Monday, January 18, 2021

Woodwork Step by Step: Carpentry Techniques Made Easy

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Woodwork Step by Step is a tutorial guide to carpentry techniques from the DIY experts at DK. Originally published as Woodwork: a Step-by-Step Photographic Guide to Successful Woodworking, this reformat and re-release is due out 9th Feb 2021 from Penguin Random House on their DK imprint. It's 224 pages and will be available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook formats.

DK are well known for accessible, very well written and illustrated technique guides covering a plethora of subjects. This is another solid guide containing tutorials for a variety of woodworking basics. The tutorials do utilize both hand and (some) power tools. The introduction covers tools, selection, supplies, and some workshop safety and setup. 

The tutorials themselves are arranged thematically: technique tutorials first, followed by a primer on wood and materials selection, ending with 8 complete project tutorials using the techniques covered in the earlier parts of the book. The tutorials are attractive and suitable for advanced beginners to intermediate level (with access to a woodworking shop).

Each tutorial has a description in a header bar followed by materials and cutting lists, project dimensions, isometric (exploded) line drawings, and full color process pictures with the tutorial directions. Sidebars contain important info such as key techniques and finishing info. The pictures are clear and easy to understand. Tools are shown in cutting/action positions. 

The book also includes an abbreviated glossary and index.

This would be a great selection for library use, maker's group, scouts/activity groups, possibly school use, or the home/shop library. Five stars. It's a solid resource. 

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