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Product Details

  • Series: Popular Woodworking
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Popular Woodworking Books (July 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558707964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558707962
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bill Hylton is a longtime woodworker and woodworking writer. He writes a column on power tool joinery for Popular Woodworking magazine and is a frequent contributor to Woodworker's Journal. He is a renowned authority on the use of the router and router table. His book, Router Magic, is the bestselling (Bookscan RTD sales 18,718 copies) router book of all time.


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Bill Hylton is a longtime woodworker and woodworking writer. He is a frequent contributor to Woodworker's Journal, is the author of several woodworking books and a renowned author in the use of the router and router tables. His book, Router Magic, is a bestselling router book.

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As the author states, "Using a router table is what this book is about".
NW Boatbuilder
I just received this book and literally couldn't put it down until I had at least read or thumbed through each subject.
J. White
This is a well-written, concise book with excellent photographic illustrations.
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Cristobal Samaniego on November 15, 2007
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Excellent book. This is what a person who is going to get serious in router table working needs. Woodworking is my hobby. I build many things around the house, from dormers to desks, and cabinets. I bought a Porter Cable 3-1/2 HP router, a Bench Dog table, and a Bench Dog Lifter. I wish I had seen this book before I bought the table. Well, I bought it all at once. I would have made my own table. The book is very well written and the author (Bill) is extremely knowledgeable about his subject. He offers many options for building your own table based on your specific needs. The illustrations are great. It covers many different areas, such as making dovetails, different types of bits, how to make jigs and fixtures, etc. There are no adds about any particular brand, which is great. He focuses of process. This is a great book, built with high quality paper as well. I highly recommend it.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By NW Boatbuilder on July 9, 2008
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Despite what the book review states, this is not a book about building your own router table and I have yet to find any plans. If you are looking for plans, you will need to buy either "Woodworking with the Router" or "Router Magic" which are also by Hylton. As the author states, "Using a router table is what this book is about".

It is an excellent book especially if you are not familiar with the router table. There are also ideas and techniques for the person who is familiar with the router table. Hylton is a great suthor and I would recommend any of his router books.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By N. Porter on January 4, 2010
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A great book for the beginner router user, but probably useful enough for relatively experienced users too.
Being almost exclusively aimed at router table usage, not just general router usage, allows it to be very comprehensive and cover a lot of details.

Highly recommended
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Theodore Kobernick on March 19, 2011
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I got this book thinking I would build my own router table. Hylton offered a whole lot of alternatives, with explanations of the applications, benefits, and limitations of each. Because I have so little room in the tiny shed I pretend is my "shop," I saw that I couldn't possibly use some of the larger tables, even if some had given me one. Furthermore, I knew I might want to take my router table to our apartments to use there. So the table had to be sort of portable.
Years ago I had used a less powerful router, with 1/4" collet, under an inexpensive Craftsman table. It was fine for the work I needed to do. But I wanted to use more of the router's capability, and I had a powerful tradesman's Porter-Cable router. So I wanted a good table.
I loved reading about the various tables; and the color illustrations and photos couldn't be beat for clarity and interest. So, after studying Hylton's book, and after reading recommendations on various commercially avaible tables, I bought a Bosch router table. I got it barely used for just $100, and the fellow threw in a set of 19 1/2" bits.
THE SURPRISE!
How has Hylton's book benefited me? Why five stars? I had not anticipated how comprehensive this book is. The huge majority of the book is devoted to how to use the table-mounted router: what you can do, and how to do it. THIS MAKES THE BOOK MORE THAN WORTHWHILE.
Any other benefits? First, it's great fun to read, and then to browse again and again. Second, the information in this book actually enabled me to purchase the Bosch table with the assurance that it would be right for me. Tird, Hylton shows how to set up and adjust the table -- which I did with the Bosch.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bill on August 9, 2008
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I was installing a hardwood floor and needed to route a groove into some pieces. This book gave me all of theinformation I need to select and buy a router and table. It also gave me all of the information that I needed to setup the table to route the groove. Well worth the price of the book to me.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Craig J. Brain on February 27, 2010
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Another book by Bill Hylton that I love. This book, combined with Woodworking For the Router and Router Magic make up a near-perfect reference collection for the router. Lots of pictures and tips that router users of any skill level will find useful. Some of the extra pictures are useful if you are considering building one of the router tables in Woodworking For The Router. Lots of great advice that have made the router my tool of choice for a lot more jobs :)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Schultheiss on May 13, 2009
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Hylton gives great advice and instructions for working with a router table. It could use a fiew project ideas so the reader wants to try the new skills. Those ideas are readily availiable everywhere, but for the book to score 5 points I'd want to see some in here too.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By PH on November 17, 2009
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This book is a fantastic, comprehensive review of all important router techniques. Has enough detail and tricks to really get something done. It dispenses with alot of the fluffy theory and gets down to it. Excellent organization and highly instructive. Pictures are excellent.
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