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About the Author

Lonnie Bird, a professional woodworker specializing in period furniture, runs a woodworking school in Dandridge, Tennessee.
Jeff Jewitt is a professional finisher and refinisher in Cleveland, Ohio and a contributing editor to "Fine Woodworking,"
Thomas Lie-Nielsen is the founder and owner of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks which manufactures high quality handtools. He lives in Warren, Maine.
Andy Rae, from Asheville, North Carolina, is a professional woodworker who writes frequently for woodworking magazines and teaches woodworking.
Gary Rogowski, a contributing to "Fine Woodworking," operates his own school, the Northwest Furniture Studio, in Portland Oregon.
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Product Details

  • Series: Complete Illustrated Guides (Taunton)
  • Paperback: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561587664
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561587667
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.6 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lonnie Bird, a professional woodworker specializing in period furniture, was a contributing editor to American Woodworker. He taught woodworking at the university level and now operates his own school in Dandridge, Tennessee.

Customer Reviews

This is a very well written and informative book.
Charles L. Duke III
As someone who has never used a router before, I found this book to be a great beginner's guide.
I Like Noise
I often use my router in the a router table and there is good coverage of those topics as well.
DieselDM

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77 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Bob Champoux on December 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
Overall, I liked this book. It's right on and serves as a great introduction if you are new to routers. It's well laid out and has great chapters on the different types of routers, what to look for when purchasing. etc. It gives a nice comparison to aid you in determining which of the three basic types of routers is for you (If you haven't bought one yet). The book has super chapters on Basic Operations and the Joinery section is quite good, too. If you are completely new to routers or if you have garnered information piecemeal from reading posts in woodworking forums, this book walks you through the basics very nicely and completes the picture on topics like motor options, adapter sleeves for collets, guide bushings, how much wood to take off for the first cut, how to plunge, etc.

He provides great insight that only an accomplished router user and woodworker can: Variations in bit shank diameters, horizontal versus vertical panel-raising bits, using woodworking double-sided tape instead of carpet tape and safety. I truly like how he routinely brings safety to the forefront and doesn't just have it set off in a chapter by itself where it is presented and then forgotten. He also shows how to make easy safety devices and jigs without much effort.

A couple of caveats about the book so that you won't have any surprises if you decide to pick this up: The author expects you to have some basic knowledge about woodworking. There are sentences such as this one in the first chapter, "The plunge router is the best choice for routing mortises..." He doesn't explain what a mortise is as he expects you to know.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous729 on March 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have also read Lonnie Bird's book, "The Bandsaw Book"--and I would rate that book 5 stars. This book had so many references to it's pictures (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M ),that I found it awkward to follow. To read it, you'll often have to jump back and forth between your place in the text and an image--one sentence after another. It DOES contain a a lot of useful information, but I gave up on it yesterday, just half-way through, because I disliked the method of learning it was inflicting on me. In fairness, the book's title IS "Taunton's Complete ILLUSTRATED Guide to Routers"--and it contains illustrations as advertised. I learned a lot previously from Bill Hylton's book, "Woodworking with the Router" and I would be eager to rate that book 5 stars. I found that book to be a great read! I hope these comments are helpful to someone.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By James L. Fuqua on April 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book has the best illustrations I have ever seen in a book of this type. I probably own about fifteen books on routers and jigs that use routers. Most have similar content. This book has most everything the others have with better illustrations.

What sets this book apart is the quality of illustrations and that it has some information that none of the others cover. The issue covered here and in none of my other books is how to use the router as a prelude to hand woodworking.

For dovetails, no router jig can match the versatility a skilled woodworker can obtain by hand with a Japanese saw and a good set of chisels, but even a person making hand dovetails can save time and do some prep work with a router for some, but not all, dovetails.

I took a class on woodworking essentials, including hand dovetailing, at Lonnie's woodworking school in Dandridge, TN. Many of the time saving techniques he taught in his class are in this book. In his class a router was not used to make dovetails, but but was used to remove excess wood where convenient so that time was not wasted in getting down to the hand work. I might add that I had a week to read and look at the book at his school before buying it. I added it to my collection of router books because of the quality of the book. I have no other relationship to the author or publisher of this book.

I strongly recommend this book and also Lonnie's school. He makes museum quality work by hand but knows how to use machines where they make sense. Although I was not one of the best students in his one week class of seven students, the dovetails I made were better than some I have seen as illustrations in books on how to hand cut dovetails.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. Oliver on May 16, 2010
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There is some good info in here and certainly lots of nice photography, but it's not clear to me who would really benefit from this book. The topics are not covered in enough detail to really be useful to a beginner, but they also don't feel advanced or complete enough to be appropriate for advanced users or reference materials. It could probably be useful as a supplement to a more complete book (Hylton?) but I don't think it stands on its own very well.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andy in Washington TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 10, 2013
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I consider myself a novice woodworker. I have built a few cabinets, can create a reasonable looking mortise joint, but wanted to improve my skill set a bit. I have used a router for a number of years, and wanted to learn some of the finer points of using it for more advanced woodworking projects.

=== The Good Stuff ===

* The photographs are first rate. They are well lit, and taken from an angle that you can see what is actually going on.

* Somewhere in a set of instructions, I came across a direction to make a "climb cut". I had no idea what one was, and found a definition in this book. Turns out it is a cut made in the same direction as the router rotation (opposite of what you normally do).

* The book is a marvelous guide for seeing what is possible with a router. Sometimes that is half the battle- if I know something is possible, I can often work out how to do it. Since woodworking is a hobby, designed to fill up leisure time, I don't mind experimenting.

=== The Not-So-Good Stuff===

* It is just about impossible to "read" this book. The text is made up of short sentences, with constant references to illustrations.

* There is no way to learn how to specifically do anything from this book. For example, the section on mortise and tenon joints gives the following instructions (somewhat paraphrased, but not much). "Use a spiral bit. measure and mark the mortise location, then secure the work and jig with clamps. Set the depth. Position the router guide against the jig, and plunge the router and feed.." That's it. No details on what the jig might look like, how to set the depth, how to place the joint. If you can make a mortise joint from those instructions, you don't need a router book.
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