Classic Joints with Power Tools

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Classic Joints with Power Tools



Through this book, Yeung Chan teaches his techniques for making classic joints primarily with power tools. Even so,Yeung suggests that having and using traditional hand tools is a must for detail and craftsmanship, balancing the use of power and hand tools for the best and most efficient results.
 
This book takes you through the steps for 11 different joints, giving you tips and showing you jigs that you can use to make it easier and more efficient. If you plan on designing your own projects, this gives you a more extensive selection of joints to consider in your designs.
 
He starts off with a chapter discussing the various power tools and accessories you need to make joints. This includes important advice and information, such as the different types of tablesaw blade teeth and what they are used for. He finishes this chapter with a very short discussion of the basic hand tools you need to augment the power tool techniques.
 
The second chapter discusses jigs you can make to improve the accuracy of your power tool work, and for making specific joints.. He has a jig for almost every power tool and almost every type of joint.
 
The next chapter covers an important aspect of joinery: preparation and assembly. This includes Yeung’s suggestion to smooth your stock with sandpaper or a handplane after you have cut the stock to size with power tools – before you begin actually making the joint. He also covers glues, assembly, clamps and special techniques for holding odd shaped joints together when gluing.
 
The rest of the book is dedicated to making joints. For each joint, he describes the features of the joints, including uses, advantages, disadvantages and variations of the joints. The variations can be extensive, the best example being the 19 different types of lap joints. Using colour photographs and clear illustrations, he takes you through the steps required to make the joint, sometimes using the jigs from the second chapter. For some operations, he provides optional methods or techniques, including using different power tools to make the same joints.
 
With the wide range of joints covered and the number of photographs and illustrations to accompany the step-by-step explanations, even the most exotic joint will seem easy to make.
 
Book Type: Technique
Level: All Levels
Author: Yeung Chan
Publisher: Lark Books
SOFTCOVER, 8.5" x 10", 176 PAGES, $29.95 CDN

Contents:
Power Tools for Joinery
Jigs for Accurate Joints
  • Jigs for the Tablesaw
  • Bandsaw/Drill Press Fence
  • Router Jigs
  • Mortising and Tenoning Fixture
  • Drilling Jigs
Preparation and Assembly
  • Preparing your Material
  • Assembling Joints
Woodworking Joints
  • Butt Joints
  • Tongue and Groove Joints
  • Spline Joints
  • Biscuit Joints
  • Dowel Joints
  • Rabbet Joints
  • Dado Joints
  • Lap Joints
  • Dovetail Joints


MICHEL THERIAULT is a Canadian writer and
Michel Theriault

woodworker living in Guelph, Ontario