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
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
IMAGE: B2723.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/yaxh2gcz LINKS: 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.