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You may be thinking of doing a little woodworking project to add some furniture to your home. It's an easy thing, right? Just download a plan from the internet, get some wood, nails, and a few tools, and you'll be all set to go. Well, that's part of what you should do, but it's not the whole thing. You may need some woodworking books to get you started.

There are many good woodworking books available for sale. These books actually are basic studies for the beginner and teach you the basic equipment that you need, aside from basic tips and techniques you can use when doing a project. When people started to do woodworking before, they learned by going to a master carpenter, who taught them what to do firsthand. Think of the book as your personal master carpenter, there to answer questions you haven't even thought of yet.

Now, what should you be looking for in the basic woodworking books for your library? The books should talk about the types of tools you will need, a overview of electrical woodworking equipment and basic methods of use (for example, how to use a circular saw and the basic safety rules you should follow when using it), an explanation of hard and soft woods and which to use for what kind of project, different techniques to try when making the project (like easier ways to measure wood accurately or tips on how to miter corners) and basic project patterns and ideas for you to flex your creative muscles. These woodworking books are invaluable for the insights and information they can give you.

Don't just pick up any old woodworking book, take the time out to go on the internet to read the reviews and see which the best book to buy is. And don't look down on magazines, either. You may be able to find obscure but useful pieces of information on both online and print magazines. There are a lot of newer magazines out there but try looking at the older publications like “Popular Woodworking.” These publications have been there for years, and for good reason. If you miss any issues, they also sell woodworking books that have compiled the tips, techniques, and resources.

Some woodworking books will offer a few instructions and expect you to figure it out on your own. This could possibly be good if you are an advanced woodworker, then again for somebody else it can be incredibly confusing. The best strategy to stay clear of this sort of frustration is to buy a book that has high quality blueprints and illustrations to guide you along.

When I build up a project, I want to see a plan that details exactly where each and every piece of material fits into the final product. It is foolish to accept a e-book that provides any less.

Each plan in your woodworking book ought to come with a highly thorough checklist of materials. This will allow you to go to your nearby lumber store and get only what you require for your task, saving you money. Another benefit is that you will not have to stop in the middle of a project so that you can run to the store and get additional materials. A good materials list will save you from numerous headaches and unneeded distractions.

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