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I'm a newbie woodworker. I came here looking for some recommendations on texts. I'm looking for a book or books that are kind of "step by step", very detailed, and don't assume techniques are obvious. Beginner projects, things like that. Also books that don't assume I have all the power tools under the sun and give alternative techniques if I don't have a bandsaw or a jointer. Or a power planer. (I have an ancient table saw, jigsaw, router and circular saw)

As an example... I have a book, "Box By Box" and I was able to get through the first 5 or 6 projects, but I'm kind of stuck now because the book is not detailed enough. It vaguely describes a jig to make box joints and flirts with telling me how to actually use it. I'm still at the point where I need to know *exactly* how to make the jig and how/where to mount it. I need to see frame-by-frame pictures of how it's used.

I love woodworking so far and have only been at it for a couple months. I'm looking for books because I have nobody to teach me the ins and outs (though I plan on taking a class at some point). One day I decided to build myself a workbench out of 2x4s and plywood and I just kind of went from there. I'm going to start making a 1970s-styled trestle desk today.

Hope somebody can point me in the right direction. There's so much information out there and so many ways to do things!

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post #2 of 3 Old 11-13-2010, 08:10 PM
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Welcome Bones!

The books from are some of the best. There are specific books on jigs..for the TS. is the place for videos on woodworking tools, jigs, machines, techniques..and it's free. has a nice selection of books as does is a great place to look at finish work to get ideas.....That should keep you occupied for a few weeks!
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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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Welcome from one new member to ether new member. Looking foward to draging you into the turners vortex.
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