Several books that I had the recent pleasure of editing are now available – if you’re getting the itch to build something here are a few titles that might just be the instruction or inspiration you’ve been looking for to start your summer project.
“The Practical Workshop” by Christopher Schwarz and the editors of Popular Woodworking is a great book for anyone who is looking to set up a shop, no matter the size of your space. Whether you’re a beginner or a woodworker who is simply relocating your woodworking shop, the book is a great tool that can help you think through workshop setup and build some shop furniture and fixtures that can help you streamline your workflow. From building a workbench to thinking through your floor layout for efficiency, this book covers everything you need.
The tiny house movement continues to be a popular trend driven by an increasing need for environmental responsibility and sustainable lifestyles – not to mention a need for a simpler life. “Building Small” by David & Jeanie Stiles is a fun book for anyone interested in building a small structure. The book has plenty of advice and building techniques for taking your project from start to finish, as well as several plans for tiny homes and backyard buildings and a inspirational gallery of completed tiny house builds.
“Simple & Stylish Woodworking” offers 20 smaller scale projects that make great home accents or to give as gifts. From clocks and lamps to mirrors and picture frames, this book offers great ideas for practicing your woodworking skills while building something that will make a lovely addition to any home.