A practical reference to 150 power and hand tools. Whether you have a job in mind and don’t know where to start or simply want to feel more knowledgeable at the hardware store, Tools is the ultimate blueprint for getting equipped and getting started. This uncomplicated beginner’s reference covers all the essentials. Divided into three sections, the first covers where to find quality tools and what to look for to ensure years of reliable use. Valuable safety tips include how to avoid power tool accidents as well as guarding against toxins in treated wood, preventing electrical and chemical fires, and more. The second section outlines eight basic tool kits along with a list of tools for each: Home/apartment Kit House kit Plumbing kit Electrical kit Machine and metal kit Car kit Child’s kit The third section is a guide to almost every common hand and power tool. Each page features a photograph of the tool accompanied by a concise, jargon-free explanation. Quick reference symbols
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How to set up table saws, manage blades, and build simple jigs.
The table saw is the major tool in most woodworkers’ collections, and one of the most used for the largest variety of projects. Kirby, a master woodworker, details safety procedures first and foremost, as the table saw is also one of the most potentially dangerous of power tools if used improperly. He discusses how to get the best use from lower-cost saws, what blades and accessories to buy and which to avoid, setup for a number of basic sawing operations, building your own inexpensive jigs for specific tasks, and how to make accurate joints on the table saw. After safety, the next most important consideration is accuracy, and Kirby explains tried-and-true techniques that will ensure clean, precise cuts, miters, and joints. This is a book any woodworker will want to keep within easy reach of the table saw for continued reference. –Mark A. Hetts
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