Best woodworking books according to redditors

We found 32 Reddit comments discussing the best woodworking books. We ranked the 16 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/Uncle_Erik · 19 pointsr/woodworking

Oh, geez. Not Ana White. She doesn't know the first thing about joinery and her stuff is to woodworking as heating a can of spaghetti is to cooking. It is inadequate and doesn't teach you anything you need to know.

If you want to do some real woodworking, start with Tage Frid's books. Tage teaches you how to do real joinery both with hand and power tools. Traditional joinery is the difference between something left out for trash collection in a few years and a piece of furniture that gets used for 300 years. (Yes, well-made furniture will last that long or longer.) Screws and pocket jig stuff just doesn't hold up the way joinery techniques that have been used for hundreds of years will. Further, traditional joinery is not difficult and doesn't take much more time.

Second, learn about proportions and design. A good place to start is with the number Phi, also known as the Golden Section. There are other ways to proportion, but Phi always gives pleasing results. If you've never heard of 1.618 before, it's a little mind-blowing. You'll start seeing it everywhere.

Once you start sketching things out using Phi and using traditional joinery, you'll be making beautiful things that last for a very long time. Do not waste your time with crap. Make something wonderful that will still be in your family 200 years from now.

u/Salvador_Dalliant · 5 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I would highly recommend This Book . He goes through the basics in detail and then spends quite a bit of time on the more decorative stuff. I knew nothing about flooring when I started and I was able to put this together before moving into our house. The hard part is getting your floor prepped, leveled etc.. Once you have a nice flat surface, laying out the floor and nailing it down are relatively easy if you have the right tools (most of which can be rented). I don't like the look of pre-finished boards so I finished myself. They make a sander called U-sand with DIY people in mind, it is much more forgiving than a drum sander although it takes a little longer. I am happy with the results I achieved and very glad I didn't spend to have someone else do it.

u/hardman52 · 3 pointsr/woodworking

Making Cabinets & Built-Ins: Planning Building Installing* is a very good book to learn woodworking, and it gives a beginning tool list.

u/winder · 3 pointsr/woodworking

My first real woodworking project was the blanket chest on the New Yankee Workshop.

The plans for it are in the NYWS book, you can get a used copy for $4 paperback or $4.23 on amazon:

u/felixunis · 3 pointsr/PostCollapse

He also sells books that give the same information. Look up The Backyard Bowyer, or just look up Nicholas Tomihama.
Here's a link to one of his books:

u/TheBescumbering · 2 pointsr/coolguides

After 10 seconds searching in the comments, I found it. Thanks!

u/krista_ · 2 pointsr/woodworking

this is a fantastic book that tells you about all the common power tools.

it also tells you how to do things you wouldn't expect you should be able to do, like making a bowl on a table saw.

one of the cool things about this book is the plans for all the jigs, like how to turn a $50 hand held circular saw into a table saw, or a router into a jointer/planer.

u/anotherisanother · 2 pointsr/woodworking

You're in luck. There's really only one answer to this question. Understanding wood finishing by Flexner.

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u/manifolded · 1 pointr/woodworking

All my planes are Stanleys picked up off ebay. I think I learned the most from this book by chris Schwarz and the books by Tage Frid. I just went to a Lie-Nielsen handtool event, and only tried one plane - I quickly put it down and went to something else. They're wonderful, but I really can't afford them right now.

u/Whopper_No_Onions · 1 pointr/woodworking

Tage Frid Teaches woodworking Book I: Joinery

Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking, Books 1,2,3: Joinery; Shaping, Veneering, Finishing; Furniture making

u/Jumpin_Joeronimo · 1 pointr/woodworking

I love this book: Tage Frid Woodworking Book I: Joinery

He really goes start to finish and step by step for all different types of joints. $5 used on Amazon

u/originofspices · 1 pointr/india

Indian Nationalism, a collection edited by S Irfan Habib. Just finished reading it a couple of days ago, top notch stuff. Includes essays/ speeches by many of the most freedom fighters and it's amazing how idealistic and positive about the future most of them were.

Amazon link:

u/throwawaybutnotrlly · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

There's nothing you can't do without the right tools, patience and some will to learn. With that being said, I can't recommend Taunton's Press books enough. YouTube videos and online tutorials are good, but these books are so well made, easy to follow and make for fantastic handheld references:


Wiring Complete

Plumbing Complete

Carpentry Complete

Trim Complete


Start small. Take it one project at a time. There's nothing that you see on a DIY show that you can't do yourself. I'm a firm believer in that.

u/TheRiflesSpiral · 1 pointr/woodworking

If you're serious about learning classic joining techniques with modern tooling, Yeung Chang's book is indispensable.

u/sixtrees · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

This book is a good reference to have.

u/ChicaChick · 1 pointr/BackYardChickens
u/Barnacle-bill · 1 pointr/hiking

Awesome, thanks for the reply. I browsed your comment history some and it seems that you've been to quite a few NPs out west. Is there any we should steer clear of due to too harsh of conditions? Or for other reasons? I'm definitely planning on picking up a copy of Nat Geo's National Park Guide or something similar to help with the search. Recommend any books/guides in particular?

u/Werdxberd · 1 pointr/woodworking
u/BKratchmer · 1 pointr/woodworking

Working in Wood

I dont agree with the whole of this book, but it is a complete methodology. Once you master the basics you can start to form your own opinions and methods for dealing with wood movement, finishes, etc.