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The Handyman's Guide: Essential Woodworking Tools and Techniques Paperback – Feb 8 2011
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About the Author
Paul N. Hasluck a true woodworking guru, was the craftsman behind titles such as Manual of Traditional Wood Carving, The Handyman’s Book: Essential Woodworking Tools and Techniques, Rustic Carpentry, Traditional Glassworking Techniques and Metalworking, The Handyman's Guide, and more.
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The print is small, the drawings are small and sometimes hard to see, but what one gains from looking through how woodworking was once done is amazing. There is a chapter on "Easy Examples of Woodwork" and on page 236, fIG 761 there is an example of a haunched mortise and tendon joint with angled features to hide the mortise. That was considered easy. Apparently, dovetail joints were considered easy and the only way a drawer would be made by competent craftsmen,
Along the way the reader picks up a lot of useful information. On page 301 there are two drawings, one depicting the incorrect application of hinging on ends (FIG 985) and the correct application of hinging on ends (FIG 986. This is attended by a full page discussion of the ends and outs of hinges and how to hang them on a cabinet door.
There is an enormous discussion on Geometrical Tools, Holding Tools, Paring and Shaving Tools, Hand Saws, etc. Timber is also covered, One of the best chapters is Joints (with 184 illustrations) and extremely interesting coverage of how to use tools to create exacting joints.
The kinds of woodworking covered in enormous. From Easy Examples of Woodwork, to Workshop Furniture, Fitting Locks and Hinges, Houses, Runs and Coops for Poultry, Gates and Rough Fencing. There are several other chapters on all kinds of projects including kitchen, hall, and bedroom furniture. Just remember the furniture isn't for a modern kitchen. Everything is very victorian or rustic.
I would recommend this book for those interested in woodworking and discovering how things used to be done. The number of great tips is beyond belief.
Lighter detail given on building workbenches, still useful, lots of furniture (including a commode for your chamber pot) most of it a bit short on detail for the novice but worth a look for the experienced woodworker. Dog houses, pigeon and chicken coops, gates, fences- lots of stuff here.