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Back to Basics Series
While the subtitle, ''Straight Talk for Today's Woodworker'', for the ''Back to Basics'' series might imply that these books are designed for all woodworkers, they are, in my view, particularly relevant for novice woodworkers.
The authors rely largely on illustrations, and these are, in general, quite good. Almost every topic is accompanied by at least one illustration. The authors clearly have a good grasp of their respective subjects and know how to explain both simple and complex concepts clearly...these books contain a lot of reliable information that any novice woodworker will benefit from.
In this book you'll find general introductions to stationary machines, portable power tool and blade and bit sharpening, along with detailed chapters on the table saw, band saw, radial arm saw, drill press and jointer. Almost as an afterthought these is a small section on ''other tools'', including scroll saws, sanders and air compressors.
There is barley a mention of planers (2 pages), and nothing on miter saws. The section on radial arm saws is a bit strange - there aren't many models available, they're expensive, and I can't imagine a novice woodworking including one as a first purchase. Nonetheless, the content is good, and it''s certainly worth a read if you're new to woodworking machinery. - ToolReviews.ca
— Carl DuGuay