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
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
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
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.
Japanese Woodworking Tools: Their Tradition, Spirit and Use
by Toshio Odate
Paperback — Linden Publishing, 1998 #TOJWT $27.00 Buy Now
Toshio Odate was schooled in the Japanese woodcraft tradition, and is himself a shokunin, or Master Japanese woodworker. Odate writes from a deeply personal point of view, describing in detail and with authority the many Japanese tools used for carpentry and woodworking. He includes the history and culture of Japanese carpentry, tells of his own experiences as an apprentice woodworker, and offers advice for both beginning and other professional woodworkers.
Hand Tool Basics: Woodworking Tools and How to Use Them by Steve Branam
Hardcover — Popular Woodworking Books, 2018 #SBHTB $35.00 Buy Now
Steve Branam promotes the experience of crafting something truly handmade and takes perplexity out of hand tools. In these pages, hand tool woodworking is a source of great pride, satisfaction and amazing results–not to mention less noise and sawdust. Readers are taken through the shop and tool set-up, from the endless array of chisels and mallets to workbenches and handplanes. You’ll learn proven methods for sharpening your tools, prepping your stock and timeless joinery techniques including mortise-and-tenon joints, dovetails, rabbets and others. Within these pages you’ll find advice for selecting the tools you need and setting up shop, complete instructions for using the tools you reach for time and again, tuning processes for keeping your tools sharp and precise, and technique variations and alternate methods so that you can decide what works best for you in your own shop.
The Complete Manual of Woodworking: A Detailed Guide to Design, Techniques, and Tools for the Beginner and Expert by Albert Jackson
Paperback — Knopf Publishing Group, 1996 #AJCMW $29.00 Buy Now
With more than 1,800 drawings, diagrams and photos, The Complete Manual of Woodworking is an encompassing and authoritative guide thatincludes discussions of the primary hard and soft woods, how to choose and use hand tools, detailed information on every woodworking technique — jointing, bonding, fastening, laminating, and much more. Designed to instruct and inspire woodworkers, Jackson’s The Complete Manual reaches from beginner to the most exacting expert, and has become a classic.
The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking by James Krenov
Paperback — Linden Book Publishing-Woodworker’s Library Series, 2007 #JKFAC $25.00 Buy Now
In The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking, Krenov addresses perfecting technique and building to the limits of one’s skill, while providing in-depth instruction for mastering the craft of cabinetmaking. A collection of topics, including the proper way to sharpen and hone tools, techniques of hollow grinding and obtaining proper grinding angles, are detailed in this comprehensive sourcebook. Lessons devoted to using and understanding common and exotic woods, how to read grain, as well as the pros and cons of working with air-dried wood versus kiln-dried wood will educate any level of woodworker. Chapters devoted to re-sawing and problems with moisture content and wood movement are also included.
The Impractical Cabinetmaker: Krenov on Composing, Making, and Detailing by James Krenov
Paperback — Linden Book Publishing-Woodworker’s Library Series, 1999 (first published in 1979)
#JKTIC $22.00 Buy Now
James Krenov’s delicate, lyrical cabinets have inspired a generation of wood aritsans, as has his impassioned insistence that one do their very best work, no matter what. Krenov invites the reader into his workshop, where he shares his techniques and an uncompromising approach to craftsmanship, and thoughts about his own work and its place in the world. Photo sequences show how Krenov composes a cabinet directly in the wood. He also discusses working with shop-sawn veneers, technique for fitting curved doors, and problems of accuracy and mistakes, concluding with detailed explorations of three furniture projects: a curved showcase cabinet, a writing table with drawer, and a chess table.
We’ve added a few books to the Hock Tools website that should be in every woodworker’s library. I’ll post about them in the coming days and weeks, in no particular order. This one gets to be first:
Paperback — Linden Book Publishing – Woodworker’s Library Series 2000 #JKACN $22.00 Buy Now
James Krenov remains one of the most influential cabinetmakers of modern times. His iconic cabinet-on-a-stand is only one facet of a long career in philosophizing, teaching and writing about the craft of fine woodworking. A Cabinetmaker’s Notebook is instructive for woodworkers as Krenov nurtures efficient habits and offers thoughtful approaches to materials and tools. More important, though is at the core of these pages: Krenov’s meditation on the deeper meaning of one person working at a demanding craft and the joy that brings.