This book is an excellent introduction to basic woodworking concepts and techniques. It starts out with an overview of tools, supplies and machines used in woodworking, information on wood turning and the various types of woodturning and finishing techniques. It then goes into the details of all the main woodworking processes. The author gives some interesting anecdotes about his family and personal life that helps us understand what it’s like to work in a woodshop.
The first couple chapters cover the history of woodworking and the various tools used. The next two chapters give detailed information on the different types of woodworking and explain different woodworking processes. Chapter three looks at the tools needed for different types of woodworking and their proper maintenance. Chapter four explains about the various woodworking machines and how to care for them. And finally, in chapter five, we get to know some of the most popular woodworking hobbies of woodworkers worldwide.
Woodworking Basicsbook is relatively short, covering only a few hundred pages. The short chapters are easy to read and easy to follow with clear instructions. Most woodworkers start with the projects in the left side table, then progress to more complex woodworking projects as they become more experienced. Of course, beginner woodworkers should not worry about finishing the book before moving on to more advanced projects, as they will find plenty of projects to choose from. They will need only a basic understanding of the fundamentals and the appropriate tools for each type of project to get started. And the final result is always satisfying.
The practical and concise nature of The Woodworking Basicsbook make it an excellent choice for a beginner woodworker just getting started. The book contains full color illustrations that illustrate each woodworking idea clearly. A helpful glossary of woodworking terms appears near the end. And the practical advice that goes along with the woodworking projects is well detailed and easy to apply.
The second book in The Woodworking Basicsbook series is just as helpful as the first, although it is geared more toward the seasoned woodworker who is looking to expand his knowledge of woodworking safety and techniques. This second book is all about selecting different types of woodworking tools, including power tools, jigsaws, routers, and saws, and learning how to safely handle them. Even the beginner who has only attempted to do a few simple woodworking projects can learn a lot from this second book. It contains chapters that include basic woodworking safety and protection techniques, tools and power tools terminology, the best way to use different types of woodworking tools, and selecting the right wood for each project.
This third book in the woodworking basics beginner’s guide takes things a step further and introduces the reader to fine-tuning their projects, specifically using mortise and tenon joints. This is not the type of joint that is usually seen in typical home improvement projects, but it is still helpful to know a little bit about it and the different types of joints that can be done with it. It is very similar to the introduction to power tools in that there are many different types of woodworking hardware and tools that will be needed, and many of these tools and hardware will need to be pre-planned before a project can even begin.
The fourth book in the series, Starting Out in the Craft of Woodworking, will be most useful to any woodworking beginner who is interested in completing a woodworking project of some kind. This book provides information about what woodworking is, the different types of woods available, and the processes involved in each type of woodworking. There is also quite a bit of practical information regarding the care and upkeep of wood. Many of the practical examples used in the book were drawn from experts in woodworking, so the information is firsthand and true to what actually happens when people engage in this craft.
These books will provide many different types of learning experiences for anyone interested in learning about woodworking. Whether a beginner just getting started or someone who has been doing this craft for many years, the fundamentals of wood working will always be relevant and helpful. Even if you only use the woodworking basics discussed in the books as learning tools, they will still prove to be useful. In fact, the more advanced you become, the more you will find the use of the books for their practical purposes. With new books coming out each month, it is never to late to start learning about the many different types of woodworking that there are.