The Joint Book: The Complete Guide to Wood Joinery by Terrie Noll

The Joint Book: The Complete Guide to Wood Joinery by Terrie Noll 

Spiral Bound — Chartwell Books, 2009 #TNTJB $15.00 Buy Now

Featuring step-by-step, illustrated instructions for over 70 joints, and providing authoritative knowledge on choosing the right joint for the job, The Joint Book fills its niche as a leading resource in a woodworker’s library.

Handplane Essentials, Revised & Expanded by Christopher Schwarz

Handplane Essentials, Revised & Expanded by Christopher Schwarz

Hardcover —  Popular Woodworking Books 2017 #CSHERE $37.00 Buy Now

No woodworking tool is more satisfying, quick and precise to use than a handplane. Planes can process timber in its rough state, bring boards up to a glimmering smoothness, cut rabbets, dados, grooves and other joints, and trim wood with a precision that has yet to be matched by power tools. Yet many beginner and professional woodworkers are intimidated by handplanes. This book is here to set the record straight. Plus, this edition includes 14 new articles as well as new and updated tool reviews.

Handplane Essentials contains everything you need to choose the most suitable plane for your project and your budget, as well as to sharpen it and use it successfully. Compiled from more than 15 years of the author’s writings about handplanes in magazines, trade journals and blogs Handplane Essentials is a primary guide for woodworkers, living up to the root word Essential in its title.

Woodworking with Hand Tools: Tools, Techniques & Projects by the Editors of Fine Woodworking

Woodworking with Hand Tools: Tools, Techniques & Projects by the Editors of Fine Woodworking

Paperback — Taunton Press, 2018 #FWWWHT $25.00 Buy Now  Loaded with clear photographs, drawings, and step-by-step instructions from 35 articles from Fine Woodworking Magazine, this is a useful and necessary resource for anyone who works wood. And, because hand tools are essential to the highest level of craftsmanship, bringing a refinement to work that machines alone cannot produce, these selected articles clarify the how, the when, and the why of the use handtools. Whether using only hand tools or using them in combination with machines, woodworkers will find plenty to value in Woodworking with Hand Tools.

David Charlesworth’s Furniture-Making Techniques: A Guide to Hand Tools and Methods by David Charlesworth

David Charlesworth’s Furniture-Making Techniques: A Guide to Hand Tools and Methodsby David Charlesworth

Paperback — GMC Publications 2006 #DCFMT $20.00 Buy Now

An ideal workshop accessory, this indispensable guide to the basic principles of furniture making reinforces David Charlesworth’s status as a dedicated commentator and teacher of the craft. Includes easy to follow instruction on the use of hand tools, as well as ways to build confidence and creativity with useful and often aha-moment techniques. Furniture-Making Techniques encourages beginners and inspires experienced woodworkers through Charlesworth’s deep knowledge of woodworking, and his many tips & techniques on how to get the best from hand tools.

Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman by Peter Korn

Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman by Peter Korn

Paperback — David R. Godine Publisher, 2015  #PKWWMT $20.00 Buy Now

In this moving account, Peter Korn explores the nature and rewards of creative practice. We follow his search for meaning as he moves from childhood to novice carpenter, to self-employment as a designer/maker of fine furniture, and finally as the founder of The Centre for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine. Along the way, Korn asks and discusses what the process of making things reveals about ourselves, drawing on his forty years of hands-on experience to eloquently explore and answer these topics.

The Unplugged Woodshop: Hand-Crafted Projects for the Home & Workshop by Tom Fidgen

The Unplugged Woodshop: Hand-Crafted Projects for the Home & Workshop by Tom Fidgen

Paperback — Taunton Press, 2013 #TFTUW $30.00 Buy Now

The delightfully visual Unplugged Woodshop comes from a seasoned custom furniture maker, hand tool expert and founder of The Unplugged Woodshop. It’s a perfect resource for the growing number of hand tool woodworkers, and includes projects based on the reinvention of older designs, including a classic library card catalog converted to use as kitchen storage, a medicine chest that does double duty as a four-bottle wine tote, and an old-fashioned gentleman’s valet that becomes an elegant clothing stand. Along with such old-time, quirky projects, Fidgen provides practical instruction, useful pointers and savvy advice for working with and sharpening hand tools, how to approach glues and finishes, and how to make your own hand tools using only hand tools.

The Minimalist Woodworker: Essential Tools & Smart Shop Ideas for Building with Less by Vic Tesolin

The Minimalist Woodworker: Essential Tools & Smart Shop Ideas for Building with Less by Vic Tesolin

Paperback — Spring House Press, 2015 #VTTMW $25.00 Buy Now

Vic Tesolin is an avid woodworker and instructor who, as many others do, works within the confines of a small shop. In his friendly, easy-to-ready style, Tesolin takes you through which tools are essential, offers techniques from measuring accurately to sharpening, as well as six projects that are useful, happily repeatable and that build woodworking skills. Although perfect for woodworkers in the position of downsizing, The Minimalist Woodworker is particularly good for the beginner who is appointing a limited shop space on a limited budget and wants to get on with some satisfying projects.