Woodworking Basics, The principles and skills of good joinery

This a very easy to follow guide to woodworking with excellent illustration. The authors have provided a comprehensive guide for those considering woodworking as an activity. – Highly Recommended


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NAME: Woodworking Basics, The principles and skills of good joinery
FILE: R2723
AUTHOR: Alan Goodsell, Randall Maxey
PUBLISHER: GMC Publications
BINDING: soft back 
PAGES: 159
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: wood, woodworking, tools, tool use, hand tools, power tools, design, 
measuring, measurements, example projects, joiner, joinery, DIY, hobby

ISBN: 978-1-78494-408-7

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DESCRIPTION:  This a very easy to follow guide to woodworking with excellent 
illustration.  The authors have provided a comprehensive guide for those 
considering woodworking as an activity. - Highly Recommended

Over the years there have been so many DIY and woodworking books, some of which have been very 
good and others rather less so. This new book is in the very good category and it provides a guide to 
joinery that is down to earth and very easy to follow even if the reader has never looked at the subject 
before. Today, books of this type are very important because education systems have been ignoring 
traditional crafts and young people have so many other distractions that they rarely read books.

Adults have also taken progressively less interest in craft hobbies and DIY. In part this is due to 
politicians trying to over legislate and require tradesmen to do jobs that used to be attempted and done 
well by householders. In part it is also due to the many additional pressures and lack of both training
 and confidence.

Here, the authors have started at the beginning with wood. Understanding the nature of the material is 
important in selecting wood to purchase and to working it into something useful. It is a natural and 
sustainable product that has been worked for many thousands of years, using tools that are still in use 
today. It is relatively easy to work and skills can be built up slowly to a very high level. This book could 
take someone through the basic self learning stage to achieve a solid foundation on which to develop 
further.

Tools are described together with an explanation of which to prioritize. The authors have not assumed that 
the reader has any skill before starting to read the book. Some traditional hand tools are no longer easy to 
find in the shops, but many tools can be purchased second hand from flea markets, boot car sales and 
auctions, saving money and requiring little work to fully restore them. Usually the only work required is 
to lightly sand and oil the metal and some do not even require that. DIY shops offer an impressive 
selection of power tools that can require a deep pocket. They will enable work to be done more quickly 
but they can allow an inexperienced woodworker to produce mistakes more quickly and increase risks. 
Hand tools require care, thought, concentration and patience, achieving a very high standard of work and
 a great deal of personal satisfaction.

Having described the tools, the authors have described their use and followed with a very good selection 
of example projects that the reader can undertake. These projects provide a progressive development of 
skills and deliver useful items for the home.

Provided that the reader works through the book and then starts to produce the example projects, patiently
improving skills, this can build into a great hobby and save money. It is always wise to buy good quality 
new or used tools and to care for them. Some may not be used often and most will last a lifetime. As the 
skill level develops it will be practical to modify some of the example projects and go on to very complex 
and demanding projects that will deliver finished items to compete with anything produced by skilled 
professional craftsmen. Along the way, learning and developing should be very enjoyable.

What makes this book particularly good is the way in which very readable text has been combined with 
excellent full colour photographs and drawings.