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Handbook of practical woodworking techniques
Lento, Robert, 1933-
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Publication Information:
New York : Sterling Pub. Co., [1999]

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224 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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Packed with information, advice, and hundreds of illustrations, this is a perfect handy one-volume reference for all woodworkers. Every aspect is covered, including project planning and materials, tool selection and use, step-by-step project making, and finishing. Find out how to choose and care for hand tools, and how and when portable power tools can be used. Become familiar with stationary power equipment such as table saws and lathes. Important safety measures are emphasized throughout, and tips are included to make shopping for tools and materials as easy as possible. A unique chapter on the project-making process offers novices a rational, well-thought-out approach for any piece, and information on how large furniture projects are handled is also included. Detailed guidelines on selecting and applying finishes complete this must-have workshop "tool." The author lives in San Rafael, CA. 224 pages, 449 b/w illus., 8 x 10.

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Steering attention away from "electric" cars, this new volume focuses instead on the newest technologies that will produce cleaner, less wasteful, full-service cars. Motavalli interviewed energy researchers, early adopters of alternative-fuel vehicles, and key auto industry figures to produce this uniquely insightful look at the future of "clean" cars. Unfortunately, since the author is editor of E: The Environmental Magazine and this book is published by the Sierra Club, there is an inordinate amount of carping and finger-pointing at the auto industry for allegedly dragging its collective feet. But the author does outline new research into hybrid vehicles that use both small gasoline engines and electric generators. These have recently borne fruit as new products that overcome many of the problems of electric cars. In spite of its sometimes strident and reactionary indictments of auto manufacturers, this book presents the latest research, which is already producing "clean" cars for our roads. Recommended for public, transportation, and research libraries.--Eric C. Shoaf, Brown Univ. Lib., Providence (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
Chapter 1 Project Planning and Material Selectionp. 8
Deciding on a Project Designp. 8
Basic Elements of Designp. 9
Wood: The Material of Choicep. 13
Lumber-Buying Guidelinesp. 19
Plywood, Hardboard, and Other Sheet Stockp. 22
Chapter 2 Hand Tool Selection and Usep. 25
Measuring Toolsp. 25
Layout Toolsp. 27
Handsawsp. 31
Using a Handsawp. 32
Backsawsp. 33
Coping Sawsp. 33
Knivesp. 34
Chiselsp. 34
Safety Techniquesp. 36
Using a Chiselp. 36
Hand Planesp. 37
Using a Planep. 39
Pre-Use Procedurep. 39
Edge-Planing Techniquesp. 39
Smoothing Convex Surfacesp. 41
Scrapers and Other Smoothing Toolsp. 42
Sharpening Chisels and Plane Ironsp. 43
Whetting Chisels and Plane Ironsp. 44
Hole-Making Hand Toolsp. 47
Hammersp. 49
Safety Techniquesp. 49
Mallets, Tack Hammers, and Nail Setsp. 50
Screwderiversp. 50
Holding and Clamping Equipmentp. 51
Chapter 3 Handheld Power Toolsp. 55
Electric Drillsp. 55
Safety Techniquesp. 56
Portable Jigsawsp. 56
Safety Techniquesp. 57
Using the Jigsawp. 57
Portable Circular Sawsp. 57
Safety Techniquesp. 58
Using the Circular Sawp. 59
Plate Joinersp. 60
Safety Techniquesp. 61
Using a Plate Joinerp. 61
Portable Belt Sandersp. 61
Safety Techniquesp. 62
Using a Portable Belt Sanderp. 62
Finishing Sandersp. 63
Safety Techniquesp. 64
Using a Finishing Sanderp. 64
Routerp. 64
Types of Routerp. 66
Types of Bitp. 66
Safety Techniquesp. 68
Using a Routerp. 68
Determining Cutting Depthp. 68
Edge-Shaping with a Piloted Bitp. 69
Cutting Grooves, Dadoes, and Rabbetsp. 71
Trimming Plastic Laminatesp. 73
Applying Plastic Laminate to a Tabletopp. 73
Portable Planersp. 75
Using a Planerp. 76
Chapter 4 Stationary Power Toolsp. 77
Buying New Power Toolsp. 77
Buying Used Power Toolsp. 77
Table Sawp. 78
Selecting and Buying a New Table Sawp. 80
Table-Saw Bladesp. 81
Safety Techniquesp. 83
Crosscutting on the Table Sawp. 83
Crosscutting Single Pieces to Lengthp. 84
Crosscutting Several Pieces to the Same Lengthp. 86
Dadoes and Rabbetsp. 88
Cutting Bevels and Mitersp. 90
Ripping on the Table Sawp. 91
Ripping Techniquesp. 91
Resawingp. 93
Beveled Edgesp. 94
Edge Rabbetsp. 94
Tapersp. 94
Fixed Taper Fixturep. 95
Rabbet-Dado Jointp. 95
Finger Jointsp. 96
Making the Fixturep. 96
Cutting a Finger Jointp. 96
Power Miter Sawp. 98
Safety Techniquesp. 99
Cutting with the Power Miter Sawp. 99
Band Sawp. 99
Guidelines for Buying a New Band Sawp. 101
Guidelines for Buying a Used Band Sawp. 101
Band-Saw Bladesp. 102
Replacing Band-Saw Bladesp. 102
Checking and Aligning Band-Saw Wheelsp. 103
Safety Techniquesp. 103
Cutting Curves on the Band Sawp. 104
Straight Cuts on the Band Sawp. 105
Cutting Circles on the Band Sawp. 106
Compound Sawingp. 107
Cutting Multiple Piecesp. 107
Drill Pressp. 108
Guidelines for Buying a New Drill Pressp. 109
Guidelines for Buying a Used Drill Pressp. 110
Safety Techniquesp. 110
Hole-Making on the Drill Pressp. 110
Boring Holes on the Drill Pressp. 110
Boring Blind Holesp. 111
Locating and Boring Holes in Several Identical Piecesp. 112
Boring Aligned Holesp. 112
Boring a Series of Equally Spaced Holesp. 113
Boring Angular and Pocket Holesp. 113
Drum Sanders and Rotary Raspsp. 113
Scroll Sawp. 114
Buying a New Scroll Sawp. 115
Bladesp. 116
Installing a Blade in a Fixed-Arm Scroll Sawp. 116
Safety Techniquesp. 117
Cutting on the Scroll Sawp. 117
Making Piercing or Internal Cuts on the Scroll Sawp. 117
Saber-Sawingp. 118
Marquetryp. 118
Wood Lathep. 119
Selecting and Buying a Wood Lathep. 121
Safety Techniquesp. 121
Cutting and Shaping Techniquesp. 122
Turning Between Centers (Spindle-Turning)p. 123
Faceplate-Turning (Bowl)p. 127
Using Templatesp. 130
Stationary Sanding Machinesp. 130
Selecting and Buying a Disc/Beh Sanderp. 132
Safety Techniquesp. 132
Squaring Ends on a Disc Sanderp. 132
Chamfers and Bevelsp. 133
Chapter 5 Step-by-Step Project-Makingp. 134
Project-Making Proceduresp. 134
Step 1 Making the Cutting List from the Project Drawingp. 136
Step 2 Obtaining the Necessary Materialsp. 136
Step 3 Rough-Cutting the Materialp. 137
Step 4 Producing Working Ends and Edgesp. 138
Smoothening, Straightening, and Squaring the Endsp. 139
Step 5 Squaring Up All Rectangular Piecesp. 140
Squaring Up Stock with Hand Toolsp. 140
Squaring Up Stock with a Table Sawp. 141
Step 6 Completing the Joineryp. 141
General Joint-Making Guidelinesp. 142
Types of Jointp. 142
Butt Jointsp. 143
Nailed Butt Jointsp. 143
Screw-Reinforced Butt Jointsp. 144
Dowel Jointsp. 145
End-to-Face Dowel Jointsp. 146
Blind End-to-Face Dowel Jointsp. 146
Edge-to-Edge Dowel Jointsp. 148
Reinforcing Butt Joints with a Glue Blockp. 149
Beveled or Miter Jointsp. 150
Making a Miter Jointp. 150
Resawing a Miter Jointp. 151
Slip-Feather-Reinforced Miter Jointsp. 152
Dowel-Reinforced Miter Jointsp. 152
Making a Picture Framep. 153
Lap Jointsp. 153
Middle Lap Jointp. 154
Rabbet Jointsp. 155
Dado Jointsp. 155
Mortise-and-Tenon Jointsp. 156
Blind Mortise-and-Tenon Jointp. 159
Dovetail Jointsp. 161
Single Through Dovetail Jointp. 162
Multiple Dovetail Jointsp. 164
Step 7 Completing Surface Decorationsp. 164
Inlayingp. 164
Marquetryp. 165
Laminationp. 166
Step 8 Initial Sandingp. 166
Presanding Proceduresp. 167
Sanding Techniquep. 167
Step 9 Making a Trial Assemblyp. 167
Clamping Toolsp. 167
Step 10 Permanently Assembling the Projectp. 170
Glue Selection and Usep. 170
Ease of Application and Setting Timep. 171
Open Assembly Timep. 171
Type of Wood Being Gluedp. 171
Environmental Conditionsp. 171
Shelf Lifep. 171
Health Considerationsp. 171
Commonly Used Gluesp. 172
Fastenersp. 173
Nailsp. 173
Driving a Nailp. 174
Removing Nailsp. 175
Wood Screwsp. 175
Screw Selectionp. 176
Calculating the Shank Diameter or Number of a Screwp. 177
Increasing Screw-Holding Powerp. 177
Fastening with Wood Screwsp. 177
Sheetrock, Deck, and Bugle-Head Screwsp. 178
Step 11 Sanding and Finishing the Projectp. 179
Chapter 6 Furniture and Carcass Constructionp. 180
Leg-Rail Design and Constructionp. 180
Table and Cabinet Topsp. 183
Fastening Tops to Cabinets or Railsp. 184
Table Insertsp. 185
Carcass Constructionp. 186
Doorsp. 192
Edge Treatment and Installation Techniquesp. 194
Fitting Flush Doors into Carcass Openingsp. 195
Hingesp. 195
Butt Hingesp. 196
Mortiseless Hingesp. 197
Pivot Hingesp. 198
Invisible Hingesp. 198
Catchesp. 199
Drawersp. 199
Drawer Installation Methodsp. 202
Drawer Hardwarep. 202
Chairsp. 204
Chair Componentsp. 205
Chapter 7 Finishing Techniquesp. 207
Types of Finishp. 207
Selecting a Finishp. 208
Preparing the Surfacep. 208
Abrasivesp. 208
Backingsp. 211
Sanding Sleevesp. 211
Sanding Techniquesp. 211
Selecting and Applying Transparent Finishesp. 213
Safety Techniquesp. 213
Applying Stainsp. 213
Types of Stainp. 214
Applying Wood Fillersp. 215
Applying the Finishp. 215
Finish Applicatorsp. 217
Sample Finishing Proceduresp. 218
Metric Equivalents Chartp. 222
Indexp. 223

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