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Japanese Woodworking Tools: Selection, Care and Use [Paperback]

Henry Lanz


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling Pub Co Inc (October 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806962364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806962368
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 19.6 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,185,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Well-organized, clearly written and generously illustrated with black-and-white photos, this manual offers Western craftspeople a new approach to the woodworker's art. Japanese hand tools, centuries old in concept and design, reflect Japan's perfectionist work ethic and differ from our own methods in a number of basic ways. Among them: Japanese saws for any procedure (e.g., joining mortice and tenon) function on the work-stroke's pull rather than push. Smoothing planes also require the user to pull towards the body. Maintenance of these wood-fashioned tools is an elaborate procedure. There are dozens of "finger planes" for cabinetry's hollows, rounds, tongues and grooves. Even chisels from Japan are distinctive in structure and assembly, and these, along with Japanese measuring and marking devices, knives, hammers and hatchets are intriguing to read about. January
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Info on Japanese Tools June 6 2009
By Ronin - Published on Amazon.com
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In many ways this book feels dated, but it could just be the old photos and the hair style. In all fairness, if you have an interest in these special tools and their use and care, this is an excellent source along with Toshio Odate's "Japanese Woodworking Tools". Lots of good b/w pictures showing the tools in action. Chapters include:

1) Intro
2) Saws
3) Sharpening Stones
4) Planes
5) Chisels
6) Measuring and Marking Tools
7) Miscellaneous Tools
8) Unusual Japanese Tools

Good stuff.
3.0 out of 5 stars O.K. April 26 2014
By L.D. - Published on Amazon.com
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A good book if you are a novice. For me I am a journeyman and was not that illuminating. Still a good book to reference and for the beginner.

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