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Making Wood Tools

Traditional Woodworking Tools You Can Make in Your Own Shop

By John Wilson

Format: Hardcover

SKU# U4737

Making Wood Tools features over 275 photographs and 50 detailed drawings of a dozen wood bodied hand tools and nine tool keeping and holding projects, including the Home Shop workbench.

Interesting stories, innovative designs, and detailed plans engage craftsmen in the age old art of making the tools you work wood with. You will find tools that can be made for woodworkers by woodworkers with the resources at hand in the wood shop. They are insightful of how tools are made, inviting to be put to use, and worthy of collecting.

SKU U4737
Author/Speaker/Editor John Wilson
File/Trim Size 9 x 11.5
Format Hardcover
ISBN 13 9780972994743
Number Of Pages 256

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A fantastic resource, I've been seeking exactly this! Review by Fitzhugh
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I've sought out every book on making your own tools I can find and this the top of my list.

John Wilson takes a down to earth approach to making real, useful tools. He shows a number of ways to make handplanes of various sorts, bench, block, scrub, compass etc with a variety of adjustment mechanisms and construction methods, plus shoulder, router, smoothing, etc. planes. He also covers many other tools: draw knife (I love how mine turned out!!), spokeshaves, adzes, travishers, bowsaw...
Another portion covers making and heat treating the blades using a minimal setup, plus how to solder your own bandsaw blades, which I thought was cool to learn. There is a third section on workbenches, saw bench,toolboxes and such.

Now, in addition to the straight content I d impressed by his emphasis on helping others learn. He says in the intro that it is fine to share copies for nonprofit use, like giving copies of a section to your club. That is so different than most. I also found him very helpful when I called with a question. My copy, ordered from him, included a new section printed separately with additional tools and a couple improvements. I assume it is either included our available for download.

Clear writing covering the steps and concepts, great layout and photos.
My favorite to making book out of many.

(Posted on 8/21/2014)

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