15 DIY Books Every Handyman Should Have

If you're enthusiastic about do-it-yourself projects, you must definitely read our list of popular DIY books.
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Whether it's a simple repair at home or doing your own inventions in your garage, DIY projects are always exciting. The only thing you need is one drill and a few screwdrivers, and everything becomes possible. If you have your toolbox with you but still are not sure about some minor details, following the instructions from a DIY book will turn your next project into an art piece as if it's made by a professional handyman.  

DIY books provide a different insight into your projects and create a remarkable difference in the whole process. 


We've compiled a list of best DIY books to improve your handyman skills and help you to get things done easily. 

1. Beginner's Guide to DIY & Home Repair: Essential DIY Techniques for the First Timer

15 DIY Books Every Handyman Should Have
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If you're new in the DIY business, this one is the perfect guide for you. You will learn the primary DIY skills for basic household repairs and maintenance.

Maintenance can be costly for most Americans. This book will allow those who spend most of their budget on maintenance costs to reduce their expenses significantly. 

2. Woodworking: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Skills, Techniques, and Projects

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Another beginner-friendly hand guide for DIY masters in the making. Both for indoor and outdoor furnishings, this book contains 41 unique projects. This book, prepared with the beginners in mind, consists of easy-to-follow diagrams and illustrations. It explains how to choose wood, measuring, cutting, and more, securing its title as a must-have essential. 

3. Ultimate Guide to Home Repair and Improvement

15 DIY Books Every Handyman Should Have
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If you're a visual learner, this book comes with 325 step-by-step projects with detailed pictures. It also provides essential information on materials, tools, and skills. It covers instructions on heating, cooling, and electrical repairs.

4. Family Handyman Do-It-Yourself Basics: Save Money, Solve Problems, Improve Your Home

15 DIY Books Every Handyman Should Have
Source: Editors of Family Handyman/Amazon

As they say "save money, solve problems". You don't need to pay a professional a fortune for a simple repair job. Just learn how to do it yourself and be the master of your own house. After reading this book, you will tackle all the tasks at home. It's a good book for those who want to see detailed pictures while repairing. 

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5. The Complete Do-it-Yourself Manual

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This is the bestselling home-improvement book for DIY lovers. It gives user-friendly assistance and easy instructions. Both suitable for experts and beginners, you can easily understand the projects. 

This manual will teach you anything you need to improve your home and ensure you get the latest updates on tools, materials, and technology.

6. Crafting with Wood Pallets

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Perfect for a real DIY enthusiast, this one is a very comprehensive handbook that consists of more than 25 tutorials. It lets you transform basic wood pallets into beautiful items for home and garden or unique gifts for your loved ones. 

7. Practical Weekend Projects for Woodworkers

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If you've locked yourself into your garage during the quarantine, you know how good it can feel to spend your time productively. With the weekend projects on this book, you will create new items from shelves to birdhouses in a limited time. You can get a professional look even if the projects look simple and easy. 

8. Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop

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Nick Offerman and his crew share their experiences of working at the Woodshop and the discipline of woodworking, enabling you to see the behind the scenes with him. You will be enjoying a variety of projects for every skill level. 

9. Household DIY: Do It Yourself!

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Calling the electrician for minor fixes is easy, but why don't you do it yourself if you can?

DIY skills allow you to make unique changes in your home and decoration. You might have several ideas, but don't know how to do them. With this book, you will come across 27 ideas for minor fixes and more. 

10. The Soul of a Tree: A Master Woodworkers Reflections

15 DIY Books Every Handyman Should Have
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This book is written by woodworker and architectural designer George Nakashima. It is full of his philosophy of life and art. Explaining the natural beauty of wood, the author explains how he chooses the materials. If you are also interested in making furniture from trees, this book should be on your list.

11. Japanese Woodworking Tools: Their Tradition, Spirit and Use

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Source: Toshio Odate/Amazon

From the Japanese carpentry tools from the 1990s to the traditional ways of maintenance, this book covers really interesting topics. You will learn the history and culture of Japanese carpentry and their style of woodworking.  

12. DIY Solar Power: How To Power Everything From The Sun

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Solar power is one of the most popular topics of the age. If you are interested in making things yourself, then you can try to do a solar panel and power your devices with solar power. When you finish this book, you will be able to make solar-powered phone chargers. 

13. DIY Lithium Batteries: How to Build Your Own Battery Packs

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If you're working on a project that requires lithium batteries, then this book will be your best companion. You will be the master of choosing the right cells and designing a battery pack thanks to this book. 

14. Made by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World

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Source: Mark Frauenfelder/Amazon

A motivational book for beginner DIYers. This book encourages you to be motivated by failures and improves your skills. It s perfect for those who take their job seriously. You will do things efficiently while learning to enjoy the process. 

15. Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman

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For some people, creating is what they do to feel alive. Producing something new and personal is meaningful for most of us, so with this book, you will discover the idea behind creating something new. 

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