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1. Wooden Lure Making 101 

If you're new to wooden lure making, this eBook is essential reading. Even with minimal tools, a novice can turn a lump of wood into a highly effective fishing lure. The book, written by internationally renowned wooden lure making authority Greg "Doc Lures" Vinall, demystifies the process in a simple, matter-of-fact way. It covers everything from choosing the right wood and basic components to hand shaping, assembling, and custom painting lures. Whether you're interested in any style of lure making, this ebook will get you started on the path to success. It's a valuable resource that will save you time and money by avoiding trial and error. 

   2. Woodwork Joints How they are Made and Used William Fairham, an experienced woodworker and educator from the early twentieth century. The book is part of the Woodworker Series, which includes other titles such as "Woodwork Tools and How to Use Them", "Carpentry for Beginners", and "Wood-Turning". This free book is available on Project Gutenberg, but please note that it does not include the images. If you require the images, you can visit the Project Gutenberg website and search for the same book, where you will find multiple formats and the option to download the book with images. The book provides a comprehensive guide to various woodwork joints, with clear explanations and illustrations to help woodworkers understand how to set out, make, and use these joints. It is a valuable resource for both beginners and experienced woodworkers who want to enhance their knowledge of woodwork joints. 

3. A Course In Wood Turning This book is basic but a clear introduction to woodturning.  It offers excellent tips for beginners and provides information on the use of tools for each project it describes. This makes it a valuable reference for woodshop-turning projects.

4. Woodworking Tools 1600-1900 by Peter C. Welsh. The history of woodworking hand tools from the 17th to the 20th century displays a gradual evolution through generations of craftsmen. The sources of change in design are almost impossible to ascertain, as previous sources have focused more on the object shaped by the tool rather than the tools themselves. This notable book discusses the specialization, configuration, and changes to woodworking tools, providing in-depth information and a wealth of illustrations from antiquity and the Middle Ages. It is considered a woodworking classic and a valuable addition to the library of any hand tool woodworker.

5. Wood-Carving Design and Workmanship Before any good art can be created, it is essential to understand the unalterable laws that govern it. These laws are subtle but crucial, and they must be known and recognized to be obeyed. Additionally, one must grasp the conditions that are most favorable to their craft before one can acknowledge these laws. Moreover, a crucial step in obtaining clearer views and overcoming technical difficulties is the devotion of energy. This devotion is the first essential step in the process. This book is aimed at handicraftsmen in the industrial and mechanic arts. It will feature authoritative statements by experts in the field, guiding the exercise of ingenuity, taste, and imagination in the entire sphere of the so-called dependent arts.

Woodworking Top-Rated Kindle Books


1. A Cabinetmaker's Notebook (Woodworker's Library)  Cabinetmaking at the highest level encompasses an art, a discipline, a philosophy, and even a way of life, in addition to being a practical craft. In the pages of this book, one of the most esteemed contemporary cabinetmakers contemplates the profound significance of his craft. He also imparts valuable insights to less experienced practitioners, elucidating how the correct approach to materials, tools, and time can enhance the pleasures of this intricate pursuit. Craftspersons working in any medium will find inspiration in this narrative of initiation and the cultivation of practices that mitigate the challenges inherent in a sophisticated craft. 

2. The Handplane Book  by Garrett Hack is a comprehensive guide to the classic hand-plane, covering everything from choosing and using to tuning and repairing all types of planes, including unique, antique, and specialty planes. The book is filled with 175 photos and 152 drawings, making it a visually stunning and technically informative reference for professional woodworkers and enthusiasts alike. It helps woodworkers reclaim their woodworking heritage by presenting a treasure trove of information on this collectible hand tool 

3. Wood Finishing 101: The Step-by-Step Guide  by Bob Flexner, provides a simple and easy-to-follow guide to wood finishing. The book offers step-by-step instructions with abundant illustrations, making the process easy to understand. It covers specific instructions on how to finish common woods using widely available finishing materials. Bob Flexner, a master woodworker with over 30 years of experience, shares his expertise to guide both hobbyists and professionals to achieve beautiful results. The book is designed to eliminate the guesswork and simplify the wood-finishing process for the readers

Wood finishing doesn't have to be complicated or confusing. It can be "boiled down" to simple step-by-step instructions. And that's what this book offers; no science, no art, just easily-to-follow directions with lots of pictures to show you every step of the process.

Inside, you'll find specific instructions on how to finish common woods using widely available finishing materials—the kind of wood, stains, and finish coats every home center, paint store or hardware store carries. Just match the wood to the final color and the results you want. Then follow the step-by-step instructions and eliminate the guesswork.

Let Bob's years of experience guide you to beautiful results using his easy-to-understand directions.

4. The Bandsaw Book The bandsaw is a really popular tool for woodworking. It's found in most home and professional workshops. Even though it looks simple, it works best when it's set up the right way. But a lot of the manuals that come with it are hard to understand, and the pictures are not clear. In this book, a professional woodworker named Lonnie Bird gives all the information that bandsaw owners wish was in the manual, and even more - like what to look for when buying a bandsaw and how to set it up for the best performance. The book is easy to understand and has lots of pictures. It's the go-to guide for bandsaw owners.  This clearly illustrated and photographed volume will quickly become the standard reference and is a must-have title for any woodworker.

5. The Router Book There is no more complete guide to the most versatile tool in the woodworker's shop than this book. The Router Book is a comprehensive guide to the most versatile tool in a woodworker's shop, covering a wide range of uses and providing tips for maintaining the tool in the best condition. Written by router expert Pat Warner, the book offers practical advice on choosing the right router for every woodworker's needs. It is a valuable resource for both beginners and experienced woodworkers, sorting through the variety of tools on the market and providing essential information on the router and its accessories 

6. Practical Mechanics for Boys J. S. Zerbe's PRACTICAL MECHANICS FOR BOYS presents a complete education in every dimension of no-nonsense, hands-on shop work that is written in approachable language appropriate to both the novice and the seasoned craftsmen. In addition to chapters exploring a variety of tools and their use, the process of designing, laying out and completing projects, fundamental devices like lacings, gears, valves and clutches, the properties of materials (elasticity, torsion, conductivity, etc.), and the basics of drafting and mechanical power, the author also shares insights on the process of becoming an inventor – turning ideas into objects, building models and prototypes, securing a patent and more. Over 100 original illustrations. Also contains 16 handy tables, dozens of formulas for making your own glues, cements, polishes, etc., and a glossary of more than 300 important mechanical terms.

7. The Toolbox Book In this guided tour of some of the world's best tool-storage solutions, you'll learn how the toolbox evolved as an essential tool and how the site boxes of today have their roots in long-ago journeyman's tool chests. But this book also provides practical advice on how to develop a tool-storage strategy of your own. Jim Tolpin guides you through creating an individual tool storage system best suited to your needs - from planning, through selection of materials, construction and finishing (including special situations like waterproofing the lid of a box intended for a job site).

8. The Complete Guide to Carpentry for Homeowners For today's homeowner, basic carpentry skills are an absolute must. Professional handymen are in rare supply these days, and if you can find them at all, they may command exorbitant rates for work that takes just an hour or two to do. Best of all, modern tools are inexpensive and easy to use, making most home carpentry tasks a breeze to do-it-yourself. Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Carpentry for Homeowners is a down-to-earth guide to help readers solve everyday problems using the most basic of tools—hammers, saws, sanders, clamps, and screw guns.

9. Measuring, Marking and Layout: A Builder's Guide Provides simple techniques for accurate measuring using a number of basic tools.  The success or failure of a building project is often decided before the first nail is driven. Good habits of measuring and marking and a thorough understanding of the way the job should be laid out not only ensure high quality but also save materials and increase productivity.

In this comprehensive reference, John Carroll explains ways to produce precise, correct layouts for everything from the foundation to the roof covering. His forte is his clarity. He breaks down the process into manageable parts and takes you methodically through such daunting tasks as the layouts of stairs and roof rafters.

10. The Complete Guide to Sharpening should be a valuable addition to any woodworker's library due to its comprehensive coverage of a fundamental and often controversial aspect of woodworking. Written by professional cabinetmakers and tool experts, such as Leonard Lee, the book provides a thorough examination of sharpening methods, techniques, and devices, making it a practical reference for woodworkers. It offers practical and technical information on sharpening tools, including chisels, plane irons, and other woodworking tools, with clear instructions and descriptive photos to illustrate the process. Additionally, the book delves into the physics of cutting wood fibers, which can help woodworkers better understand the sharpening process and its impact on tool performance. Therefore, "The Complete Guide to Sharpening" is highly recommended for woodworkers who are learning this critical skill and seeking to improve the performance and safety of their cutting tools