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Classic hand tools
Hack, Garrett.
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Publication Information:
Newtown, CT : Taunton Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, [1999]

Physical Description:
218 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
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TJ1195 .H12 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Before the machine age, all woodworking and carpentry was done with hand tools, and an amazing variety of tools evolved for a wide range of tasks. Many of these tools are as elegant as they are ingenious, and Classic Hand Tools celebrates their great heritage in words and pictures.

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Booklist Review

Most woodworkers these days need an electrical outlet to make much of anything, but they shouldn't forget that their craft began when everything was made by hand. And though electric tools can do most anything now, there will always be a need for good old-fashioned elbow grease. In that spirit, Hack sets out what a woodworker does with those old, muscle-powered tools; how to maintain them; and, for some of the obscurer ones, what exactly their purposes are. The resulting book is surprisingly comprehensive, covering just about everything from scrapers to saws and including a most interesting chapter on antique-tool collecting. It is also very much a hands-on, sawdust-in-your-nostrils book, full of tidbits and factoids; for example, Hack even explains the differences between an ax, a hatchet, and an adze. Perhaps only the hardest-core woodworkers will read the book from cover to cover, but they are its intended core audience, and for them Hack hits the bull's-eye. --Jon Kartman

Library Journal Review

Once upon a time, woodworkers had to rely upon hand tools exclusively; but recently, the development of power tools relegated hand tools to the status of quaint antiques. In this book, Hack, a contributor to Fine Woodworking and the author of The Handplane Book, rethinks their usefulness. He argues that hand tools are, in some cases, better than their motorized counterparts; they're both quiet and, because they lack motors and generate very little dust, relatively safe. He covers tools of all typesÄchisels, planes, saws, hammers, and measuring devices, some plain and others fancy. Not as good as Aldren A. Watson's Hand Tools: Their Ways and Workings (Lyons, 1993. reprint.), this book does contain excellent chapters on making and restoring tools and on buying used toolsÄand the wealth of beautiful photographs will make even the most casual woodworker salivate. An outstanding book, recommended for all public and academic libraries.ÄJonathan N. Hershey, Akron-Summit Cty. P.L., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.