Hand and Power Tools Work Best Together
In today's world of more-power-is-better, it's easy to overlook the value of hand tools. What most woodworker's don't realize is that combining both hand and power tool worlds is the best way to produce the highest quality woodworking.
In Hand Tool Essentials you'll learn how to choose and use hand tools for chopping, cutting, paring, sawing, marking, drilling and more. Many of the tools are familiar, but others will surprise you with their usefulness. Though they've been around for hundreds (or thousands) of years, these tools have gotten lost in the rush of the industrial revolution. Rediscovering the value of these tools in your woodworking will also give you a better understanding of how your power tools work.
But this book is more than about how to use hand tools. It's about using hand tools in balance with power tools to save you time, provide a more pleasant woodworking experience and ultimately give you a better woodworking project.
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The essentials needed in this book stood out a bit and the purpose is good. I agree with the other guy.
When I first purchased this book, I knew in advance that it was a collection of Popular Woodworking articles, and was ready to be a bit disappointed in the book's layout. It was the information I was after, so it was a small thing to me.
However, when it arrived and I began looking at it, it was difficult to tell that this was just a collection of articles arranged into a book form. The articles seem to flow from one to the next as if it were written from the first page all the way to the index.
The layout is extremely logical, starting with how to accumulate vintage tools and rehabbing them, to finally putting together several projects with these tools. A great deal of effort and work went into this book, and it shows. Popular Woodworking didn't take the easy way out, they took the road less traveled and it has made all the difference!