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Classic Hand Tools by Garrett Hack, John S. Sheldon (Photographer) Classic Hand Tools
by Garrett Hack, John S. Sheldon (Photographer)

Hardcover: 224 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.77 x 11.20 x 9.31
Publisher: Taunton Pr; (October 1999)
ISBN: 1561582735

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Book News, Inc.: A professional furniture maker and tool collector celebrates the rich heritage of classic hand tools in words and pictures. Chapters discuss how hand tools cut; workshops, benches, and clamps; the different tools and the use and maintenance of each (separate chapters for each type, e.g. marking and measuring tools, striking tools, chisels, planes); making and restoring hand tools; and buying used handtools. Sidebars offer historical facts about the carpentry and woodworking trades as well as advice and helpful tips.

Book Description: Before the machine age, all woodworking and carpentry was done with hand tools, and an amazing variety of tools evolved for a wide range of tasks. Even today, with machinery available for many woodworking operations, some tasks are more easily and efficiently accomplished with hand tools. Many of these tools are as elegant as they are ingenious, and Classic Hand Tools celebrates their great heritage in word and picture.

Both a beautiful and practical book, Classic Hand Tools reveals the rich variety and history of hand tools through vivid color photos while providing in-depth information on how to integrate their use into modern woodworking. In this book, anyone who works with wood will discover how to use these tools, how to choose the right ones for the job, and how to tune them properly. Along the way, the reader will discover the benefits of hand tool use - less dust and dirt, more quiet, and, surprisingly, more efficiency.

The color photos by photographer John Sheldon detail both the practical and aesthetic aspects of these highly useful artifacts from the past. The beauty of these tools will inspire any woodworker to take a second look at handplanes and handsaws. Also covered are hammers and chisels in their many incarnations, drills, devices to hold wood, including clamps and vises, and marking and measuring tools.

Synopsis: A photographic celebration of the beauty and practicality of hand tools for carpentry and woodworking discusses techniques for incorporating these classic tools into contemporary woodworking and includes the history and development of many unusual tools.

Customer Reviews
A wonderful introduction to hand tools, February 10, 2000
Reviewer: James Robert Pattillo from The Pacific Northwest
I recieved this book for Christmas and just finished it. It is a great introduction to the use and care of hand tools. It has very informative and interesting side bars and is wonderfully illustrated. It blends the aesthetic with the practical very well. Just one hint: skip over the section on handplanes and just purchase Hack's "Handplane book" which is the definitive book on handplanes.

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