By Garrett Hack
Vintage Hand instruments finds the wealthy kind and heritage of hand instruments via attractive prose and bright colour photographs.
«Once upon a time, woodworkers needed to rely on hand instruments completely yet lately, the advance of strength instruments relegated hand instruments to the prestige of old fashioned antiques. during this publication, Hack, a contributor to tremendous Woodworking and the writer of The Handplane e-book, rethinks their usefulness. He argues that hand instruments are, on occasion, higher than their motorized opposite numbers theyre either quiet and, simply because they lack automobiles and generate little or no dirt, quite secure. He covers instruments of all typesAchisels, planes, saws, hammers, and measuring units, a few simple and others fancy. not so good as Aldren A. Watsons Hand instruments Their methods and Workings (Lyons, 1993. reprint.), this booklet does include very good chapters on making and restoring instruments and on deciding to buy used toolsAand the wealth of gorgeous pictures will make even the main informal woodworker salivate. an exceptional ebook, urged for all public and educational libraries.» AJonathan N. Hershey, Akron-Summit Cty. P.L., OH
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The drawing on page 16 depicts this section of the shop. You can see that the table saw, router and radial-arm saw tables, as well as the wood fence bolted to the jointer fence, are built to the same height. This creates a stock support system that works well: The crosscut saw table doubles as a support for the router; the jointer (with a fixture set on its tables or a strip of wood attached to the top of the fence) doubles as a support for cutting wide stock on the table saw. This system of tables and supports makes it possible for one person to readily, safely maneuver full sheets of plywood and long lengths of solid stock single-handedly.
Occasionally I use molding heads on the radial-arm or table saw to shape large patterns, and I have even farmed out volume work to mill shops. ) These assumptions leave only two major mobile tools to deal with: the band saw and the surface planer. My band saw has spent a good deal of time roaming around my shop. Its latest location is just ahead of and to the left of the jointer (see the shop map on page 15). So far, its presence here doesn't interfere with the saw/jointer/router group, and I rarely have to move it to use it (luckily, it's on casters).
If any angle other than 90° has been planed on the edges, the faces will not form a straight line (see drawing above). Finally, make sure the blade guard is functioning properly. It should not bind when encountering stock, and it should close quickly behind the board as it passes. Wax the guard where it meets the wood, and keep the pivot well lubricated with a light grease. Also lubricate the table and fence surfaces with wax to avoid erratic feed movement and to reduce drag. One final note: Save one-third of the blade area exclusively for edging stock, such as particleboard and plywood, that is damaging to the blades.
Classic Hand Tools by Garrett Hack