The Missing Shop Manual - Jointer

A good basic introduction to jointers.

The Missing Shop Manual - Jointer

The Missing Shop Manual - Jointer



This book is part of 'The Missing Shop Manual' series, which provides a basic set of reference manuals that are well suited for novice woodworkers. The books follow a consistent format with each topic presented in one or two pages, with half the page taken up by descriptive text and the other half with a photo or illustration. The text is sparse and to the point, but clearly written. The illustrations are meant to amplify the text, and in general they are well done, if rather on the dark side.
 
As this manual rightfully points out, the jointer is one of the more important shop machines; you'd be hard pressed to do much furniture or cabinetry construction without one. The manual does, I think, assume that you already have a jointer, as it really doesn't cover the all important topic of what to look for when selecting a jointer.
 
Rather, the manual focuses on using the jointer, and in this it does a good job. You'll find most of the need-to-know topics covered, including changing jointer knives, edge and face jointing, table alignment, jointing curved edges, rabbeting, sharpening blades, and using a push block. Plus, there is a short 9-page section on planers - good information here, but really too sparse.
 
There isn't any mention of spiral cutterheads, though they've been on the market for several years now, and are becoming increasing popular with woodworkers. An oversight I think.
 
DIYers or hobbyist woodworkers will find this to be a practical, easy-to-read book that likely offers a lot more information than can be found in the instruction manual that most tool manufacturers provide.


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CHAPTERS:

  • Introduction
  • Jointer
  • Jointing
  • Rabbets, Chamfers, & tapers
  • Planer
  • Jointer & Planer Knives
  • Index
PUBLISHER:Fox Chapel Publishing
AVAILABLE FROM:Your local bookseller or online
RETAIL PRICE:$9.95
FORMAT:Softcover, 79 pages
ISBN:978-1565234918
YEAR PUBLISHED:2010
AUTHOR:Skills Institute Press

Author: 
Carl Duguay
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