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Reference Books for Woodworkers

Woodworking Books, Workshop Guides

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The Toolbox Book

The Toolbox BookLearn the art of storing tools properly with this inspirational book "The Toolbox Book". This book demonstrates a lot of practical advice on tool storage solutions, from rugged, old-time journeymen's chests to today's versatile truck boxes, and explains how tool users can plan and design personalized boxes that help with organization and tool protection. Available in hardcover or paperback.

Author: Jim Talpin
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  • Hardcover: 199 pages
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  • Publisher: Taunton Pr; (June 1996)
  • ISBN: 1561580929
  • Paperback: 208 pages
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  • Publisher: Taunton Pr; (Sept 1998)
  • ISBN: 1561582727

Setting Up Shop

Setting Up Shop: The Practical Guide to Designing and Building Your Dream ShopFurniture designer and builder Sandor Nagyszalanczy addresses the problem in "Setting Up Shop", a no-nonsense how-to guide with hundreds of specific suggestions and proven practical advice on building a new workshop or improving a worn-out one. Specific chapters cover shop location; floor and wall materials; electricity and lighting; heating and ventilation; and storage areas. The journey is made better by more than 240 color photos, as well as a healthy dose of black-and-white photos and line drawings. Available in hardcover or paperback.

Author: Sandor Nagyszalanczy
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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
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  • Publisher: Taunton Pr; (Mar 2000)
  • ISBN: 156158360X
  • Paperback: 224 pages
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  • Publisher: Taunton Pr; (Sept 2001)
  • ISBN: 1561585556

The Complete Book of Woodworking: 40 Fabulous Projects

The Complete Book of Woodworking: Detailed Plans for More Than 40 Fabulous ProjectsThis is a step-by-step guide to essential woodworking skills, techniques, tools and tips. For the beginning woodworker or the most experienced hobbyist, this book is of incredible value to all.

This book takes the reader from the principles of basic design to essential woodworking techniques to a gallery of 40 complete project plans. More than 1200 full-color photos are included in this book with tips for shop set-up and safety, how to use tools, make jigs and joints, applying finishes and wood selection. ~ Review ©
  • Author: Kenneth S. Burton
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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Landauer Corp; (Mar 2002)
  • ISBN: 1890621358

Classic Joints with Power Tools

Classic Joints with Power ToolsAs an experienced woodworker and teacher, Yeung Chan takes you through all the common woodshop tools-table saw, bandsaw, router, mortising machine, biscuit jointer, drill press, and plenty of shop-made jigs--showing how each can form perfect, tight-fitting joints.

Hundreds of color photos and illustrations detail how to set up the necessary machines and accessories for everything from simple dowels, splines, or biscuits to more challenging miters, rabbets, tongue-and-groove, mortise-and-tenon, dovetails, and box joints. You'll have classic joints for all your projects in half the time of doing them by hand. ~ Review ©
  • Author: Yeung Chan
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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books; 1st ed.; (Aug 2002)
  • ISBN: 1579902790

Building Woodshop Workstations

Building Woodshop WorkstationsThese efficient designs ensure that all the wrenches, blades, jigs and attachments for each power tool can be put in one place and within arm's reach. It's the perfect way to maximize efficiency for everything from the table saw and drill press to the miter saw and sharpening stone.

Both beginning and advanced woodworkers will enjoy making--and using--these creative shop solutions. Every project includes clear step-by-step photos and instruction and was tested by the editors at Popular Woodworking magazine. ~ Review ©
  • Author: Danny Proulx
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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Popular Woodworking (May 2003)
  • ISBN: 1558706372

Making Japanese Lamps and Lanterns

Making Japanese Lamps and LanternsNothing is quite as beautiful as the Japanese lamp or lantern. Edward Turner gives both novice and experienced woodworkers the ability to create remarkable lighting devices including bedside, overhead, freestanding, and outdoor lamps.

All designs come with detailed instructions and rich color photographs. Projects are rated, with something for every level of ability. ~ Review ©
  • Author: Edward R. Turner
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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Hartley & Marks (Feb 2003)
  • ISBN: 0881791989