|Title||:||Hand Tool Essentials Refine Your Power Tool Projects With Hand Tool Techniques Combining Power & Hand Techniques by Popular Woodworking Editors (Jun 6 2007)|
|Publisher||:||Popular Woodworking Books|
|Number of Pages||:||287 Pages|
|File Size||:||964 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
Hand Tool Essentials Refine Your Power Tool Projects With Hand Tool Techniques Combining Power & Hand Techniques by Popular Woodworking Editors (Jun 6 2007) Reviews
When I started woodworking one of my first purchases was a book on hand tools from the Fine Woodworking people. It was interesting, but not terribly useful. While I learned a lot about how chisels were forged and how to sharpen 17th Century spoonbill bits, there wasn't much on the basic skills I was looking to learn. This book was exactly what I needed back then.
In summary, this is just a terrific book. Unlike the other reviewer, I did NOT contribute any articles to it, and hence can be considered unbiased.
I'm a hobbyist woodworker who loves good machinery but I've also always admired the fine results possible with good hand tools and good technique. This book supports a hybrid approach to woodworking, using machines for the larger stuff and getting down to 64ths of an inch (even thousandths of an inch) with sharp planes and chisels. Seven of the first 12 chapters are about sharpening and I've picked up some new information and motivation to take my edged tools to the next level. There are also chapters on restoring old planes and chisels that can still be found at flea markets and antique sales; I have two old planes that have worked well over the years but better tuning and sharpening will make them even better.
What is really good about this book is that many of the articles deal with the usefulness and expedience of hand tools in a power tool shop.
I like the section on Bench Planes.
Previously, I thought that the fastext way to do woodworking is with powertools and stationary machines. In this books, I found that a handplane is very useful, a chisel is really easy to use. I never need a chisel that much before, now, I can't work without a chisel. Good book! Buy it and be an expert!
If you want to use hand tools, you should read this book. It has a lot of detail and a lot of instruction.
This book is great for a beginner as well as for someone who is already familiar with hand tools. Early chapters deal with purchasing hand tools to outfit your shop. Later chapters give advise on sharpening tools of all kinds and on using the tools properly. A lot of information is packed in this short book and yet it is an easy read.