The Best Woodworking Book I've Seen

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Review by BentheViking posted 06-19-2011 03:56 AM 4667 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is basically a woodworking text book, but I’ve read it cover to cover.

First of all the book is huge.

First half is introductions to everything about woodworking—tooling, wood species, joinery, finishing, designing projects, setting up a shop. It doesn’t go into anything with so much depth that you will be a master at it, but is great as a general reference and a must for anyone setting out in the woodworking field.

The second part (as the title references) has full plans for many different projects ranging from very simple to much more complex. Indoor projects, outdoor projects, and shop projects. Cut lists, layout guides, pretty much anything that goes into setting out on a build is in here.

A seasoned professional may find much of the book of elementary (though I guarantee that there would be at least one new thing in there for you), but for someone who wants to get a starting knowledge of the craft should start here.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#1 posted 06-19-2011 05:09 AM

I have this book on my shelf too and love it! I have made several of the projects and they have really accurate plans. Even though I am in my woodshop year round and am proficient with my tools, I love opening this book every now and again to see something new in the pictures and descriptions. You would be amazed at how many of the plans have caused me to create new projects.

Five out of Five I feel.

-- look Ma! I still got all eleven of my fingers! - -

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#2 posted 06-19-2011 05:27 AM

I posted this today after opening it back up when I needed an answer when I was in my shop (trying to hand plane a board was not going well). They had the answer, my technique needs some practice (and probably some better tools) before I can get it to work as well as the book makes it seem, but the important thing was that the answer was there.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#3 posted 06-19-2011 08:29 PM

Thanks for the recommendation – I just picked up a copy for $11 off of ebay.

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#4 posted 06-20-2011 02:57 AM

I think mine ended up being about $8 shipped on half…really sweetened the deal enjoy Tomas

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#5 posted 06-20-2011 05:44 PM

I have the same book and love it!!

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#6 posted 06-20-2011 07:59 PM

Picked up a copy on

Thanks for the recommendation.


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#7 posted 06-20-2011 08:33 PM

I have this book as well. First and only woodworking book I’ve bought so far. Well worth the money even at full price. Contains a lot of great info about all areas of woodworking. I would especially recommend this book to beginners as it has very useful info for choosing wood and everything you do before starting a project as well as info on finishing, which is one subject I knew nothing about when I started woodworking. Great reference for intermediate and advanced woodworkers as well.

-- Matt -

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#8 posted 06-21-2011 07:11 PM

My father gave me this book for Christmas a few years agao. I built the basic workbenches and the saw horses as I am trying to set up shop. ...It has been a usefull book so far!

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#9 posted 08-03-2011 12:25 AM

This is a great book for helping anyone become a well rounded woodworker!!!! I refer to it very frequently, especially the section on finishing!!!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#10 posted 01-10-2014 07:35 PM

I have this book and absolutely love it.

-- Justin C.

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