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Post by scrit » Tue Aug 12, 2008 2:47 pm

As prompted elsewhere I thought it might be useful to put up a list of recommended textbooks on woorworking subjects. Maybe others would like to join in, too. I'll start the ball rolling with a few classics:

"The Technique of Furniture Making"
by Ernest Joyce
Edited by Alan Peters
Publ. Batsford
ISBN 0-7134-4407-X

Probably the standard British text on cabinetmaking and furniture design. Covers everything from woods, through tools, joint making, techniques of construction, fastenings and fittings, basic veneering, design andconstruction and some restoration. This is still a standard base text for HNC/HND and degree students studying furniture making and production, and rightly so. Should be on everyone's bookshelf

"Carpentry and Joinery: Bench & Site Skills"
by Brian Porter and Reg Rose
Publ. Butterworth-Heinemann
ISBN 0-340-64528-8

300 pages "covering all the background knowledge you need for NVQ joinery" the cover says. Well it's pretty useful for beginners and is well illustrated, covering the general aspects of the job such as the basics of setting out, basics of hand tools, basics of woodworking machinery, basic joints, etc which might make it very useful for someone setting out to build their own house with absolutely knowledge of joinery as a primer. Not too suitable for those who've already gained some practical experience

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Post by paulchapman » Tue Aug 12, 2008 3:30 pm

"The Resourceful Woodworker"
by Robert Wearing
Publ. B T Batsford, London
ISBN 0 7134 6485

An excellent book by ex-woodworking teacher, Bob Wearing. Contains numerous jigs, tools, aids, devices and gadgets which are easy to make in the workshop.

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Post by wizer » Tue Aug 12, 2008 3:49 pm

"Woodworking with the Router"
by Bill Hylton and Fred Matlock
ISBN-10: 1861081286
Publ. Guild of Master Craftsmen Publications [Mod]

Fantastic comprehensive guide to the router and it's uses.

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Post by telos » Tue Aug 12, 2008 4:08 pm

Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking
By Tage Frid
Published by Taunton Press
ISBN 1-56158-068-6

Classic (if somewhat dated) introduction to joinery techniques, veneering and finishing using traditional (and lethally unguarded machine tool!) methods. Still, an excellent resource for classic joint preparation.

Manual of First & Second Fixing Carpentry
By Les Goring
Published by Butterworth-Heinemann
ISBN 978-0-75-068115-5

If you are building/rebuilding your house this is an excellent joiners manual. Shows how floor joist and rafters sizes are calculated. How stairs, architraves, door linings and the like are fitted. Apprentice style NVQ text.

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Post by dangerousdave » Tue Aug 12, 2008 4:43 pm

Excellent thread, Scrit. Have just ordered your 2 recommendations from Amazon

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Post by paulchapman » Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:42 pm

Cabinetmaking The Professional Approach
by Alan Peters

Long out of print but a second, updated edition is being published by Stobart Davies Ltd in October 2008. Details here http://www.stobartdavies.com/pages/BookD....escription.html

Cheers ;)

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Post by mrgrimsdale » Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:48 pm

The Wheelwright's Shop and Welsh Stick Chairs to set the scene.

Seems to be only one copy of the latter for sale in the whole of Britain at the mo (from me via Amazon). They seem to ask daft prices so I have too. I got it on ebay for

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Post by jfc » Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:09 pm

Mr Noisy buys a hammer - Roger Hargreaves

Mr Tickle doing dovetails - Roger Hargreaves

Mr Bump fits a staircase ( you just know what going to happen ) - Roger Hargeaves .


;D


Ok on a serious note ......

Carpentry and Joinery book 1 and 2 by R Bayliss . They where the text books for my City and Guilds 1 - 2 and advanced craft .

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Post by mrgrimsdale » Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:34 pm

Yes it's the text books - older the better. My favourite is Joinery & Carpentry ed Richard Greenhalgh, New Era Publications. Often on Abe Books from

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Post by gazza » Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:26 pm

"The Woodworkers Bible"
by Alf Martensson
Publ. A & C Black Publishers (1985)
ISBN-10: 0713626852 [Mod]


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Post by rogerm » Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:36 pm

"Illustrated Cabinet Making: How to Design and Construct Furniture that Works" (link)
by Bill Hylton
Publ. Fox Chapel Publishing
ISBN 978-1-56523-369-0 [Mod]


Great chapters on wood movement, joints, post and rail construction, tabletops, bases, moldings etc, and then 240 pages of exploded diagrams of every type of furniture you could think of.

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Post by nickw » Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:03 am

"Practical Design Solutions and Strategies"
Publ. Taunton Press
ISBN: 1-56158-344-8

"The Woodworkers Guide To Furniture Design"
by Garth Davies
Publ. Stobart Davies.
ISBN: 0-85442-073-8
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Post by thebloke » Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:46 am

All of Krenov's books - Rob

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Post by mrgrimsdale » Wed Aug 13, 2008 9:12 am

thebloke wrote:All of Krenov's books - Rob
Hmm. This could be the parting of the ways ;D
Krenov very colourful and interesting but his basic woodwork knowledge he seems to have made up as he went along, and often got it wrong in the process.
Where he's got it right (e.g. matching grain etc) he seems to think he's the first person to discover this. Or that's what his fans think, even though it has been a basic design feature used by woodworkers everywhere since the beginnings of woodwork!
Plus the limited palette of cliches which have spread like a plague; sticking out tenons with contrasting wedges, funny little cupboards with spindly legs, amongst others.

I've got most of his books including the creepily named "With Wakened Hands" (good title for a Steven King horror story involving alien paedophiles ;D).

He's an old fart, but an entertaining one and a feature of the woodworking landscape like it or not.
And he's inspired (if that's the right word ::)) a lot of amateur woodworkers and kept them off the streets. ;D

cheers
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Post by mikeb » Wed Aug 13, 2008 10:06 am

"Woodworking Joints" (out of print)
by Charles Hayward
Publ. Evans
ISBN 0-7135-2415-4


"The Complete Guide to Sharpening"
by Leonard Lee
Publ. Taunton Press
ISBN 1-56158-125-9

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Post by mrgrimsdale » Wed Aug 13, 2008 5:12 pm

Hayward again: Carpentry (Teach Yourself Books) and Cabinet Making for Beginners.
Beginners could find a problem with Scrits 1st choice - very excellent Joyce, due to too much on offer, whereas these old fashioned little volumes are much more to the point.
Another little old pair: Percy Blandford's "Wood Turning" and "Wood Carving", good for the same reason; minimal but essential practical information.
No ego building, product placement or other modern tendencies in any of them!



cheers
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Post by thebloke » Thu Aug 14, 2008 10:24 am

mrgrimsdale wrote:
thebloke wrote:All of Krenov's books - Rob
Hmm. This could be the parting of the ways ;D
Krenov very colourful and interesting but his basic woodwork knowledge he seems to have made up as he went along, and often got it wrong in the process.
Where he's got it right (e.g. matching grain etc) he seems to think he's the first person to discover this. Or that's what his fans think, even though it has been a basic design feature used by woodworkers everywhere since the beginnings of woodwork!
Plus the limited palette of cliches which have spread like a plague; sticking out tenons with contrasting wedges, funny little cupboards with spindly legs, amongst others.

I've got most of his books including the creepily named "With Wakened Hands" (good title for a Steven King horror story involving alien paedophiles ;D).

He's an old fart, but an entertaining one and a feature of the woodworking landscape like it or not.
And he's inspired (if that's the right word ::)) a lot of amateur woodworkers and kept them off the streets. ;D

cheers
Jacob
Yee ha ;D...he shoots, he scores!! I didn't think you could resist Jacob ;D ;D ;D - Rob

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Post by mrgrimsdale » Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:01 am

thebloke wrote:Yee ha ;D...he strikes, he scores!! I didn't think you could resist Jacob ;D ;D ;D - Rob
Sorry Rob, I just wouldn't have been able to rest easy without having given old Jim a bit of a going over ;D ;D

Hayward gets a commendation from Chris Shwarz in the latest "Woodworking" mag with some more titles of books I have not seen: "Woodwork Joints" "English Period Furniture" and high praise for "Tools for Woodwork".
Hayward also is contributor to "Carpentry & Joinery" (see above) in a section on veneering. Seems to have been a very busy chap!

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Post by scrit » Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:52 am

mrgrimsdale wrote:Hayward again: Carpentry (Teach Yourself Books) and Cabinet Making for Beginners.
Beginners could find a problem with Scrits 1st choice - very excellent Joyce, due to too much on offer, whereas these old fashioned little volumes are much more to the point.
A useful part set of the Charles H. Hayward books all published by Evans Brothers might be:

"Cabinet Making for Beginners"

"Carpentry for Beginners"

"The Complete Book of Woodwork"


and

"Woodworking Joints"

These are all out of print but they were printed between the 1930s and the 1980s so finding them secondhand shouldn't be an issue. As Jacob says they're good guides for the beginner and are predominently hand-tool oriented as well. There are other books in the series including texts on veneering, french polishing, turning, small machinery, etc but all of those subjects are probably better dealt with elsewhere these days.

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PS Apologies to those whose posts I've edited. Only trying to present book details consistently and with the sort of stuff you'd need if you were to go into the local bookshop

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Post by toobyefore » Thu Aug 14, 2008 7:17 pm

For right down to basics handtool stuff, Hayward's The Junior Woodworker is good. I think the Complete Book of Woodwork would be a bit superfluous if you already had "Cabinetmaking" and "Carpentry". His Woodworker's Pocket Book is worth its weight; absolutely packed with info in a handy size (there's even a later metric edition). I thought his "Staining and Polishing" was supposed to still be the best guide to the basics of French polishing? No?

For all things plane, Planecraft has to be worth looking for.

As you're helpfully editing in all the details, Scrit, I'll leave that to you... ;)

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Post by jmk89 » Thu Aug 28, 2008 5:56 am

As well as Hayward, I find all sorts of useful stuff inBernard E Jones's works - either the Practical Woodworker or the Complete Woodworker
My preferred Joyce is the Encyclopaedia of Furniture making

And a plug for John Walton's Woodwork - a great NSW textbook that covers an amazing amount in real detail

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Post by mrgrimsdale » Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:18 am

Yo, Scrit, you've left mine off your sticky list!
What have you got against them?

The Wheelwright's Shop
Welsh Stick Chairs
Joinery & Carpentry ed Richard Greenhalgh, New Era Publications
Welsh Furniture, Bebb
Irish Country Furniture, Kinmonth

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Post by scrit » Thu Aug 28, 2008 7:18 am

Jacob

No offence intended, Jacob. Do you think you could give us a line or two of "review" on each of the titles you've mentioned? I'm not familiar with them so I'd be grateful if you could help out here

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Post by toobyefore » Thu Aug 28, 2008 7:55 am

jmk89 wrote:My preferred Joyce is the Encyclopaedia of Furniture making
I had the impression it was the same content as "Techniques" - no?

Jacob, I shouldn't worry. He's skipped mine and put me down as recommending Hayward's Carpentry - one of the few of Hayward's I don't have! ;D

Cheers, Alf

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Post by mrgrimsdale » Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:05 am

He'd be no good as a librarian then, if he ever wanted to get a proper job ;D

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Post by thebloke » Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:45 am

Having just read Robert Inghams 'Cutting Edge Cabinet Making' I reckon this has to be one for Scrits list - Rob

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Post by paulchapman » Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:16 am

I'll second that. A great book.

Published by Guild of Master Craftsman Publications Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-86108-518-4

The book covers Robert Ingham's approach to design, materials and construction. Contains many of Robert Ingham's innovative jigs which enable him to produce such accurate and precise work. Very nicely illustrated - and his workshop is something else :o

Cheers ;)

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Post by thebloke » Thu Aug 28, 2008 12:20 pm

paulchapman wrote:I'll second that. A great book.

Published by Guild of Master Craftsman Publications Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-86108-518-4

The book covers Robert Ingham's approach to design, materials and construction. Contains many of Robert Ingham's innovative jigs which enable him to produce such accurate and precise work. Very nicely illustrated - and his workshop is something else :o

Cheers ;)

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...and for those that aren't aware of the size and scale of RI's shop it's almost 11,000 sq' :o which ain't a bad size for a single bloke to work it. It's also so immaculate that is probably cleaner than the operating theatre in your local NHS hospital - Rob

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Post by scrit » Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:11 pm

thebloke wrote:..and for those that aren't aware of the size and scale of RI's shop it's almost 11,000 sq'....
So just a tad larger than the average small joinery manufacturer, then ::)

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Post by thebloke » Fri Aug 29, 2008 8:38 am

Scrit wrote:
thebloke wrote:..and for those that aren't aware of the size and scale of RI's shop it's almost 11,000 sq'....
So just a tad larger than the average small joinery manufacturer, then ::)
I wonder how many individual joiners have got a space of approx 35 yards square to work in (not sq yds)...not many ;) - Rob

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Post by jake » Fri Aug 29, 2008 8:06 pm

Can I nominate everything Krenov ever wrote, just to wind up Jacob?

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Post by thebloke » Mon Sep 01, 2008 9:17 am

jake wrote:Can I nominate everything Krenov ever wrote, just to wind up Jacob?
Jake - you're far too late with this one...I did it a while ago. Worked a treat ;D ;D - Rob

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Post by jake » Mon Sep 01, 2008 1:39 pm

OK. Can I nominate everything that hippy dipstick Krenov ever wrote, just to wind up Jacob again?

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Post by engineerone » Mon Sep 01, 2008 1:51 pm

and what about a few makepeace books too to really wind the spring tight ;D :o

paul ;)

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Post by mrgrimsdale » Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:13 pm

jake wrote:OK. Can I nominate everything that hippy dipstick Krenov ever wrote, just to wind up Jacob again?
I've already given the old twerp a going over (see earlier post). Happy to do it again if anyone thinks I've missed anything ;D ;D

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PS I've been away for a few days in Wet Wales. Have I missed anything at all?

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Post by modernist » Mon Sep 01, 2008 9:03 pm

I see Alan Peters tome gets several metions above. Whilst I love his work I thought Stobart the publisher ruined the lst edition. They seem to have the ability to extract the exitement out of any material.

Van Nostrand on the other hand........... ;D ;D

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Post by mrgrimsdale » Mon Sep 01, 2008 9:56 pm

modernist wrote:I see Alan Peters tome gets several metions above. Whilst I love his work I thought Stobart the publisher ruined the lst edition. They seem to have the ability to extract the exitement out of any material.

Van Nostrand on the other hand........... ;D ;D

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Is that a Van Nostrand edition? Explain please Brian!
I agree abt Stobart. The book is good, but in serious need of both editing and designing. Almost could have been a little classic, alongside Welsh Stick Chairs and (very few) others.
Best bit is chap 1 "The Cotswold School and the Birth of the Craft Furniture Movement"
Could do with an epilogue along the lines of "The Death of...ditto." and bring it up to date with some well known names!

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Post by mrgrimsdale » Sat Oct 04, 2008 11:04 am

3 books I've been looking at.

Woodturning - A Foundation Course. Keith Rowley.
Bit waffly but generally very good practical advice. Just right for me at the mo as I am turning to turning in a small way. Recommend

Furniture Design Garth Graves
I bought this on the strength of the chapter and topic headings, which look like the makings of a very good book. Unfortunately this isn't it! Well its OK in parts - they all are. Putting it back on ebay shortly. Don't waste our money!

The Woodwright's Shop Roy Underhill
Came this morning. Got it after reading something by Chris Shwarz
Risky business working under the shadow of George Sturt's great classic title, but this looks very interesting and I'm looking forward to reading it.
Subtitled - A Practical Guide to Traditional Woodcraft it's very American backwoodsy - "paddle faster, I hear banjos".
Just flipped through it so far but something deeply fascinating on every page!

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Post by mrgrimsdale » Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:28 pm

Nice copy of John Brown's 'Welsh Stick Chairs' here
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Post by jonnyd » Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:47 pm

[quote="mrgrimsdale"]The Wheelwright's Shop and Welsh Stick Chairs to set the scene.

Seems to be only one copy of the latter for sale in the whole of Britain at the mo (from me via Amazon). They seem to ask daft prices so I have too. I got it on ebay for
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