BLGM's mission is to promote a love of books and reading to all by offering advice and information needed to help our visitors to find their next favorite book.

Best Woodworking Books Everyone Should Read

Here is a list of the best Woodworking books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

1. The Complete Manual of Woodworking: A Detailed Guide to Design, Techniques, and Tools for the Beginner and Expert (1996)

Best Woodworking Books Everyone Should ReadWith more than 1,800 drawings, diagrams and photos, this authoritative guide encompasses the whole art and craft of woodworking. Designed to instruct and inspire every woodworker from the beginner to the most exacting expert, it has become a classic. It includes a discussion of all the principal hardwoods and softwoods, how to choose and use hand tools, detailed information on every woodworking technique–jointing, bonding, fastening, laminating, and much more….
Author(s): Albert Jackson, David Day

2. The Complete Book of Woodworking: Step-by-Step Guide to Essential Woodworking Skills, Techniques and Tips (Landauer) More Than 40 Projects with Detailed, Easy-to-Follow Plans and Over 200 Photos (2001)

Best Woodworking Books Everyone Should ReadThe Complete Guide to Woodworking features detailed plans for 40 stunning projects for woodworkers of all levels, plus more than 1,200 step-by-step illustrations across 480 pages. For beginners and experienced woodworkers alike, this is the ultimate step-by-step guide.New woodworkers will learn how to set up shop, understand the tools, learn the principles of basic design, and practice essential woodworking techniques while creating home accessories, furnishings, outdoor projects, workshop projects, and more. Experienced crafters will enjoy enhancing their skills and learning something new.From the principles of basic design…
Author(s): Tom Carpenter, Mark Johanson

3. Essential Joinery: The Fundamental Techniques Every Woodworker Should Know (2019)

Best Woodworking Books Everyone Should ReadWith the knowledge of only a handful of essential joints, a woodworker can build anything he can imagine… Whether it’s a kitchen cabinet or an 18th century highboy, the foundation for all types of woodworking can be boiled down to a handful of essential joinery skills. Once learned, these joinery methods can be used to create almost anything the woodworker’s mind can imagine. From the workshop of The Wood Whisperer, the popular YouTube host and best-selling author Marc Spagunolo teaches his preferred, time-tested methods for creating these joints. Rather than working solely by hand or machine, Spagunolo…
Author(s): Marc Spagnuolo

4. Woodworking: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Skills, Techniques, and Projects (Fox Chapel Publishing) Over 1,200 Photos & Illustrations, 41 Complete Plans, Easy-to-Follow Diagrams & Expert Guidance (2019)

Best Woodworking Books Everyone Should ReadGet the expert guidance you need to become a master woodworker! With 448 pages, more than 1,200 lavish full-color illustrations, easy-to-follow diagrams, and step-by-step instructions to walk you through each and every phase of the process, Woodworking outstrips all competitors in affordability, accessibility, and comprehensiveness. From setting up a workshop to the principles of good design, how to use tools and essential techniques, it’s the only reference that aspiring craftsmen need to start creating fantastic woodworking projects right away. This big book covers choosing wood, measuring, marking…
Author(s): Tom Carpenter

5. Great Book of Woodworking Tips: Over 650 Ingenious Workshop Tips, Techniques, and Secrets from the Experts at American Woodworker (Fox Chapel Publishing) Shop-Tested and Photo-Illustrated (2012)

Best Woodworking Books Everyone Should ReadKeep the Great Book of Woodworking Tips close by your workbench for a ready source of inspired, shop-tested advice for woodworking success on any project! This ultimate collection of tips includes how to: This is the essential DIY reference, packed with reader-written woodworking tips and techniques from American Woodworker magazine, the premier publication for woodworkers. This comprehensive guide offers more than 650 ingenious solutions to common woodworking problems. Supplemented with clear workshop photography, each insightful pointer has been workplace-tested by the editors. Whether you are an accomplished woodworker or just beginning…
Author(s): Randy Johnson

6. Hybrid Woodworking: Blending Power & Hand Tools for Quick, Quality Furniture (Popular Woodworking) (2013)

Best Woodworking Books Everyone Should ReadIn the last few years, there’s been a push to return to the roots of woodworking when every step was done with hand tools–from resawing lumber and planing it flat, to cutting joins and creating profiles. Working this way can produce beautiful results, but is it the best method for woodworking in the 21st century?In Hybrid Woodworking, author and Internet woodworking star offers a more efficient approach that combines the strength of power-tool and hand-tool techniques. The end result: You save time and effort while producing furniture that still has that stunning handmade look. Hybrid Woodworking will show you which…
Author(s): Marc Spagnuolo

7. Doormaking: Materials, Techniques, and Projects for Building Your First Door (2017)

Best Woodworking Books Everyone Should ReadFew pieces of furniture, save perhaps chairs, work as hard as doors. Building them to last, especially exterior doors, takes knowledge and experience that don’t come from making other types of furniture, such as tables and bookcases. Doormaking: Materials, Techniques and Projects for Building Your First Door by woodworker Strother Purdy gathers all the information and guidance that both beginning and intermediate woodworkers need to be successful making their first door.While covering the construction of the eight most popular doors,…
Author(s): Strother Purdy

8. Woodworking Basics – Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship – An Integrated Approach With Hand and Power tools (2003)

Best Woodworking Books Everyone Should ReadWoodworking Basics presents an approach to learning woodworking that has proven successful for hundreds of people who have taken the author’s introductory course over the past 20 years. Peter Korn’s method helps new woodworkers learn the right techniques from the beginning. More experienced woodworkers can use it to master the classic furniture-making skills key to fine craftsmanship. Korn includes two attractive and useful projects — a small bench and a side table with a door and drawer ― providing you the opportunity to practice skills and develop confidence with tools. This book provides a step-by-step…
Author(s): Peter Korn

9. The Art of Japanese Joinery (1982)

Best Woodworking Books Everyone Should ReadThe joiner’s art, almost forgotten in the West by all but fine cabinetmakers, has had a long history in Japan, where it is still vigorously alive. The reputation of the traditional carpenter rests largely on his skill as a joiner, choosing and fashioning joints unknown in the West. This is lively introduction to Japanese joinery not only delves lovingly into the unique history and development of Japanese carpentry, but also reveals many secrets of Japanese joinery. Presenting 48 joints, selected from among the several hundred known and used today, this visually exciting book will please anyone who has ever…
Author(s): KIyosi Seike

10. Workshops: Expert advice for designing a great woodshop in any space (2019)

Best Woodworking Books Everyone Should ReadFor years, woodworkers have turned to Fine Woodworking magazine, in particular the popular annual “Tools & Shops” issue, for advice about setting up their woodworking shop. This book is a collection of the best of those workshop articles from the last 10 years. It covers all aspects of setting up a shop from choosing a location and adding heating and cooling, through accessories and storage options to how to use the shop safely and comfortably. Also included is advice on workbenches, jigs and fixtures, and dust collection. With such a wide range of topics and shops represented, this book…
Author(s): Editors of Fine Woodworking

11. How to Make Workbenches & Shop Storage Solutions: 28 Projects to Make Your Workshop More Efficient from the Experts at American Woodworker (Fox Chapel Publishing) Torsion Boxes, Outfeed Tables, & More (2011)

Best Woodworking Books Everyone Should ReadHow to Make Workbenches & Shop Storage Solutions contains everything you wanted to know about building a workbench, making outfeed tables for shop machines, making work tables and assembly tables, and storage cabinets for tools, materials, and supplies. With step-by-step projects for a variety of benches, toolboxes, shelving, and cabinets, you can finally stop searching for your tools and start using them!How to Make Workbenches & Shop Storage Solutions is all about getting rid of clutter, getting organized, and getting the most from your tools and workshop. You’ll learn how to build a long-lasting, dream workbench and an amazing…
Author(s): Randy Johnson

12. One-Board Woodworking Projects (2012)

Best Woodworking Books Everyone Should ReadScraps to some…treasures to those who can see the potential! One-Board Woodworking Projects is a clearly illustrated, practical guide to building fabulously functional household projects from a single plank of wood. Accomplished woodworker and author Andy Standing demonstrates 20 varied projects for the home, office, or garden–including stylish bookends, a personalized laptop tray, a beautiful toy rocking chair, an elegant wine rack, a much-needed knife block, and even functional closet shelving that costs people hundreds of dollars. And while teaching…
Author(s): Andy Standing

13. The Complete Japanese Joinery (1995)

Best Woodworking Books Everyone Should ReadBook by Sato, Hideo, Nakahara, Yasua…
Author(s): Hideo Sato , Yasua Nakahara , et al.

Best Woodworking Books Everyone Should Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some woodworking books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Hand Tool Basics Woodworking Tools and How to Use Them

Author(s): Branam, Steve
Publisher: F+W Media;Popular Woodworking Books, Year: 2018, Size: 132 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2205851

Woodworking with Hand Tools: Tools, Techniques & Projects

Author(s): Editors of Fine Woodworking
Publisher: Taunton Press, Year: 2018, Size: 33 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2207194

The why and how of woodworking : a simple approach to making meaningful work

Author(s): Michael Pekovich
Publisher: The Taunton Press, Year: 2018, Size: 34 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2256069

Good Woodworking

Author(s):
Publisher: , Year: 2017, Size: 20 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2109002

Make. Woodworking for Young Makers. Fun and Easy Do-It-Yourself Projects

Author(s): Loyd Blankenship, Lane Boyd
Publisher: Maker Media, Inc, Year: 2017, Size: 41 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2111755

The Practical Workshop: A Woodworker's Guide to Workbenches, Layout & Tools

Author(s): Christopher Schwarz, Popular Woodworking Editors
Publisher: Popular Woodworking Books, Year: 2017, Size: 103 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2205853

Woodworking for Young Makers: Fun and Easy Do-It-Yourself Projects

Author(s): Loyd Blankenship, Lane Boyd
Publisher: Maker Media, Year: 2017, Size: 11 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2335813

Contemporary Furniture : 17 Elegant Projects You Can Build

Author(s): Scott Francis
Publisher: Popular Woodworking Books, F+W Media, Year: 2016, Size: 27 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1504571

The Perfect Treehouse: From Site Selection to Design & Construction

Author(s): Django Kroner
Publisher: Popular Woodworking Books, Year: 2016, Size: 52 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2336302

Alan Lacer’s Woodturning Projects & Techniques

Author(s): Alan Lacer
Publisher: Popular Woodworking Books, Year: 2015, Size: 21 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1510537

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are truly best-sellers according to The New York Times, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

Affiliate Disclaimer: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
Leave a Reply