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The books, videos and one poster in this kit are an idiosyncratic selection based on some of my favorite stuff we've published – things I think belong in every woodworking library (or in the case of the poster, on your shop wall).

Given that they're my picks, several of the selections cover hand tools (and I've skipped a few hand tool titles I typically recommend – notably "Handplane Essentials," because if you like hand tools, you likely already have that one). But the Greene & Greene, Shaker and Southern Style books are just lovely to look at and interesting to read (and they feature measured drawings; build the pieces however you like). Ditto on "The Workbench Design Book" – I don't care how you build your workbench, but a good bench (whichever one you choose) makes making other things much easier. And the finishing and sharpening books? Well, quite simply, you need to know how to do both of those things.

You'll find a full description of each selection below.

Flexner on Finishing

Flexner on Finishing
Hardcover

Take control of finishing by learning how to use the many finishes available, and what those products actually are. In this book, Bob Flexner delves deeper into many of the issues woodworkers struggle with and does it with an authority that leaves no doubt. Discover the truth about wood preparation, choosing a finish, coloring wood, brushing and spraying, overcoming finishing problems, and much more.


RETAIL: $25.99

Furniture in the Southern Style

Furniture in the Southern Style
Hardcover

Furniture in the Southern Style is the first book of measured drawings to present details of this vernacular furniture, which draws on a wide variety of influences that combine to make forms that are uniquely Southern and typically American. No serious study of 18th- and 19th-century American furniture would be complete without the in-depth examination of work produced in the South that this book provides. With the drawings included, build period reproductions of this important furniture, or use them as a starting point for developing your own designs.

RETAIL: $29.99

The Perfect Edge

The Perfect Edge
Paperback

Every woodworker either has or will face the task of sharpening as a part of their hobby or occupation on a nearly daily basis. Some will choose the simplest method to sharpen their tools, while others will look for the superior method for an unparalleled edge. This book includes information to help the simply curious to the seriously involved woodworker, including: what steel is; how it works for us and how to bend and shape it to our needs.


RETAIL: $26.99

ne & Greene Furniture (PDF)

Greene & Greene Furniture (PDF)
eBook

This book looks closely at the details and influences in the work of Greene & Greene as well as their design philosophy in houses, furniture and decorative arts. The author pulls together disparate influences including the Arts & Crafts movement, Japanese architecture and philosophy, Chinese furniture and an overlooked but crucial element in their work; the environment and topography of California. Included are many new photographs and historical photos to provide context and perspective.


RETAIL: $35.00

Mastering Hand Tools 2-Disc DVD

Mastering Hand Tools 2-Disc DVD
DVD

This DVD set introduces you to the basic hand tool skills to turn you into a woodworker equally comfortable in either the powered or hand tool world — and offer the best results from each world. Host Christopher Schwarz starts off the video by asking the question, "Why use Hand Tools?" A fair question that he quickly answers by extolling the benefits of traditional woodworking tools — blended with some of the niceties of power tools. Those benefits include a healthier work environment, fewer jigs and test cuts, and accuracy to within .001". Watch along as Chris offers advice on selecting hand tools, shares tips for set-up and puts the tools to work.


RETAIL: $29.99

Handplane Basics - A Better Way to Use Bench Planes

Handplane Basics - A Better Way to Use Bench Planes
DVD

After years of historical research and practical bench experience, Editor Christopher Schwarz has found a way to simplify the convoluted bench plane system so you can think for yourself when it comes to these tools. After viewing this DVD you'll know how to select the right size plane for your work. You'll know how to sharpen and set it up so it does the job at hand. And you'll learn how to use the plane so you make perfectly flat and gleaming panels (with the minimum amount of effort).


RETAIL: $24.95

ld a Sawbench with Christopher Schwarz

Build a Sawbench with Christopher Schwarz
DVD

Follow along with one of Christopher Schwarz ’s most popular woodworking classes and watch as Chris and 10 students build sawbenches entirely by hand. In addition to this video, you’ll find complete construction drawings, a plan of procedure for building the sawbench and a SketchUp model of the project. By the time you're finished, not only will you have a traditional shop appliance that's indispensable for sawing (and it makes a good shop stool), you'll also be wielding the most-used handtools with accuracy and confidence.

RETAIL: $24.99

Roubo Plate 11 Poster

Roubo Plate 11 Poster
Poster

Perfect for hanging in your woodworking shop, this 18”x24” poster is a reproduction of Plate 11 of André Roubo's 18th-century masterpiece "L'Art du Menuisier." The lower half of the plate serves as a design reference for the many Roubo-style workbenches built by Popular Woodworking Magazine Editor Christopher Schwarz and staff, and the upper half is chock-full of thought-provoking items displayed on the benches and walls of the circa 1760 French shop.


RETAIL: $19.99

How To Build Shaker Furniture

How To Build Shaker Furniture
Paperback

Thirty-five years ago Thomas Moser wrote what was one of the first books on building Shaker-style furniture, and in fact, one of the first books written for woodworkers that offered plans for building furniture. In this Signature Edition, the section on tools is altogether new and reflects changes in technology. New color photography has replaced the original black and white photos, and for content, several items appearing in the original measured drawing section have been eliminated, in response to their marginal marketing appeal, while new items have been added to update this volume.


RETAIL: $24.99

The Workbench Design Book

The Workbench Design Book
Hardcover

How many times have you heard this: "The workbench is the most important tool in your shop." While the statement is absolutely true, it doesn't help you answer the more important question: Which workbench should build? No matter what sort of woodworking you do, inside this book you'll find the tools, detailed information and inspiration to build the right bench for your workshop, your budget, and your projects.


RETAIL: $34.99

Pleasant Hill Shaker Furniture (PDF)

Pleasant Hill Shaker Furniture (PDF)
eBook

This book details the construction and design of some rare and never before seen Shaker furniture created in the village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky. Painstakingly illustrated with drawings and photos of the furniture, this book reveals the joinery and design secrets that make Shaker furniture timeless. You'll find full-scale details of the joinery and special details about the furniture as well as a charming history of the village of Pleasant Hill.


RETAIL: $24.99

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