How to Stain—If You Insist;” Aging Techniques and Fake Antiques.”

Well worth chasing down in used book stores.

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#3 posted 11-20-2014 10:33 PM

I would recommend Shop Notes as one of the very best magazines out there. . . . but for some reason, this last month’s issue was REALLY their last issue.

I guess Fine Wood Working is next in line.

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#4 posted 11-20-2014 10:47 PM

all of Charles Neil’s books and videos .

All of Tage Frid’s books

and many more

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 11-20-2014 11:08 PM

When you said “three methods” I instantly thought of this book.

I think it is well worth the few dollars a used copy would cost you.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#6 posted 11-20-2014 11:20 PM

These are great. Many hours of reading already listed here. I love it.

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