Below you will find many of the tools and books we recommend for students. Anything listed here is something that we have found to be of excellent value, quality or use in the shop. Click on the item to purchase it – you will be linked through to Amazon. We will be adding products over the next few months – bear with us, this is a new feature of the site.
Great book to have in your library.
This is recommended text for the Beginning Woodwork Class (2 & 5 day)
Well illustrated guide to a great many joint.
This is the recommended text for the Beginning Woodwork Class (5 Day only) and the Table Making Class
Taunton did a great job with the series of the “Illustrated Guides”.
This is recommended text for the Box Making Class.
Taunton did a great job with the series of the “Illustrated Guides”. This is the best of them.
This is the recommended text for the Curvature Class
Burning is easy to learn in theory but it take practice to become good at it.
This shouldn’t be one of your early purchases but when you’re ready you’ll find that this gauge is a work of art. The flip flop stops are the best.
Bosch Plunge Router 1614 EVS
Bosch makes a number of great routers but we found that this plunge router is great value for money and enough HP to get most routing jobs done in the shop. It’s not got the highest end depth setting but everything else about it makes it a worthwhile early purchase.
We’ve got both fences that go with it in the shop. The higher end one is worth the few bucks more as the micro adjust is useful.
We have a 20″ and this bandsaw in the shop and we find that with the exception of the big stuff, this bandsaw is the one we prefer to use. Its got great power, well balanced. Great investment for beginner woodworkers who are tight on shop space.