PutnamEco Posted July 26, 2012 Report Share Posted July 26, 2012 I'm always looking for good books on tools and techniques and I am interested to hear if you all have found any good reads.I'll start by posting about one of my favorites on (now vintage) tools. The Great Tool Emporiuma pictorial extravaganza of the tools of yesterday and today, by David X. Manners. This is an older book published in 1979 by Popular Science. Nice light reading with a sprinkling of tool history. A good "coffee table book" with some decent pictures covering a very broad range of both hand and power tools.For my techniques one of my recommendations is The Very Efficient Carpenter, by Larry Haun. I wish I had come across the book in my earlier days. While not really presenting anything groundbreaking, being a book for basic residential framing, the general attitude the author portrays is one that would serve any trade well, to take the time to think about the best progression of the job, from the way you stack your wood supply to laying out roof sheathing, the way you handle all the details could end up taking you a lot of time or saving you a lot of time. There is also a set of companion DVDs to go along with this book as well. I wish I would have had a mentor as clear and concise as this author, and I always recommend this book to anyone starting in the trades. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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