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A good practical guide
on 25 February 2011
This book covers a range of practical projects, from basic jigs (some of which are commonly described in other books) to complex and ambitious projects. Thankfully, there are no descriptions of commercial jigs and fixtures of the kind that cause some woodworking manuals to become quickly dated.
Both the instructions and the illustrations are very clear. Where some other woodworking books fall down in providing muddy pictures and unlear text, this makes a refreshing change. The writer excels in his practical guidance on achieving accuracy. At some points, however, explanation is overdone. For example there are are two sequences of illustrations to show that countersunk screws have a self-centering action not available through using panhead screws (though the point has already been made quite plainly in the text).
Though the book comes from the USA, readers in the UK should have little difficulty translating the different terminology sometimes used. Imperial linear measurements, given without metric equivalents, can be slightly more of an obstacle.
As for the author's writing style, tastes will differ but for me the chatty informality is a little irritating even on the first reading; in order to create one of the jigs described, it's necessary to reread those cheerful, chirpy interjections over and over again.