In this book you will learn the tricks that a master woodworker teaches his apprentice. It is the best book on using and caring for traditional woodworking hand tools I have found. It covers everything from hand planes to the lowly nail set using excellently clear illistrations. In the back of the book is an appendix with plans for a no- nonsense workbench and other handy shop items you can make yourself. It has the best advice on sharpening hand saws and other tools I have ever read. The author uses clear, concise language that even a hairy-knuckled woodworker can undersand.
This book is cram packed with useful information on hand tools and although it was written nearly 100 years ago it does not read like an old fashioned book. The illustrations are clear and concise. The woodworker Paul Sellers recommended this book in his blog and I am very pleased I followed his advice.
Highly recommended. Studying and working from this book is the next best thing to taking lessons from a master craftsman in his shop. Clearly-presented instructions and handsome illustrations in pencil explain both the elementary use of hand tools and the techniques to obtain smooth, professional results. The author's style is clean and polished, like the operation of an efficient, well-tuned plane. After mastering the contents of this book, you'll be equipped to perform a wide range of woodworking tasks, and, even more, have the knowledge to find solutions to any greater technical challenges that come your way.
The author has a gift for explaining some complex techniques in simple English. The drawings add immeasurably to the effort. I borrowed this book from the library, and now will order my own copy. If you want to be a traditional woodworker, you will be thrilled how the author goes tool by tool through those things that you need to have in your shop and illustrates what they are for and how to make them do what they are supposed to do.
My husband is 57 years of age and wishes he had read this book years ago, he enjoyed woodwork at school as a subject but if the teacher had been the author of this book he believes he would have been a carpenter as this book makes the subject so easy to understand in particular the relationship between the different tools, eg, the drill, the chisel and the hand plane in its many forms.
Saw this recommended somewhere, probably on Paul Sellers blog. wonderful drawings are actually more informative than photos .Everyone will find stuff they already know but also stuff they don't. Some useful tips on ways of working, also simple handy jigs. Recommended.