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By morpheus83uk
Good shout I forgot all about phil.p I have looked on there for other books but I have never found what I have wanted cheap but that's just my experience.

Thanks for the recommendations Mike for the router stuff I did find them but since they were american I didn't know if they would have different names for things making them a bit harder to follow.


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By MikeJhn
The Americanism's are not hard to follow, its the spelling that can throw you off, not forgetting that a rebate is a rabbit in American?

By Student
For UK based books on routing, I found the one by Alan Holtham, published by Trend, that you referred to in your OP and which Marcros offered you, to be very good.

Alternatively, there is the one by Anthony Bailey who edits Woodworking Crafts ... op?ie=UTF8
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By ED65
James, I highly recommend you check in with your local libraries as a first or early step. If the inter-library loan system over there works as well as it does over here you could have easy access to well over 100 titles, far more than most people would want to build up in a home library, perhaps ever, and likely enough reading matter to keep you going for the rest of 2018.

You'll likely find a couple of titles that you want to own yourself and that can save a lot of potential disappointment over buying books blind. A good case in point on this for me would be Robert Wearing's "The Essential Woodworker" which is very highly regarded and to be fair, a fine book. But I found it slightly disappointing (and I'm a fan of Wearing) because I'd read too many glowing reviews that had talked it up too much, but also because I'd already read numerous similar guides that likewise were intended to teach all the basics from the ground up.

More recently I'd been itching for a copy of "Made by Hand" from Tom Fidgen (of Unplugged Woodshop fame) because I'm very much on the same page as he is as far as working with hand tools goes, but I couldn't get on with it at all so I'd have been sorely disappointed if I'd bought a copy.
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By Tasky
MikeJhn wrote:The Americanism's are not hard to follow, its the spelling that can throw you off, not forgetting that a rebate is a rabbit in American?

Unless it comes with pictures (and possibly even if it does), I would still suggest that if the OP is fairly new to woodworking, he/she finds themselves a Glossary of English vs American terms for the sake of convenience and clarity.

It took me a while before I understood what they called a Dado, and stopped looking around for a wall-mounted moulding!!
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By MikeJhn
Yes, a Dado is used to make a Rabbit, confused, you haven't seen anything yet. LOL

By Sideways
I have enjoyed ...
Taunton Press published two or three books by the famed cabinetmaker James Krenov.
Toshio Odate wrote a book on the use of Japanese Tools.
Scott Landis' "Workbench Book" is a bit of a classic
Richard Raffan's later books for woodturning
All of these have some element of inspiration rather than a simple "how to ..."
By Chris152
I only recently started learning how to make things with wood and looked at lots of sources on how to do that, but over Christmas read Hoadley's Understanding Wood - it's not about making techniques but about wood itself. It makes it a lot easier to think about what you're going to do with the wood - and what it's going to do - and very accessible.