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Jointers and Planers: How to Choose, Use and Maintain Them [Paperback]

Rick Peters
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Book Description

June 30 2001
It happens all the time: woodworkers proudly survey their handiwork only to discover gaps in the glue joints and between parts—the planks just don’t lie flat and square. The solution? Jointers, planers, and this comprehensive guide. The latest in the Popular Mechanics Workshop series, it delves into every aspect of each tool—the basic anatomy, features, motor sizes, dust ports, maximum cut, and more. Check out bench top, stationary, and portable models of each; accessories, such as push sticks and knife-sharpening jigs; and all the must-know techniques, including face and edge jointing and staggered cut planing. There are advanced procedures, too—from rabetting and tapering a post to ganged cuts and molding—as well as fixtures to make, maintenance and repair advice, and exciting projects.

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The majority of woodworking projects require the use of straight lumber with square edges. Long ago, hand planes were used to create such an edge, but they are difficult to master without long hours of practice and are too slow for most modern woodworkers. Now, planers are most frequently used to produce smooth faces on a board and to mill it to a particular thickness, while jointers generally square the edges. Peters has done a great job of describing the types of tools available and their uses, repair, maintenance, and troubleshooting; he also discusses the construction of shop-made jigs and fixtures. Numerous colorful illustrations help explain the text. The development of relatively inexpensive bench-top models has made these tools much more common. Public libraries serving woodworkers should consider this title.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Air Tools(October,2000, Trade Paperback Edition), Drills And Drill Presses(October,2000, Trade Paperback Edition), Flooring Basics(January,2001, Trade paperback), Framing Basics(February,2001, Trade paperback)

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5.0 out of 5 stars excelent book June 15 2002
Format:Paperback
this is a great book. it has all you need to know about jointers and planers. shows you how to decide which machine is right for you, how to use them and maintain them. it even shows you how to do various things like make raised panels with the jointer. very useful book if you are new to the woodworking field. just might teach you a few things even if you are not a newby. though not absolutly necessary but nice, this book has tons of high quality color photos which makes reading it that much more pleasent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better wood working books I've read July 15 2003
By Andy
Format:Paperback
This is a really good book for beginners, which is what I am. Very well laid out, very well written. I highly recommend this book for anybody w/ a planner and jointer or anybody in the market for one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excelent book June 15 2002
By Michael Berumen - Published on Amazon.com
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this is a great book. it has all you need to know about jointers and planers. shows you how to decide which machine is right for you, how to use them and maintain them. it even shows you how to do various things like make raised panels with the jointer. very useful book if you are new to the woodworking field. just might teach you a few things even if you are not a newby. though not absolutly necessary but nice, this book has tons of high quality color photos which makes reading it that much more pleasent.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good book Sept. 12 2004
By Andersen Torben - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought this book because I plan to buy a jointer/planer. I am not a professional but, in spite of my somewhat low level, the book did not give me much useful information. It is mostly a collection of trivialities, such as instructions for making a stand in mdf board, or 1 1/2 pages with ridiculous instructions on how to remove a motor (disconnect wires, remove bolts, remove belt, remove pulley if necessary...). There is no useful info on combined jointers/planers. Flowcharts on choice of jointers/planers seem useless. I do not recommend this book to anyone. The chapter on jointers and planers in Duginske's book "Mastering Woodworking Machines" gives much more information in much less space.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better wood working books I've read July 15 2003
By Andy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a really good book for beginners, which is what I am. Very well laid out, very well written. I highly recommend this book for anybody w/ a planner and jointer or anybody in the market for one.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great beginner's handbook Oct. 26 2011
By R. Gardner - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of few manuals on jointers/planers on the market...it is well written, aimed at the novice, and filled with helpful instruction and tips. I have to disagree with an earlier review that claimed it is filled with useless trivialities; in fact, one of the things I liked best was the plan to make a planer stand! Both simple to build and useful and reason alone to buy this book. In fact, I built one myself...it is a great addition to my shop. Since these machines are two of the simplist to operate, I'm not sure what else could have been included. In short, I highly recommend this book as a welcome addition to any wood shop library.
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