The Minimalist Woodworker: Essential Tools and Smart Shop Ideas for Building with Less

The Minimalist Woodworker: Essential Tools and Smart Shop Ideas for Building with Less

by Vic Tesolin


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Woodworking is thriving in the hands-on, DIY, maker world we currently live in. Yet, for it’s increasing popularity, there are many crafters who don’t engage in woodworking because they falsely believe you need a large workshop and a full-blown collection of tools and equipment. The Minimalist Woodworker is about eliminating this myth. To enjoy woodworking, all you need is a few essential tools, a little bit of space, and the desire to make something with your own two hands. The Minimalist Woodworker is about making woodworking clean and simple – from the tools and the workspace to the easy-to-follow instructions. It eliminates the fears and excuses as it demystifies the craft. Written by Vic Tesolin, aka the Minimalist Woodworker, a woodworker and woodworking instructor, The Minimalist Woodworker is a stress-free approach for the hobbyist that emphasizes the destination is actually the journey.
Beginning with an understanding of the minimalist mindset, The Minimalist Woodworker quickly details how to make a small space productive and outlines the most efficient tools for a woodworker. Each piece of equipment is explained and instructions on how to use are provided. Techniques for keeping them sharp and maintained are also explained. Once space and tools are covered, seven projects are presented: a saw bench and matching saw horse, a Nicholson-style workbench, a shooting board/bench hook, a shop mallet, and a small hanging cabinet. Each project not only develops woodworking skills, but also outfits The Minimalist Woodworker’s small shop. With step-by-step instruction, photos and illustrations, and an easy-going voice, The Minimalist Woodworker offers a stress-free point of entry into the life-long craft of woodworking.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940611358
Publisher: Spring House Press
Publication date: 11/15/2015
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 374,261
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Before he jumped into the world of woodworking, he served in the Royal Canadian Army for 14 years in the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. After leaving the RCA on a honorable discharge, he studied furniture design/making at Rosewood Studio and learned from some of the best in the business, including Garrett Hack and Chris Schwarz. After finishing up his studies, Vic owned his own studio while working part-time at Rosewood as an instructor and craftsman in residence before eventually becoming an editor at Canadian Woodworking magazine.
Vic now has what might be one of the coolest jobs in woodworking: he serves as Technical Advisor at Lee Valley Tools. He also builds what he wants, when he wants in his minimalist workshop. Learn more about Vic and check out his blog, latest projects, and other cool stuff at the Minimalist Woodworker

Table of Contents

1.Introduction / Personal philosophy
2.Shop space
3.Tools (power and hand): Power — Drill Press,Bandsaw, Planer; Hand — Bench Planes; Joinery Plane; Saws; Chisels
4.Marking and measuring tools and techniques: Squares; Marking Knife; Compass; Dividers; Straight Edge; Combination Squares
5.Practical sharpening and tool maintenance
6.Projects: Saw bench; Nicholson-inspired workbench; Shooting board/bench hook; Shop mallet; Small hanging cabinet

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written for someone starting in woodworking. Error on page 31 of the book. While talking about tools for setting up shop the Author mentions his Favorite Panel Saw, (A Panel saw is any handsaw shorter than 28 inches) a Disston D28. Disston never made a model D28, I assume this is a typo error, because his favorite panel saw in the photograph is a Disston D23. (D23 panel saws came with four nuts, the D23 handsaws came with five nuts.) I cannot imagine how many people who have read this book are out looking to purchase a D28 just like Vic's that does not exist. LOL Sort of like any time Christopher Schwarz mentions he has a new favorite hand tool and screws it up for the rest of us by driving antique tool prices higher. lol I am just happy guys like Vic and Christopher are helping to promote the hand tool renaissance and promoting this form of craftsmanship.