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17th Jul 2007, 11:52 AM
Compiled by Andy Mac
See Original Thread:http://www.woodworkforums.ubeaut.com.au/showthread.php?t=23107

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: