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The ultimate step-by-step guide to essential woodworking skills, techniques, tools, tips and tricks.

  • Comprehensive guide filled with information for woodworkers of all levels
  • More than 40 projects, with detailed plans and materials lists for both indoor and outdoor furnishings
  • Over 1,200 photographs, step-by-step instructions, helpful diagrams, and illustrations throughout 480 pages
  • Expert advice on setting up shop, safety, using tools, making jigs & joints, applying finishes, and more
  • Projects include chairs, sun loungers, picture frames, mantel clocks, and more

The Complete Guide to Woodworking features detailed plans for 40 stunning projects for woodworkers of all levels, plus more than 1,200 step-by-step illustrations across 480 pages. For beginners and experienced woodworkers alike, this is the ultimate step-by-step guide.

New woodworkers will learn how to set up shop, understand the tools, learn the principles of basic design, and practice essential woodworking techniques while creating home accessories, furnishings, outdoor projects, workshop projects, and more. Experienced crafters will enjoy enhancing their skills and learning something new.

From the principles of basic design to techniques to a gallery of 40 complete plans for fabulous woodworking projects, this thorough and attractive book provides all the information you need to become a master woodworker and have a houseful of fine furnishings to show for the effort!

“If you are going to buy only one woodworking book, this should be it.”
—Library Journal



From the Publisher

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An Extensive Resource

Inside these pages you will find an incomparable resource for a vast array of woodworking skills including:

Setting Up ShopMaking Project PlansWood TypesSquaring & Cutting StockMaking JointsProject AssemblyApplying FinishesHow to Operate Various Tools

Your Ultimate Guide to All Things Woodworking

Comprehensive. Practical. Essential.

This is the single most informative book on woodworking in print and has countless techniques, tips, and expert advice to offer.

The Complete Book of Woodworking is a staple resource for woodworkers of all skill levels, from aspiring to experienced.

Covers every aspect of woodworking from initial design to completed project

More than 1,200 full-color, step-by-step illustrations, photos, and diagrams

Detailed plans for more than 40 timeless wood projects

Tips and tricks to troubleshoot common problems

Text is detailed, concise, and to the point

Step-by-step expert instructions

“If you are going to buy only one woodworking book, this should be it.” – Library Journal

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woodworking, step-by-step, skills, techniques, tips, detailed plans, wood projects, color photos

woodworking, step-by-step, skills, techniques, tips, detailed plans, wood projects, color photos

woodworking, step-by-step, skills, techniques, tips, detailed plans, wood projects, color photos

woodworking, step-by-step, skills, techniques, tips, detailed plans, wood projects, color photos

woodworking, step-by-step, skills, techniques, tips, detailed plans, wood projects, color photos

Step-by-Step Instructions & Diagrams

Includes incredibly detailed step-by-step directions for every aspect of woodworking. The meticulous instructions are complimented by clear illustrations, diagrams, and photos to help woodworkers of all skill levels visualize the task at hand. Feel confident approaching any project, from picking out the right lumber for your design, to sanding and finishing your beautiful finished product.

Over 40 Stunning Projects for Woodworkers of All Skill Levels

Accessorize and furnish your home and workshop with gorgeous hand-made bookcases and cabinets. Deck out your yard and poolside with beautiful Adirondack chairs and sun loungers. A hand-crafted picture frame or mantel clock makes an excellent gift for any occasion. After all, there’s no better gift than something made with your own two hands!

The Right Tools for the Job

Whether you’re cutting stock, making the perfect joint, or finally assembling your project, it’s important to use the right tools for safety, ease of use, and the best finished product. Learn which tools to use and how to use them. Find numerous equipment ‘dos and don’ts’, pro tips and tricks, and expert techniques for even the most seasoned woodworker.

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An Introduction to Wood

Start at the root of woodworking: Trees. Learn invaluable facts crucial to lumber selection. Understand the anatomy of a tree, the difference between hardwoods and softwoods, and many more useful facts that will be your most useful tool in any project. Find in-depth information on 22 different types of wood, from their ideal uses to their workability and best applied finishes. Purchase your woodworking supplies with confidence, equipped with the knowledge you need to choose the perfect wood for every project.

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Setting Up the Perfect Shop

Preparing your shop space is a critically important first step in woodworking. Whether you have a basement or a garage shop, there are a variety of factors imperative to creating your ideal shop environment. From power and lighting to ventilation and climate control, learn the key details to setting up a safe and productive work space. The tips and tricks found inside are sure to set your shop up for success.

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The Project Design Process

The truth is in the details. Designing a project is a series of seemingly endless decisions. Carrying an idea from concept to fruition is what woodworking is all about! Explore different ways to generate project ideas and turn them into designs, from concept sketches to choosing your style, material, hardware, and finish. Learn how to build different prototypes to test out your design.

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Squaring, Marking, & Cutting Stock

This is the ultimate step-by-step guide to creating parts for your woodworking project. Explore different methods and tools used to properly square stock. Examine how-to’s, tool options, tips, and tricks for eight different types of cuts. Learn new skills and techniques whether you are a novice looking to find the best tools for your shop, or an experienced woodworker looking to find new ways to use your equipment.

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Introduction to Wood

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Setting Up Shop

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Project Design Process

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Squaring, Marking, & Cutting Stock

Projects as easy as 1, 2, 3

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woodworking, step-by-step, skills, techniques, tips, detailed plans, wood projects, color photos

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Preparation Is Key

A complete list of materials and tools you’ll need, as well as building time estimates, are provided for every project. You’ll be equipped with a fully laid out plan, allowing you to confidently jump into any project you set your sights on.

Complete Cutting Lists

Every project comes with a comprehensive list of every cut you’ll need to make, including part, number, size, and material.

Step-by-Step From Start to Finish

No guesswork, just clear and informative instructions for every part of your project.