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on 12 March 2017
Great book for the library covers most handtools read it and your knowledge of tools will increase
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on 3 December 1996
In this book you will learn the tricks that a master
woodworker teaches his apprentice. It is the best book
on using and caring for traditional woodworking hand tools
I have found. It covers everything from hand planes to the
lowly nail set using excellently clear illistrations. In
the back of the book is an appendix with plans for a no-
nonsense workbench and other handy shop items you can make
yourself.
It has the best advice on sharpening hand saws and other
tools I have ever read. The author uses clear, concise
language that even a hairy-knuckled woodworker can undersand.
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on 15 June 2011
Aldren Watson's insights, descriptions and drawings are beyond the best. His insight into the heart of the craftsman through this book are phenomenal.
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on 20 June 2012
This book is cram packed with useful information on hand tools and although it was written nearly 100 years ago it does not read like an old fashioned book. The illustrations are clear and concise. The woodworker Paul Sellers recommended this book in his blog and I am very pleased I followed his advice.
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on 24 November 2013
A really good primer for hand tool users, reminds you of what you should know and teaches you a bunch more in a very accessible format.
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on 7 July 1999
Highly recommended. Studying and working from this book is the next best thing to taking lessons from a master craftsman in his shop. Clearly-presented instructions and handsome illustrations in pencil explain both the elementary use of hand tools and the techniques to obtain smooth, professional results. The author's style is clean and polished, like the operation of an efficient, well-tuned plane. After mastering the contents of this book, you'll be equipped to perform a wide range of woodworking tasks, and, even more, have the knowledge to find solutions to any greater technical challenges that come your way.
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on 27 January 1997
The author has a gift for explaining some complex techniques in simple English.
The drawings add immeasurably to the effort. I borrowed this book from the library, and now will order my own copy.
If you want to be a traditional woodworker, you will be thrilled how the author goes tool by tool through those things that you need to have in your shop and illustrates what they are for and how to make them do what they are supposed to do.
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on 29 August 2013
a great book for learning/ information to have on hand. a well thought out and detailed drawings good. one of the best i have read.
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on 12 November 2016
My husband is 57 years of age and wishes he had read this book years ago, he enjoyed woodwork at school as a subject but if the teacher had
been the author of this book he believes he would have been a carpenter as this book makes the subject so easy to understand in particular the
relationship between the different tools, eg, the drill, the chisel and the hand plane in its many forms.
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on 25 March 2016
Saw this recommended somewhere, probably on Paul Sellers blog. wonderful drawings are actually more informative than photos .Everyone will find stuff they already know but also stuff they don't. Some useful tips on ways of working, also simple handy jigs. Recommended.
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