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The Foundations of Better Woodworking

How to use your body, tools and materials to do your best work

By Jeff Miller

Format: Hardcover

SKU# W8062

What’s the secret to producing beautiful furniture that you and your family will treasure for generations? It starts with the fundamentals – those essential, yet often overlooked principles upon which all of your skills should be based.

In The Foundations of Better Woodworking, craftsman, teacher and noted woodworking author Jeff Miller clearly lays out these basic concepts, helping you understand:

  • How proper body position and mechanics improve your ability to cut precise joints, as well as add to your efficiency and safety
  • Just what it means to cut to a line
  • How the wood works, so you can avoid such problems as tear out, splitting and warping — whether you use hand tools, machinery or both
  • How woodworking tools actually cut and work, so you to use them more easily, effectively and accurately

Follow the advice in this book and you’ll build the foundation for making significant advances as a woodworker. Your time in the shop will be more rewarding, and your results more satisfying.

Jeff Miller has been a professional furniture designer and craftsman for nearly 30 years. He is the author of three woodworking books (and a contributor to two others), including the best-selling Beds, and Chairmaking and Design. He teaches woodworking fundamentals and other classes around the country and at his studio in Chicago.

SKU W8062
Additional Feature 300 Color Illustrations Hardcover
Author/Speaker/Editor Jeff Miller
File/Trim Size 8.25 x 10.88
Format Hardcover
ISBN 13 9781440321016
Number Of Pages 192

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Not really recommended Review by Daniel

I was looking forward to Jeff's book, but came away somewhat disappointed. I have a great deal of respect for Jeff Miller's work, but this book seems to just rehash a lot of info that you would find in a general woodworking book or magazine articles.

(Posted on 7/7/2013)

Downloads a little misleading Review by Justin

Haven't received the book yet. The download ad says "two project plans", but you really only get one project plan. The other "project plan" is how to re-use old planes. An interesting article, but not a project plan in my book.

Looking forward to reading the book.

(Posted on 11/28/2012)

The foundation Review by Bryan

Just like a house, woodworking, too, has a foundation, which I had not considered in that sense until I read this book.So now I am really aware of my stance at the bench and at the lathe, and taking more notice of marking, measuring and sawing. Jeff even discusses how to practice our skills to improve, since perfect practice makes perfect!. The book is extremely well written, informative and thought provoking. I am waiting for a big snow day just to read it again, it is that good.
Bryan Robinson

(Posted on 11/27/2012)

Insightful, easy to understand, useful for all skill levels Review by Brownell Furniture

I've read an advanced copy of this in the last few weeks and found it easy to follow, and easy to put the concepts Jeff covers into real-life applications.

His overview of body position, mechanics and monitoring feedback to constantly improve technique were principles he taught me while working as an apprentice with him. I've covered a few of the principles he covers in his book (top-line) here on a recent post.

Looking forward to WIA Midwest seminars to hear from Jeff more.

The book's graphic design and layout set the bar for future publications in the category. Great job Jeff and PWW!

(Posted on 9/25/2012)

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