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Traditional woodworking handtools : a manual for the woodworker
Blackburn, Graham, 1940-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Lyon Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
xx, 364 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
Published in association with Blackburn Books.
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Material Type
Home Location
Central Library TT186 .B525 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Miters, clamps, squares, bevels, gauges, handsaws, backsaws, planes of a dozen kinds, adzes, hatchets, scrapers, chisels, chamfering devices, boring and threading tools, and striking tools of all kinds -- these handtools traditionally have been the base upon which all craftsmanship was built. These tools for shaping and joining wood were handmade with immense care and skill, and they became the objects of revery and respect. In Traditional Woodworking Handtools, Graham Blackburn has compiled the most authoritative volume available on the subject -- and it will be a delight to all woodworkers. Blackburn meticulously presents the history, description, and use of hundreds of valuable handtools -- and his more than four hundred line drawings clearly illustrate the text. The book explains what the tools are and what they were used for, as well as describing how they work, how they may be tuned and reconditioned, and how they may be usefully employed in every woodworking shop, from the smallest one-person operation to the most modern, fully equipped machine shop. Traditional Woodworking Handtools is both an essential reference and a hands-on manual for anyone interested in the craftsmanship inherent in woodworking. This uniquely engaging guide to all major classes of woodworking handtools -- the product of forty years' practical experience -- is the perfect companion to Salaman's Dictionary of Woodworking Tools.

Author Notes

Graham Blackburn has been a columnist for Popular Woodworking magazine, editor-in-chief of Woodwork magazine, and a contributing editor to Fine Woodworking magazine

Table of Contents

Introduction: Tried and Truep. xvi
I Holding Tools
1 The Classic Workbench: Wooden-screw Vises and Sliding Deadmenp. 2
2 Clamps, Cramps, and Pin Vises: Getting a Grip on Thingsp. 10
3 Miter Trimming: Devices to Ensure Accuracyp. 20
II Setting-Out Tools
4 Measuring and Marking Tools: Making Your Pointp. 28
5 The Square: Normal Perfectionp. 38
6 Bevels: Anything But Squarep. 46
7 Gauges: Stock and Stemp. 56

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