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White has been a cabinetmaker for 20 years.
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156158424X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561584246
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.5 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #781,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an invaluable book for both the novice and the experienced woodworker.
Erich
This book covers step by step setup procedures for your jointer, table saw, planer, drill press, bandsaw, router table and miter saw.
C. Johnson
His writing is clear, easy to understand and follow, with plenty of very descriptive pictures.
S. Steeves

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Paul Fredrick on September 3, 2003
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This is an outstanding book. It is well written, well organized, has excellent graphics and pictures, and serves a much needed role in most woodshops. White would have been a great engineer. His jigs and measurement techniques are clever, well documented, and easy to make and use. I found myself smiling several times at the ingenuity of his low-cost (and effective!) solutions to high-cost measurement tools. I have a middle-of-the-road chinese knock off table saw that wasn't cutting well (burns and lots of resistance). I made the jigs and went through the tune up procedure in an evening, and the saw performs much better afterwards.
I would like have heard White's recommendations for storage, cleaning, and top protection (e.g., waxing vs. oiling ground surfaces), as well as his tips and comments for shop safety, but they are justifiably outside the scope of this book.
Overall an excellent book that I am very glad to have stumbled upon.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S. Steeves on July 14, 2003
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I've been having some problems getting my jointer tables aligned properly, and happened upon this book by accident. What luck! This book is full of great info on tune-ups and alignment. John White goes in depth into the set up and alignment of primary power tools (jointer, planer, table saw, bandsaw, router table, drill press and miter saw). His writing is clear, easy to understand and follow, with plenty of very descriptive pictures. The book is very complete on each of the tools covered. I truly appreciated that he used many shop-built jigs and common tools to get things done.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Ablett on September 7, 2005
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What can I say, the chapter on setting up your jointer is worth the price of the book by itself. The pictures and the diagrams are great, easy to understand, and the text is informative and easy to read. This book makes you a better woodworker, because your tools will be correctly set up, which also makes them more fun to use and much safer.

I would recommend this book to you, even if you do not own the tool, but are looking at getting into woodworking, with this book you will be better able to understand how the various tools work, and you can buy decent used tools and tune them up, saving you a bundle!

Great book!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Conner TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 16, 2009
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The reason woodworkers want this book is to save money and time. Understanding and applying the knowledge herein might save your fingers and maybe even your life! I am not joking...

John White was the shop manager for Fine Woodworking for about a decade and is still a contributing editor. He has a wealth of practical knowledge and presents it clearly. I particularly like Mr. White's style in some of his videos. He "cuts to the chase" by demonstrating you how things work, THEN explains them concisely. He also invented (or re-engineered) a very clever workbench and numerous practical shop-jigs. Now, not all of those ( or even very many ) are in this volume. I only mention that to illustrate the breadth and scope of the author's knowledge. John White is certainly qualified to write about this subject.

The MOST IMPORTANT REASON that every newcomer should buy (or at least read) this book is to prevent hassles, mistakes, accidents, and bad buying-decisions.

For instance, if you do not understand how to adjust a tablesaw or bandsaw, how can you possibly choose a machine with the right features?

If you don't know how to tell if a blade is square to the miter-slot (or fence,) and how to adjust it, you WILL experience kickback. (...not "IF" but "WHEN.") Unlike that funny TV commercial, kickback is deadly serious.

There are over THIRTY THOUSAND wood-shop accidents every year, many of which are related to these main machines discussed in this book. I have seen a piece of plywood shoot from a table-saw and go careening across the shop at sixty-miles an hour like a demonic frisbee, then stick itself into a wall. That particular incident was caused by a novice who ignored basic rules of machine set-up and use.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Gill Jr. on January 3, 2007
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John White does a great job with nice illustrations. I recommend this to anyone with a woodworking machine. It's amazing how far off your tools are until you set them up correctly. You'll save time and money by making better cuts the first time when the tool is setup correctly. It's amazing we take the time to measure an angle for moulding and when we cut it and it doesn't fit you think you measured incorrectly when it could have been your tool off by one degree.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. Bacon on August 31, 2011
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The book is well edited with great photography. Many of John's techniques are simpler than I would expect, but I am sure that they work because he has owned and maintained commercial shops where inadequate care can cause extra work and wasted material. I don't think that taking any of his advice will create problems, and almost anyone can make his suggested shop-made jigs with simple tools.

Very thoughtful work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 28, 2009
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This book is superb for explaining how to maintain, tune-up and trouble-shoot the most common woodworking machines; i.e., jointer, table saw, planer, drill press, bandsaw, router table and miter saw. One important thing this book covers is how you can save money by making your own set-up jigs instead of buying expensive ones from a retailer. I definitely recommend this book for anyone who is a "do-it-yourself-er."
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