Compiled by Andy Mac
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Absolute Essentials
These are also in their individual categories below
  • Wood in Australia (2nd edition) by Keith Bootle
  • Furniture-Making Techniques (Vols I and II) - David Charlesworth
  • The Technique of Furniture Making - By Ernest Joyce
  • The Handplane Book - Garrett Hack
  • The Complete Guide to Sharpening - Leonard Lee
  • The Workbench Book by Scott Landis
  • A Polishers Handbook by Neil Ellis (Ubeaut Enterprises)

General woodwork
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Woodworking by Karen Reed
  • The Woodworkers Handbook by Roger Horwood
  • The Encyclopedia of Woodworking by Mark Ramuz
  • The Seven Essentials of Woodworking by Anthony Guidice
  • The Complete Woodworkers Companion by Roger Holmes.

  • Australian Timber Buyer's Guide
  • Wood in Australia (2nd edition) by Keith Bootle
  • Red Cedar by John Vader
  • What Timber Will I Use? T John Stacpoole

Furniture making & Techniques
  • Furniture-Making Techniques (Vols I and II) - David Charlesworth
  • (A selection of his articles on topics that range from construction of furniture, to tuning and use of handtools - both classics now)
  • The Technique of Furniture Making by Ernest Joyce
  • A Cabinetmakers Notebook by James Krenov.
  • The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking by James Krenov.
  • Waltons (the text most of us used at high school)
  • The Chairmaker’s Workshop by Drew Langsner
  • The Complete Dovetail - Ian Kirby (The best book on handcutting dovetails)
  • Building Cabinet Doors and Drawers by Danny Proulx
  • Wood Joiners Handbook by Sam Allen
  • The Complete Illustrated Guide to Joinery by Gary Rogowski
  • Success with Joints by Ralph Laughton

Boat Building
  • Boat Joinery and Cabinetmaking by Fred P. Bingham

Power Tools & Machines
  • Mastering Woodworking Machines by Mark Duginske
  • Band Saw Handbook by Mark Duginske
  • Router Joinery Workshop by Carol Reed
  • Care and Repair of Shop Machines by John White
  • Classic Joints with Power tools by Yeung Chan

  • Woodturning: A Foundation Course by Keith Rowley
  • Mike Darlow's books on woodturning (with DVD)
  • Woodturning: a Manual of Techniques by Hugh O'Neil
  • Turning Pens and Pencils by Rex Birmingham and KP Christensen

Green/Rustic Woodwork
  • Simple Rustic Furniture by Dan Mack
  • The Rustic Furniture Companion by Dan Mack

Tool Storage
  • The Toolbox Book by Jim Tolpin
  • Building the Perfect Tool Chest by Jim Stack

Hand Tools
  • How to Make Woodworking Tools by Charles H. Hayward
  • Making and mastering wood planes by David Fink.
  • Tools of the Trade (The Art and Craft of Carpentry) by Jeff Taylor.
  • The Handplane Book - Garrett Hack
  • Classic Handtools - Garrett Hack
  • Hand Tools- their ways and workings by Aldren A. Watson
  • The Fine Art of Tools - Sandor Nagyszalanczy
  • Japanese Woodworking Tools - Toshio Odate
  • Restoring, Tuning & Using Classic Woodworking Tools - Michael Dunbar
  • Restoring Antique Tools - Herbert P. Kean

  • The Complete Guide to Sharpening - Leonard Lee
  • Sharpening by Thomas Lie-Nielsen
  • Sharpening with Waterstones by Ian Kirby

Benches and Workshops
  • The Workbench Book by Scott Landis
  • Fine Woodworking- the Small Workshop
  • Making workbenches by Sam Allen

  • A Polishers Handbook by Neil Ellis (Ubeaut Enterprises)
  • Staining and Polishing by Charles Hayward

  • Woodworker by Sam Maloof
  • Soul of a tree by George Nakashima
  • Woodworking-the New Wave by Dona Meilach
  • Art Boxes of Po Shun Leong by Tony Lydgate
  • Modern Australian Furniture by M. Bogle & P. Landman

  • The Complete Metalsmith by Tim McCreight
  • The Complete Modern Blacksmith by Alexander Weygers (3 vols. in one cover)
  • The Contemporary Blacksmith by Dona Meilach

  • Complete Illustrated Guide to Box Making by Doug Stowe
  • Box Making Basics by Freedman
  • The Book of Boxes by Andrew Crawford

  • Fine woodworking – on Carving

  • Understanding wood (Tage Frid??)
  • Mechanick Exercises or the Doctrine of Handy Works - Joseph Moxon (Observations on woodworking and other topics in the 17th Century)
  • Colonial Craftsmen- the beginning of American Industry by Edwin Tunis
  • Making Mechanical Marvels in Wood by Raymond Levy
  • The Art of Inlay by Larry Robinson
  • Marquetry and Inlay Handbook by Zachary Taylor

NB. A further list as recommended by Fine Woodworking magazine can found here: