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Making Wood Tools with John WilsonHome Shop Books, 2011.$39.95; 244 pp.
Some of you might know John Wilson for his Shaker oval box making classes and supplies but he also teaches tool making in The Home Shop. Making Wood Tools is his first book. In it he not only teaches you how to make wood tools, but he provides interesting background stories and histories. The book covers the making of several different planes and other tools, such as a spoke shave and travisher. It also has chapters on blade making and several on keeping tools and holding work such as a workbench, work horse for dovetailing, Japanese tool box, and a carpenter’s tote, to name a few.
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It is an interesting book - saw it at a show. But thought it a bit of a ripoff at $40.
Highland Woodworking has it for $30 with 'free shipping' ($75-up) until 7/4. Still overpriced. May buy - but likely will wait until its remaindered at $20 or less..
I'll take one. My dad used to make some of his own tools. Would love to learn that skill.
I wood love to add this book to my woodworking library. Books are a great way to gather information on the greatest hobby in the world, woodworking!! Thank you for the chance. Ed
I would be honored to own this book.
I just made a drawbore pin, and am interested in making other tools. Looks like an interesting book.
i wood love to read it
What a fantastic offer. I have appreciated the resources here and would greats benefit from such a book.
I would really love this book. I would consider buying it even if I did not win it.
Would love to have this!
Sounds like a great book..let me in.
My father was a carpenter and owned a variety of bespoke specialist tools, I fully intend to make my own now to enable me to make my own unique pieces, this book would be a very useful addition to my knowledge base
Can't wait to read the book & get started making tools.
Sounds very good, I hope it shows how to make tools for turning
Sounds wonderful , great idea
This sounds like a good book with the asides added it should be great reading and learning
This books looks like it was written for me! I intend to buy a copy soon. Well done!
This book should help me kick-start a new career doing something I have always wanted to do...make quality tools that for craftsmen of all types! I hope the woodland elves shake a kittle "lucky dust" my way!
This is exactly what I was looking for. In my country is so dificullt to find good tools that I have to make several of them.
this looks like a good addition to the library, traditional toolmaking and the ability to customize....if I can't win it i'll have to buy it!
Making tools in the shop fascinates me. I think I could use the book.
Great give away,nothing better than free lessons!
Great prize !
Hi FWW I am looking forward to learning how to make a spokeshave out of wood! Please enter me for the giveaway of Making Wood Tools with John Wilson.
Interesting ideas. I would like to see more of it to see if it is worth the effort for me to make a plane for my projects.
I love working with hand tools. I like the idea of making my own tools.
it really helped my husband with his new hobby
My husband would love this book!
I would like this book as it's a excellent way to gain new skills.
Working with power tools is challenging, I wonder how much more hand tools would add to the challenge? But I'm intrigued at the notion of making tools, this could be quite interesting.
I like the idea of building my own tools to fit specific needs.
This looks like a very interesting book indeed. I think it would be fun to make wood tools.
What a great idea. Lets you know who is reading your email.
I had to check the author's website to be sure, as I had heard his name before. He authored a book on making Shaker boxes. He was dedicated to the manufacture of those wonders of bent wood, to the point he bought the only company making the copper tacks used to hold the joints on the boxes when that company appeared in danger of closing forever. If he brought that gusto to Making Wood Tools, put my name in the hat for a copy.
Making your own tools gets back to the very heart of what classic woodworking is all about. With a limited budget, I have tried to make some of my own tools with limited success; having an authoritative reference would help a LOT. Please add me to the drawing for this valuable resource.
I would love to have this book!!
This looks like a wonderful gift for my husband,a cabinet maker who does beautiful work.
I am finding it more and more interesting to build my own hand tools. I have a blade that a friend gave me about 10 years ago to build a plane. Maybe this book is the chance I have to turn that blade into a tool.
This looks like the type of quality book I expect from your web site. Hope I get it.
This sounds like a good book to have and read. Put my name in the drawing, please.
I want it.
Love making my own tools so cout me in.
Not sure whether us Brits are included in this competition, we rarely are, but just in case - please add my mame.
Sounds like a good book to own.
There has been a proliferation in recent years (okay, decades) of people buying simple jigs and tools and such that they could easily make themselves. I hope (though I do not expect) that books such as these could help reverse that trend.
Please enter me as well. Looks like an interesting book.
I've been looking for a book like this. Hope I win!!!
This looks like a fantastic book. I would love to have it. I try and make as many of my tools as I can.
Please enter me into the drawing
I have many tools, but use frequently and enjoy using some of the wooden jigs I've made the best. With some wooden jigs, I can do router magic I can't do any other way. Can't wait to augment my collection with what I might see in the book.
...maybe I can get ideas for making turning tools. Thanks!
Subscribed to Fine Woodworking magazine years ago as a beginning woodworker but decided that most articles were beyond my capabilities. Now some forty years later, I discovered Fine Woodworking on line and am thrilled with the information and instructions provided. Keep up the good work!
This would be a great addition to my woodworking library -- opportunity to watch a real pro make tools. My own efforts have been mixed at best -- want to learn much, much more.
I use hand tools wherever practical, it gets me closer to my project and I like the silence. I'm sure this book will have some great tool designs. The book on wood bending looks interesting too,I think I'll buy that one. I love the online version of FWW, please keep it going.
I always admire the reader-made tools featured in the Tools issues of FWW. I'd love to have this book.
I would cherish a good opportunity to learn how to make some tools from an expert.
one of my most used tools is a frame saw with a 1 inch blade in the middle. I use it to re-saw from small logs. I can add more tools to my collection.
Definitely interested. One of the things I was drooling over, in a friend's father's shop, was a complete set of wood-body planes; just plain pretty. Well-cared-for old tools impress me a lot more than old furniture, just because they've been used intensively and have more stories wrapped up in them (even if we never know what those stories are).
I try to get all the help I can with sketchup thank you.
It's hard to find quality books that detail this semi-lost art. Hope to win and get a chance to review it. Thanks!
Would love to make some of my own tools!
Count me in!
Looks like an interesting one!
What better way to connect with your passion than to make your own tools!
What a perfect way to better understand how these tools work.
Making tools to work with sounds great count me in. Skill building at it's finest.
Looks great - I always make instead of buy. It's a Yankee thing.
there does not seem to be a link on his page to buy this book - is this a pre-release?
Hope Hope Hope!
Looks like a great book!
Please count me in too. I would like to have this book on the start of my woodworking journey. Thanks!
Count me in too!
Looks like a great read. Count me in.
I have also made a few tools and really enjoyed the process. I would love to read his book.
I would LOVE a copy of this book! I'm super poor and love hand tools. Making my own would make my day ;)
Great craft. I'd love to do this with my son.
I've made a few of my on tools. It would be interesting to read further into the topic.
I enjoyed seeing John Wilson at the NWA Showcase in Saratoga back in March. His talk was clear and informative, and I'd enjoy reading what he has written as well.
I'm a new woodworker, just starting with some very basic tools. This book would help a lot. Good luck to all! Thanks for the contest!
Looks good, I would like to review it
This would be a very valuable resource to have in my library. I enjoy making tools in the shop for use in the shop or household.
I've made one or two wood tools: a marking gauge and a marking knife. I'd love to extend my repertoire so please send me the book.
I've had a lot of fun making some turning tools and would enjoy making some other tools. I find the most interesting and perhaps the funnest part of the process is heat treating the steel. I'm not an expert in heat treating so it always seems like I'm learning something new all over again when I make a new tool. It's a ball though! One time I had a flair up when I quenched in oil and fire nearly consumed my arm. I was a whole lot more careful after that (dunk straight up and down not on an angle, is what I learned). Keep up the good work guys.
Considering I have made myself a shoulder plane and am trying to figure out how to make a small block plane.. I would love to have this book.. win or lose it at least goes on my wish list.
I would love to have this book and make some tools.
I'd like to have this book. already made a couple of my own spokeshaves.
preview looks good!
You can never have too many books... or tools.
Making wooden tools to make wooden objects, a beautiful idea.
This looks like a great book. I want to start making some of my tools, starting with simple things like a marking gauge and moving up to planes.
Count me in!
Will be a great read. I would love it
I am a member of the Kansas City Woodworkers Guild, and we recently had John here conducting classes on shaker boxes and on wooden hand tools. The classes were very good and I learned a lot.
Sign me up. I can't wait to make my first tool.
This looks Pretty Cool!
Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you.
The only thing better than making furniture is making tools to make furniture.
From the outside the book has the promise of many years of useful information.
Everyone should know how to make a wood body spoke shave.
I could use a book like this one!
Love me some books
I would love to have this book!
Count me in
give it up...
Please count me in.
Please enter me in the drawing.
Enter me in the drawing as well. Always loved the idea of making my own tools!!!
Thanks for a chance. This would be a good book
for my shelf.
does i have a chance to get it to Israel?
Sign me up too please
sign me up
Maybe I'll be able to start my woodworking if I can make a few tools first. Yes, I know, it takes tools to make tools.
yo. sign me up bro.
Really enjoy Mr. Wilson's work with the Shaker boxes and his supplying needed items to make them--- would love to read his book and share a review.
I could be the first in new zealand with this book
Seems like it would be a good read.
Fingers crossed on winning the book!
And thank you.
Make tools to make furniture.
Book me please.
The one thing I need to do, is some bending.
Making tools is something that adds to the pleasure of working in your craft.
randomly pick me!
count me in...
Looks good - please count me in
Thanks for the chance
Looks like a great book.
Fun things to make and use and become
cherished keepsakes for our heirs.
I would very much like to have this book.
This would hopefully help keep the tool budget within budget.
It would be amazing to make ones own tools
Making your own tools is a really great way to get in touch with your craft.
Have made a few tools and would like to make more.
Looks like an excellent book!
I love toolmaking, and I love books. I'll take it if my name is pulled.
I would love to have the book.
If I am not lucky enough to win it, I WILL buy it! :-) Looks awesome!
Using tools that you have made(or rehabed) is more satisfying than bought tools.
Add me to the list of hopefuls.
i would love to read that book.
I'd enjoy a copy.
I wood love a copy!
A field I have long been interested in exploring!
looks like that could be a cool book.
Would very much like to have this book, Thanks
Comment! I will soon blow my tool budget on a new jet bandsaw. making my own hand tools will be quite useful
Sign me up!
What a great book for those cold winter days....
I've been waiting for this one. Thanks
Another hat in the ring!
Would enjoy the book!
A change from boring commercial tools!!
This could be a very helpful book.
Looks like a book I could use!
very n ice book on making your own tools i would like a copy
This looks like an interesting book, count me in for the drawing.
A return to hand work serves a great need in these times of all things digital and mrchanical
Is today my lucky day? Ha ha. Seriously, I should know how to do more than make a handle for a file. Hopefully this book would help.
Is this the Shaker Box John Wilson? If it is I'm sure it's a well written book, and I'd love to win this copy!
A copy would be a great fathers day gift. Thx!
I'd like to own this book before making some tools, first on the list is a shop mallet.
Thanks for your consideration.
I'd love to throw my hat in the ring.
Looks like a great book!
be sure to model them in sketch up first
I want that so bad!
Looks like a good read!
Sure i'll take it
Now that is a really useful book.
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