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UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Encyclopedia of Woodworking by Alan and Gill Bridgewater

comments (54) July 28th, 2009 in blogs

BetsyE Betsy Engel, contributor
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Encyclopedia of Woodworking by Alan and Gill Bridgewater.
New Holland Publishers, 2007.
$29.95; 176pp.

Because this book is British, some of the woodworking terms used and power tool brands shown might be unfamiliar, but there’s enough common information included to make it a useful book. The Encyclopedia of Woodworking is “aimed specifically at both the novice and the keen carpenter who want to develop their skills further” and is broken into 4 parts: Wood, Workshop & Tools, Techniques, and Projects. You might first notice the book is from the UK because it includes some woods that are not widely used in the US and some of the common names are a little different. But you get to learn about different woods, so that’s okay. Then you’ll see some of the different tool brands and woodworking terms used, but the photos and drawings make it easy to understand. Finally, the book includes 20 projects (with both metric and imperial measurements) that anyone can build. Some of the projects include a beginner’s coffee table and mirror, and slightly more ambitious pieces such as a corner cabinet and some chairs.

Lucky leepatlife is the winner! His comment was chosen at random.

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Comments (54)

Dahlbergia Dahlbergia writes: Yup! Want it! Please add my name.
Posted: 8:26 am on November 5th

FluidFurniture FluidFurniture writes: Yes, tell me the good news...
Posted: 10:02 am on July 31st

FluidFurniture FluidFurniture writes: Yes, tell me the good news...
Posted: 10:02 am on July 31st

ocean8535 ocean8535 writes: yay encyclopedia!
Posted: 6:12 am on July 28th

yohann yohann writes: Hi, I would be interested in owning that book.
As a novice wood worker, I have tried building my wife a microwave hutch (not too happy with the results) and finally I just finished a baby gate for my little girl.
After I finish with this project, I am on to building a small Foyer bench for our home and then will try to deliver a baby high chair for my sister who is in her ninth month.
I do not know how I am going to execute the Bench and the Baby high chair, and would love to get more information on how to go from design to final delivery. I have already bought the wood the for both the projects.
I guess reading about the projects in this book will help me decide on, most importantly, how to go about designing the furniture and then deciding on what joinery to use.
If you think I deserve to have it then I think I would love to own it.

Posted: 11:44 am on July 27th

umpiewood umpiewood writes: Eye-catching cover! The give-a-way should be a great sales promo. If variety is the spice of life, then versatility is the spice of a woodworker's life. This book should compliment that versatility. Besides, too many books is like too much fun!
Posted: 1:06 pm on July 24th

leepatlife leepatlife writes: This book looks like it would be an excellent addition to my library. Thank you for the offer.
Posted: 12:06 am on July 23rd

winner winner writes: Ed,

Most English authors I've read get around to the point much like Americans. Can't wait to read this book. Please enter my name.
Posted: 11:29 pm on July 22nd

noelnivel noelnivel writes: an excellent looking book....thank you for offering a free copy.
Posted: 10:08 pm on July 22nd

noelnivel noelnivel writes: an excellent looking book....thank for the offer of a free copy.
Posted: 10:08 pm on July 22nd

bigcu bigcu writes: I have enjoyed the Brit slant and terms on woodworking in the past and look forward to taking a good look at this latest reference.
Posted: 8:18 pm on July 22nd

Achong Achong writes: Encyclopedia of Woodworking conjures many cherished memories of youthful enthusiasm…… a confident and captivating motivation to create and be constructive emerges from each of its well written and richly illustrated pages….this is a worthy centre-piece for any home library or workshop collection.
Posted: 5:51 pm on July 22nd

jjoiner62 jjoiner62 writes: One of the most enjoyable aspects of woodworking for me has been starting and adding to a library of woodworking books. It combines two things I love to do - read and work wood.

Posted: 5:22 pm on July 22nd

klca klca writes: Thanks, I always appreciate your reviews.
Posted: 5:20 pm on July 22nd

Dustydon Dustydon writes: I am an untrained woodworker who finds that all the information needed to build furniture can be found on books, magazines and videos. It would be a great asset to have this book in my labrary
Posted: 1:35 pm on July 22nd

alb301 alb301 writes: Just want to get in on the drawing! Any help will do a good book always helps.
Posted: 11:08 am on July 22nd

D11RDozer D11RDozer writes: Very nice. I'll throw my name in the hat.
Posted: 11:02 am on July 22nd

Posted: 10:23 am on July 22nd

boatbuilder boatbuilder writes: boatbuilder I am glad they give imperial measurements because metric are a pain in the shop.
Posted: 9:56 am on July 22nd

justjohn49 justjohn49 writes: I share with all of you a great deal information supplied by this great website and magazine. I also subscribe to others but FW is my favorite. I like most have an ever growing library and this would make a great addition.
Posted: 9:26 am on July 22nd

justjohn49 justjohn49 writes: I share with all of you a great deal information supplied by this great website and magazine. I also subscribe to others but FW is my favorite. I like most have an ever growing library and this would make a great addition.
Posted: 9:26 am on July 22nd

cmdr101 cmdr101 writes: A good library can't have to many books. Even if I don't get one this way, it may go on my Christmas list.
Posted: 6:53 am on July 22nd

maiznblueguy maiznblueguy writes: Always willing to read to benefit humanity!!!!
Posted: 8:04 pm on July 21st

captlen captlen writes: I am always up to win.
Posted: 6:08 pm on July 21st

qweqwewe qweqwewe writes: I'M in too :)
Posted: 4:44 pm on July 21st

EdDeep EdDeep writes: To be honest, I want to win something.
Posted: 3:20 pm on July 21st

lsteed lsteed writes: Looks like it would be a good reference addition to my woodworking library... please consider me "in the draw" as well. Thanks!
Posted: 11:16 am on July 21st

alschwar alschwar writes: This would be great. Thanks for the opportunity.
Posted: 10:34 am on July 21st

chetkloss chetkloss writes: To quote the statue of Edward Faber from the movie Animal House - "Knowledge is Good"

Posted: 7:45 am on July 21st

swhitney swhitney writes: Hey, I am in as well, and I would actually read this!!!!
Posted: 7:12 pm on July 20th

Beckum Beckum writes: I'm game for a little more learning. And can someone get this monkey off my back?
Posted: 5:33 pm on July 20th

JaredEgg JaredEgg writes: Looks like a helpful book; thanks for running these freebies.
Posted: 4:15 pm on July 20th

woodman43 woodman43 writes: I'm in, too
Posted: 3:12 pm on July 20th

tommyd100 tommyd100 writes: I'm all in...
Posted: 1:09 pm on July 20th

slydogx slydogx writes: Absolutely, totally in for this one...yup
Posted: 12:23 pm on July 20th

rkopman rkopman writes: Learn new woodworking techniques? Sure. Count me in!
Posted: 12:03 pm on July 20th

frank T frank T writes: Looks like a great book!
Posted: 12:03 pm on July 20th

sk2tobin sk2tobin writes: I'd love to add this to my library. Thanks again Taunton!
Posted: 11:45 am on July 20th

andyet andyet writes: How can one turn down an opportunity to learn something new? I spend a lot of time reading and would relish the opportunity to read a book from the Brits on how to work wood. This will be like winning the lottery!
Posted: 10:05 am on July 20th

BetsyE BetsyE writes: Gmoney:
Thanks for the heads up! I was trying so hard to get the date right - I goofed on the month! It's fixed now.
Posted: 9:29 am on July 20th

gmoney gmoney writes: We seem to be past the entry deadline of 6 27 09?
Posted: 9:17 am on July 20th

LBF LBF writes: An encyclopedia I could read from cover to cover. Count me in.
Posted: 9:13 am on July 20th

MrHudon MrHudon writes: Never to many books in the library.. thanks
Posted: 7:36 am on July 20th

Scally1 Scally1 writes: I love anything free. Especially if it has to do with woodworking! I would love to see what they do over there across the pound!
Posted: 1:36 am on July 20th

ocean8535 ocean8535 writes: What a beautiful looking book.
Posted: 1:29 am on July 20th

Richinsd52 Richinsd52 writes: I'll never turn down a chance to add to my library. Who knows where the next idea will come from? As much as the fundamentals may remain the same, regional influences often bring new and exciting creative inspiration. Add me to the mix and thanks for the opportunity.
Posted: 1:21 am on July 20th

WoodFix WoodFix writes: Sounds like a book I could use. At this point in my woodworking Non-career any reference has useful information. Here's hoping.

Posted: 12:56 am on July 20th

jimhbc jimhbc writes: sounds great. i expect more detail and hand tool use in a British book.
Posted: 10:59 pm on July 19th

JerrySats JerrySats writes: Sounds like the perfect read for a woodworker .
Posted: 8:56 pm on July 19th

Dave_Dockstader Dave_Dockstader writes: Please. An encyclopedia that makes more sense printed than on-line.
Posted: 7:51 pm on July 19th

JasonWeaver JasonWeaver writes: I would love to be included as well.

Posted: 6:32 pm on July 19th

wburson wburson writes: Count me in as well!
Posted: 4:06 pm on July 19th

Blues 4 Life Blues 4 Life writes: I'm in. Please enter my name.
Posted: 3:55 pm on July 19th

baudi baudi writes: Count me in!
Posted: 11:47 am on July 19th

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