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Product Details

  • Series: Complete Illustrated Guides (Taunton)
  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press; Ill edition (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600850111
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600850110
  • California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 9.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Anthony has been a professional woodworker since 1974 and is a past president of the Sonoma County Woodworkers Association. He has built hundreds of projects, ranging from furniture to turnings and musical instruments. He was an editor for American Woodworker Magazine from 1994 until its sale to Reader's Digest in 1998. He has done a wonderful job editing books for Taunton. He lives in Reigelsville, Pennsylvania.

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It covers a wide range of basic table saw use.
David West
Whether you are an experienced woodworker or just a beginner there is information in this book that everyone can benefit from.
Andrew M. Lincoln
This book is well written with clear instructions and good photos.
John T. Rosa

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Andrew M. Lincoln on March 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am a professional woodworker,in my 20+ year career I have read many books and articles on power tools. This book is by far the most complete,concise,most comprehensive doctrine on the table saw that I have ever read. Mr.Anthony covers all aspects of using the table saw from basic cuts,safety devices,jigs and fixtures,maintenance,speciality cuts,dadoes,coves,joinery,dust collection,the list goes on. Whether you are an experienced woodworker or just a beginner there is information in this book that everyone can benefit from. I would guess the only thing better than reading this book would be to spend a week or two with Mr.Anthony in a shop and attempt to glean this much knowledge in one sitting,regardless the book could still be used for reference when the tutilage has ended. The emphasis on safety is apparent throughout the book without becoming overbearing causing the reader to dismiss the message. The pictures and illustrations are well thought out and mesh very well with the text to give the reader the most information possible.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Dieterichs on January 21, 2009
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Being a professional woodworker (luthier) I have many, many reference books on shop tools. This is by far the best I have come across for any shop tool. In addition to expertly explaining and photographing the more common topics of table saws, fixtures and proper usage, the author has addressed topics not to be found in other guides.
Beginning with the basics of choosing, proper usage and common fixtures for your table saw, he leads you into in-depth topics such as peripherals like out feed tables, dust collection systems, saw blades and creating very clever custom fixtures. The maintenance topics even include changing out an arbor on an old saw! All of this is accompanied by a ton of easy to follow pictures, leading you every step of the way. This book educates the beginner and challenges even the most advanced woodworker.
If a bible on the table saw was ever made, this is it and should be the only one you need in your library!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Fowler on July 6, 2009
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The book is written to communicate usage and fixtures for working with most table saws. There is enough concern and warnings about unsafe operations for beginners to retain all their fingers and eyes. The book contains procedures, such as a tuneup, that can be used with most brands, and techniques for operation that are very helpful. It also shows how to construct some very useful, inexpensive jigs to save time and increase accuracy. All in all a very useful reference.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Dierdorf on August 24, 2013
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The book is very informative, well-organized, and the pictures are good, but it puts (in my opinion) too much emphasis on obsolete saws. By law, all new table saws in the US for the last few years have a riving knife, but he barely mentions them. HIS old saw doesn't have one, and so all the pictures and descriptions pretend that such things don't exist. Since the author's target audience is presumably people who have just bought their first tablesaw, he might assume they have modern safety equipment -- riving knife and maybe Sawstop.

He also blithely assumes that his readers have access to expensive wood when cheaper would do just as well. Most people don't have four-foot chunks of 5/4 mahogany laying around to make a crosscut sled fence, or have a 3x4x10" block of hardwood just to make a stop block (and then cut away all but 4 inches of it), and so on. In practice, 3/4" oak from the big box store would work just as well for the fence, and the stop block can be built of three glued pieces of 3/4" poplar or even pine. It's not like the stop block is load-bearing!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LT. John on March 2, 2011
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I recently received this guide as a gift and was glad that my wife found such an articulate and clearly illustrated guide. I am a woodworking 'newbie' and my interests lie in cabinet-making. This guide keys on all of the basic woodworking rules and provides an easy to follow instruction-set. I found the pictorials to be clear and well-photographed. The handy 'side-bars' with small blurbs on specific topics to also be an excellent addition. Overall, I am very glad that I have this guide as a reference to "do things right"! I am eagerly waiting for additional guides from Mr. Anthony!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Larimore on June 17, 2010
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I've been a wood working hobbiest all my life. I got my first cabinet saw this week. This book is perfect for me. I've had a benchtop saw, a contractor saw and I owned a radial saw. I thought I pretty much knew everything i needed to know. I am very glad i got this as it really fills the gaps between those saws and the cabinet saw. I would have had no clue what i was missing without the book. I would put this as the appropiate book for anyone who has not had a lot of experience with a cabinet saw or wants to do furniture work on a contractor saw. One reviewer mentioned it as not for the DIY with a benchtop saw; he is right, this is more high-end saw. I got the book before the saw and i was not all that impressed. Now that i have the saw and have used it for 1 day; i've encountered several unexpected issues that this book addresses - Very impressive and useful.
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Looking at the book again, I relize that it goes well beyond intermediate(and me) with joints and jigs. It is just a great book!
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