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on 20 December 2009
A great book full of very useful information and VERY well written. I would recommend this book to all those starting out as new router users as well as for the more advanced users.
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on 26 June 2014
This book has many articles that will interest a more advanced user but is frustratingly sparse on information that will help a novice get going. There are only four pages on basic router handling and use, and very little discussion elsewhere about the basic principles.

If you're a confident router, the articles on maintenance may be of interest. Joinery is covered in depth, and there are lots of guides for making jigs and tables – but because the content is lifted from a magazine, there is a fair bit of repetition in these areas.

Overall, as a beginner – albeit one with an engineering background – I didn't find the book much use and turned instead to 'Mastering the Router' by Ron Fox, which is fantastic for beginners and experts alike.
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on 17 August 2010
This is a great series of books, clear and simple. It does take you to some fairly advanced techniques as well. If you get them second hand, for workshop use then all the better. A word of caution though, these are american books, but anyone with an ounce of 'nouse' will easily work out what they are on about.
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on 24 March 2012
My partner inherited I workshop of woodworking tools. Amongst which was a router. He used it for 1 or 2 simple jobs but felt that it could do more. I saw this book on Amazon & bought it on a whim.
The book has proved to be very interesting with plenty of pictures & easy to follow instructions. He has used it for more advenerous projects & plans to make a table to add to the machine's versatility.
He thinks that this book would be of use for someone who has bought a good quality machine & wants to get the best use of their investment.
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VINE VOICEon 12 March 2011
You've got a router - its a motor that spins very very very fast and you put razor sharp cutters in it - and you're not really certain what you're doing with it - DANGEROUS TIMES.

However with this book (other good router books are available!) you have a very good chance of keeping your fingers, not being blinded and coming out of the project with a finished piece rather than matchsticks.

It shows you how to set thenm up, adjust them, start using them. use them efficiently & safely, produce well finished pieces and enjoy routing.

Will you need to practise? YES of course you will, this shows you how to approach the job, it doesn't do it for you!

Is your router good enough? Often sadly the answer is NO! You don't get a super high quality tool for £50 with all the accessories. You can pay £300 for a quality router and really good cutters can cost an arm and a leg. If you start with a cheap router and find it useful, you'll probably choose to upgade anyway.

This book should be a compulsory purchase with any router unless you can prove you're experienced enough to use a router safely.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Working with Routers (Fine Woodworking)
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on 4 September 2010
although written for the American woodworker,this book easily gives advice which can be used by anyone learning the principles of routing
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on 11 January 2013
If you read routing books such as the excellent, Routing for Beginners, you immediately notice that all of the measurements are given in both metric and imperial units. This is true for most of the non-US produced books I have read. Not only is the exclusive use of imperial measurements, in this book, irritating but because of the typeset used, fractions are reduced to tiny symbols, which have to be peered at, in good light. Using it in a workshop, where the difference between 1/8" and 1/2" is significant, is, in my opinion, an accident waiting to happen.
Whilst most of the photography is very good, there are one or two chapters where the picture of the author seems, constantly, to be more important than the router, the cutter, or what it is actually doing.
I personally disagree with suggesting the use of, 'climb cuts', but that's just my opinion. It does however have lots of useful information, tips and projects and you will come back to it regularly.
Could somebody please suggest to US publishers that Imperial AND Metric units be used in books such as this?
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on 20 November 2011
Overall this is an excellent book, but it is now a little dated (pub. 2004, written before that). The text & pictures are excellent. But in todays safety-conscious work environment, a mere four pages on safe working is not enough really. Obviously routers nowadays come with their own safe working instructions - READ THEM CAREFULLY, as badly handled routers can inflict terrible injuries in a twinking of a blinded eye.

Also, the routers in this book are well dated - most routers now come with a comprehensive selection of bits, guards & accessories which it doesn't cover.
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on 3 August 2013
I was hoping for a good introduction to using routers. This book is instead a collection of magazine article reprints. Individually, each article is good but they do not hang together well as an introductory book.
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on 27 February 2014
I am fairly new to working with a router. This book gives good advise for all levels of skill. Its just a pity timber is so expensive. Good book and would recommend.
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