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Hand Tools: Their Ways And Workings Paperback – Apr 30 2002
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About the Author
Aldren A. Watson (1917-2013) was an illustrator and designer as well as woodworker. He had written and illustrated many magazine articles and books, including The Blacksmith and Country Furniture, published by Norton. He lived and painted in Vermont and New Hampshire until his death in 2013.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is the most useful one that I have read yet. It is extrememly easy to read, and captures the basic techniques for using a number of common hand tools. The chapter on chisels is one of my favorites, and the chapter on planes has clearer instruction on how to use different type of planes than another book of mine that talks only about planes.
Reading this book after reading other "how to" books about joinery, furniture, etc. clarifys a lot of things, making the picture complete so to speak.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone
not only does it explain the hows and whys of hand tools' functions/application but also give plenty of tips and advice on how to avoid (costly) mistakes.
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
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.
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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Sure, there are more modern books that have nifty things like photographs (not drawings) that people will gravitate towards first. But this is still one of the standards. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Zen Archer
Good book for novice to intermediate woodworkers showing a comprehensive set of useful hand tools with a picture and brief description of the tool and it's use in the shop.Published on June 29 2014 by Old timer
This book is a good one for those just starting to use hand tools as it covers most basic hand tools and how to use them. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2013 by Z.Sun
Really handy to have as a reference for a small workshop. Good with identification of tools, and with taking care of and using them.Published on April 15 2013 by Bradley Gould
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