When it comes to woodworking books, there are plenty of options out there for you to choose from. You have likely spend some time, and maybe some money, trying to find one that suits your needs. If you have been frustrated with your search so far, do not give up! There are plenty of good guides available, but you have to know what you are looking for. Here I will discuss the features that I think are most important when considering a woodworking book.
Quality illustrations and blueprints
Some woodworking books will give you a few instructions and expect you to figure it out on your own. This might be fine if you are an advanced woodworker, but for anyone else it can be extremely confusing. The best way to avoid this type of frustration is to purchase a book that has high quality blueprints and illustrations to guide you along. When I build a project, I want to see a plan that details exactly where each piece of material fits into the final product. It is foolish to accept a book that provides any less.
Detailed materials lists
Each plan in your woodworking book should come with a very detailed list of materials. This will allow you to go to your local lumber store and purchase only what you need for your project, 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 buy more materials. A good materials list will save you from many heads and unneeded distractions.
Thousand of different project plans
If you are going to spend some money on a woodworking book, you will want that book to last a long time. You should only settle for a book that offers thousands of plans for you to choose from. Whenever you are stumped for a project idea, you can simply open up your book, skim through the many plans inside, and spark your creative imagination. It is not unreasonable to expect your book to have enough plans to last you for a lifetime.
Projects for every skill level
A good woodworking book will have plans for beginners, intermediate, and advanced woodworkers alike. As your experience and skill sets grow, you can move up to the more advanced projects. This will save you from having to buy more and more books as you become a better woodworker. Buy a book that will allow you to grow, and it will grow with you.
Follow these rules when buying a woodworking manual and you will never be disappointed with your purchase. Once you find a good one, you will be able to focus your energy on building high quality projects.
Source by Jim F. Clark