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Shop Improvements: Great Designs from Fine Woodworking (Great Designs-Fine Woodworking) Paperback – October 1, 2007
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I suppose one would classify most or many of the jigs in this book to be advanced. I don't really have a frame of reference to determine the levels of intermediate and advanced. I only know that I greatly appreciate the ideas, information and jigs presented in this book. For over 30 years I've been building basic furniture, cabinets, etc, with very basic tools, without a workshop. Sawhorses, router, circular saw, corded drill and radial arm saw were my tools. I'm now building a real workshop and have acquired a lot of the more sophisticated tools, including a real woodworking bench that I'm making, with real vises and bench dogs for holding the work.
This book, among others, has been and will continue to be an important part of the process of building and using my new workshop.Read more ›
That is NOT true of this new book.
I am delighted to report that this book represents everything that made Taunton great in their heyday. Now, the presentation is in full color, with photos and REAL illustrations.
If you read any of my other Taunton book reviews, you will note that I think illustrations are often better than photos or even video for demonstrating certain ideas; especially ideas about design and function. With a good illustration, we "see inside" any construction, as if we had "x-ray vision." Not only is that better for understanding how mechanisms work, motionless images allow our eyes to wonder around the page according to our brain's needs. Internal components are not obscured by the two-dimensional opacity of photographs, nor are we mesmerized by the flickering-moving images. Videos are great for certain things, but videos do not reveal the internal components of any furniture, jig or fixture. Only professional draftsmen and illustrators can show us that.
Well, Congratulations Taunton! You are doing that beautifully once again!
Not only that, but this book is NOT just a collection of previously published articles. It is a well organized collection of previous material, yes. But now the presentation is more detailed, more thorough and beautifully done.
Further, this book lives up to its subtitle: "Outstanding ideas from the world's finest woodworkers.Read more ›
There are too many articles to list them (and the publishers don't use Amazon's "Look Inside" feature for this one). It starts with the always helpful "Tilt-Top Shop Cart Handles Plywood"; includes the old stand-by "Tablesaw Dovetail Jig"; with the always needed "A Jig for Cutting Curved and Tapered Reeds" for your router; and concludes with "A Dovetailed Tool Cabinet".
Perhaps I'm too cynical and I do know that Fine Woodworking caters to the advanced user, but this one is maybe their most superfluous.
And maybe that's why no one else has reviewed it.
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