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Working Wood, Not Machining It If you're more interested in working with wood rather than machining it, you will be relieved to learn that expensive powered machinery isn't required to build furniture. You can also forget the dust masks, face shields and hearing protection since many of the safety concerns related to woodworking—the use of power tools—are eliminated. In this book, you'll learn to set up a hand-tool woodworking shop, then discover the toolset, practice the skillset, and understand the mindset—effectively completing a comprehensive course in hand-tool woodworking.
For speed and production, but not necessarily quality, power tools are the norm in many amateur workshops. However, thanks to the maker movement, there is renewed interest among crafters and woodworkers in using traditional handtools. The personal satisfaction, the pleasure of hands-on work, and the more leisurely, contemplative approach to woodworking is replacing the need for the speed and noise of power tools. In Traditional Woodworking Handtools, the second volume in his Illustrated Workshop Series, Graham Blackburn has assembled a virtual encyclopedia of traditional woodworking handtools, including holding tools, saws, planes, edge tools, setting-out tools, boring tools, and striking tools. Each tool is listed and includes a full description of what it does and how it s used. His engaging writing, which includes anecdotes from his four decades as a master woodworker, entertains as well as instructs. And the hundreds of line drawings of handtools are illuminating. While also a reference for anyone collecting or simply fascinated by handtools, Traditional Woodworking Handtools is a user s guide for the woodworker and crafter, designed to help reintroduce many of these tried-and-true tools into today s workshops."
Traditional furniture withstands the test of time, and for many woodworkers it represents the high point of furniture design. These projects from the contributors to "Fine Woodworking" magazine range from the simply elegant to high-style elaborate. Taking on the challenge of building one of these period gems will reward the maker with an heirloom that can be passed on from generations to come.
Celebrate the joys of working with wood in your own home studio or wood shop. The Woodworker’s Studio Handbook is a comprehensive guide to the artistry, design, and skills all woodworkers need to propel their hobby to the next level. Master woodworker Jim Whitman walks you through planning your work space, helps you select tools and the right wood for the right projects, and gets you comfortable with your tools so you feel at ease in the studio and ready to experiment…all with gentle instruction and reassuring humor. His 20 teaching projects make you feel like a seasoned craftsman from step one, regardless of your experience level. Learn about the importance of proper planning, measuring twice so you just have to cut once, and how to make the most of your wood. Above all, get ready to get your hands dirty: woodworking is about play just as much as precision! The Woodworker’s Studio Handbook: - Teaches joinery, lamination, routing, turning, carving, and finishing—core woodworking skills in full-color photographs, and complete with illustrated tool guides. - Illustrates the steps for 20 beautiful teaching projects for all skill levels, including a picture frame, a small cabinet, a carved pendant, turned bowls, and more. - Engages your creativity with reclaiming recycled wood, using green wood, or using a sketchbook and drafting tools to design original work.
Whether you’re a beginner building your first shelf or an experienced craftsman designing a new gazebo, Spike Carlson has the answers to all of your woodworking questions. You’ll find expert advice on setting up your work area, choosing appropriate tools, working with different types of wood, and building furniture, as well as tips on joinery techniques, custom finishes, and much more.
Woodworking with Mind, Body, and Senses What's the secret to producing beautiful furniture that you and your family will treasure for generations? It starts with the fundamentals--those essential, yet often overlooked principles upon which all of your skills should be based. In The Foundations of Better Woodworking, craftsman, teacher and noted woodworking author Jeff Miller clearly lays out these basic concepts, helping you understand: • How proper body position and mechanics improve your ability to cut precise joins, as well as add efficiency and safety. • Just what it means to cut a line. • How the wood works, so you can avoid such problems as tear out, splitting and warping--whether you use hand tools, machinery or both. • How woodworking tools actually cut and work, so you learn to use them more easily, effectively and accurately. Follow the advice in this book and you'll build the foundation for making significant advances as a woodworker. Your time in the shop will be more rewarding, and your results more satisfying.
American Woodworker magazine, A New Track Media publication, has been the premier publication for woodworkers all across America for 25 years. We are committed to providing woodworkers like you with the most accurate and up-to-date plans and information -- including new ideas, product and tool reviews, workshop tips and much, much more.

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