WoodCentral's Book Reviews


    Welcome to WoodCentral's book review department, where you can read concise reviews by resident bibliophile Barb Siddiqui, and others, of classic, not-so-classic, and soon-to-be classic woodworking books.
    There are no clunkers here. We only publish reviews of books that we feel are worthwhile. We hope you find the reviews helpful. Your comments are welcome anytime!
Barb Siddiqui
Barb Siddiqui

LATEST REVIEWS...

New Masters of the Wooden Box
 Oscar P. Fitzgerald


Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Tablesaws
 by Paul Anthony


Fixtures and Chucks for Woodturning
 by Doc Green


Twenty Decorative Carving Projects
 by Steve Bisco


PREVIOUS REVIEWS...

Arthur Espenet Carpenter: Education of a Woodsmith
 Eponymous
Reviewed by Ellis Walentine


The Joiner and Cabinetmaker
 by Anon, Christopher Schwarz and Joel Moskowitz
Reviewed by Simon St.Laurent


The Fine Art of Carving Lovespoons
 by David Western
Reviewed by Ellis Walentine


The Art of Joinery
 by Joseph Moxon, Annotated by Christopher Schwarz
Reviewed by Wiley Horne

Tops
 by Michael Cullen

New Masters of Woodturning
 by Terry Martin & Kevin Wallace

Carving Wooden Santas, Elves & Gnomes
 by Ross Oar

The Art of Turned Bowls
 by Richard Raffan

Speed Toys For Boys
 by A.J. LaBerge

Emotions In Wood
 by Ann Brouwers

Inside The Not So Big House
 by Sarah Susanka & Marc Vassallo

Unbuilding
 by Bob Falk & Brad Guy

Pleasant Hill Shaker Furniture
 by Kerry Pierce

500 Chairs
 by Lark Books

The New Woodworker Handbook
 by Tom Hintz

Working With Power Tools
 edited by Paul Anthony

Building Doors & Drawers
 by Andy Rae

The Woodturners FAQ Book
 by Fred Holder

The Ultimate Band Saw Box Book
 by Donna LaChance Menke

Make Your Own Walking Sticks
 by Charles Self

1001 Tips For Woodworkers
 by Percy Blandford

Celebrating Birch
 by North House Folk School

Workbenches: From Design & Theory
to Construction & Use

 by Christopher Schwarz

Pinewood Derby Designs & Patterns
 by Troy Thorne

Step-By-Step Guitar Making
 by Alex Willis

Table Saw Projects
 by Ken Burton

400 Wood Boxes
 by Veronika Alice Gunter

Chairmaking & Design
 by Jeff Miller

Power Tool Maintenance
 by David Thiel

Box By Box
 by Jim Stack

The Collins Complete Woodworker
 by Editors of Woodworkers Journal

Woodshop Storage Solutions
 by Ralph Laughton

Carved Gifts For All Occasions
 by James E. Seitz

Carving For Kids
 by Robin Edward Trudel

Traditional Wood Toys
 by Cyril Hobbins

Wooden Projects For Outdoor Living
 by John Marckworth

Designing Your Own Furniture
 by Jim Stack

Foolproof Wood Finishing
 by Teri Masaschi

Woodturning Tips & Techniques
 by Carol Rix

Basic Box Making
 by Doug Stowe

Greene & Greene: Design Elements For The Workshop
 by Darrell Peart

Make Your Own Woodworking Tools
 by Mike Burton

Simply Board Feet
 by Douglas E. Maxwell

Complete Illustrated Guide to Jigs & Fixtures
 by Sandor Nagyszalanczy

Woodworking With The Router, Revised Edition
 by Bill Hylton

The Complete Kitchen Cabinetmaker
 by Robert W. Lang

Furniture
 by Judith Miller

Working With Tablesaws
 by the Editors of Fine Woodworking

Projects For Your Shop
 by Matthew Teague

The Art of Wood Inlay
 by George Stevens

Learn To Turn
 by Barry Gross

Bill Hylton's Power Tool Joinery
 by Bill Hylton

Quick & Easy Jigs and Fixtures
 by Kerry Pierce

Creating The Perfect Wood Finish
 by Joe L'Erario

Country Furniture
 by Aldren A. Watson

The Complete Illustrated Guide to Turning
 by Richard Raffan

The Art of Ian Norbury
 by Ian Norbury

Building an Adirondack Guideboat
 by Michael J. Olivette and John D. Michne

Cutting Edge Band Saw Tips & Tricks
 by Kenneth Burton

Carving Fantasy & Legend Figures in Wood
 by Shawn Cipa

Art of Chainsaw Carving
 by Jessie Groeschen

Dictionary of Woodworking Tools
 by R. A. Salaman

Workshop Idea Book
 by Andy Rae

The Real Wood Bible
 by Nick Gibbs

Unique Wood Lamination Projects
 by Jerry Syfert

Cutting Edge Router Tips and Tricks
 by Jim Stack

Understanding Wood Finishing, 2nd Ed.
 by Bob Flexner

Classic Woodturning Projects with Bonnie Klein
 by Bonnie Klein

House Transformed
 by Matthew Schoenherr

The New Built-Ins Idea Book
 by Sandor Nagyszalanczy

The Backyard Idea Book
 by Lee Ann White

Carving Tree Bark
 by Rick Jensen and Jack A. Williams

Woodworker's Pocket Reference
 by Charlie Self

Wood Identification and Use
 by Terry Porter

All Screwed Up!
 by John Berkeley

Design!
A Lively Guide to Design Basics
for Artists & Craftspeople

 by Steven Aimone

Your First Workshop
 by Aime' Ontario Fraser

Designing Furniture
 by the Editors of Fine Woodworking

The Complete Illustrated Guide to Working With Wood
 by Andy Rae

Quick & Easy Weekend Woodworking Projects
 by the Editors of Popular Woodworking

The Art of Segmented Woodturning
 by Malcolm Tibbetts

The Remarkable Baobab
 by Thomas Pakenham

Scrimshaw (2nd. Ed.)
 by Steve Paskiewicz and Roger Schroeder

Toolboxes & Workbenches
 by Danny Proulx

Building The Perfect Gazebo
 by David Schiff

Fireplace and Mantel Ideas
 by John Lewman

The Getaway Home
 by Dale Mulfinger

Interior Trim
 by William P. Spence

The Essential Pine Book
 by John McGuane & Megan Fitzpatrick

500 Wood Bowls
 Edited by Katherine Duncan Aimone

Shepherd's Compleat Early Nineteenth Century Woodworker
 by Stephen Shepherd

The House You Build
 by Duo Dickinson

The Workbench
 by Lon Schleining

Tools Rare and Ingenious
 by Sandor Nagyszalanczy

Segmented Turning ... A good start
 by Bill Kandler

Jim Tolpin's Woodworking Wit & Wisdom
 by Jim Tolpin

How To Build Animal Housing
 by Carol Ekarius

Complete Illustrated Guide To Using Woodworking Tools
 by Lonnie Bird

Complete Illustrated Guide to Sharpening
 by Thomas Lie-Nielsen

Complete Book of Tips, Tricks and Techniques
 by the editors of Popular Woodworking

Design & Build Your Ideal Entertainment Center
 by the editors of Popular Woodworking

Authentic Shaker Furniture
 by Kerry Pierce

The Flooring Handbook
 by Dennis Jeffries

How To Build Outdoor Structures
 by Deborah Morgan and Nick Engler

176 Woodworking Projects
 by the editors of Workbench

Scratching The Surface
 by Michael Hosaluk

The Pocket Hole Drilling Jig Project Book
 by Danny Proulx

The Conversion and Seasoning of Wood
 by William H. Brown

The Complete Manual of Wood Bending
 by Lon Schleining

The Commercial Woods of Africa
 by Peter Phongphaew

Build Your Own Birdhouses and Feeders
 by John Perkins

Furniture Mouldings
 by E .J. Warne

Making More Wooden Locks
 by Tim Detweiler

Small Woodworking Shops
 by Editors of Fine Woodworking

The Complete Illustrated Guide to Box Making
 by Doug Stowe

The Complete Illustrated Guide to Finishing
 by Jeff Jewitt

Shop Drawings for Craftsman Interiors
 by Robert W. Lang

The Nature and Art of Workmanship
 by David Pye

The Woodworker's Complete Shop Reference
 by J. Churchill

Ranches
 by M. Caren Connally and Louis Wasserman

Cutting Edge Tablesaw Tips & Tricks
 by Kenneth Burton

Chinese Domestic Furniture
 by Gustav Ecke

A House on the Water
 by Robert W. Knight

The Used Lumber Project Book
 by Kerry Pierce

The Woodworker's Complete Shop Reference
 by J. Churchill

Ranches
 by M. Caren Connally and Louis Wasserman

Cutting Edge Tablesaw Tips & Tricks
 by Kenneth Burton

Chinese Domestic Furniture
 by Gustav Ecke

A House on the Water
 by Robert W. Knight

The Used Lumber Project Book
 by Kerry Pierce

Wood Handbook: Wood as an Engineering Material
 by the USDA Forest Products Laboratory

The Workshop
 by Scott Gibson

Making Toys that Teach
 by Les Neufeld

Harvesting Urban Timber
 by Sam Sherrill

Woodworking Basics
 by Peter Korn

Wood Finishing Fixes
 by Michael Dresdner

Smart Workshop Solutions
 by Paul Anthony

Woodworkers' Essential: Facts, Formulas & Short Cuts
 by Ken Horner

Classic Hand Tools
 by Garrett Hack

Specialized Joinery
 by Corkhill and Duckworth

The Tablesaw Book, 2nd Ed.
 by Kelly Mehler

Building the Perfect Tool Chest
 by Jim Stack

Woodshop Workstations
 by Danny Proulx

Collins Complete Woodworker's Manual
 by Albert Jackson and David Day

Making Wood Handles Hinges and Knobs
 by Alan and Gill Bridgewater

Capes
 by Jane Gitlin

Colonials
 by Matthew Schoenherr

Rare Trades
 by Mark Thomson
Reviewed by Glenn Cramond

Wonders in Wood
 by Edwin M. Wyatt

Puzzles in Wood
 by Edwin M. Wyatt

Making Woodwork Aids & Devices
 by Robert Wearing

Making Mantels
 by David Getts

The Distinctive Home
 by Jeremiah Eck

Router Joinery Workshop
 by Carol Reed

Display Cases You Can Build
 by Danny Proulx

Building Frameless Kitchen Cabinets
 by Danny Proulx

Getting Started in Woodworking
 by Aimé Ontario Fraser

Fireplace Mantels
 by Mario Rodriguez

Woodcarving, Book I: Basic Techniques
 by Ian Norbury

Bungalows,
 by M. Caren Connolly & Louis Wasserman

Kidspace Idea Book
 by Wendy A. Jordan

Home Storage Idea Book
 by Joanne Kellar Bouknight

Classic Joints with Power Tools
 by Yeung Chan

Care and Repair of Shop Machines
 by John White

Patterns of Home
 by Max Jacobson, Murray Silverstein & Barbara Winslow

The Complete Illustrated Guide to Joinery
 by Gary Rogowski

Painting and Finishing
 by Michael Dresdner

Simple Marquetry
 by Mike Burton

Choosing & Using Hand Tools
 by Andy Rae

Timberframe
 by Tedd Benson

Selecting and Milling Wood
 by Charles Self

World Woods in Color
 by William A. Lincoln

Art Nouveau 1900
 by Anne-Marie Quette

Carving Architectural Detail in Wood
 by Frederick Wilbur

Home Storage Projects
 by Paul Anthony

Chests of Drawers
 by Bill Hylton
  (CLICK HERE for another review by Art Silva.)

Dining Tables
 by Kim Carleton Graves

New Wood Puzzle Designs
 by James W. Follette

The Complete Illustrated Guide to Furniture & Cabinet Construction
 by Andy Rae

The Complete Illustrated Guide to
Shaping Wood

 by Lonnie Bird

The Art of the Bandsaw
 by Mark Duginske

Woodturning
 by the editors of Woodturning magazine

Trees
 by Jon Arno

Sam Maloof--Woodworker
 by Sam Maloof

Furniture for the 21st Century
 by Betty Norbury

At Work At Home
 by Neal Zimmerman

Treasure Chests, The Legacy of Extraordinary Boxes
 by Lon Schleining

Stairs
 Collected from Fine Homebuilding Magazine

Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture
 by Robert W. Lang

Woodworking With The Router
 by Bill Hylton and Fred Matlack

Router Magic
 by Bill Hylton

The Bandsaw Book
 by Lonnie Bird

The Table Saw Book
 by Kelly Mehler

The Woodworkers Visual Handbook
 by Jon Arno

The Shaker Legacy
 by Christian Becksvoort

The Handplane Book
 by Garrett Hack

Essential Woodcarving Techniques
 by Dick Onians

Built-In Furniture
 by Jim Tolpin

Making & Mastering Wood Planes
(Foreword by James Krenov)

 by David Finck

The Toolbox Book
 by Jim Tolpin

The Workshop Book
 by Scott Landis

The New Wood Finishing Book
 by Michael Dresdner

The Workbench Book
 by Scott Landis

Finish Carpenter's Manual
 by Jim Tolpin

The Encyclopedia Of North American Trees
 by Sam Benvie

Encyclopedia of Furnituremaking
(Revised by Alan Peters)

 by Ernest Joyce

Building Cabinet Doors & Drawers
 by Danny Proulx

Understanding Wood
(Revised Edition)

 by R. Bruce Hoadley

Controlling Dust in the Workshop
 by Rick Peters
Reviewed by Jim Halbert

The Complete Guide to Sharpening
 by Leonard Lee

Carving on Turning
 by Chris Pye

Turning for Furniture
 by Ernie Conover

Grinling Gibbons And The Art Of Carving
 by David Esterly

Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking: Two Volumes In One, Unabridged
 by Tage Frid

Restoring, Tuning and Using Classic Woodworking Tools
 by Michael Dunbar

Setting Up Shop
 by Sandor Nagyszalanczy

The Old Way of Seeing
 by Jonathan Hale

Fine Craftsmanship In Wood
 by Betty Norbury

Meetings with Remarkable Trees
 by Thomas Pakenham

Furniture by Design
 by Graham Blackburn

With Wakened Hands
 by James Krenov

Furniture Studio: The Heart of the Functional Arts
  Edited by John Kelsey and Rick Mastelli

The Man Who Planted Trees
 by Jean Giono

Traditional Woodwork
 by Mario Rodriguez