Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking by Robert Ferencsik
It takes more than power tools to make a fine woodworker. To become a competent woodworker, you must first understand the material -- its strengths, weaknesses, and general characteristics. Second, become aware of what you need to manipulate the wood -- how hard it is to cut and how sharp your tools have to be. And finally, formulate a cohesive plan before you begin your project. Basic lessons and exercises will teach you appreciation of your tools, what their capabilities are, what you need to do to prepare them, and how it feels to use them to their full potential. In this way, you'll begin to value the tremendous interplay between mind and body that makes the shapes appear. Once you see what you're capable of achieving manually, you will be able to set standards for power tool performance. This guidebook, laid out in a clear, sequential manner, is an essential reference for all woodworkers.