Of course, it is not always necessary to know how a tool works in order to use it, but it can still be worthwhile for a beginner to study how best to use a particular implement to get the best possible results. Hand Tools: Their Ways and Workings by Aldren A. Watson provides thorough knowledge of those basic tools used in carpentry. The methods of using tools like handsaws, chisels, planes and bit braces are all covered, and accompanied by line drawings.
Watson states that the purpose of the book is to help the reader to discover the workings and features of each piece of equipment. He believes that for a carpenter to truly excel at their craft, they must have an intimate understanding of their tools and learn to work with them instead of merely using them on wood.
Of course, no book is a substitute for a practical understanding of how these tools work. The reader will need to follow up on what they learn from Hand Tools: Their Ways and Workings, by actually experimenting and practicing with the tools so that they can observe them up close in action.