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How to use & care for woodworking tools
Bridgewater, Alan.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, [1998]

Physical Description:
x, 230 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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Includes index.
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TT186 .B75 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Everything you need to know about every kind of tool, saw, planes, chisels, marking and testing tools, drills, knives, hammers, clamps, and basic power tools. Learn how they are made, how they function, and how to condition them. Step-by-step exercises show proper use of each tool and easy projects demonstrate the application of techniques. All you need to do is read through this book, get a good tool and a piece of honest to goodness wood, and get started. At the end of it all you will know how to judge the keenness of a blade by eye. You will be able to use a plane in much the same way as did your folks way back. You will know how and why a bent gouge does what it does. You will be able to cut a joint and shape and fashion a piece of oak. You will be able to sit in a chair of your own making. You will be able to build furniture for the whole house. All are wonderful experiences that should not be missed.

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Library Journal Review

The Bridgewaters, a husband-and-wife team, are known for creating excellent, easily understood woodworking books directed mainly towards beginners and hobbyists (e.g., Beautiful Wooden Gifts You Can Make in a Weekend, LJ 3/1/98). This title is no exception‘it provides a pragmatic introduction to woodworking tools of all types. Although they lean toward hand tools, the Bridgewaters show how to use power tools when they feel there is no substitute (the lathe) or that the power tool will work better (the drill press). The text and illustrations are excellent, providing instructions for using and caring for chisels, planes, drawknives, saws, and carving tools with an unusual degree of depth. Instructions for selecting and tuning used tools are included‘great for those on a budget and sometimes the only way to acquire certain tools. This excellent title is appropriate for all public libraries.‘Jonathan N. Hershey, Akron-Summit Cty. P.L., Akron, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.