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What woodworking book helped you the most?

The grizzly product catalog
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well surprising I do more online reading and watching and downloading of plans. The only 2 books I have bought concerning anything woodworking is a couple og books for CNC beginners

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The book that I like best is "Understanding Wood Finishing" by Bob Flexnor
Finishing can make or break a project, since 80% of my work is restoring/refinishing furniture it's a must have for me.
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I keep a copy of Machine Shop Practice by Karl Moltrecht in my shop and refer to it frequently when I'm grinding tools or cutting threads on the lathe. It is outdated but still authoritative for manually controlled metalworking. I've never found anything comparable for woodworking. I still have a copy of Cabinetmaking and Millwork by John Feirer. I like its instructions for filing a handsaw, something I do very rarely.

I have 50 or 60 books on woodworking in my study. I read them for inspiration rather than instruction (which I think is what you are asking about). These 3 have influenced me the most:

A Cabinetmaker's Notebook by James Krenov: I'm not the sort of hand tool woodworker he was. I do admire his pieces. They look like they need to be made out of wood, even that they needed to be made out of just the wood he chose. I learned from this book how to fit the piece to the wood and the wood to the piece and to think though all the details for a coherent whole.

Chinese Domestic Furniture by Gustav Ecke: If you want eye candy, there are beautiful photographs of this furniture in other books. This book has isometric drawings of the Chinese joinery which is intricate, demanding, unforgiving, and barely visible in the finished furniture. You'd think no one in their right mind would do stuff this way until you see how it makes possible this graceful furniture. Chinese designs 300 years old look as modern and more elegant than most contemporary furniture.

The Wooden Architecture of Russia by Alexander and Yelena Opolovnikov: The civilization of the northern forests was a world made almost entirely of wood by guys with just an axe in their hands. Their skill is humbling. The towns, forts, and especially the churches rise out of the ground as if they were planted there like the trees. This is nothing at all like modern carpentry, but they knew a few good tricks for turning a log box into an imposing building.
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Arrow Before that catalog there was .....

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The grizzly product catalog
Long before that there was the Sears/Craftsman catalog. I spent hours looking and dreaming about which tools and machines were rated "best" and the differences in their specifications, I.E. horse power, weight etc.
Actually, any catalog is worth skimming through if it relates to the subject. I still have all my Craftsman tool catalogs from the 70's and 80's for reference. Some of my actual tools, like table saws, are that old also.

The latest Grizzly book is massive and covers metal, wood and guitar making, gunsmithing and other great hobbies. If I win the Lotto .......

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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"Understanding Wood. A Craftsman's Guide to Wood Technology" by R. Bruce Hoadley.

There are all sorts of technique and methods books and references and I have many, but knowing what I are working with and why makes a huge difference for me.Very thick read, however.


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Books are my favorite source for woodworking knowledge. The public library has been a fantastic resource for me, and I have read over 60 books from them. Unfortunately, our library has been closed for a few months, and there are no signs that it will reopen soon. :-(

When I dove back into woodworking a few years ago and read woodworking books voraciously, I discovered library books that I liked so much that I wanted my own copies at home. Here they are:

Power Tools
(Author unknown)
1997, Handyman Club of America
ISBN: 0-914-697-81-1

Woodworking Basics, Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship
Peter Korn
2003, The Taunton Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-56158-620-2
ISBN-10: 1-56158-620-X

The Woodworker's Guide to Hand Tools
Peter Korn
1998, The Taunton Press
ISBN: 1-56158-216-6

501 Best Shop Tips for Woodworkers
Robert J. Settich
2004, Landauer Corporation
ISBN: 1-890621-58-7

The Ultimate Router Guide
Edited by David Thiel
2014, Popular Woodworking
ISBN-10: 1-4403-3972-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-4403-3972-1

The following book and DVD is a best-seller, still in print, even though the author passed away a long time ago. I recommend it. It was included with a Robert Sorby six-piece woodturning set at Rockler. Other sources that sell the same woodturning set do not include the book/DVD. You can buy the book/DVD from many sources, such as Amazon:

Woodturning, A Foundation Course
Keith Rowley
New Edition published 2015, (2nd edition: 1999, Original: 1990)
ISBN: 978-1-78494-063-8

In addition, I recommend a subscription to:
Woodsmith Magazine
Our woodworking club passes around a lot of woodworking magazines. I have read so many of them. Woodsmith is at the right level for me. It offers a wide range of projects for building and also projects and jigs for the shop. They also include articles on tool usage and maintenance, technique, hints, tips, tool reviews, and more. The attention to detail is exemplary.
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If I win the Lotto .......
Then you would have all sorts of distant relatives you never knew existed knocking on your door...better buy a strong lock before anything else.
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I have bought several books on how to turn bowls on the lathe. I like the books on making segmented and open segmented bowls. I bought them on Amazon.

Don in Murfreesboro, TN.
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Ehem..Shop Notes

I figured it's time to change my signature so hold your breath. This is it.
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Marty or Marty Farty if you feel mean.
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