Book Giveaway: Hand Tool Basics

Hand Tool BasicsThanks for all the great comments! Congratulations to “Geneaux” the winner of this book giveaway. Stay tuned for more exciting book giveaways and if you’re interested in reserving a copy of “Hand Tool Basics,” you can pre-order at

I recently received advance copies of “Hand Tool Basics,” a new book by Steve Branam, hand tool instructor and author of the Close Grain blog. If you’re interested in incorporating more hand tools into your woodworking, but have felt overwhelmed by the prospect of learning how to use them, this book is a great visual guide to get you started. Step-by-step photos and instructions guide you through everything from sharpening tools to prepping stock to employing timeless joinery techniques.

“Hand Tool Basics” will be available in January and is currently available for pre-order at

I have one advance copy of the book from the printer that I’m giving away. Be the first kid on the block to own a copy! Simply post a comment below and I’ll choose one winner at random. Winner will be announced Monday 11/13/17.

Hand Tool Basics

64 thoughts on “Book Giveaway: Hand Tool Basics

  1. smithdw2026

    This would be excellent to have for me to learn more about hand tools in woodworking and a great addition to the fwe woodworking books that I have

  2. Matthew

    The front cover reminds me of the H.O. Studley tool box. I love hand tools, especially old ones, the way they feel in your hands and the heft of the cast iron and warmth of the wood. It reminds me of my grandfather. I try to use them whenever possible. As for the book, I would love a copy if you can spare it. Lie-Nielson is the only toolworks so far that remind me of the old tools from a century ago. All the old planes I use are from the turn of the century to the 20’s and 30’s. Ok, I could go on and on so I’ll stop now. Hope to here back from you soon.

  3. Joshua

    With a son expected to arrive any day now, and already working in a lumber yard, there is something essential, in me, to improve my hand tool skills. I have produced a reptile tank now, only using hand tools, and while it functions well, It is primitive in its looks. This book would be a valuable tool for my woodworking future.

  4. CraigT82

    This book would allow me to butcher wood at a much slower rate, thus saving money on timber and therefore well worth the purchase price!

  5. Joseph Hansman

    As someone who is learning woodworking and hand tools at the same time, this would be a fantastic book.

  6. tylermac

    Just picked up some early 1900’s Stanley planes to restore. Would be a great resource for getting them used.

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