Hand Tools

Author: Aldren A. Watson
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393322769
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies

A longtime woodworker's illustrated guide to the tools of the trade and how to use them.

The New Traditional Woodworker

Author: Jim Tolpin
Publisher: Popular Woodworking Books
ISBN: 9781440315350
Release Date: 2011-04-08
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies

Working Wood, Not Machining It If you're more interested in working with wood rather than machining it, you will be relieved to learn that expensive powered machinery isn't required to build furniture. You can also forget the dust masks, face shields and hearing protection since many of the safety concerns related to woodworking - the use of power tools - are eliminated. In this book, you'll learn to set up a hand-tool woodworking shop, then discover the toolset, practice the skillset, and understand the mindset - effectively completing a comprehensive course in hand-tool woodworking.

Handplane Essentials Revised and Expanded

Author: Christopher Schwarz
Publisher: "F+W Media, Inc."
ISBN: 9781440349508
Release Date: 2017-06
Genre: Planes (Hand tools)

Everything you need to use your handplanes! No woodworking tool is more satisfying, quick and precise to use than a handplane. Planes can process timber in its rough state, bring boards up to a glimmering smoothness, cut rabbets, dados, grooves and other joints, and trim wood with a precision that has yet to be matched by power tools. Yet many woodworkers--both beginners and professionals--are intimidated by handplanes. This book is here to set the record straight. Handplane Essentials contains everything you need to choose the right plane for your project (and for your budget), sharpen it and use it successfully. Compiled from more than 15 years of the author's writings on the subject of handplanes in magazines, trade journals and blogs, this book is an indispensable guide for woodworkers. This revised edition includes 14 new articles as well as new and updated tool reviews.

Making Woodwork Aids and Devices

Author: Robert Wearing
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
ISBN: 1861081294
Release Date: 2000-05-01
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies

“203 ‘original’ solutions for various woodworking endeavors....ideas range from simple jigs, marking aids and holding devices to more complex machining aids and specialty tools...goals are to eliminate difficult procedures, speed up time-consuming and repetitive jobs, reduce costly material waste and make better use of tools already owned....Projects feature instructions and illustrations.”—Woodshop News.

Refinishing Furniture Made Simple

Author: Jeff Jewitt
Publisher: Taunton Press
ISBN: 9781600853906
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies

Dale Mulfinger is widely acknowledged as the foremost expert on cabins in North America. His first book, The Cabin: Inspiration for the Classic American Getaway, has sold over 160,000 copies and has consistently been the leading book in the category since it was published in 2001. In this new collection of 37 cabins, Mulfinger rekindles his love for this treasured American icon with fresh insight and seasoned strategies for the logic, utility and beauty of cabin design. Cabins speak of modesty, shared spaces for the camaraderie of family and friends and an open, relaxed atmosphere. Many of the cabins showcased in Back to the Cabin capture this iconic spirit, where life is simple, the mudroom is entry enough for all and burning wood is for more than just charm. There are also some surprises along the way, with cabins that come packaged as kits, cabins built from recycled materials and other whimsical examples designed 'just for the fun of it.'

The Minimalist Woodworker

Author: Vic Tesolin
ISBN: 1940611350
Release Date: 2015-10-15
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies

Woodworking is thriving in the hands-on, DIY, maker world we currently live in. Yet, for it's increasing popularity, there are many crafters who don't engage in woodworking because they falsely believe you need a large workshop and a full-blown collection of tools and equipment. The Minimalist Woodworker is about eliminating this myth. To enjoy woodworking, all you need is a few essential tools, a little bit of space, and the desire to make something with your own two hands. The Minimalist Woodworker is about making woodworking clean and simple – from the tools and the workspace to the easy-to-follow instructions. It eliminates the fears and excuses as it demystifies the craft. Written by Vic Tesolin, aka the Minimalist Woodworker, a woodworker, instructor, and writer who is currently a technical adviser at Lee Valley Tools, The Minimalist Woodworker is a stress-free approach for the hobbyist that emphasizes the destination is actually the journey. Beginning with an understanding of the minimalist mindset, The Minimalist Woodworker quickly details how to make a small space productive and outlines the most efficient tools for a woodworker. Each piece of equipment is explained and instructions on how to use are provided. Techniques for keeping them sharp and maintained are also explained. Once space and tools are covered, seven projects are presented: a saw bench and matching saw horse, a Nicholson-style workbench, a shooting board/bench hook, a shop mallet, and a small hanging cabinet. Each project not only develops woodworking skills, but also outfits The Minimalist Woodworker's small shop. With step-by-step instruction, photos and illustrations, and an easy-going voice, The Minimalist Woodworker offers a stress-free point of entry into the life-long craft of woodworking.

The Unplugged Workshop

Author: Tom Fidgen
Publisher: Taunton Press
ISBN: 1600857639
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies

Presents step-by-step instructions for woodworking projects using only hand-held tools, and includes advice on glues and finishes; instructions for making woodworking tools; and dimensioning lumber by hand.

David Charlesworth s Furniture making Techniques

Author: David Charlesworth
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
ISBN: 1861082959
Release Date: 2002-04-01
Genre: House & Home

A second volume of David's highly regarded work. With 180 full colour photographs of the finished products, the approach this book takes to the art of furniture making is a combination of analytical, practical and innovative views, where woodworkersof all levels are challenged alike.

Made by Hand

Author: Tom Fidgen
Publisher: Popular Woodworking Books
ISBN: 1558708952
Release Date: 2009-12-04
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies

Learn the simplicity of using hand tools, while you build! Traditional woodworking using hand tools can offer a more satisfying relationship with the wood and the creative woodworking process. It's quieter, cleaner and maybe even a little spiritual. It's no surprise that many "plugged-in" woodworkers are returning to the roots of this treasured skill. Where some hand-tool books focus solely on the use of hand tools, Made By Hand takes you right to the bench and shows you how to start building furniture using these tools. By working through the six projects in this book, you'll learn the basics of hand-tool woodworking and how to use the tools effectively and efficiently, then add joinery skills and design complexity. The accompanying DVD includes valuable insight into the tools themselves and a look at the techniques that make these tools work so well. If you're interested in hand tools, start here!


Author: George Daniels
Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers
ISBN: 9780856677045
Release Date: 2011-06-15
Genre: Art

The first and most comprehensive step-by-step guide on the subject, Watchmaking has become a classic in its own right. This new edition is updated to include a new section which discusses and illustrates a variety of the author’s own watches. The author's principal aim in writing this book has been to inspire and encourage the art of watchmaking, especially among a new generation of enthusiasts. The making of the precision timekeeper is described, step by step, and is illustrated at each stage with line drawings and brief explanatory captions. Great care has been taken to ensure the text is easy to follow and to avoid complicated technical descriptions.

Restoring Tuning Using Classic Woodworking Tools

Author: Mike Dunbar
Publisher: "F+W Media, Inc."
ISBN: 9781440336751
Release Date: 2014-10-17
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies

Restoring Tuning & Using Classic Woodworking Tools shows you everything you'll need to know to find and rehabilitate old tools. You'll discover what makes on flea market tool a great find and another a flawed wreck. You'll learn, step by step, now to clean, flatten and sharpen both common and exotic hand tools. And, once your tools have been restored to perfect condition, you'll see exactly how to use them.shows you everything you need to know to find and rehabilitate old tools. You will discover what makes one flea market tool a great find and another flawed wreck. You will learn step by step how to clean, flatten and sharpen both common and exotic hand tools. Once your tools have been restored to perfect condition you will see exactly how to use them.

The Lost Painting

Author: Jonathan Harr
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1588364895
Release Date: 2005-10-25
Genre: Art

An Italian village on a hilltop near the Adriatic coast, a decaying palazzo facing the sea, and in the basement, cobwebbed and dusty, lit by a single bulb, an archive unknown to scholars. Here, a young graduate student from Rome, Francesca Cappelletti, makes a discovery that inspires a search for a work of art of incalculable value, a painting lost for almost two centuries. The artist was Caravaggio, a master of the Italian Baroque. He was a genius, a revolutionary painter, and a man beset by personal demons. Four hundred years ago, he drank and brawled in the taverns and streets of Rome, moving from one rooming house to another, constantly in and out of jail, all the while painting works of transcendent emotional and visual power. He rose from obscurity to fame and wealth, but success didn’t alter his violent temperament. His rage finally led him to commit murder, forcing him to flee Rome a hunted man. He died young, alone, and under strange circumstances. Caravaggio scholars estimate that between sixty and eighty of his works are in existence today. Many others–no one knows the precise number–have been lost to time. Somewhere, surely, a masterpiece lies forgotten in a storeroom, or in a small parish church, or hanging above a fireplace, mistaken for a mere copy. Prizewinning author Jonathan Harr embarks on an spellbinding journey to discover the long-lost painting known as The Taking of Christ–its mysterious fate and the circumstances of its disappearance have captivated Caravaggio devotees for years. After Francesca Cappelletti stumbles across a clue in that dusty archive, she tracks the painting across a continent and hundreds of years of history. But it is not until she meets Sergio Benedetti, an art restorer working in Ireland, that she finally manages to assemble all the pieces of the puzzle. Told with consummate skill by the writer of the bestselling, award-winning A Civil Action, The Lost Painting is a remarkable synthesis of history and detective story. The fascinating details of Caravaggio’s strange, turbulent career and the astonishing beauty of his work come to life in these pages. Harr’s account is not unlike a Caravaggio painting: vivid, deftly wrought, and enthralling. ". . . Jonathan Harr has gone to the trouble of writing what will probably be a bestseller . . . rich and wonderful. . .in truth, the book reads better than a thriller because, unlike a lot of best-selling nonfiction authors who write in a more or less novelistic vein (Harr's previous book, A Civil Action, was made into a John Travolta movie), Harr doesn't plump up hi tale. He almost never foreshadows, doesn't implausibly reconstruct entire conversations and rarely throws in litanies of clearly conjectured or imagined details just for color's sake. . .if you're a sucker for Rome, and for dusk. . .[you'll] enjoy Harr's more clearly reported details about life in the city, as when--one of my favorite moments in the whole book--Francesca and another young colleague try to calm their nerves before a crucial meeting with a forbidding professor by eating gelato. And who wouldn't in Italy? The pleasures of travelogue here are incidental but not inconsiderable." --The New York Times Book Review "Jonathan Harr has taken the story of the lost painting, and woven from it a deeply moving narrative about history, art and taste--and about the greed, envy, covetousness and professional jealousy of people who fall prey to obsession. It is as perfect a work of narrative nonfiction as you could ever hope to read." --The Economist From the Hardcover edition.

The Geography of Genius

Author: Eric Weiner
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781451691689
Release Date: 2016-01-05
Genre: History

Tag along on this New York Times bestselling “witty, entertaining romp” (The New York Times Book Review) as Eric Winer travels the world, from Athens to Silicon Valley—and back through history, too—to show how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times. In this “intellectual odyssey, traveler’s diary, and comic novel all rolled into one” (Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness), acclaimed travel writer Weiner sets out to examine the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas. A “superb travel guide: funny, knowledgeable, and self-deprecating” (The Washington Post), he explores the history of places like Vienna of 1900, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, Song Dynasty Hangzhou, and Silicon Valley to show how certain urban settings are conducive to ingenuity. With his trademark insightful humor, this “big-hearted humanist” (The Wall Street Journal) walks the same paths as the geniuses who flourished in these settings to see if the spirit of what inspired figures like Socrates, Michelangelo, and Leonardo remains. In these places, Weiner asks, “What was in the air, and can we bottle it?” “Fun and thought provoking” (Miami Herald), The Geography of Genius reevaluates the importance of culture in nurturing creativity and “offers a practical map for how we can all become a bit more inventive” (Adam Grant, author of Originals).