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Kb1982

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04-09-2018 01:07 PM

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Does anyone have a book or other learning source that they would recommend for a beginner hobbyist? I have gotten semi-familiar with some basics of woodworking via various online sources, but I am now looking for something more comprehensive.

My first project will be making a bartop for the backside of my kitchen island, and I would also like to make some shelves for my wall. Of course my ambitions are much greater than my skill/knowledge level, but I have some bigger projects I’d like to tackle if the first two go ok.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.


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#1 posted 04-09-2018 01:54 PM

http://www.startwoodworking.com/post/7-great-books-getting-started-woodworking

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#2 posted 04-09-2018 04:07 PM

A high school wood shop textbook. No advertising, no “expert” opinion, written for the masses. Local library should have one. I like this one

Technical Woodworking Groneman & Glazer McGraw-Hill Pub 1966

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Rich

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#3 posted 04-09-2018 04:33 PM

The resource I recommend is Charles Neil’s free 26 episode series on youtube where he builds a pie safe three different ways.

Even though you’re not building a pie safe, this series is about the most complete and understandable that I know of, covering everything from wood movement, types of joinery, which type of grain is best to use for a leg and where on a board you’ll find it…. the list goes on and on. It’s not real fast moving, but he covers everything in great detail.

Here’s a link to Episode 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJkp0GFeMKg

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#4 posted 04-09-2018 05:06 PM

You might consider signing up for a local Woodworking class instead. The reason I suggest this is because machine safety is very important and it is hard to learn good/safe technique from a book. In a class, you will learn the basics of Woodworking and how to do it safely.

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#5 posted 04-09-2018 11:54 PM

KB – this probably isn’t what you are wanting to do with your kitchen island,
but, here is an island I made a few years ago that has the serving table attached.
Knowing I was going to eventually sell the house, I did not make the island permanent to the floor.
(the kitchen floor is tiled).
I ran a copper gas line under the house from a BBQ grill size propane tank with a flex joint
so it was easy to rotate one way or the other, depending on your mood at the time.
When I sold the house, the new owners poured a 20×30 concrete slab in the back
and made a screened in patio room and moved the island out there and it was fantastic.

I did not have any plans for this. I bought the 6 burner propane gas cooktop first,
then built the island to fit it. (sorry for the bad photos, but this is all I have).
brass pipes were added under the serving table part for support after these photos were taken.

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#6 posted 04-10-2018 12:00 AM

“The Complete Guide to Wonderful Wood of Alder”

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#7 posted 04-10-2018 04:40 AM

Thank you all for the suggestions and input. I’ll start digging through the suggested resources, it seems that I have a pretty comprehensive list to work with.

I worked in various construction industries during most of my 20s, so I am fairly adept at getting things square-ish/straight-ish and cut to length (meaning within an inch or two). And, of course, I’m pretty good at putting a crap ton of screws or nails into things to get them to stay together.

Unfortunately, none of the aforementioned skills work well with my future projects, hence the need for some woodworking resources.

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#8 posted 04-10-2018 05:05 AM


“The Complete Guide to Wonderful Wood of Alder”

- TheFridge

I got a pirated copy of that off of a bit torrent. Great book — even better when it’s free.

-- My grandfather always said that when one door closes, another one opens. He was a wonderful man, but a lousy cabinet maker

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#9 posted 04-10-2018 05:18 AM

Don’t listen to the other guy who says Douglas fir is better.

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#10 posted 04-10-2018 05:21 AM


Don’t listen to the other guy who says Douglas fir is better.

- TheFridge

That sounds like something Liberace would wear.

-- My grandfather always said that when one door closes, another one opens. He was a wonderful man, but a lousy cabinet maker

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