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I’m new to woodworking and I would like to learn more about traditional woodworking tools. Does anyone have a favorite book that they recommend on traditional tools? Thanks!

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Welcome to the forums.

When you say "traditional" do you mean hand tools.  If you can give us more information on what type of tools we may be able to help you more.

 

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And while you’re pondering Chet’s question, Marc, Woodwhisperer, the host of this place, has published a great book titled Hybrid Woodworking that’s worth a look. 

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Then there's this online guy called Paul Sellers, he's mostly hand tools and is worth checking out.

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Have a look for Essential Woodworking Hand Tools by Paul Sellers https://paulsellers.com/. It is a current book (released in 2016) expensive but worth it. He also does a couple of DVD's that go with it too.

You can get it from various places. Not sure where you are in the world but have a look at this link for your nearest stockist.

https://paulsellers.com/paul-sellers-books/essential-woodworking-hand-tools/

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Made by hand by Tom fidgen is a good read also website is  unpluggedworkshop.com. Patrick blood an gore for Stanley hand plane info. But at top of the main page here in the hand tool section is a topic labeled hand tool link an there is some good sites an references

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Aldren Watson's books had been out of print for decades.  I bought mine in the '70's, but don't really know about the latest versions.   Since he's been dead for a while, I expect that the later ones are just reprints of the originals, but it's just a guess.

I've done really good shopping for books on ebay lately.   I don't mind buying an old book, if it's cheap.  I've bought several hundred in the last year on the Colonial period. There was a LOT of history from here that was never taught in school.   I've found books that sell for a hundred bucks new, for 3.99 with free shipping on ebay.

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On 2/9/2018 at 7:09 AM, Tom King said:

 

On 2/9/2018 at 7:01 PM, Tom King said:

Aldren Watson's books had been out of print for decades.  I bought mine in the '70's, but don't really know about the latest versions.   Since he's been dead for a while, I expect that the later ones are just reprints of the originals, but it's just a guess.

I've done really good shopping for books on ebay lately.   I don't mind buying an old book, if it's cheap.  I've bought several hundred in the last year on the Colonial period. There was a LOT of history from here that was never taught in school.   I've found books that sell for a hundred bucks new, for 3.99 with free shipping on ebay.

I don’t mind buying old books either as long as they are in good shape. I’ll probably order this one off of eBay. Thanks.

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On 2/9/2018 at 3:58 AM, TerryMcK said:

Have a look for Essential Woodworking Hand Tools by Paul Sellers https://paulsellers.com/. It is a current book (released in 2016) expensive but worth it. He also does a couple of DVD's that go with it too.

You can get it from various places. Not sure where you are in the world but have a look at this link for your nearest stockist.

https://paulsellers.com/paul-sellers-books/essential-woodworking-hand-tools/

This is an excellent book with lot's of good pictures.   He goes through all the various tools and explains how to use and maintain them.   It's just an excellent resource.

 

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On 2/9/2018 at 7:01 PM, Tom King said:

Aldren Watson's books had been out of print for decades.  I bought mine in the '70's, but don't really know about the latest versions.   Since he's been dead for a while, I expect that the later ones are just reprints of the originals, but it's just a guess.

I've done really good shopping for books on ebay lately.   I don't mind buying an old book, if it's cheap.  I've bought several hundred in the last year on the Colonial period. There was a LOT of history from here that was never taught in school.   I've found books that sell for a hundred bucks new, for 3.99 with free shipping on ebay.

 Bought this copy of Country Furniture.That is a reallly cool book and one that I can see would never go out of date.

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