The Tools that Built America (Dover Books on Americana Series)

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This is the fascinating story of early American woodworking, as told by a master craftsman. Author Alex Bealer enthusiastically describes and clearly illustrates a wide array of implements used by frontiersmen, among them various kinds of axes, saws, planes, hammers, and the adze. Such delicate tools as calipers, bevels, and lathes employed by the cabinetmaker and furnituremaker are characterized and portrayed as well. All are shown as they were actually used in colonial times and as they are still employed by ...
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Overview


This is the fascinating story of early American woodworking, as told by a master craftsman. Author Alex Bealer enthusiastically describes and clearly illustrates a wide array of implements used by frontiersmen, among them various kinds of axes, saws, planes, hammers, and the adze. Such delicate tools as calipers, bevels, and lathes employed by the cabinetmaker and furnituremaker are characterized and portrayed as well. All are shown as they were actually used in colonial times and as they are still employed by many woodworkers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486437538
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 11/18/2004
  • Series: Dover Books on Americana Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 9.04 (w) x 6.18 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Chapter 1 The Log Cabin and the Pioneer Jack-of-All-Trades 19
Chapter 2 The House and the Carpenter 47
Chapter 3 The Furniture Maker and the Cabinetmaker 112
Chapter 4 Other Woodworkers 201
Bibliography 204
Index 206
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