Learning to use hand tools is the foundation to understanding the craft of woodworking
The third volume in Graham Blackburn's Illustrated Workshop series, Traditional Woodworking Techniques is a clear and practical introduction into the art of hand tool woodworking and furnituremaking, as well as an invaluable reference to the fundamental aspects of the craft. Even if you have never made a single piece of furniture before, Traditional Woodworking Techniques will guide you through the selection of materials, the complexities of dimensions and wood movement, the choice of joinery, and the mysteries of pleasing design. Starting with just a few basic handtools, a beginner will progress from simple but useful projects, such as a bookcase, box, and chest, to more advanced items like tables and chairs--furniture to be rightly proud of. Whether you work your way through every project, or simply dip into a particular area, such as the detailed chapters on miters, dovetails, mortise-and-tenons, splayed joinery, or drawermaking, Traditional Woodworking Techniques will lay the foundation for a thorough understanding of the woodworking craft. Illustrated with over 400 of the author's iconic detailed line drawings, and complete with an annotated select bibliography, this fully indexed book is an essential part of any woodworker's toolkit.