Lumberjock’s Reading List        Updated:  May 16, 2010

Category

Title

Author

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Pub-Date

Woodworking Theory and Philosophy

 

The Soul of a Tree: A Master Woodworkers Reflections

George Nakashima

Amazon

Ethan

is an absolutely fabulous book on woodworking theory and insight into the mind of one of the brilliant woodworkers of our era

Durnik150 LJ Review

1988

 

Meetings With Remarkable Trees

Thomas Pakenham

Amazon

barbs

Review: This book is a superb blend of poetry, philosophy and photography of living giants of the Earth. From native trees of Britain to New World immigrants, he has captured the essence of trees as giants.

1997

 

A Cabinetmaker’s Notebook

James Krenov

Amazon

Loren

LJ Review  This book (and Krenov’s others) are about Feelings. They
are about discovering the wood and discovering a design
process that produces furniture that is finely proportioned
and intimate – with every detail done with careful thought.

2000

 

 

Harvesting Urban Timber: A Complete Guide to Making Better Use of Urban Trees

Sam Sherrill

Amazon

DannyBoy

LJ Review  takes an ecological, economic, and just common sense approach to addressing the waste that our society generates by not treating felled trees of our urban forests as assets or inventory but as waste to be thrown away

2003

 

A Splintered History of Wood: Belt Sander Races, Blind Woodworkers, and Baseball Bats

Spike Carlsen

Amazon

KDL

LJ Review This is an easy, entertaining read, with a nice mix of humor, facts, and real-world knowledge. … it won’t replace anything on your shelf, but it’ll give you a real appreciation for what wood can do and has done.

2009

 

The Woodbook: The Complete Plates

Romeyn Beck Hough

Amazon

Gary Fixler

LJ Review Compilation of a 15 volume set describing 354 American species of wood complete with plates of each species cut in transverse (crosscut), radial (quartersawn), and tangential (flat or plain sawn) directions

2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wood Selection, Preparation, Storing

 

Woodworker’s Guide to Selecting and Milling Wood

Charles Self

Amazon

barbs

 

1994

 

The Woodbook: The Complete Plates

Romeyn Beck Hough

Amazon

Gary Fixler

LJ Review Compilation of a 15 volume set describing 354 American species of wood complete with plates of each species cut in transverse (crosscut), radial (quartersawn), and tangential (flat or plain sawn) directions

2007

Woodworking – General Carpentry and General Furniture

 

Made by Hand: Furniture Projects from the Unplugged Woodshop

Tom Fidgen

Amazon

Blake

LJ Review  Tom Fidgen is one of our own. His blog announcement of the book is here Tom Fidgen blog. about 160 pages loaded with beautiful, high quality photographs of the process of working with hand tools. He doesn’t just write about the tools, he writes about the process in vivid detail. Six projects are followed—a table, a sideboard, a bookcase, etc.—from start to finish, in beautiful detail.

2009

 

The Complete Home Carpenter

George Daniels

Biblio

Dick, & Barb Cain

This book is well illustrated with some nice projects.

1976

 

The Complete Manual of Woodworking

Albert Jackson, David Day

Amazon

Obi

It is fully illistrated with joinery technques, tools, pictures of exotic woods, fine furniture… Great All-Around Book for Beginners and Experienced Wookworkers alike.

1989

 

Complete Illustrated Guide to Furniture and Cabinet Construction

Andy Rae

Amazon

Don

 

2001

 

Encyclopedia of Furniture Making

Ernest Joyce

Amazon

jockmike2

 

1987

 

Woodworker’s Essential Facts, Formulas, and Short-Cuts

Ken Horner

Amazon

Jim Crockett

 

2003

 

Building Construction Illustrated

Francis D.K. Chang

Amazon

Dick, & Barb Cain

I have the first edition 1975 hardcover. It has drawings of all facets of building construction, from the foundation to finishing. It’s a large sized book 11” x 14”. It’s a very useful reference book.

1975

 

The Art of Making Furniture

John Makepeace

Amazon

Dick, & Barb Cain

I highly recommend this book. It’s very well illustrated with some nice furniture. I have the 1982 Edition.

Part One: WOOD, Part Two: PLANS, Part Three: TOOLS & TECHNIQUES.

1982

 

Illustrated Cabinetmaking How to Design and Construct Furniture That Works

Bill Hylton

Amazon

Mark Shymanski

LJ Review  It isn’t a tool that generates sawdust but I think it is one of my, now, well worn tools. I highly recommend it.

2008

 

Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking, A Step-By-Step Guidebook To Essential Woodworking Technique

Tage Frid

Amazon

Ben

LJ Review  3 books, 1 and 2 are together and available in paperback

1994

 

Woodworker’s Guide to Pricing Your Work

Dan Ramsay

Amazon

Durnik150

LJ Review  would recommend adding this to your library if you run a woodworking business or are a serious seller of your works

2005

 

Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work

Matthew Crawford

Amazon

Jim

LJ Review  “Philosopher and motorcycle repair-shop owner Crawford extols the value of making and fixing things in this masterful paean to what he calls “manual competence,” the ability to work with one’s hands.

2009

 

The Complete Woodworker

Bernard E. Jones

Amazon

kiwi1969

LJ Review  If Nick Englers recently reviewed book is the go to book for modern woodworking, then The complete woodworker is the turn of the century equivalent.

1917 (earliest version)

 

Woodworking Wisdom: Ultimate Guide To Cabinetry and Furniture Making

Nick Engler

Amazon

Craftsman on the Lake

LJ Review  Explaining an encyclopedia isn’t easy so I’ll stop here. Suffice to say that I’m sure I’ll refer to this book over and over again. If I have a question I’m sure it will be there. I’m not that knowledgeable about woodworking. This will be like having someone to call if need be.

1997

 

The Woodwright’s Guide: Working Wood with Wedge and Edge

Roy Underhill, Eleanor Underhill

Amazon

Texasgaloot

LJ Review   For any of us who find any joy at all in transforming wood, this is mandatory reading. I defy you not to let your imagination wander!

2008

 

Great Designs from Fine Woodworking: Furniture

Fine Woodworking editors

Amazon

bent

LJ Review Each project is about 2-3 pages and has a basic assembly or cutaway drawing. There’s just enough notes to let you see how the project goes together without being a tutorial. It seems to be equal parts A&C, period, shaker, and contemporary.

2006

 

Starting an Outdoor Furniture Manufacturing Business

Matt Oppenheim

Ordering Info

sandhill

LJ Review How to start an outdoor furniture manufacturing business. This is the most straight up and to the point, down and dirty “Here is how it’s done, but it’s not easy” book I have found to date

2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wood Carving

 

How to Carve Faces in Driftwood

Harold L. Enlow

Fox Chapel

Amazon

Dick, & Barb Cain

LJ Review  This book helped me a lot in my first attempts at carving. Harold Enlow shows, how to carve wind spirits, Etc. With a lot of step by step images.

1978

 

Carving Award-winning Songbirds

Lori Corbett

Amazon

David Craig

LJ Review This volume is more like an encyclopedia than a simple how to book. Lori Corbett documented just about everything she knows about bird carving and then some.

2005

 

Carving the Human Face

Jeff Phares

Amazon

MsDebbieP

LJ Review With over 250 steps, broken down into eight working sections, the author carefully guides you through the process of releasing the human face from a chunk of wood.

2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WorkShop

 

The Toolbox Book

Jim Tolpin

Amazon

Taunton

frank

If you like to study toolboxes and want some understanding and ideas on making your own then this is another excellent read

DannyBoy LJ Review

1998

 

The Workbench Book: A Craftsman's Guide to Workbenches for Every Type of Woodworking

Scott Landis

Amazon

vtwoody

thoroughly enjoyed all three. They are written well, are interesting, and the photos of different benches, toolboxes, workshops, etc. (Toolbox, Workbench, Workshop)

1998

 

The Workshop Book

Scott Landis

Amazon

Taunton

vtwoody

 

1998

 

Woodshop Dust Control

Sandor Nagkyczlanasczy

Amazon

dbhost

a lot of folks recommend this book

Durnik150 LJ Review

2002

 

Workbenches: From Design and Theory to Construction and Use

Christopher Schwartz

Amazon

BikerDad

BikerDad LJ Review  For those interested in the purpose, design, analysis and use of woodworking benches, this book is IMHO the best available today.

woodwhisperer LJ Review

Tomcat1066 LJ Review

2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finishing

 

Understanding Wood Finishing: How to Select and Apply the Right Finish

Bob Flexner

Amazon

frank

here is a good book for understanding wood finishing

USCJeff LJ Review

2005

 

Protecting Wood.pdf

R. Bruce Hoadley

Protecting Wood.pdf

 

frank

free download from Taunton

2000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Furniture – Antique Reproduction

 

Antique Furniture Reproduction

John A. Nelson

Amazon

Note that there are multiple editions, also an advanced book.

Dick, & Barb Cain

I have the 1982 hardcover edition. It has dimensioned drawings of 15 Items.

A very useful book of small projects.

 

1982

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Furniture – Arts and Crafts

 

Greene & Greene : Design Elements for the Woodshop

Darrell Peart

AuthorSite

Amazon

Don

a1Jim LJ Review

This book is a must have, high on my list of woodworking info and furniture making books of the 600 woodworking books I have it’s in the top 3 for sure and I’ve only read half way through.

2006

 

Popular Woodworking's Arts & Crafts Furniture: 25 Projects For Every Room In Your Home

Popular Woodworking Editors

Amazon

DannyBoy

LJ Review  If you are an experienced woodworker and can skip the instructions on most projects, then you may love using this because they really are great looking designs.

2008

 

Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture

Robert W. Lang

Amazon

 

gizmodyne

LJ Review  This is an amazing book containing shop drawings of Stickley furniture. These are not plans, they are shop drawings.

2003

 

Grove Park Inn Arts and Crafts Furniture

Bruce Johnson

Amazon

Timbo

LJ Review Incredible Arts and Craft style resort located in Asheville NC, full of A&C furniture and opened in 1913. …info regarding arts & craft furniture including drawings with dimensions on several pieces. Overall, a good read.

2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Furniture – Boxes

 

Complete Illustrated Guide to Box Making

FWW Editors

Amazon

Don

 

2004

 

Basic Box Making

Doug Stowe

Amazon

Jim Crockett

 

2007

 

Box Making Basics

David Freedman

Amazon

Jim Crockett

 

1997

 

New Masters of the Wooden Box

Oscar Fitzgerald

Amazon

MsDebbieP

LJ Review  This book takes boxes to a whole new level. On one hand you have some extraordinary pieces of art in for the form of boxes (and more) and on the other hand it begins by taking you on a journey of man’s evolution and the search for enlightenment.

2009

 

Creating Beautiful Boxes With Inlay Techniques

Doug Stowe

Amazon

Durnik150

epp_dog

LJ Review1

LJ Review2 

Great book for learning – NOT a book for plans.

1997

 

Sculpted Band Saw Boxes, Design, Inspiration & Construction

Lois Keener Ventura

Amazon

Durnik150

LJReview   there isn’t as much plan in this book as a parts list and some finished product

2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Furniture – Chairs

 

Designing & Building Chairs

Doug Stowe

Taunton

 

Don

 

2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Furniture – Country

 

American Country Furniture

Nick Engler, Mary Jane Favorite

Barnes Noble

Amazon

MsDebbieP

LJ Review  Perfect balance of pictures, diagrams, and words. I also like the size of the book

2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Furniture – Drawers

 

The Drawer Book

Bill Hilton

Amazon

Jim Crockett

 

2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Furniture – Joints

 

Complete Illustrated Guide to Joinery

Gary Rogowski

Taunton

Don

 

2002

 

The Joint Book

Terrie Noll

Amazon

Jim Crockett

bilsborough LJ Review  If you’re just getting into wood working I’d say this is a must have. If you’ve been at it for a while, I think you can still find a few tricks that for it’s price make it worth while.

2009

 

Classic Joints With Power Tools

Yeung Chan

Amazon

barbs

Loren LJ Review  …..is one of the best and most practical….. He shows several ways to make each joint so even with a modestly equipped shop you’ll be able
to make quality joints.

2002

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Furniture – Mantels

 

Building Fireplace Mantels

Mario Rodriguez

Amazon

barbs

 

2002

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Furniture - Plans

 

Measured Shop Drawings for American Furniture

Thomas Moser

Amazon

Dick, & Barb Cain

A great book to beginning to understand the influence of Shaker, Chippendale, Hepplewhite and Sheraton designs (frank)

1984

 

Making Authentic Shaker Furniture: With Measurements

 

John G. Shea

Amazon

Dick, & Barb Cain

reprint of "The American Shakers and their furniture" 1982

1997

 

Build-It-Better-Yourself Country Furniture

Handyman Mag Editors

Amazon

Dick, & Barb Cain

 

1987

 

Great Designs from Fine Woodworking: Furniture

Fine Woodworking editors

Amazon

bent

LJ Review Each project is about 2-3 pages and has a basic assembly or cutaway drawing. There’s just enough notes to let you see how the project goes together without being a tutorial. It seems to be equal parts A&C, period, shaker, and contemporary.

2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Furniture – Rustic

 

Web site for the Adirondacks

 

Adirondack Museum Site

frank

Museum dedicated to the Adirondacks

 

 

Adirondack Furniture and the Rustic Tradition

Craig Gilborn

Amazon

frank

If one is wanting to study and learn about rustic furniture and the rustic tradition then here is an excellent book on the subject

1987

 

Adirondack Camps: Homes Away From Home 1850-1950

Craig Gilborn

Amazon

frank

No study on rustic furniture is complete without this one, which deals with how the furniture came out of the woods intio their camps

2000

 

Green Woodworking: Handcrafting Wood from Log to Finished Product

Drew Langsner

Biblio

AllBookStores

frank

since I also do green woodworking as rustic, one of my first books on the subject that I read and still read is

1987

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Furniture – Shaker

 

Making Authentic Shaker Furniture: With Measurements

 

John G. Shea

Amazon

Dick, & Barb Cain

reprint of "The American Shakers and their furniture" 1982

1997

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Furniture – Toys, Models, and Puzzles

 

Great Book of Wooden Toys

Norm Marshall

Fox Chapel

MsDebbieP

LJ Review  Air, land, sea; single items and toys that link together. Great combination.

2009

 

Turning Vintage Toys

Chris Reid

Amazon

MsDebbieP

LJ Review  Easy to follow, not a lot of reading to do.

2009

 

Whacky Toys, Whirligigs & Whatchamacallits

Rodney Frost

Amazon

David Craig

LJ Review  Bottom line, if you like the mixture of woodworking and art, you should love this book. If you are looking for toy patterns and straight schematic diagrams, you should steer clear.

2002

 

Making Mechanical Marvels in Wood

Raymond Levy

Amazon

 

Sivers

LJ Review  All the models in this are meant to be demonstrative of basic mechanical devices that make up the larger machines that are all around us.

1991

 

Wooden Puzzles

Editors of Scroll Saw Woodworking and Crafts

Fox Chapel

MsDebbieP

LJ Review  Do our LumberJocks’ scrollwork projects inspire and intimidate you? Are you puzzled by scroll saw work? The book “Wooden Puzzles” takes “puzzled” to a whole new level!

2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tools – BandSaw

 

The Bandsaw Book

Lonnie Bird

Amazon

dbhost

Kerry Drake LJ Review Lonnie Bird talks about everything that should have been in you bandsaw’s owners manual. A great book for beginners (like me), walking me though the ins and outs of bandsaw setup, maintenance and use.

1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tools – Hand

 

Made by Hand: Furniture Projects from the Unplugged Woodshop

Tom Fidgen

Amazon

Blake

LJ Review  Tom Fidgen is one of our own. His blog announcement of the book is here Tom Fidgen blog. about 160 pages loaded with beautiful, high quality photographs of the process of working with hand tools. He doesn’t just write about the tools, he writes about the process in vivid detail. Six projects are followed—a table, a sideboard, a bookcase, etc.—from start to finish, in beautiful detail.

2009

 

Hand Tools: Their Ways and Workings

Aldren A. Watson

Amazon

WayneC

LJ Review  This book provides a very comprehensive overview of hand tools you would find in the shop and provides basic information on their use. The appendix of the book has plans for a work bench, shooting board, bench hook and a number of other shop made jigs and fixtures described in the book.  Highly recommended.

2002

 

Restoring, Tuning & Using Classic Woodworking Tools

Michael Dunbar

Amazon

WayneC, barbs

WayneC LJ Review  ..covers information about why and how to select old tools and then goes in detail in selecting, restoring and using the tools. He covers planes, chisels, spokeshaves, saws, etc. Highly recommended if you have added hand tools to your woodworking toolkit or are planning to and you would like to work with vintage tools.

1989

 

Making & Modifying Woodworking Tools

Jim Kingshott

Amazon

WayneC

How to make metal planes.

1993

 

Choosing & Using Hand Tools

Andy Rae

Amazon

barbs

 

2002

 

Traditional Woodworking Handtools

Graham Blackburn

Amazon

Cam

LJ Review  Traditional Woodworking Hand tools is both a guide for collectors and antique-tool enthusiasts as well as a manual for all woodworkers who would increase their vocabulary of woodworking techniques”. I can’t tell you how much I love this book.

2000 (there are earlier versions also)

 

Essential Guide to the Steel Square

Ken Horner

Amazon

JohnR

LJ Review  This book is part history lesson, part instruction manual, part puzzle solver, and all terrific. It’s value is to be measured by much more than the sum of its parts.

2007

 

The Complete Guide To Sharpening

Leonard Lee

Amazon

Sir_Robert

LJ Review  14 years in print, it still ranks well above other texts on the topic. Mr. Lee’s strong attention to the science behind his sharpening methods leaves readers feeling confident about using what they’ve learned.

1995

 

Hand Tool Essentials, Refine Your Power Tool Projects with Hand Tool Techniques

Christopher Schwartz

Amazon

Betsy

LJ Review  Overall this is a very good read. The “chapters” are small enough to make it an easy “pick up when I have a minute” type of book. It’s packed with a lot of basic information and gives a good overview of hand tools as a whole.

2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tools – Lathe

 

Learn to Turn: A Beginner’s Guide to Woodturning from Start to Finish

Barry Gross

Amazon

dbhost

“Learn to Turn: A Beginner’s Guide to Woodturning from Start to Finish” is a well written, easy to understand book, chock full of information on the practice, and art of wood turning. It is probably the best book on woodturning, of the many I have read. However, for as good of a book as it is, it fails to instill the touch, and feel that only comes through doing. Follow along with the book, and DO what it says, develop the touch and feel you need and you will go very quickly from setting up your first lathe, to spinning beautiful works of art. Or at least making things reliably round and safe…

2005

 

Woodturning with Ray Allen: A Master's Designs & Techniques for Segmented Bowls & Vessels 

Dale L. Nish

Amazon

jd3020

 

2004

 

To Turn the Perfect Bowl: Lifelong Quest of Bob Stocksdale

Ron Roszkiewicz

 

Amazon

MsDebbieP

LJ Review  Wonderful balance of photographs, interview questions, and quotes from letters and news clippings.

2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tools – Planes

 

The HandPlane Book

Garrett Hack

Amazon

WayneC

Excellent book, good coverage of the use of all types of hand planes.

PurpLev LJ Review

2003

 

Working with Handplanes (New Best of Fine Woodworking)

FWW Editors

Amazon

WayneC

Articles from Fine Woodworking

2005

 

Making and Mastering Hand Planes. Revised Version

David Finck, James Krenov

Amazon

Authors Site

WayneC

LJ Review  Great book on how to make hand planes.

2009

 

Planecraft. Hand Planing by Modern Methods

C.W. Hampton

E. Clifford

Woodcraft

WayneC

This is what appears to be a Record Promotional users guide to the planes sold by Record. This is a re-print of a 1911 book.

1911

 

David Charlesworth's Furniture Making Techniques

David Charlesworth

Woodcraft

WayneC

Good info on tuneing and sharpening planes. Has info on the “Ruler” trick for flattening the back of plane irons.

1999

 

Planes. Stanley Little Big Book

Clarence Blanchard

Lee Valley

WayneC

Pocket price guide for Stanley Planes that I carry when I am out hunting for planes in Antique Stores and Flea Markets

2007

 

Making & Modifying Woodworking Tools

Jim Kingshott

Amazon

WayneC

How to make metal planes.

1993

 

Handplane Essentials

Christopher Schwartz

Lee Valley

Amazon

Woodworkers Bookshop

WayneC

LJ Review  I am a big fan of Christopher Schwarz’s work. Full of information on everything you need to know to about hand planes

 

2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tools – Router

 

Ultimate Guide to the Router Table

Bill Hylton

Amazon

Jim Crockett

 

2007

 

Woodworking with the Router: Professional Router Techniques and Jigs Any Woodworker Can Use

Bill Hylton

Amazon

Jim Crockett

PaulD LJ Review  just completed reading through this book and it is by far the best router book I have read. I would highly recommend this book to anyone whether a total router newbie (like me) or a seasoned veteran.

2009 (latest edition)