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Made by Hand: Furniture Projects from the Unplugged Woodshop by Tom Fidgen.Popular Woodworking Books, 2009.$29.99; 192 pp.
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Made by Hand: Furniture Projects from the Unplugged Woodshop by Tom Fidgen is a book about building furniture with hand tools. Fidgen begins the book with information about the different tools found in a hand tool shop and spends some time talking about how to sharpen them. He moves on to discuss the importance of bench hooks, miter hooks and shooting boards as well as winding sticks and saw horses. Finally he covers techniques for such things as preparing lumber, sawing by hand, and cutting dovetails and mortise and tenons. The book also includes 6 furniture projects which help you learn the basics of hand tool woodworking and the accompanying DVD helps hone these skills even further.
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I hope you enjoy the book !
Awesome book to own.
Just what all beginner hand tool users need... Direction on howto sharpen and use their hand tools properly.
working with the hands is the best.
Count me in!
I would love to win this@! Thx.
I always thought that having a shop full of expensive power tools was what I needed to make expertly crafted furniture. I've recently come to the conclusion that I'm missing the real joy of woodworking by not using my hand tools more. I've started using my hand planes and chisels more often and leaving the noisy power tools to the rough dimensioning of lumber. The woosh of a finely tuned hand plane is music to my ears.
Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!
Hand work would be a great option for me during the hours that everyone else is asleep. Please enter me in the drawing.
Always keen to learn more about hand tool work. When the last coal fired generating plant is shut down, we'll all wish we had too!
What a wonderful book, I would love to win this, thanks for the chance!
Very cool topic for a book. Is the book also made by hand?
Looks to be a very good book that will help me developp my Hand Tools
Wish I could be a winner
I love the information towards the bottom about the guy that recreated the french king's tables (perfect set) marquetry and all. I'm bookmarking your site and hope to win this contest.
My husband has created a small unit stabilizer for wood and while doing research for his system (for marketing and possible ad placements) I ran across this sweep and thought I'd enter. thanks for the sweep!
Anything published by Taunton has got to be OK. I turn to your books often, they are shelved right in my shop.
I definitely need the direction!
This would be GREAT!
My husband likes to make things (most recently wooden pipes) so I know he'd love this book.
I would love to win this for my father in law. He just retired and really wants to start some woodworking projects. This would be perfect.
What a great book. If I don't win it, I'll probably buy it.
I'd love to have a chance at reading this book. I throughly
enjoyed the "Sharpening Station" articles.
This looks like an amazing opportunity to learn more about projects crafted by hand, a skill that really speaks to the reasons I first got into woodworking.
Well, I'd like to get past poor lefty always being a chisel stop for righty's exuberance. Please, help save lefty! thanks
'Looks like a cool book - I'm about evenly divided between hand- and power-tools, and enjoy using old tools, so I expect I'd enjoy reading it.
Been using most power tools for my projects and I would like to take the next step into hand tools. This book should help.
Believe the info contained in the book would be most beneficial. Never too old to stop learning.
JUST A FEW WORDS ON HOW MUCH I ENJOY YOUR MAGAZINE AND WEBSITE. I HAVE DONE MINOR CARPENTRY WORK ALL MY LIFE, MOSTLY ON BOATS. AFTER 45 YEARS, I'M NOW RETIRED. I HAVE THE TIME TO TRY TO REACH A HIGHER LEVEL OF SKILL. I HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH FROM YOUR PUBLICATIONS, AND ONLINE VIDEOS. KEEP UP YOUR HIGH STANDARDS. WOULD LOVE TO WIN THE BOOK.
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I'm the son of a pattern maker and I started my professional career as a rough framing carpenter using a framing hammer, Skilsaw, and chainsaw. Now is the time for me to learn the tools and techniques of my father.
As are many woodworkers, I am interested in learning to use more hand tools, and this book sounds like one that would go a long way to helping that become a reality.
Sounds like it's a "Must Have" and destined to become quite worn in my hands!
I would enjoy a chance to learn more about using hand tools.
Tom has the respect of the woodworking world, and it would be a privilege to win his book. I tend to struggle with the "quiet side" of woodworking, and I believe his book could help me get my skills to the level I believe I can achieve.
I have heard good things about this book. Of course I'd like to win it, but if not I will probably buy it.
I would enjoy a chance to learn more about using hand tools. Tom's book looks like it will be a good read.
When it comes to hand tool work, it doesn't get much better than Tom Fidgen. I would love to have his book.
I'm looking forward to reading Tom's book.
Anyone who has seen his work and read his postings knows Tom has much skill and passion plus the heart of a teacher.
Life has circled back three times, now. I have the hand tools and a hughe 30" diameter 4" wide hand cranked sharpening wheel in its standing wooden case of my mom's father. I have my some of my other grandfather's tool that I watched dad use.
Now, it's my turn to put them in my hands and let them teach me how hand tools enrich the term, "Hand Made".
Since my daddy kept me busy with his brace and bit.
Looks like a great book to learn the true art of wood working.
I have been using a combination of power and hand tools for all my projects. I am nearing retirement and am looking forward to learning how to work more with hand tools. This looks like a good book for some practical ideas.
I am currently working on improving my hand tool skills and upgrading my sharpening tools. Part of my hand tool problems in the past have been dealing with tools that are not sharp or incorrectly tuned. I'm looking forward to reading Tom's book and putting to practice the techniques.
Thank you for the giveaway.
While I am normally a power tool kinda guy, every now and then I seem to channel James Krenov and will indulge myself in a 'smallish' project done by hand tools only. This is less an excersize in craftsmanship than a spiritual journey into the soul, where true quality resides. When this urge hits, I've gotta answer the call.
I think it's important to become "unplugged" if you want to understand the real nature of wood. Thanks for the chance to win this one.
My husband has a lot of hand tools inherited from his father-this would be a great addition to his shop. Thanks!
Sometimes the old reliable tools are best.
There are not enough of these books that teach the 'old' ways. My son will learn the 'old' ways first. This will be a fine teaching tool.
My husband is the handy man, he would like this book.
Nice to find a book that doesnt do everything with a powertool.Looking forward to reading it.
A great book, at an even greater price.
I have always wanted to build furniture the classic way.
Thanks for the resource that points the way.
I work almost exclusively with hand tools, due to working on a deck with nearby neighbors or in my living room. I'd love to learn how to better translate power-tool plans to more hand-tool friendly ones. Thanks for doing these giveaways!
Greetings from Tomorrow!
Must be a great book. The art of hand making an item is about gone from this great nation. My grandfather made caskets by hand in his day. (early 1900's)
Have been a fan of Tom's work for quite some time already.
Thanks to him for his efforts.
This guitar maker needs to learn how to build something else!!
looks like a great book to make the backwards leap to hand tools
I need all the help I can get, and this book looks like the answer.
Would like very much to develop my hand tool skills and Tom's book could be a valuable aide to that end. The included projects with dvd is a definite bonus. Thanks for the chance to win.
I've been following Tom's blog for quite a while and would really love to check out his book.
This has got to be a more satisfying way than Norm's.
I saw this book at a local bookstore and was impressed. Been making a move toward hand tool work and this would help.
If I am able to build a piece of furniture like the piece show on the blog using the information in this book, then this is one book I would definetly like to have.
Thanks for the giveaway. Looks like a great book.
I am just beginning using hand tools and would welcome a copy from one of the masters. - Jasper
I am 73 years old and still learning. I would love to have this book.
Thanks for the chance to win it.
Hand skills is a major constituent of my joy of living. A book celebrating tools and skills would be a pleasure.
After years of power tooling my way around the shop, I'm finally learning to enjoy the quiet, relaxing nature of hand work.
From the reviews, it sounds like a book that includes design concepts, not just how to use the tools - that's great, because so many books leave out this most important skill.
Put me on the list to add this to my library.
Sounds like what I need. I am fairly good at machine woodworking, but sadly lacking at using and caring for hand tools.
Power tools are wonderful, but the quiet peace one experiences when working with hand tools, is truly welcomed in our rushed and loud society. Unplug. I look forward to reading this book and I hope to see more literature written about the old ways.
I love any book on hand tools. It's always interesting to me how as technology progresses, obsessing over using our hands becomes stronger and stronger. I wonder how we will ever strike a balance again.
I have been collecting -using and trading - hand tools for some years. I find them slower than power tools to use but for the most part more precise.
Tom's book sounds like it would give me more insight into this quiet relaxing way to make memories out of wood.
I have yet to see this book but a good book on woodworking by hand would be a valuble asset to me.
This book looks very good and would be a welcome addition to anyone's library
I've been a member of this website for a few years now and find it to be a very valuable woodworking tool. Like most woodworkers I own my share of power tools, but I love the peace and quiet that I get when I use hand tools. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this book giveaway.
Oh, wow. This book looks awesome! :-)
I am new to the Fine Woodworking Blogs, I recently became a member and so far I am happy I did, I recommend this membership to all my woodworking friends. There are many online clubs to join, I found this one to be the best.
My ma says- "you go get that darned book!" I always do as my ma says!
I enjoy his web site and I am sure I will enjoy his book, but how am I going to explain to the wife that this is not another woodworking purchase. I've told her to many times I have won something that I've really bought.
Just the book I am after!
Rapidly approaching retirement. Got the hand tools,got the sharpening kit,got the lo.........ng list of projects. Need all the help I can get putting it all together.'Made by Hand' looks like a good read.
Just the book I need as I continue my journey further and further into hand tool woodworking.
I'm ready to step up to old technology!
Cannot wait to read it - using hand tools more and more every day.
Everybody, and I mean everbody... was Kung Fu Fightin!
I'm not giving up my power tools yet, but I do use hand tools a lot more as I'm teaching my grandkids. Thanks for the chance to win.
i love to win this for my husband
ebay is a good place to buy had tools. the men who used them years ago were not fools
There's something great about a quiet Sunday, a cup of coffee, and a sharp chisel. Anything that would improve my skills with hand tools would be great. Sign me up!
I have been following Tom's blog for sometime now and his work is excellent. From the cover it looks like his book is top notch.
I like his work
hey, great looking book!
I've long admired his blog. Really good stuff.
Good choice - I'd love a copy of this book.
Thanks for the chance to win!
I'm using more handtools these days and always excited to learn more.
Looks very interesting.
Looks like a good read.
As a complete beginner, I'm always trying to read and learn more. I'd love to win the book.
I saw this book in the store. It is absolutely beautiful! I would love to have this in my collection.
As a newby to furniture making this would be an amazing addition to my wood working library
It would be great to win!!
Looks like a nice book to take my woodworking to new heights!
I love the quality of the writing and photographs on Tom's blog. I'm sure his book is excellent. Please count me in.
Glanced through this book at borders and was very impressed. Considering purchasing. nice read,,,,
The idea of working wood with handtools was a sad thought to me. Thanks to authors like Tom Figden I know hand tools are career altering in such a surprising and enjoyable way. Rock on!
Thank you for the great website. And to answer ppleman's comment, The good news is you are eligible to become a Galoot. The bad news is so is anyone else with an interest in hand-tools, there usage and history.
Follow this link and sign on:
Spent an hour or so looking it over in the bookstore and I'm 100% on the must get it list. Win it or buy it, one way or another.
I love working with hand tools. Any book that can assist me in improving that skill works for me.
Tom's book is, quite literally, a show of hands. Let the play begin.
Hey, count me in. Does it have pictures?
Looks very good me.
Just what I want for Valentine's Day. I've been lusting after this since I first saw it advertised. Hopefully you guys will pick me. And I can then spend the money on some of CD's you have on sale.
I was at the live tenon shoot out and even though it took 2x as long to cut them by hand, my wife and neighbors are really getting on my case about the table saw noise, considering I sometimes work at 11:00 pm
This could be a great addition to the wood working bookself !
Count me in on the chance to win. I don't have any woodworking books just yet. This will give me a chance to start a collection.
Consider my hat tossed in the ring.
Looks like a good one--count me in!
sounds like a neat book. Count me in.
Im using handtools more and power tools less often.
This just might be the book to convert me completely.
sold all the power tools...does that make me a galoot?
Cool, I was just in the book store and had this book in my hand when I realized that I didnt have enough money with me to purchase it. I enjoy his new website/blog also. Thanks for the chance to win it.
I want this book really really badly, so you should probably just call this off and give it to me (sorry everyone, but I'm sure you understand...)
I have been reading more and more about working with hand tools. This book looks like it would be a good read for someone interested in going the unplugged route someday.
I have slowly been adding hand tools to my collection, most of my small collection came from my father-in-law (who was actually a tool and die maker, but he loved to work with his hands on any project).
Just found your website as it was featured in the magazine, The Week, as a site for the aspiring handyman...
As I make my progression to using more and more hand tools I believe that after I read this book I might take the plunge and try an entire piece using nothing but hand tools. Thanks for the chance to win the book
Tom Fidgen's recent series on a sharpening bench has really whetted (pun absolutely intended) my appetite to take a crack at the projects in this book and improve my hand tool skills!
Looks like a great book for us tailed woodworkers. Thank you for the giveaway!
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