Woodworking: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Skills, Techniques, and Projects

Woodworking: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Skills, Techniques, and Projects

by Tom Carpenter


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Get the expert guidance you need to become a master woodworker! With 448 pages, more than 1,000 lavish full-color illustrations, easy-to-follow diagrams, and step-by-step instructions to walk you through each and every phase of the process, Woodworking outstrips all competitors in affordability, accessibility, and comprehensiveness. From setting up a workshop to the principles of good design, how to use tools and essential techniques, it’s the only reference that aspiring craftsmen need to start creating fantastic woodworking projects right away. This big book covers choosing wood, measuring, marking and layout, cutting, joinery, drilling, shaping, clamping, gluing, fastening, finishing and more. But where a lot of woodworking books only show you some skills, this giant woodworking compendium goes on to give you 41 complete home furnishing project plans so you can put your skills to use.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781497100053
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 167,097
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Tom Carpenter is the bestselling author of The Complete Book of Woodworking. He lives in Minnetonka, MN.

Table of Contents

Welcome to Woodworking 9

Chapter 1 Workshop Essentials

Setting Up Shop 12

Safety Equipment 14

Tips for Dust Collection (and Dust Collection Systems) 17

Tips for Keeping a Tidy Workshop 18

General Tips for Shop Tool Maintenance 19

Hard wool vs. Softwood 20

Sources for Buying Lumber 24

Common Hardwoods 28

Common Softwoods 30

Sampling of Exotics 31

Chapter 2 Woodworking Tools & Skills

Measuring, Marking & Layout

Tips for Scribing & Laying Out 35

Tricks for Measuring & Layout 36

Drawing Curves & Arcs 37


Choosing & Using Handsaws 39

Band Saw & Jigsaw Blades 40

Circular Saw Blades 40

Cutting with Circular Saws 42

Tips for Making Curved Cutouts 43

Tips for Cutting with a Power Miter Box 44

Chapter 2 Woodworking Tools & Skills continued

Tips & Techniques for Using Your Table Saw 46

Cutting with Wood Chisels 50

Cutting Project Parts 52

Tools for Cutting Parts 53

Making Rip-Cuts 54

Wood Joinery

Casework vs. Furniture Making 58

Dado & Rabbet Joints 66

Cutting Dovetail Joints by Hand 70

Cutting Finger Joints with a Jig 74

Making Mortise-and-Tenon Joints 76

Lap Joints & Their Variations 82


Guide to Common Drill Bits 86

Helpful Drilling Guides 87


Follow the Grain as You Plane 90

Traditional Shaping Tools Have a Place in Any Shop 91

Working with Routers 92

Clamping, Gluing & Fastening

Choosing Adhesives 97

Clamping Tips 99

Clamping & Gluing Techniques 100

Gallery of Clamps 102

Fastening 104

Sanding & Finishing

Sanding Strategies 107

Sanders & Sanding Blocks 109

Sanding Tips 110

Cabinet Scrapers 111

Plugging Screw Counterbores 112

Paintbrushes & Pads 113

How to Revitalize Hardened Paintbrushes 116

Using Chemical Strippers 117

Chapter 3 Projects

Indoor Furnishings & Accessories

Plant Stand 120

Library Bookends 128

Oak Cabinets 134

Butcher-Block Wine Bar 148

Nightstand 156

Wall-Hung Coatrack 166

Colonial Step Stool 172

Oval Picture Frame 180

Display Cabinet 186

Shaker-Style Keepsake Box 200

Jewelry Box 206

Inlaid Tea Tray 214

Spice Shelves 222

Crosscut Trivets 228

Knife Storage Block 232

Display Coffee Table 238

Treasure Chest 244

Desktop Bookrack 252

Mission Table 256

Magazine Rack 264

Deluxe Tool Chest 268

Just for Kids

Kid's Wall Clock 280

Building Blocks 284

Schoolhouse Desk 288

Double-Drawer Chessboard 296

Domino Set 304

Booster Bench 312

Rocking Horse 316

Doll Cradle 324

Funtime Toy Box 330

Outdoor Furniture & Accessories

Planters 336

Daytripper Chair 344

Daytripper Table 350

Basic Adirondack Chair 358

Teak Cocktail Table 364

Porch Glider 372

Full-Shelter Doghouse 384

Garden Bench 390

Potting Bench 398

Cedar Bird Feeder 408

Up-and-Away Wind Chime 416

Dial-a-Bird 422

Woven Wood Deck Chair 428

Window Box 436

Index 442

Photo Credits 448

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