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The New Scroll Saw Handbook Paperback – 3 Apr 2003


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; Rev. ed edition (3 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806978775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806978772
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 20.1 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 887,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Terrific, everything a book should be."--Fine Woodworking; "To know more about scroll saws...this book is the one."--The Mallet

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Patrick Spielman is the leading author on woodworking throughout the world with over 65 books published including The New Router Handbook (0806905182) and Scroll Saw Pattern Book (0806947721) which have each sold over one million copies worldwide.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 25 Sept. 2009
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As it says on a scroll sawers website that I visited, "this is the book you want!"

Or qualifying that slightly, "this is the book you want IF you are a reasonably experienced woodworker with a fairly practical approach."

As commented in another review it is fairly USA-centric, (and a little old-fashioned in places) but scroll saws are pretty similar everywhere and haven't changed that much in many years.

What is great about this book is that it provides a reasonable amount of background and history information, then gives useful guidance on techniques, then reviews a wonderful range of work that can be done with a scroll saw.

But he DOESN'T waste a load of space with detailed descriptions of "projects" that you don't want to make, or with detailed instructions that are only relevant to certain saws.

In book form it's like having a very experienced sawer show you a few saws, demonstrate the basics, give you a tour of their own work, then show you wonderful work by a bunch of highly skilled people with a little guidance on how they have done it, and then leave you to get on with it.

To my mind he's got the balance between range and detail just right.

Unlike many such books it's worth reading cover to cover, (and enjoyable in doing so,) then worth coming back to once in a while as a reminder of just how versatile these well mannered little machines are.

One of the best things of its kind I've ever come across.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert Paterson on 3 July 2009
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The book is very comprehensive and gave me all the information that I needed or expected. The only limitation is that the products reviewed or recommended tend to focus on the US market whereas the machine I bought is a high quality German Unit of a brand not mentioned. Nevertheless it could be assessed and set up by inference from the wide range of detailed information given
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William T. Fullerton on 13 Jan. 2012
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A first class book if you are learning about the scroll saw,its got all the stuff you want to know.
Its also better than borrowing it from the library (you have to take it back) thanks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Wilkins on 1 Dec. 2011
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A great book wit lots of great tips and help.
I find that i keep refuring back to it time and again as i find it really useful and also good for helping you to get more out of the bandsaw
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Was requested for a Christmas present last year. My husband has just got a scroll saw, and the book was recommended by a friend.
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