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Jim Tolpin's Table Saw Magic (Popular Woodworking) Paperback – December 31, 2003
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About the Author
Jim Tolpin has been a professional woodworker for more than 30 years. He is the author Measure Twice, Cut Once. He lives in Port Townsend, WA.
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This isn't a book that includes everything about the tool and every jig ever designed for it. It is, however, much more than an introduction and someone new to woodworking would benefit tremendously from reading it.
I'm in the process of trying to duplicate his featherboards (as shown on the cover). His instructions though don't include the aluminum mini-tracks as in the photo. Instead, they tell you to route a T slot, which is more complicated and NOT what the author did. Furthermore, for the miter slot featherboard he tells you to buy a certain size hex bolt and grind the cap down to fit! That seems like an inelegant solution. I've since discovered that toilet bolts work better.
He should have at least mentioned a source to get the aluminum mini-tracks since they are useful in a wide variety of jigs. It would have saved me some time in Home Depot staring at cabinet hardware and wondering how it could be munged in some way to work. ...
In balance, it's a good book. I agree with the points made by the other reviewers. The organization is logical and the information is generally well presented. It may not be THE table saw book, but I don't regret buying it.