Essential Woodworking Hand Tools (book)

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With Paul Sellers’ book he wants to pass on not just his knowledge of hand tools but his enjoyment of them too. Hand tool woodworking provides a direct connection to wood as a raw resource for creating. It allows you to create, in a small amount of space, lasting items of use and beauty. None of this is possible, however, without the tools themselves. This book is intended as an important link that will help you to make good choices in purchasing, sharpening, and beginning to use the tools that you need to build things from wood.



Sharpening & Sharpening Equipment
Sharpening Stones
The Sharpening Strop
Sharpening Files
The Sawset
The Burnisher

Layout Tools
The Square
The Tape Measure
The Layout Knife
The Marking Gauge
The Sliding Bevel

Chisels & Gouges

Bench Planes
The Spokeshave
The Plough Plane
The Router Plane

Saw Sharpening
The Handsaw
The Coping Saw

Scraping & Abrading Tools
Rasps & Files
Boring & Drilling Tools
The Brace & Bits
The Hand Drill
The Square Awl

The Nylon-headed Hammer/Chisel Hammer
The Steel Hammer
The Mallet

Notes on Tool Care



About the Book

This book is 480 pages. It is has a hard cover and is printed on quality paper that has been sourced in an environmentally friendly way. The book is printed and bound here in England. It has sewn binding for longevity and ease of reading.


About the Author

This book is by the renowned woodworking teacher Paul Sellers. Paul trained as a woodworker through an apprenticeship that started in 1965. He has taught thousands of people woodworking through courses in the US and UK. He is an advocate for his craft and has reached many more people by recording instructional videos of woodworking techniques and broadcasting them via the internet. Paul is dedicated to ensuring that woodworking is an accessible craft that anyone can enjoy.

Paul writes and presents videos on woodworking that are intended to provide accessible instruction to those who will likely never be able to go through apprenticeship training as he did. Although Paul has earned a living as a woodworker, for most of his working life he refers to himself as an ‘amateur woodworker’ because, like those he teaches, he still does it primarily for love of the craft.


Look Inside

Preview the first pages of the book here.


Environmental Statement

This book has been printed for Rokesmith Limited in England by the Pureprint Group. The printing facility has most operations under one roof and employs mainly local people. It is certified to ISO 9001 and produces carbon neutral publications. The ink used for this book is 100% vegetable-based and the paper is Essential Velvet FSC, which is produced from 100% Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) pulp that is fully recyclable. The paper has a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accreditation and is produced by a mill that supports well-managed forestry schemes.

Additional information

Weight 1.6 kg
Dimensions 19.5 × 4.1 × 25.2 cm