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The New Traditional Woodworker: From Tool Set to Skill Set to Mind Set

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Working Wood, Not Machining It If you're more interested in working with wood rather than machining it, you will be relieved to learn that expensive powered machinery isn't required to build furniture. You can also forget the dust masks, face shields and hearing protection since many of the safety concerns related to woodworking--the use of power tools--are eliminated. In ...more
ebook, 178 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Popular Woodworking Books (first published February 25th 2011)
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Not sure if I'll get this one. This well illustrated (with photos), is like an updated version of Hand Tools by Aldren Watson. It lives up to the title. It's not as jam-packed with the wisdom and obvious in-depth experience of the book by Watson, but I'd say this book has about the same quality in content. There is a small blurb about which modern power tools outweigh hand tools and this very valuable advice - think about whether re-sawing and dimensioning wood by hand is really worth the time a ...more
Matt Gaither
Great reference book on hand tools, with some really nice and simple shop projects. Good photos, clear writing.
James Eckman
Aug 22, 2015 James Eckman rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Budding hand tool wood workers
Covers setting up a hand tool woodworking shop and basic hand tool skills. No bench plans. this book does not cover religion ;) You won't learn much furniture making or advanced joinery either except incidentally while building the shop projects. I have built the ripping sawhorse, very useful for a hand tool wood shop though my brother the carpenter said to splay those legs 15 degrees. A good beginners book.
Mark Myers
Love Tolpin as an author. Love the description of why he went from power tools to handtools. Great info, and Tolpin's writing about woodworking is second only to Christopher Schwartz.

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