Series: Best of Woodworker's Journal
Paperback: 159 pages
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing (April 1, 2007)
Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 11 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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I am going to assume that the individual who wrote the only other review (so far) has not tried to build one of the fixtures or jigs depicted in the book. While most of the projects certainly look like great things to build for your home workshop I have found, as I build the Precision Crosscutting Jig, a bunch of inaccuracies. Measurements and dimensions given in the Technical Drawings don't match what is either pictured or what is explained in text elsewhere. In one instance "5/16" should actually read "5/8" which is quite a discrepancy. Another gives the thickness of one of the fences as 11/16" when, from the picture, it looks more like 1 1/2". One of the most blaring errors is the measurements of the placement of a hole that is WAAAAAY off. I don't even know where they came up with the numbers for that one. If I had actually drilled the hole where they told me to drill it the piece would have been ruined. Glad I double checked it.Here are some of my other observations/suggestions:-In the materials list it would be nice to know what material each item is. Hardwood? Plywood? Plastic? As it is now you have to search through the text of the article to figure it out.-A list of suppliers for some of the more specialized items would help as Home Depot doesn't carry a lot of what they want you to use.So, while the projects all look great and I'm looking forward to building quite a few of them I am going to have to double check and scrutinize the measurements of each item in the materials list as the inaccuracies have been so prevalent on the very first one I've tried, who knows what the rest hold?The publishers should really go through this book, fix the problems and re-publish. It's worth it.
Beautifully printed and incredibly well illustrated yet dated material and not one that I would make for myself. In every instance I think there are improved designs. Bottom line, as much as I love books and have an abiding passion for woodworking, I'm sorry I bought this. On usefulness today compared with what a web search will provide I'd rate it zero. On production quality it is a definite 5+ Please give us a volume as beautiful as this filled with the best Jigs & Fixture ideas and designs available now.
A great read from Woodworker's Journal. I enjoy building jigs and fixtures in my shop almost as much as the projects they are intended for. Whether of my own design (which is rare), or from a source such as this book, I find it very satisfying to utilize tools I've had a part in building. This publication is a great asset.
I'm very disappointed with and had to return the kindle version. Pretty much just images of the printed version instead of a true e-version. With the original formatting of 3 columns of text per page the print was impossible to read it was so small even at the highest magnification/zoom using either the kindle or cloud reader. When I could get the print to be readable in my browser (Ctrl+, Cloud reader would resize back to fit the image), I couldn't scroll around (the reader would jump 10 or more pages at a time). Shame, I was really looking forward to reading the material. Now my options are paying the higher price (70% more) for a hard copy and waiting for delivery or skip it all together. Holding off for now.
Bad scaling of text and pictures in IPad Kindle reader, there is no way to make it readable by applying different font or format. Shame, it looks like a good book.
Downloaded ebook. Trying to zoom crashes the kindle app for the pc. Probably not the books fault but kindle needs to fix. I have several books on my kindle app which are "zoomable" and don't crash the app.
I was looking for more table saw fence and jigs, too much on routing for my needs. Also wanted more instructions on making jigs and fences.
This book provides clear instructions and excellent photography enabling the average home handyman to construct these valuable items .The projects are good for increasing accuracy and repeatability of work and improving safety in machine useage.An excellent reference.
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