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Hand Tools: Their Ways and Workings Paperback – April 17, 2002
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This book is the most useful one that I have read yet. It is extrememly easy to read, and captures the basic techniques for using a number of common hand tools. The chapter on chisels is one of my favorites, and the chapter on planes has clearer instruction on how to use different type of planes than another book of mine that talks only about planes.
Reading this book after reading other "how to" books about joinery, furniture, etc. clarifys a lot of things, making the picture complete so to speak.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone
woodworker teaches his apprentice. It is the best book
on using and caring for traditional woodworking hand tools
I have found. It covers everything from hand planes to the
lowly nail set using excellently clear illistrations. In
the back of the book is an appendix with plans for a no-
nonsense workbench and other handy shop items you can make
It has the best advice on sharpening hand saws and other
tools I have ever read. The author uses clear, concise
language that even a hairy-knuckled woodworker can undersand.
The drawings add immeasurably to the effort. I borrowed this book from the library, and now will order my own copy.
If you want to be a traditional woodworker, you will be thrilled how the author goes tool by tool through those things that you need to have in your shop and illustrates what they are for and how to make them do what they are supposed to do
I also found that there are other ways to sharpen chisels and hand plane blades other than keeping the angle with your hand, as the author recommends. However, the author comes from a time when sharpening jigs were not around, so I cannot fault him for not mentioning the sharpening jig. The author also proves that you don't need a lot of fancy power tools or jigs to be a woodworker. One example is to use a try square and a hand plane to mill lumber.
I rate this book 4 stars because it is a starting point for people who are working with wood. The book does not incorporate the latest techniques and improvements of hand tools. But is that really a bad thing when starting out?
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Recommended by Paul Sellers. Found it to be an excellent reference. Drawings are high quality and clear. Limited text but it gets the point across. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David Parks
I thought there would be more tools to illustrate but overall it was very informative.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book really caught me by surprise. I expected it to be good, but I hadn't expected I would learn so much. It has a ton of cool things to learn each time you open it.Published 7 months ago by Stefan Rusek