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Old 03-04-2017, 02:55 PM   #1
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What are your top 3 carpentry books. One of my favorites is "Wood! how to identify wood species" or something like that. Not great for skills but pretty interesting at least.
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Magazines, woodworkers, wood, fhb, etc. I have a trunk full of them. Someone was getting out of the business and over the decades he had collected all sorts of magazines, so he gave them to me. Literally boxes of them.
They were fun to go through to see how things have changed, but a lot of them had projects and cutlists, so I just took out all of those and put them in binders....in that trunk.
I've had them for years and someday I'm going to do one of those projects.....

"carpenters and builders library",original hardback book:
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Usually I can start scanning for about 5 minutes before I doze off....
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Had these for a while, many since I was a teen and have read several times. Some weren't that great. I have many others

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That book by Marshall Gross is a college education in roof cutting.

Would have been fun to spend a week with him.
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That book by Marshall Gross is a college education in roof cutting.

Would have been fun to spend a week with him.
Yes better than Roof Framers Bible by Mussel, which is still good
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For pros by pros by Taunton are good for beginners
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They write books on carpentry?

I just wing it.
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This is the first carpentry book I ever purchased, and still one of my favorites. There is a lot of information in here that I've not seen anywhere else.

Author is Craig Savage
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The Efficient Carpenter, by Larry Haun.

Late 90's early 2000's, I called him and said I wanted to take him to lunch. He was surprised and asked why. Gave him a little of my background and he agreed.

Met him is Coos Bay, Oregon.

Incredible man, and VERY humble.

We talked about framing in the Sac valley in the 70's and 80's.

One of those guys you would like to know what he has forgot...
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That book by Marshall Gross is a college education in roof cutting.

Would have been fun to spend a week with him.
Yes it is. Most Carpenters don't know half of what's in that book and the likelihood they'll ever need to is miniscule. After I had been out of subdivisions for some time I hooked up with an old carp buddy on an addition we were framing the roof bullchittin' and he said the new batch don't even use the square anymore....they tape everything!

Mr. Gross goes beyond the rafter tables on a square and gets into some serious trigonometry

The square was all I ever knew...lot of info on it if you know how to read it
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Yes it is. Most Carpenters don't know half of what's in that book and the likelihood they'll ever need to is miniscule. After I had been out of subdivisions for some time I hooked up with an old carp buddy on an addition we were framing the roof bullchittin' and he said the new batch don't even use the square anymore....they tape everything!

Mr. Gross goes beyond the rafter tables on a square and gets into some serious trigonometry

The square was all I ever knew...lot of info on it if you know how to read it
One of the thngs I used to ask prospective employees was how to use the square.....

very few new of it's capabilities...

I swear i worked with an old guy when i was young that could use the square and determine if one of us young bucks would get lucky in the looming weekend....
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I learned the most from a grumpy old man, as a youngster.

Funny how all you think about at the time is why he's always grumbling, and I can't do anything right. It wasn't until after Pete died that I realized the treasure trove of information I retained from him. I worked with him for 5 years. Was glued to his side for 4. I thought the company super didn't like me so he stuck me with Pete! This was a fairly large commercial outfit, so the doors could get pretty heavy.
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Books are underrated.

Larry Haun is a legend. Learned a lot just watching his vids at night. Interestingly, he was a union carpenter. A woodframer with a pension. Times have changed!

Efficient Carpenter by Larry Haun
Carpentry Vol. 3 Floyd Vogt
Decks by Black and Decker (picture book showing each step)
Fine Homebuilding mags I picked up... layman roof assembly method with stringline/level/bevel square, how to build a shed dormer, etc...
Woodframe Construction 80s hand me down.

What reading is useful for is giving ideas subconsciously that you need to accomplish a job later. Like that deck job that guy was doing on here, if he saw one picture, he would have had a lightbulb go off.

I would look at the photos in my Carpentry textbook when I took construction at community college and admire the workers installing the trusses, studs, rock, forms etc... and think man that guy is cool, I want to be that guy... Now I am that guy. I thank that LORD Jesus for his many provisions and for opening doors in my life as a carpenter.

Books can be a huge advantage. That being said, hands-on experience is more important to the carpenter. I find that a technique shown in a book might not be remembered, but one done in the field is wired in the brain's memory, muscle memory maybe, paired with the math and process. Thinking that every task is a series of steps, starting with layout ending with cleanup.

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Always been a favorite of mine. I could probably write my own version on a yearly basis.
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Always been a favorite of mine. I could probably write my own version on a yearly basis.
Some of the old-timers here may remember me posting a picture of that when my wife gave me a copy and said if I didn't quit being a dick, I should read that. LOL

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