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08-08-2009 09:19 PM

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Hello woodworker friends,

I have a question, I want something to read, but which book must I buy, from what book I can learn the most?
There are so many woodworking, furniture, cabinetmaking books, but what are the best books.
I think that there in the most woodshops a couple off woodworking books are, tell me/us what you find
the very best book, the number 1 for you.
I hope that we can make a great top 10 from the best woodworking books

I hope you want to help me whit a list from books I must read.

Thank you all for your help.


-- Greetings from the Netherlands.

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#1 posted 08-09-2009 01:35 AM

most of the stuff i read ,
is jig making and tool use tricks .
for all the tools ,
but i’ll keep my eyes peeled for books for you .
im sure when the weekend
winds down , and the guys are back at the
computers ,
you will get more input .

good to see you doing this ,
the top 10 sounds like
we can all use !

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#2 posted 08-09-2009 01:44 AM

I’m not sure of the best, but you can usually find some old woodworking books and mags from the second hand stores cheap. I have a good sized stack of popular mechanics DIY books that I browse from time to time.

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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#3 posted 08-09-2009 03:43 AM

I like Finewoodworking Magazines and taunton press books . Check out for great prices.


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#4 posted 08-09-2009 04:00 AM

I have enjoyed reading…and re-reading Roy Underhill’s Woodwright series of books, especially the first two. No real power tool stuff but a ton of common sense.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#5 posted 08-09-2009 05:56 AM

I was very impressed with Lois Keener Ventura’s “Building Beautiful Boxes with your Band Saw”. It is very narrow in focus but for that particular type of item I don’t think you can find anything better. The whole book is a step-by-step direction on how to make some great band saw boxes. Ventura starts with wood selection and works her way through finishing and how to line the drawers.

For that particular type of item, I don’t think it can be beat. For general discussions of broader aspects of woodworking, I think the Taunton series is the most comprehensive and clear.

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

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#6 posted 08-09-2009 08:16 AM

There is a “bible” of woodworking that was mentioned on here in the last few months. It pretty well covers everything!! I did a search, but it didn’t show up;-(( Can’t seem to think of it right now, but maybe some one will come up with the name??

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 08-09-2009 08:40 AM


Here is information galore.

One of the best things you’ve done is stick to this site.

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#8 posted 08-09-2009 01:47 PM

Hi Schummie – For all around general wwing info, The Complete Book of Woodworking by Tom Carpenter was given to me by a good friend. It’s a good all around book with some great tips, lots of info, and good pics. Also, The New Woodworker Handbook Tom Hintz, who frequents many of these wwing forums, is excellent…lots of great tool setup tips.

I’ve also got some good “specialty” books like The Encyclopedia of Joint Making, Table Saw Magic by Jim Tolpin, and a book about finishing by Jeff Jewitt….all have useful info.

Our local library has several wwing books available. Take a look if you have a good library system near you.

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#9 posted 08-09-2009 02:32 PM

IMO, The number one book would be The Complete Guide To Sharpening by Leonard Lee.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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#10 posted 08-09-2009 02:52 PM

I think the best book that’s been written on furniture and cabinet making is Cabinet Making for Beginners by Charles Hayward. It’s a book you’ll keep going back to no matter how far you go in woodworking. It’s out of print but relatively easy to find and pretty inexpensive. Here are some copies at AbeBooks.

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#11 posted 08-11-2009 09:26 PM

Hello guys,

thanks for your response, I have now some new ideas for new books.
There are so many woodworking books that it is difficult to choose one
where I learn something from.
If somebody want to sell woodworking books give me a me a message.
I hat a little hope for some more response so that we really make
a top 10 off woodworking books.

Thanks for your help.


-- Greetings from the Netherlands.

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#12 posted 08-11-2009 10:18 PM

I’ve acquired about 20 woodworking books in the past few months. Although I can’t speak to every book ever written, I can give you 10 of my favorites (in no particular order).

Building Beautiful Boxes with Your Band Saw
The Bandsaw Book
The Complete Guide to Sharpening
The Complete Manual of Woodworking
Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Working with Wood
The Complete Illustrated Guide to Joinery
Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Finishing
Smart Workshop Solutions: Building Workstations, Jigs, and Accessories to Improve Your Shop
Woodworking With The Router
The Table Saw Book

I’m a big fan of the Taunton books. I have about 5 of them, all are well written and very helpful, usually offering multiple ways of tackling the same problem.

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#13 posted 08-11-2009 11:00 PM

When I first started woodworking twenty some years ago, two of my favorite books where: Encyclopedia of Furniture Making by Ernest Joyce and Woodworking Joints, an Illustrated Handbook by Percy Blandford.
These are probably only found in an antique book store now lol. But the basics of woodworking, jointery, properties of wood, techniques and much more is covered and really helped as a beginner. I still refer to them, so either they are good or I’m a real slow learner.

-- John @

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#14 posted 08-11-2009 11:40 PM

I first went for all the workshop books to give me ideas, then workbench books ,then anything to do with designing and fitting your workshop including cupboards etc, then benchsaw ,and bandsaw books ,then a few router books ,and the jigs etc etc etc .Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#15 posted 08-12-2009 02:31 AM

Nick Engler’s Woodworking Wisdom & Band Saw Handbook by Mark Duginske wil pretty well cover anything yiu need to know. Nick Engler’s Woodworking Wisdom is the book I was trying to think of a few days ago.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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