The New Traditional Woodworker: From Tool Set to Skill Set to Mind Set

The New Traditional Woodworker: From Tool Set to Skill Set to Mind Set

by Jim Tolpin


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Working Wood, Not Machining It

If you're more interested in working with wood rather than machining it, you will be relieved to learn that expensive powered machinery isn't required to build furniture. You can also forget the dust masks, face shields and hearing protection since many of the safety concerns related to woodworking—the use of power tools—are eliminated. In this book, you'll learn to set up a hand-tool woodworking shop, then discover the toolset, practice the skillset, and understand the mindset—effectively completing a comprehensive course in hand-tool woodworking.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440304286
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 05/04/2011
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 557,264
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jim Tolpin has been a woodworker for more than 30 years and has written a dozen books on the subject, selling more than 750,000 copies. He teaches woodworking for a living at his school, The Port Townsend School of Woodworking.

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New Traditional Woodworker: From Tool Set to Skill Set to Mind Set 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author starts from the position that working with wood using hand tools is much more pleasant (no noise, minimal dust), interesting (actually learn first-hand the nature of wood and its structure and grain), and fun (others can be around while you're working without requiring them to don safety gear). The book is basically two parts: first comes a description of wood and the tools, and then comes a series of practical (and useful) projects to build your skills. For years I have been doing 'machining' of wood using the usual power tools and have enjoyed the results. However, I have never really enjoyed the need for safety gear (face shield, ear protection, dust mask, etc.). What I have discovered that I have been missing is the 'up close and personal' feel you get from working wood by hand. For example, it makes a difference in which way you plane a board with a hand plane - versus a machine planer which does about the same job either with or against the grain. I've learned it's very enjoyable (even soothing) to plane wood (you _must_ have a _sharp_ plane, properly done - see The Perfect Edge by Ron Hock). In short, if you want to enjoy the process of working wood as much as the results that you produce, consider this book as a great way to get started or to enhance basic skills you may have. By building the projects you'll build your skills and create some tools and items that are very handy in themselves. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great resource for someone becoming interested in the craft of wood working.