...if you had no opportunity...

...to attend any training on basic woodworking, including power tools usage technics and finishing, which book do you recommend? I'm thinking only one book with the best coverage of technics used on furniture construction.
Thanks in advance Faustino
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On Wed, 5 Nov 2003 13:26:07 -0600, "Faustino Dina"

Cabinetmaking and Millwork, Feirer.
Encyclopedia of Furnituremaking, Joyce.
Regards, Tom Thomas J. Watson-Cabinetmaker Gulph Mills, Pennsylvania http://users.snip.net/~tjwatson
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On Wed, 05 Nov 2003 19:37:52 GMT, Tom Watson

I would second Tom's recommendation on Feirer. It is the basic textbook used to teach cabinetmaking everywhere north of the Rio Grande (well, maybe, except for Quebec), up to and including the Yukon (where I am). Very comprehensive, tries to cover everything at a pretty basic level.
Joyce is a step up from Feirer, more details on construction and a lot more on design. I would argue that it would be a good choice after you understand Feirer, which is at a more basic level.
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Would you by chance have the ISBN numbers for these books. I have found two written by Feirer and four by Joyce. Thanks
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FWIW, the Feirer book is out of print. Lots of copies available thru used dealers, www.abe.com, for example. Most are 1970 but the most recent seems to be about 1987 or so.
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Mine is 5th edition, revised, (c) 1988. ISBN 0-02-675950-0 (Text) Published by Glencoe Publishing Company

Mine is Revised and Expanded by Alan Peters, 1987 , Published by Sterling Publishing. Three ISBN mentioned inside ISBN 0-8069-6440-5 0-8069-7142-8 pbk. 0-8069-7203-3 HTH
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On Wed, 5 Nov 2003 13:26:07 -0600, "Faustino Dina"

Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking, the first book, on techniques (Amazon.com product link shortened)
I started putting a list up here, with some reviews. One day I'll finish writing the page ! http://codesmiths.com/shed/books/woodworking.htm#begin_here

Ayn Rand. Seems a popular choice with those who decide to only ever read one book 8-)

I think this is at least three books; joinery, finishing, design. I really don't know a good book that does all three in one.
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No, actually it's that if they've read Ayn Rand, they never want to risk reading another book again.
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Michael Daly wrote:

I have *not* read Ayn Rand, for the record. :)
None of the rest of that stuff in a similar vein of popularity either. If people think it's weighty and importand and profound and deep and stuff, then ah gahrontee it will be mind numbingly boring, and a buncha English majors and professors will spend the next 1,000 years writing papers about why the author used the semicolon so effectively in the work.
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People think that, but it's nothing of the kind. Rand is a right-wing writer who can stretch a short story idea into a mind-numbing mega-novel. She's a terrible writer with a small number of ideas worth debating. Her fame, like that of many famous people, has greatly exceeded her value to society.
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Michael Daly wrote:

Ah, so she must be an important literary figure then, like I thought. :)
(If it's something everyone "simply must" read, I don't usually read it for this very reason.)
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Mike Daly responds:

Yes. I tried reading her stuff many, many years, back when I had plenty of spare time, when I was in the Marines. Romeo recalls and all that good stuff leave you sitting around for hours with nothing to do. I had to lay off Ayn Rand: first, she seldom made a whole lot of sense; second, she made me sleepy, which displeased my NCOIC.
I'm not at all sure she had a short story's worth of ideas in those jumbo novels, anyway.
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On 06 Nov 2003 20:56:58 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@aol.comnotforme (Charlie Self) wrote:

As Dorothy Parker might have said about Ms. Rand:
"There's no there, there."
Regards, Tom Thomas J. Watson-Cabinetmaker Gulph Mills, Pennsylvania http://users.snip.net/~tjwatson
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On Thu, 06 Nov 2003 18:20:04 GMT, "Michael Daly"

E E Smith, but without the spaceships.
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Faustino Dina wrote:

What's the bookstore situation in your corner of Mexico? How about libraries? My first recommendation would be to just go to the local bookstore and have a look at the woodworking section.
You can definitely learn how to do this stuff from books. I've never had a shop class in my life.
As has been mentioned, no one book will do. You'll end up with a bunch sooner or later anyway, so if you're interested in furniture, then buy a book about making furniture. If you don't understand what it's telling you, then buy a book about whatever you didn't understand.
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The only I've found is a book for building sofas... I've been looking inside (I don't like to buy a technical book without looking inside first) and it's really useful. It is on my plans to use it for "furnituring" my living room. But I feel before going to the specifics, before reading on plans an design, it will be usefull to get the whole picture and basic techniques. When you are an expert in some topic you laught in such introductory simple books, but when you stand on the beginning of the lane these books can be very helpfull. I'm just making the analogy with software books. I have a degree on Physics from the University, but actually I work as a programmer. And everithing I know about programming I learn from books by myself. Just give me the light, I have not so much time and money for buying all the Amazon stock on woodworking just to find (on my 90's) a good starting book (!) The experience is here on the forum, that is why I'm posting here... Thanks all for your comments Faustino
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Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking books 1&2 bound together I feel does what the title says, teaches basics of woodworking. How to make many joints using hand and power tools is where he starts. Any chance a library can get the book for you to look at? Cost is about $30.00USD and every time I open it I find something that was read before but now I recognise it as something useful. Like you I'm self taught after my wife wanted a simple shelf to hang on the wall about 15 years ago and this book was very helpful to me even after making several of the joints before.
On Fri, 7 Nov 2003 08:49:10 -0600, "Faustino Dina"

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Faustino,
my website has some recommendations:
http://woodworking.homeip.net/wood/ and select Reference books from the menu.
Greg

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