Great for beginner to intermediate
By: Owen (Apr, 2017)
I really enjoyed this book. It is a fairly quick read and contains a lot of great info. For someone that has been woodworking for a while, a lot of this stuff may be review, but for someone like me that is still working to setup my workshop and basic toolkit, this was a great resource. It gives a nice perspective on the craft and helps make practical the idea that you don't need a large space, a big tool collection, or a bunch of machines to get started. It goes over some of the basic tools and techniques and explains them very effectively in short detail without being needlessly long winded. He also discusses the basic essentials of what you need in a workspace and talks about how even a person living in a studio apartment can find a small space and make it work for them. There is a simple and practical section on sharpening that makes it sound less intimidating than other texts I have read. And finally the book wraps up with several beginner level projects; a saw bench, bench hook/shooting board, mallet, and work bench. All have nice diagrams and the build is fully explained. Overall this is a very practical book with most of the info contained being directly applicable to learning necessary skills, tasks, and operations. It is filled with great pictures and diagrams throughout. This a great resource for your book collection if you are newer to the craft or are still trying to get your workshop or tool collection set up. Would also make an excellent gift for someone that is new to woodworking or hasn't yet started but has an interest in doing so.
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