Woodworking Shop Tips by Numerous Woodworkers

Woodworking Shop Tips by Numerous Woodworkers

Woodworking Shop Tips by Numerous Woodworkers

Woodworking Shop Tips

by Numerous Woodworkers

A whole book devoted to nothing but tips, tips and more tips.

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A number of years ago I got a call from an editor at Rodale books, claiming he’d pay me $25 per tip for a book they were doing on tips. Okay I said, and 10 days later I sent him 200 tips, most of which he bought. He bought bunches from many other woodworkers too, and assembled this 300 page book containing only woodworking tips.

A few years later I was talking to some local woodworkers and one told me he had read this book 3 times. I was amazed, but it was a good lesson- dedicated hobbyists like tips and advice, and you’ll find over 1,000 here.

Each tip gets a paragraph or two and a drawing if necessary. As well, there are sidebars and short articles on subjects that require longer treatment. But nothing is longer than a couple of pages, meaning you can pick this up for a two minute quick idea or gorge yourself on woodworking wisdom for hours if you so choose.

The book is broken down into 20 chapters so you can easily look for advice on a specific subject if you like, making the book a useful in-shop reference as well as general guide. The drawings are always simple and to the point, showing just what you need.

Compact and brimming with info, you’ll learn a lot of things you’ll actually use from this book.

Chapters include:

  1. Layout and Measurement
  2. Hand Tools
  3. Clamping and Gluing
  4. Sharpening and Grinding
  5. Joinery
  6. Workbenches, Materials Handling and Storage
  7. Designing and Building Your Own Workbench
  8. Bending
  9. Sanding
  10. Hardware and Fasteners
  11. Dust Collection
  12. Table Saw Tricks
  13. Router Rodeo
  14. Band Saw Boogie and Scroll Saw Sashay
  15. Drill Press and Drills
  16. Radial Arm and Chop Saws
  17. Planers and Jointers
  18. The Lathe
  19. Finishing
  20. Carving
Japanese Woodworking Tools by Toshio Odate

Japanese Woodworking Tools by Toshio Odate

Japanese Woodworking Tools by Toshio Odate

 

Japanese Woodworking Tools

by Toshio Odate

Excellent intoduction to Japanese tools.

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If you have an interest in Japanese woodworking tools, this is an excellent place to start. As the name tells us, the focus of this book is on the tools themselves, how they are made, their various forms and configurations, and how they are used. This book is not about Japanese woodworking per se, so you won’t find information on all the marvelously intricate joins made with these tools. But you will get an excellent introduction to the broad range of tools used by the Japanese craftsman, and that subject by itself is enough for one book.

Chapters are organized by tool type, each containing both black and white photos of the tools in use and drawings of the tools. The drawings were done by the author, there are hundreds in the book and they give the book a comprehensive range of detail.

Odate was trained in the traditional ways of Japanese woodworking, and the text is sprinkled with ancedotes about his career in the trade. This book is an excellent intoduction to a tradition that is very different from ours, but still approachable to us.

Chapters Include:

  1. The Workshop
  2. Marking Tools
  3. Saws
  4. Chisels
  5. Planes
  6. Sharpening Stones
  7. Sharpening
  8. Adze and Axes
  9. Hammers
  10. Gimlets
  11. Knives and Other Tools
Dictionary of Woodworking Tools by R.A. Salaman

Dictionary of Woodworking Tools by R.A. Salaman

Dictionary of Woodworking Tools by R.A. Salaman

 

Dictionary of Woodworking Tools

by R.A. Salaman

Definitive reference for tool identification.

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This amazing 500 page compendium describes almost every woodworking hand tool that has been used in the European woodworking tradition in the last several hundred years. This book is recognized as a definitive reference work on the subject for its breadth of scope. The number of tools listed here is staggering.

Of course a great deal of the book is devoted to presenting all the variations on standard tools that the author could find in his research. The subject of planes is 80 pages long with hundreds of illustrations.

The illustrations are copious throughout and obviously necessary for such a comprehensive work. You’ll be amazed at how many different ways people have configured wood and metal for the purposes of working wood. When you find those odd looking tools in antique shops and want to identify their use, this is the book to use.

This is a descriptive compendium, not a handbook for using, so little space is devoted to how the tools are used, though the author usually tells what specific tasks a tool was intended for. If you want more information on how to use hand tools, see Graham Blackburn’s book, Traditional Woodworking Handtools.

This book is alphabetically organized and has no separate chapters.

Circular Work in Carpentry and Joinery by George Collings

Circular Work in Carpentry and Joinery by George Collings

Circular Work in Carpentry and Joinery by George Collings

Circular Work in Carpentry and Joinery

by George Collings

An amazing book about the geometric complexities involved with advanced curved work.

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This book was originally published in London over 100 years ago, and is probably the best treatise available on the subject. The focus is not furniture, rather it covers architectural work such as windows and roof construction. However, the geometric wizardry in this book applies equally well for both subjects.

In Collings’ day most doors, windows and other architectural features were built on-site at building projects by joiners well versed in all phases of construction and installation. They used mostly hand tools and some machine tools. This book is for the needs of such people- and so has little reference to machine tool techniques.

But the main emphasis of the book is not which tool you use to make a curved wooden component, but rather the geometry required to make it. The primary strength and main value of this book is the geometry involved. And believe me, there’s some involved geometry here. The main reason for buying this book would be if you are fascinated with the complexities of such curved work geometry. I doubt many of you will buy it because you intend to build a bowed double hung window with arched head using hand tools.

You’ll need to have some experience with geometry to follow Collings’ explanations in the book. To quote him,

“Some knowledge of geometry is of the very first importance in work of double curvature. Indeed, without such knowledge, it is not possible for anyone, however good a mechanic he may be in other respects, to execute with anything like accuracy a piece of work of this nature.”

The book is 125 pages and softbound. There are no photos but every page has at least a few drawings and many have a half dozen or more. There are 144 chapters each of which covers a particular architectural feature requiring unique geometry, or the chapter covers a general aspect of laying out a particular geometric situation.

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Woodworking Shop Tips by Numerous Woodworkers

The Art of Fine Tools by Sandor Nagyszalanczy

The Art of Fine Tools by Sandor Nagyszalanczy

 

The Art of Fine Tools

by Sandor Nagyszalanczy

The ultimate in beautiful photos of exceptional tools.

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If you go to the Amazon page where this is sold and read the customer reviews, you will see this book described as ‘tool porn’. That’s because the purpose of this book is to showcase beautiful tools with superb photography, and it certainly does that. Sandor went to great lengths to locate and photograph all the most exceptional tools he could. Being a former editor of Fine Woodworking, he has the connections to locate such tools.

You won’t find much information here on using or making tools, but you will find a lot of inspiration from a time when craftsmen cared enough about their tools to lavish them with art as well as craft.

This is the ultimate woodworking coffee table book- it will even amaze your friends who are not woodworkers.

Chapters Include:

  1. Marking and Measuring Instruments
  2. Handplanes of Fancy
  3. Tools for Hammering and Drilling
  4. Tools for Sawing and Slicing
  5. Tool Treasures of the Orient
  6. Ingeniour Mechanisms and Machines
  7. Tools with the Decorative Touch
  8. Miniature Marvels
  9. The Art of the Tool, and Tools as Art
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