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Collins Complete Woodworker's Manual Hardcover – 3 Oct 1996

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; Revised edition edition (3 Oct. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0004140052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0004140056
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 22.4 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 501,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“In the office we call it The Bible. Collins are more modest and call it The Complete Woodworker’s Manual.”
GOOD WOODWORKING

“…the ideal companion for both workshop and in front of the fire with a cup of cocoa.”
GOOD WOODWORKING

“This terrific tome covers all aspects of woodwork, catering for everyone from the outright novice to the more adept and adventurous among us.”
GOOD WOODWORKING

“Clear instructions, excellent illustrations and crisp colour photography make even the more complicated aspects of woodworking seem easier, with plenty of tips throughout.”
GOOD WOODWORKING

"A fine book"
TRADITIONAL WOODWORKING

"Well thought out and well designed"
WOODWORKER

"A friend to lean on"
WOODWORKING INTERNATIONAL

"Thoroughly authoritative, well-illustrated and well-produced"
HOME AND GARDEN

"An absolute must for the bookshelf"
WHICH TOOL

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'Collins Complete Woodworker's Manual 'is the most comprehensive and up-to-date illustrated book on woodworking. Beginning with the raw material, it reveals the characteristics of every major softwood and hardwood, its stunning colour photographs even detailing the effect of a clear finish on the colour of each species.

In an exciting departure from the usual project-oriented books on woodworking, ' Collins Complete Woodworker’s Manual' takes you through every process of three-dimensional design. Actual designer's sketches illustrate the basic principles of chair, table and storage-unit construction – and provide a plunder-chest of ideas for selecting everything from the best joint for the job to the most efficient order of assembly.

Whatever the task, a woodworker turns to the tool kit. This book boasts an unrivalled illustrated survey of every type of tool – from the bench plane to the power router, and a Japanese saw to a universal machine – and each is comprehensively described to help the novice, inform the tool buyer and assist the experienced woodworker to plan and stock a safe machine shop.

The accomplished woodworker needs a wide range of skills and techniques. None is more critical than joint-making – to which ' Collins Complete Woodworker’s Manual' devotes a whole chapter of photographic examples, working text and step-by-step drawings of every type of joint. Whether it is woodcarving, veneering or marquetry, bending or finishing wood, the book provides detailed coverage of those crafts that are so appealing to every woodworker. There is even advice on using such materials as metal, glass, marble and leather in combination with wood. Add to this a comprehensive range of fixings and fittings – from the latest in adhesives to locks and handles – and you have everything you need to complete the job.

Authoritative, superbly crafted and easy to use, ' Collins Complete Woodworker's Manual ' is the one book every woodworker needs.


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90 of 92 people found the following review helpful By S. Sims on 19 Aug. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Wanting to get into woodworking for pleasure (and ultimately furnishing my house) but having very little prior knowledge about the subject, I wanted a book that I could use as a reference whenever it was needed. This book fulfills the role very nicely and gives excellent guidance on the purchase of tools as well as techniques. Having read through the relevant sections, I was able to go out the next day and purchase everything I needed.
Often the most difficult thing about starting out in a new hobby is finding somebody with experience to guide you. Whilst this is usually the best way, in my case it wasn't possible and this title was about as worthy a substitute as a reference book can be.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Nov. 2001
Format: Hardcover
Excellent book. I am studying Antique Furniture Restoration at college and find that this book covers all the woodworking basics that I need to know, learn and excel at. It is well laid out, easy to follow and has step by step guides for different types of joints, timbers, tools and wood finishing. It is my bible.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Enormous Sage on 10 Jan. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'm strictly a "hobbyist" woodworker and I ordered this on a whim, having just bought a router in the post xmas sales, hoping to pick up some ideas for projects.
The depth of information is outstanding, with the chapters being logically ordered and all types of wood, tool and method being laid out in detail with plenty of clear diagrams and "how-to" instructions.
I picked up plenty of hints and tips on things I never even knew I was doing wrong. I've also managed to identify some of the more obscure woodworking tools I inherited from my Grandfather, and found a use for them!
Money well spent, this will keep me busy for years.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Mcgee on 22 Jan. 2003
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First - this is a really well produced book. It shows what several dozen samples of different wood types look like (both plain and varnished), and goes on to outline the basic construction principles behind chairs, tables, and cupboards. It then covers the use of hand tools and power tools.
But, and it's a big but, this is really only an overview of a vast subject. For example, it covers drafting of a plan in one single page, which really isn't enough if you're planning to build a large piece of furniture.
So while it looks lovely, bear in mind that it's best considered as a roadmap for further study and experimentation.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wiklund Peter on 12 Dec. 2011
Format: Hardcover
The book provides basic knowledge of woodworking tools, material and techniques. The chapter on different tools is very extensive and pretty much up-to-date reflecting the status at time of the publishing year 2005. What is missing is a chapter with example projects showing how to apply different joining techniques at the same time showing how to use the tools. The chapter on basic furniture construction is presented only as handwritten drawings and handwritten text making it laborious to grasp the content. What I liked most was the stuff on bending wood, finishing and veneering techniques. The next edition would benefit from of a total rewrite with a more balanced take on the different chapters in addition to a more contemporary approach on the subject.

Overall the book is well worth the money as a basic reference for those new to woodworking.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Heiko Ahlers on 1 July 2000
Format: Hardcover
Teaching English at a technical college in Germany I always kept looking for a book that explains it all. I finally found it: whatever you need to know about woodworking, all the tools, the properties of wood, designing furniture, dovetails, what have you... It's all in this one book. It's well-written, easy to read, beuatifully illustrated (cudos to Simon Jennings). If you want to go into woodworking seriously, this is the book you want to get.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. C. Crowe on 11 July 2009
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This book was purchased for someone who doesn't know a lot about woodworking. He has found it very useful, informative, interesting and inspiring. A good place to start, it contains basic knowledge and helpful points on most aspects of carpentry.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Oct. 1999
Format: Hardcover
I found this manual to be an easy to use reference with superb photographs. It has the added advantage of being a complete one volume guide. I am reccommending it to my Art and Technology Education college students.
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