Woodworking book: Woodwork Joints

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Blog entry by Praki posted 12-27-2008 10:40 PM 1623 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There are quite a few internet resources for old books on woodworking. I love reading them as they have all sorts of wonderful tips. I came across one such book, quite by accident, on It is probably available in other places as well.

I leafed through it (virtually of course, lol) and found a gem right away. The author makes a point about shooting boards and says they seldom produce a truly jointed edge. This by itself was a revelation as I had always presumed shooting boards produce a perfect edge. He suggests alternating the boards so that you compensate for the inaccuracy and end up with a flat panel. The book also illustrates a lot of joints. I think I will read this book cover to cover tonight and become a bit more informed.

One thing I am not sure is the murky area of copyrights. If am violating any forum rules, I will be happy to remove the direct link.

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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#1 posted 12-27-2008 11:28 PM

Looks like lots of good info there. I’ll be spending some time with that one!

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#2 posted 12-28-2008 01:50 AM

Thanks for the info. This is stuff that I can always use.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#3 posted 12-28-2008 03:23 AM

Thank you Praki, and don’t you worry about the copyrights issue. This book is in the public domain and you can find it at Project Gutemberg. This is the specific address for the downloadable files in webpage format.

If you peruse the entire site you’ll find more interesting gems, all for free.

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#4 posted 12-29-2008 11:11 AM

” A book is a tool, for it is the instument we make use of in certain cases when we wish to find out what other men have thought or done. It is also true that a tool is a book, the record of past ages of talent engaged in toil”
D C Gilman 1886
I have no idea who this guy is but he sums it up nicely. Thanks for the links guys

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#5 posted 01-01-2009 02:07 PM

Just found it as well! the section in the end about puzzles is amazing!!!!!

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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