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With Saw, Plane & Chisel

Thanks for all the great comments! Congratulations to “frossm,” the winner of this book giveaway. Stay tuned for more exciting book giveaways and if you’re interested in a copy of “With Saw, Plane & Chisel,” it is currently available at

I was looking through some of our recent books for this week’s book giveaway and realized I had an extra copy of Zach Dillinger’s “With Saw, Plane & Chisel” on my desk. It’s a fascinating look at period-accurate building techniques. If you love classic American furniture and are interested in how things were made back in the day, this book is worth a read. Zach creates museum quality reproductions the old fashioned way. His book covers historically accurate joinery techniques, prepping stock by hand and features six projects covering such styles as Mannerist, William & Mary, Queen Anne, Chippendale and Heppelwhite.

You’ll also find great ideas for finishing touches including insights into upholstry from Michael Mascelli and hardware advice from Nancy Cogger of Londonerry Brasses. Plus there’s a foreword from Roy Underhill – how cool is that?

If you haven’t gotten your hands on this book already, here’s your chance! Simply post a comment below. One winner will be chosen at random (winner will be announced on Monday 4/24). Good luck!

—Scott Francis


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  • clguerrero

    I just read about this book. I am in!

  • David

    Count me in; if I’m not too late.

  • forja000

    Would love to own this book! 🙂

  • Dave

    Looks like a really interesting book. Here’s my random entry.

  • DaveS2

    “This book could improve my outlook on classic American furniture more than a fancy chisel” said the blind woodworker as he picked up his plane, chisel and saw.

  • zerhusen

    Sounds great!

  • Jacamar

    This would make great reading. Cheers!

  • mbbrogan

    Looks like a good book.

  • alpen

    Count me in! Looks very interesting.

  • Mike

    I’m in!

  • idafleetdoc

    I’m all in.

  • acornbob

    I’d like a chance to win. Thanks

  • wudnbotluvr

    Using your hands to create objects to improve the journey is a blessing.

  • Derrick


  • jb6646

    Even if using power tools, the old methods come in handy for those “special” places.

  • JimF


  • HA

    Another great book to add to my library!

  • Hillside

    Tossing my virtual hat into the digital ring!

  • jmjenk

    I love reading about the old ways of working wood. Thank you!

  • Jonas Jensen

    Since I don’t live in the US, I can’t just buy historic furniture.
    So I really need to read about how to make some properly.

  • frossm

    Sign me up! This looks really interesting. Thank you.

  • rjhanby

    Count me in please

  • devintech

    I’ll take it….

  • doomwolf

    I love history, I could take it off your hands.

  • marinosr

    I’ll throw my hat in!

  • sebastian1974

    Sounds like my type of book

  • Joe

    Enter me in the drawing this book looks good.
    Thank you

  • iampapabear

    Sounds like good reading!

  • Dean

    Thank you for the give away.

  • ohlund

    Please enter me in the drawing.

  • Wes

    Trying to get started with hand tools. It’s great to watch YouTube videos but more info can be conveyed in a book.

  • Guy

    Looks like a good book for an interesting project or two.

  • tomwiarda

    I have visited Zach’s shop and seen his work. I would love to have his book Thanks

  • gtrboy77

    I am very curious as to what content this book has that is different from other hand tool woodworking books.

  • Willy638

    Would love to win it.

  • pmac

    First comments never win but there’s hope, right?

  • Bigby

    Always interested in learning about the old methods!

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