Back To Basics Woodworking Series

While the subtitle, ''Straight Talk for Today's Woodworker'', for the ''Back to Basics'' series might imply that these books are designed for all woodworkers, they are, in my view, particularly relevant for novice woodworkers. The authors rely largely on illustrations, and these are, in general, quite good. Almost every topic is accompanied by at least one illustration. The authors clearly have a good grasp of their respective subjects and know how to explain both simple and complex concepts clearly...these books contain a lot of reliable information that any novice woodworker will benefit from.



1. Woodworker's Guide to Turning: Straight Talk for Today's Woodworker (Back To Basics)

People are drawn to the woodturning lathe because it is the quickest way to go from raw wood to a finished object. Most projects can be finished in an afternoon, and many can be completed in less than an hour. Unlike most woodworking machines, the lathe grips and whirls the wood while the woodworker attacks it with a hand-held chisel or gouge. This makes the chips and shavings fly into the air as the blank takes on its new shape. This is also what makes woodturning so much fun: simple machines, easy skills to learn, fast results.



2. Woodworker's Guide to Joinery: Straight Talk for Today's Woodworker (Back To Basics)

With a focus on the intricate art of joinery, this instructional handbook lays the foundation for a skill that all woodworkers need. Whether making a simple tabletop or an ornate chest, strong joints give items remarkable longevity and an attractive design in addition to showcasing true attention to craftsmanship. Woodworkers will learn how to master the various families of joinery—from the most basic butt joints to half-blind dovetails, tongue-and-groove joints, and beyond. The clear illustrations, comprehensive details, and compact size make this an ideal shop companion for all woodworkers.



3. Woodworker's Guide to Carving: Straight Talk for Today's Woodworker (Back To Basics)

A straightforward manual for all woodcarvers and woodworkers, this reference offers essential information on woodcarving tools and techniques. With chapters devoted to tools, sharpening, setting up shop, and incised, relief, and in the round carving, there is plenty of guidance for the beginning woodcarver and suggestions for those with more experience.



4. Cabinet Construction: Straight Talk for Today's Woodworker(Back To Basics)

Woodworking should be a fun and stress-free hobby. The Back to Basics Series bypasses the overwhelming amount of woodworking information and gets back to basics with the core information needed to succeed. Woodworker's learn what is important to know now and what can be left for later. Best of all, the information is presented in the plain-spoken language one would hear from a trusted friend of relative.



5. Woodworking Machines: Straight Talk for Today's Woodworker (Back To Basics)

A straightforward manual for all woodworkers, this reference offers essential information about the core tools of the woodworking trade. With a chapter devoted to each machine--including the table saw, radial arm saw, band saw, drill press, and jointer--there is plenty of guidance for the beginning woodworker and suggestions for those with more experience. Each chapter includes a detailed diagram of the tool, instructions on its use, and important safety information. Whether woodworkers are setting up a shop, looking to buy new tools, or just interested in getting more from the tools they already own, this essential guide delivers concise information on an array of wood shop equipment.



6. Woodworker's Guide to Wood: Straight Talk for Today's Woodworker (Back To Basics)

The practical information in this shop-tested manual gives woodworkers everything they need to know about their favorite material: wood. Woodworkers will learn how wood behaves in response to atmospheric humidity, how to measure its moisture content, how to shop for wood, how to manage various lumber grades and defects, how to work with manufactured boards and veneers, and how to harvest and season their own wood. Several woodworking projects are also detailed in this guide, including how to build a solar kiln to season wood and how to build storage racks. An extensive listing of wood species with working properties and full-color photos helps woodworkers save money on their next project by choosing the appropriate species and grade of wood.



7. Fundamentals of Sharpening: Straight Talk for Today's Woodworker (Back To Basics)

Sharpening woodworking tools is a task many put off until it is necessary. Learn how to embrace the fun and essence of sharpening tools, and why regular attention to sharpening can increase efficiency and improve quality. This book contains techniques for keeping hand tools like saws, chisels, gouges, and planes razor sharp. It also shows how to extend the life of power tools with well-maintained blades and bits.



8. Setting Up Your Workshop: Straight Talk for Today's Woodworker (Back To Basics)

Whether it is used in the basement, garage, attic, or outside the home, this no-nonsense guide will help woodworkers of all levels create a shop that meets their needs and inspires great work. The plain-spoken advice on fundamental woodworking topics such as shop layout, workbenches, bench vises, shop accessories, and shop storage will appeal to all woodworkers. With sharp, informative line drawings throughout, step-by-step instructions on projects, and even a chapter on first aid, this handbook covers all the areas needed to get a budding woodworker started on the path to artisan-ship.




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