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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback flexi-binding
  • Publication: 19 May 2020
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782217411
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  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 200
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $19.95
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Working with Wood


Build your toolkit, learn the skills and create stylish objects for your home by Tom Trimmins

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Book Description

A complete guide to producing desirable wooden objects and furniture for your home from scratch. Discover the satisfaction of making something with your own hands.

‘It is more motivating to make something that you genuinely desire, to create an object that you want in your home. The things we choose to have around us say something about who we are, but things we have made ourselves do that even more strongly. I want every project in the book to be something that the reader wants to make, to work really well in use and be something that can be proudly shown to others.’ Tom Trimmins

This wonderfully practical book is aimed at anyone looking to balance their busy lives by mastering core woodworking skills. Working with wood will challenge, stimulate, relax and reward and you'll be proud to display the beautiful objects you've made with your own hands.

Here you'll find a range of practical and pleasing projects to display around your home. Initially you'll need a small collection of readily available tools as your skills develop and expand, so too will your tool collection. Every project has step-by-step instructions, and you'll learn about the properties of different woods, design techniques and how to fix-up vintage tools. The book mainly uses hand tools as they're cleaner, take up less room, are quieter and offer less potential for accidents than power tools.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
What is wood? 8
Tools 18
Getting started 42
Workbench Step-by-step project 46
Hook Step-by-step project 58
Box Step-by-step project 68
Moving on 80
Decorative shelf Step-by-step project 92
Chest Step-by-step project 110
Index 128

About the Author

About Tom Trimmins

Tom Trimmins started woodworking when he was given his first workbench and tools at eight years old. It’s been a lifelong passion ever since. After a childhood of making projects at home and hanging around a local cabinet maker’s workshop, he studied furniture-making at degree level in Buckinghamshire. After that he worked for several high-end furniture workshops before starting his own business in 2009.

Tom makes fine furniture at his workshop on a city farm in Islington, London. When he's not working on a commissions, he's teaching woodworking classes.

Tom is a traditionally trained craftsman, with a modern Japanese and mid-century-influenced style with a broad appeal. For more information about Tom visit his website




A great introduction to woodworking with interesting projects to follow along.

Working with Wood by Tom Trimmins offers a comprehensive introduction to woodworking using hand tools in a concise and attractive book.

The book offers an overview of what tools you need, how to choose and then maintain them. There is also an explanation of different woods and their common uses, including some beautiful photography. 

Next the author dives into some projects that are outlined step-by-step for you to follow along. These are well thought out as they begin with a basic bench which you can use as you work through the progressively-more-challenging projects, culminating in building your own furniture. The skills taught in the early projects are used throughout the later projects and as there are plenty of different techniques to learn this would be a good book to follow page by page if you're at the beginning of your woodworking journey.

The author has designed the book's projects so that they can all be followed without the need for expensive power tools or machinery which is great compared with some of the other similar books on the market where the author expects you to have many thousand pounds worth of machinery in order to complete even a simple piece.

Overall this book is beautifully laid out and the photos make following the projects very easy, whilst also keeping the challenge of learning the new woodworking skills it teaches. If you're looking for a book to buy as a gift for a budding woodworker or one who is looking for some inspiration for new projects then this would be a fine choice.


Great book for woodworking beginners, with chapters on different types of wood, tools and beginners projects. The book has step by step photos of the projects making it easy to follow. Really nice book.


I'm just starting my wood working journey and wanted a book that was easy to understand and informative and this book is all that and more. The tools section is fantastic and the way the author explains the different techniques is very easy to follow. Overall, the book is great for beginners, it's great quality and a fantastic read.


Brilliant book - easy to follow giving you tips and ideas. Really helpful on our wood working journey.


During lock down my husband and I wanted to experiment more with wood work so we got this book and were not disappointed. It has really given me confidence. We have put up hooks, shelves and currently, we are building some decking and a book case. Really happy.

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