The Essential Woodworker
our opinion, “The Essential Woodworker” is one of the best books on
hand-tool usage written in the post-Charles Hayward era. Wearing was
classically trained in England as a woodworker and embraced both power
and hand tools in his shop and in his teaching.
begins with a table. As you read the chapter on building a table,
Wearing connects the dots for the hand-tool user by showing how all the
tools are used in concert to produce accurate work. It’s not just about
sawing a tenon or planing an edge. Instead, it is about how to gather
these skills and apply them to building furniture – tables, doors,
carcases, dovetailed drawers, plinths etc.
book is filled with more than 500 hand-drawn illustrations by Wearing
that explain every operation in a hand-tool shop. His illustrations are
properly drafted, drawn in perspective and masterfully clear.
Like our other books, "The Essential Woodworker" is printed in a 6" x 9" format, hardbound with a cloth cover, and produced entirely in the United States. Like our other books, this paper is acid-free, and the signatures will be Smythe sewn and casebound. The 256-page book is $23 plus shipping. Available in Kindle