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Readers’ Favorite Woodworking Books

For the June 2011 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine we asked readers:

“If you could own only one woodworking book, what would it be?”

We are still compiling the responses (it’s time-consuming), but we wanted you to be able to see the raw results so you can draw your own conclusions. In looking at the responses, I see a lot of books by Tage Frid, James Krenov and Roy Underhill.

Download the data as a spreadsheet for your own analysis here.


There also are another 97 responses to the original blog entry here. Check them out, and then head to the library or bookstore.

— Christopher Schwarz

3 thoughts on “Readers’ Favorite Woodworking Books

  1. davidoo

    “Alburnum’s Archive” is a free website download with a cornucopia of excellent information on woodworking. I’m amazed that someone compiled all the information and then made it available to for all to see and use. See it at:

  2. robert


    It would be really cool to allow readers to annotate that list with why they liked those books. This would give the project some depth and allow one to be more informed in choosing their next book to purchase and read.

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