The Complete Book of Woodworking

480 pages; Softcover
Editorial Reviews

Best-Seller with over 500,000 copies in print!

"If you are going to buy only one woodworking book, this should be it."

Library Journal

"... superbly presented, comprehensive and practical...highly recommended..."

The Midwest Book Review

From principles of basic design to essential woodworking techniques to a gallery of 40 complete plans for fabulous woodworking projects, this thorough and attractive book gives all the information the reader needs to become a master woodworker and have a houseful of fine furnishings to show for the effort.

  • Essential skills, techniques and tips
  • More than 40 fabulous projects with detailed plans for home accessories, home furnishings, outdoor projects and workshop projects
  • More than 1, 200 full-color, step-by-step illustrations, photos and diagrams
  • Shop set-up and safety
  • All about wood
  • How to use tools, make jigs and joints
  • Applying Finishings

Library Journal: June 2002

As the title implies, this book covers every aspect of woodworking, from the initial design to a completed project. The first half shows how to set up a workshop, describes the species and types of wood, and covers nearly every commonly used woodworking tool and technique. The latter half offers a variety of plans that include household accessories, furniture, outdoor projects and workshop furnishing. The well-designed projects include excellent instructions supplemented by clear illustrations and are perfect for woodworkers of all skill levels. If you are going to buy only one woodworking book this should be it. Recommended for every public library.

The Midwest Book Review

The Complete Book of Woodworking: Step-by-Step Guide to Essential Woodworking skills, Techniques, Tools and Tips is a superbly presented, comprehensive, and practical reference packed with just about everything a basic or advanced woodworker needs to know about squaring and cutting stock, making joints, assembly, applying finishes, projects for home and outdoors and much, much more. Every page is filled with color photographs to clearly illustrate each step of the art and craft of woodworking and over 40 excellent and useful projects are narrated in explicit detail for woodworkers of all skill levels. The Complete Book of Woodworking guides every step with a thorough explanation of technique, and is a highly recommended reference for school and community library, as well as do-it-yourself hobbyist woodworking reference.

Barbara Rhoades: October 2009

480 pages later, I now know everything there is to know about woodworking. Well, not quite, but this book gives a very detailed insight into the right way to do woodworking.

From setting up a shop to actually making an object and everything in between, this book guides you through all the steps to getting it right beginning with the all important SAFETY issues in the shop and moving on to types of woods. It continues with squaring up and cutting the wood (stock) and then goes into types of joints. It explains how and when a router can be used and how to create a few jigs.

Ever wonder how the handmade furniture gets that really GREAT glossy finish? There is a chapter on that. Need a cutting board for a gift, a book case, a birdhouse or a utility cabinet for your shop? These are only four of the 40 projects provided. Simple to complex, choose which project you want to start with (after thoroughly reading the book, of course!) and have fun with wood.  

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