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Woodworking Tips, Tricks and Jigs - illustrated tips and lessons in jigs, shop tips, shop safety, finishing and miscellaneous tricks, including such entries as "Band Saw Blade Storage", "Doweling Centers", "How to Stop Paint Can Splatters", "Understanding Lumber Thicknesses", "Storing Lumber", "Spreading Glue", Finishing", "Setting Your Blade's Height", "Keep a Clean Shop" and more   (Rating: 7.13 Votes: 4664)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (12)

101 Woodworking Tips & Techniques - 101 illustrated, short, instructional notes from a variety of contributors, in table saw, finishing, routing/router table, gluing, drill press/drilling, sanding, planing/jointing, assembly, layout, clamping, general shop tips categories   (Rating: 7.30 Votes: 4379)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (6)

Fine Woodworking - How-To - a collection of instructional video-based tips from Fine Woodworking Magazine, with istruction on easy-to-carve diamond beading, tuning up a card scraper, using a benchtop bench, using shoulder planes and more   (Rating: 7.21 Votes: 4447)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (1)

Furniture Finishing & Antique Refinishing Articles - instructional articles and guides on wood finishing topics, including such articles as "The Anatomy of a Wood Finish", "Butcher Block Counter Tops and Cutting Board Surfaces", "Color Theory for the Woodworker & Furniture Finisher", "Stripping Wood Furniture", "Lacquer Finishing Problems Self Help Trouble Shooting ", "Finishing Schedule for Kitchen Cabinets", "Wax - The Perfect Protection for Furniture?", "Solving Clogged Spouts", "How to Get the Most from Cyanoacrylate", "Aniline Dye", "Shellac Flake, Mixing and Application Information ", "Guide to French Polishing With Shellac", "Rottenstone & Pumice for Finish Rubbing", "Using Liberon Wood Cleaner & Wax Remover" and more   (Rating: 6.99 Votes: 4074)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (2)

Highland Woodworking: Free Woodworking Tips - a large collection of instructional articles and tips on a comprehensive range of woodworking topics, including bandsaws & power tools, hand planes & hand tools, shop techniques, tool sharpening skills, wood finishing, wood turning, woodworking safety and much more   (Rating: 6.58 Votes: 1084)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10

Introduction to Machine Tools - illustrated lessons in using the bandsaw, drill press, belt sander, grinder and buffer/deburring wheels   (Rating: 7.30 Votes: 4234)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10

Minwax: The Basics of Wood Finishing - text-based guides to the elementary techniques of wood finishing and other related topics, including choosing the right wood, getting started, choosing the proper applicator, wood preparation, choosing a color, traditional two-step finishing system, recoat preparation & dry time, stain & protective finishes in one and proper & safe cleanup   (Rating: 7.06 Votes: 4207)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (2)

Sal Marino's Woodworking Page - a collection of illustrated instructional articles about wood-finishing topics, including rubbing out a finish, filling open pored woods, preventing bubbles and brush marks, marblizing, finishing oily woods, finishing cherry, brushing varnish, how to prepare surface for finishing, removing old veneer, how to trim and cut veneer, lightening the color of wood, touching up minor scratches, how and when to use paste wax, removing water rings and more   (Rating: 7.20 Votes: 4096)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (2)

Sawdust Making 101 - illustrated guides and tips for beginning woodworkers, covering the use of hand tools such as the chisel, handsaw, clamps, level, combination square, pliers, drill bits, safety glasses, electric drill, sandpaper, hammer, screwdrivers, hacksaw, tape measure, hand plane and the wrench, power tools such as band saws, scroll saws, routers and table saws, shop safety and more   (Rating: 7.01 Votes: 4173)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (2)

Table Saw Safety - a brief guidesheet on safe table saw practices, with links to safety guides for the jointer planer, sanding machine and thickness planer   (Rating: 7.31 Votes: 4199)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (3)

WoodBin: Wood Characteristics - instructional guidesheets outlining the common and scientific names, geographic sources, appearance, physical properties, woodworking properties, and uses of different types of wood, including African Ebony, American Beech, Australian oak, Balsa, Basswood, Bigleaf Maple, black Ash, Black Cherry, Brazilian Rosewood, Freijo, Gaboon, Hackberry, Incense-cedar, Kauri Pine, Paper Birch, Ponderosa Pine, Poplar, Purpleheart, Red Maple, Rock Elm, Teak, Yellow Birch and more   (Rating: 6.99 Votes: 4101)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10

WoodNet: Tips & Techniques - photo-enhanced woodworking and general shop tips, with instruction on assembly, clamping, drilling, finishing, gluing, layout, planing and jointing, routing, sanding, using the table saw and more   (Rating: 7.03 Votes: 3851)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (2)

Woodworkers Bench Notes - Woodworking Information - illustrated guides to a wide variety of woodworking techniques and topics, including air nailers, making cutting boards, finding centers, woodworking formulas, marking and measuring basics, how to make woodworking patterns, sawblades, thread cutting, tips and tricks of the trade, how to use a wood file, woodworking faqs and more   (Rating: 6.99 Votes: 3882)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (2)

Woodworking Tips: E-Tips - a large archive of illustrated, step-by-step woodworking tips, covering such topics as plywood edging, adding a hidden compartment, applying veneer, buying hardwoods, corner clamping, how cut plywood, drilling holes in dowels, maintaining oil finishes, miter gauge setup, how to plane an edge, putty tricks, using a sanding block, screwdriver extensions, storing lumber, table saw tips, woodworking happiness and more   (Rating: 7.06 Votes: 3570)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (6)

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Most Recommended Instructional Books

The Complete Manual of Woodworking - a classic, and highly respected guide that encompasses the whole art and craft of woodworking. Beautifully and comprehensively illustrated, it features a discussion on diverse types of wood, tips on selecting hand tools, power tool maintenance, design principles, instruction on all woodworking techniques, and a great deal more. Invaluable for both beginners and experienced craftspersons alike.

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Other Useful Instructional Books, by Category

Beginner's Guides
Measure Twice Cut Once
Woodworking for Serious Beginners

General Woodworking Guides
100 Keys to Woodshop Safety
The Basics of Craftsmanship : Key Advice on Every Aspect of Woodworking
Nick Engler's Woodworking Wisdom
Woodworking : The Right Technique : Three Practical Ways to Do Every Job-And How to Choose the One That's Right for You
Practical Design Solutions and Strategies : Key Advice for Sound Construction from Fine Woodworking (Essentials of Woodworking)
Working With Wood : The Basics of Craftsmanship
Working Wood : A Complete Bench-Top Reference
The Woodworker's Guide to Shop Math

The Business of Woodworking
Profitable Woodworking : Turning Your Hobby into a Profession
Woodworker's Guide to Pricing Your Work/How to Calculate the Value of Your Time, Materials and Craftsmanship to Make Money from Your Woodworking, The
How to Make $40,000 a Year With Your Woodworking
Make Your Woodworking Pay for Itself
Woodworker's Marketing Guide, The
The Kitchen Cabinetmaker's Building and Business Manual
Making Money Making Furniture

Bench Tools
Band Saw Handbook
Best of Fine Woodworking : Bench Tools
Best of Fine Woodworking : Power Saws and Planers
Drill Press, The
Mastering Woodworking Machines (Fine Woodworking Book)
Router Basics
Table Saw Basics
Table Saw Book (A Fine Woodworking Book)
Woodworking With the Router : Professional Router Techniques and Jigs Any Woodworker Can Use

Finishes and Finishing
Classic Wood Finishing
Complete Woodfinishing
Complete Guide to Wood Finishes, The
Fine Woodworking on Finishing and Refinishing
Finishes and Finishing Techniques : The Best of Fine Woodworking
Finishes and Finishing Techniques : Professional Secrets for Simple and Beautiful Finishes in Fine Woodworking
Great Wood Finishes : A Step-By-Step Guide to Consistent and Beautiful Results
Hand-Applied Finishes
The New Wood Finishing Book
More Finishes and Finishing Techniques : The Best of Fine Woodworking
The Pocket Guide to Wood Finishes : Instant, Practical, Visual Guidance on Mixing and Matching Stains and Other Wood Finishes
Spray Finishing
Understanding Wood Finishing : How to Select and Apply the Right Finish
Water Based Finishes
The Woodfinishing Book
The Wood Finisher's Handbook

Art of Chair-Making, The
Book of American Windsor Furniture : Styles and Technologies, The
Build Your Own Kitchen Cabinets
Cabinets and Bookcases (Art of Woodworking)
Chairmaking & Design
Chairmaker's Workshop : Handcrafting Windsor and Post-And-Rung Chairs, The
Fine Decorative Boxes : Designing & Making Original Works of Art
Furniture by Design : Design, Construction, & Technique
Furniture-Making from the Inside Out
Furniture-Making Techniques : The Best from Furniture & Cabinetmaking Magazine
Make a Windsor Chair With Michael Dunbar
Making Kitchen Cabinets : A Foolproof System for the Home Workshop
Measured Drawings of Eighteenth-Century American Furniture
New England Furniture at Winterthur : Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods (Winterthur Book)
Simply Beautiful Boxes
Tables and Desks (Art of Woodworking)
Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking : Furniture Making
Victorian Cabinet-Maker's Assistant : 418 Original Designs With Descriptions and Details of Construction
Woodworker's Guide to Furniture Design : The Complete Reference for Building Furniture the Right Size, the Right Proportion and the Right Style
Woodworking Techniques : Best Methods for Building Furniture from Fine Woodworking

Glues and Gluing
The Glue Book

Hand Tools
Art of Fine Tools, The
Classic Hand Tools
Complete Guide to Sharpening, The
Fine Woodworking on Hand Tools : 38 Articles Selected by the Editors of Fine Woodworking Magazine
Handplane Book, The
Old Ways of Working Wood
Price Guide to Antique Tools
Restoring, Tuning and Using Classic Woodworking Tools
Toolbox Book, The
Traditional Woodworking Handtools : A Manual for the Woodworker
Woodworker's Guide to Hand Tools, The

Jigs and Fixtures
200 Original Shop Aids and Jigs for Woodworkers
Ingenious Jigs & Shop Accessories : Clever Ideas for Improving Your Shop and Tools
Making Jigs and Fixtures: Techniques for Better Woodworking
Shopmade Jigs and Fixtures (Art of Woodworking)
Ultimate Woodshop Jig Book, The

The Complete Dovetail : Handmade Furniture's Signature Joint
Fine Woodworking on Joinery : 36 Articles (Fine Woodworking on Series)
Joinery : Shaping & Milling
Woodworkers Guide to Joints : Over 35 Joints for Woodworking

Easy-To-Make Wooden Sundials: Instructions and Plans for Five Projects
Toys, Games, and Furniture: Over 30 Woodworking Projects You Can Make for Children

The Accurate Table Saw: Simple Jigs and Safe Setups
Thompson's Woodworking Safety Handbook

The Wood Sanding Book : A Guide to Abrasives, Machines, and Methods

Shop Design and Maintenance
Setting Up Shop: The Practical Guide to Designing and Building Your Dream Shop
Woodshop Dust Control
How to Design and Build Your Ideal Woodshop
The Workshop Book
Setting Up Your Own Woodworking Shop
The Small Wood Shop (The Best of Fine Woodworking)
Shop Accessories You Can Build (The Best of Fine Woodworking)
Ingenious Jigs & Shop Accessories: Clever Ideas for Improving Your Shop and Tools
The Ultimate Woodshop Jig Book
Working at Woodworking: How to Organize Your Shop and Your Business

Traditional Woodworking Techniques
New England Furniture at Winterthur: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods (Winterthur Book)
Green Woodworking: A Hands-On Approach (Country Workshop Handbook)
Old Ways of Working Wood
The Woodwright's Workbook/Further Explorations in Traditional Woodcraft
The Woodwright's Shop: A Practical Guide to Traditional Woodcraft

Conversion and Seasoning of Wood, The
Encyclopedia of Wood (Art of Woodworking)
Encyclopedia of Wood : A Tree-By-Tree Guide to the World's Most Valuable Resource
Fine Woodworking on Wood and How to Dry It : 41 Articles Selected by the Editors of Fine Woodworking Magazine
Understanding Wood : A Craftsman's Guide to Wood Technology
What Wood Is That : A Manual of Wood Identification

Woodworking for Kids
Build It Together : 30 Easy Woodworking Projects for Kids and Adults
Carpentry for Children
Easy Carpentry Projects for Children
Housebuilding for Children
Woodworking for Kids : 40 Fabulous, Fun & Useful Things for Kids to Make
Woodworking With Your Kids

Woodworking Plans - from Rockler Woodworking Superstore

Casket Plans
Do-It-Yourself Coffins Plans Book
Wood Casket Plan
Wooden Pet Caskets Plan

Blanket Chest
Blanket Chest & Seat
Cedar Chest
Chest Of Drawers Plan
Country Blanket Chest Plan
Hope Chest Plan
Lingerie and Jewelry Chest Plan
Lingerie Dresser Plan
Shaker Chest Of Drawers Plan
Steamer Trunk Plan
Steamer Trunk Plan 2

Cribs, Cradles and Highchair Plans
3-in-1 Transitional Bed Plan
Crib Plan and Corner Posts
Cradle Plan
Heirloom Crib Plans & Hardware Kit
Heritage Cradle
High Chair Plan

Entertainment Center Plans
Corner TV Cabinet
Entertainment Armoire Plan
Entertainment Center Plans
Entertainment Center III Plan
Home Bar Plan
Television/VCR Entertainment Center

Furniture Plans
Barrister's Bookcase
Bunk Bed Plan
Cherry Gun Cabinet
Chimney Cupboard Plan
Classic Bed Plans
Classic Ice Box Plan
Classic Roll Top Desk Plan
Craftsman Bookcase
Craftsman-Style Coffee Table Plans
Curio Cabinet Plan
File Cabinet Plan
Futon Couch and Bed
Futon Sofa Bed Plan
Jelly Cupboard Plan
Lawyer's Bookcase
Multi Functional Armoire
Spindle Arm Morris Chair and Footstool Plan
Traditional Corner Cabinet
Walnut Library Shelf Plan
Woodsmith Computer Cabinet Plan
Woodsmith Convertible Table Plan

Mission Furniture Plans
Mission Bed & Nightstand
Mission Dresser
Mission Style Bed Video and Plan
Mission Style Dresser Video and Plan
Mission Style Glider Chair and Ottoman Plan
Mission Style Nightstands Video and Plan
Mission Style TV Armoire Video and Plan

New Yankee Workshop Plans
Adirondack Chair
Deck Chair Plan, Video and Hardware Kit
English Garden Bench
Garden Swing

Projects for Kids
Buckboard Project Irish Mail Handcar Kit and Plan
Buckboard Project Sleigh Kit and Plan
Buckboard Project Trestle Table & Bench Kit Plan
Buckboard Project Wagon Kit and Plan
Child's Easy Glider Plan
Classic Pony Rocker Plan
Economy Toy Box Plan
Rocking Doll Cradle
Rocking Horse Plan
Rocking Horse Plan2
Rockinš Bronco
Sled Plan
Teddy Bear Rocking Chair Plan

Sewing and Crafting Accessories
4' Walnut Small Box Molding
Deluxe Sewing Center Plan
Loom for Weaving
Quilt Rack

Small Project Plans
Classic Collector's Display Box Plan
Hobby Box Plan
Jewelry Box Plan
Jewelry/Music Box Plan
Music Box Plans
Storage Bins
U.S. Quarter Collection Board Plan

Table and Desk Plans
Adaptable Home Office Plan
Country Kitchen Table Plan
Dual Purpose Game and Family Table Top Plan
Mission Buffet Plan
Mission Style Coffee, End and Sofa Tables Plan
Shaker Hall Table Plan

Workshop Plans
Economy Workbench Plan and Hardware Kit
Ready to Assemble Set-Up Gauge Kit
Rockler Downdraft Table Hardware Kit And Plan
Rolling Tool Cabinet
Scraper Sharpening Jig with Scraper
Tool Box Plan
Weekend Workbench Plan

Yard and Garden Plans
Adirondack Quartet
Canopy Glider Swing
Dutch Windmill
English Garden Bench Plan
Picnic Table/Bench Combo Plan
Porch Glider Plan
Tree Seat
Wishing Well
Wheelbarrow Planter

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Free Woodworker's Catalog --- Click Here !!

Most Recommended Instructional Videos:

WoodBurning for Beginners - A step-by-step instructional video on the art of pictures with a woodburner, for beginners.

Other Useful Woodworking Videos:

  • Adirondack Chair - Videos with every plan!
  • Adirondack Chair Plan & Video - This New Yankee Workshop plan features clear instructions, measured drawings with close-up views, plus a complete materials list. Norm Abram takes you though the project from start to finish in the included video!
  • Application of PreWoven Cane Video - Learn techniques for installing pre-woven cane in chair seats.
  • Bowl Turning Video - Del Stubbs shows you how to lathe beautiful bowls and plates.
  • Chair Caning Video - Discover how the pros do hand woven caning.
  • Chip Carving Video - Chip carving is a wonderfully direct and simple way to decorate furniture, cabinets, boxes, plaques and utensils.
  • Deck Chair Plan Video and Hardware Kit - This deck chair recaptures the era of luxury travel on grand ocean liners. With an easy-to-follow New Yankee Workshop plan and video plus Rockler's exclusive hardware kit, building this project is smooth sailing!
  • Dovetail a Drawer - If it's properly fitting drawers you're after, this is the video workshop for you.
  • English Garden Bench - Videos with every plan!
  • Hidden Link and Micro Link - They transmit all remote control commands behind wooden door to audio/video components!
  • Mastering Your Table Saw - If you make furniture, the table saw is one of the cornerstone machines in your shop. Kelly Mehler, who makes some of the most beautiful furniture in America, shows you how to get the best out of this essential tool in this video.
  • Mission Style Bed Video and Plan - This project plan includes dimensions for both: full and queen size mattresses (standard size plus the non-standard oversize).
  • Mission Style Dresser Video and Plan - Overall size: 51" wide, 21 1/2" deep, 34" tall
  • Mission Style Nightstands Video and Plan - Overall size: 25 1/2" wide, 16 3/4" deep, 27" tall
  • Mission Style TV Armoire Video and Plan - Overall size: 34 1/2" wide, 23 1/2" deep, 62" tall
  • New Yankee Workshop Deluxe Router Station - Here's Norm's latest New Yankee Workshop plan for a deluxe router station as seen on the popular PBS show The New Yankee Workshop. Plan features all the measured drawings and patterns you'll need. PLUS, step-by-step video will take you through the building process to ensure your project's success. Hardware kit (sold separately) includes all hardware components needed to make this do-everything router station. Extra-large router plates also available.Build this project with Rockler’s hardware kit and components!
  • The Basics of European Woodcarving Video - In this video Nora covers the rudiments of European carving, elements mostly unknown or overlooked by other instructors.
  • The Wood Finishing Video - Michael Dresdner visits three wood finishing experts who teach you how you can achieve beautiful results in your own home workshop.
  • Versatile Router I - This is the first in our series of videos about the most versatile power tool in the shop.

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