Collins Complete Woodworker's Manual (revised edition 2005)
A completely revised, redesigned and updated edition of the definitive woodworker's bible. Authoritative, superbly crafted and easy to use, Collins Complete Woodworker's Manual is the one book every woodworker needs. This new revised edition has been extensively rewritten and contains new photographs and illustrations to give the book a contemporary feel, and includes all the new products and techniques developed since the last edition. The reader is guided through every stage in the process of crafting furniture and other decorative pieces. Starting with the basics -- the nature of wood, the tools required, setting up a workshop -- the book then examines in depth the principles of three-dimensional design, from inspiration to methods of construction. These ideas are then put into practice with a comprehensive look at the various skills and techniques a woodworker requires. Step-by-step illustrations demonstrate how to make every type of joint, and all the major crafts are given detailed coverage with the same step-by-step approach: bending wood, veneering and marquetry, woodcarving and finishing. Add to this a chapter on using other materials, such as metal, glass and leather, in combination with wood, plus a chapter on fixings and fittings -- and the book has everything you need to complete the job.
"An absolute must for the book shelf" -- Which Tool "Thoroughly authoritative, well-illustrated and well-produced" -- Home and Garden "A friend to lean on" -- Woodworking International "A fine book" -- Traditional Woodworking "Well thought out and well designed" -- Woodworker "Bursting with ideas" -- Practical Householder
Albert Jackson and David Day were both awarded Masters degrees in furniture design at the Royal College of Art. They have written numerous bestselling titles on woodworking and DIY, including the Collins Complete DIY Manual.