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Here’s the truth about woodworking: you don’t need a single machine or a huge shop.  All you need are a few essential tools, a little bit of space for a basic workbench, and the desire to make something with your own hands.

The Minimalist Woodworker is about making woodworking simple: from the tools and the workspace to the easy-to-follow instructions. It eliminates any fears as it demystifies the craft. Written by Vic Tesolin, aka the Minimalist Woodworker, The Minimalist Woodworker is a stress-free approach to woodworking. It begins with an understanding of the minimalist mindset and quickly details how to make a small space productive while outlining the most efficient tools for a woodworker. Each piece of equipment is explained and techniques and instructions for keeping each piece sharp and well-maintained are provided. Once space and tools are covered, six useful 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 a small shop. With step-by-step instructions, photos, illustrations, and an easy-going tone, The Minimalist Woodworker offers an informative, stress-free point of entry into the life-long craft of woodworking.

About the Author

Before he jumped into the world of woodworking, Vic Tesolin served 14 years in the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. After leaving the RCHA on an honorable discharge, he studied furniture design/making at Rosewood Studio and learned from some of the best in the business, including Garrett Hack and Michael Fortune. 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 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

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