Your essential hand woodworking book - whether you've never picked up a plane before or want to improve on basic skills, "The Stanley Book of Woodworking: Tools, Techniques, Projects", is the handbook you need. It explains clearly how to use the mains tools, from saws, planes, chisels and hammers to braces and vices; then explains with step-by-step instructions, diagrams and colour photos all the key techniques, including planing, cutting and fitting joints, assembling and gluing up and finishing. To try out these techniques, the book provides projects to make six pieces of furniture. Illustrated throughout to accompany straight-talking text, the book is arranged as follows:
Introduction: How to Use this book * Safety in the Workshop
Materials: Softwood * Hardwood * Man-made BoardsTools: Measuring and layout tools * Saws * Planes * Hammers and mallets * Chisels * Hand drills and braces * Screwdrivers * Tools used for holding * Caring for your tools
Techniques: Layout * Planing * Cutting and fitting joints * Assembling and gluing up * Finishing
Projects: Workbench * Bookcase * Child's desk * Chest * Bedside cabinet * Small table with drawer
Mark Finney has a background in furniture design and timber technology and a wealth of hands-on practical experience. He owns and runs a furniture-making and wood-finishing materials business in Sheffield, England. He teaches courses in all areas of woodwork and writes regularly for Traditional Woodworking, Practical Woodworking and Woodworker magazines.