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Table Saw, Band Saw And Router: Fine Woodworking's Complete Guide To The Most Essential Power Tools

In this book, professional woodworkers give all the information tool owners wished came in the owner's manual plus much more - what to look for when buying a table saw, bandsaw, or router, and how to tune them up for optimal performance. The information is presented in an accessible, easy-to-understand way, making this a quick reference as well as a comprehensive handbook. All the information is up-to-date and thoroughly researched. The section on table saw, the cornerstone of any woodworking shop, is written by the recognized authority on the subject, and covers all basic operations including ripping, crosscutting and handling large stock. The section on bandsaw, a deceptively simple device, stresses the importance of tune-ups for optimum performance. The section on router covers bits, accessories, and a wide variety of routers, and surveys the router's many uses -- from edgework to cutting joinery. Excellent color photos and a clean, friendly layout give this book on classic woodworking tools a fresh modern look. This clearly illustrated and photographed volume will quickly become the standard reference and is a must-have title for any woodworker. Buy this book before you buy the tool.

Hardcover: 400 pages

Publisher: Taunton (August 2006)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1561589284

ISBN-13: 978-1561589289

Product Dimensions: 8 x 3.2 x 10 inches

Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds

Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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I would heartily recommend this book if it only covered one of the tools. All three, router (8 chapters, 125 pages), table saw (7 chapters, 134 pages), and band saw (6 chapters, 120 pages) contain the level of detail that makes this a must have for your woodworking library. You will get great utility from this book as tool selection, upgrades, accessories and maintenance are covered along with use and safety. The pages come alive with outstanding color pictures and diagrams. Interesting techniques and jigs are discussed and outlined. An example of the detail is the section on kickback. Not only is it discussed, but photos are shown of a foam board being used on the table saw as the camera catches what happens. This is a quality book and I thank the authors for sharing their expertise.

For the cost of the book you end up with a lot of material. The thing about it is though, it feels more like it was a series of articles previously published now bound together rather than a book that was written with the intention of being read all the way through. With that in mind this is probably best chosen more so as a reference manual rather than an introductory text. There is enough information about turning the power tools that if you have no other source for such information this might be an affordable pick.

Simply too much to say about this book, it covers what should be said. I have been through several books (library, BAM) and simply had to buy this one for keeps. If your wise and seek wisdom this book has it, not only for you but even your kid it's left to when your gone.

I loved the illustrations for operationing the power tools, but I also loved the pictures showing where to stand and other safety points.

Outstanding book for those who want to really understand these tools but have only a passing knowledge of them. Detailed but not over the top.

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