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  • Fine Woodworking's Best Tips on Finishing, Sharpening, Gluing, Storage, and More
Woodworkers are always on the lookout for clever tips or new twists on techniques. That's why Fine Woodworking magazine has such broad appeal; every issue is filled with expert advice on how to become better at the craft. This book brings together nearly 350 shop-tested tips -- from storage solutions and surface preparation; to milling lumber and power-tool strategies; to insights into clamping, gluing, sharpening, finishing, and more. This collection of great woodworking ideas is sure to become a quintessential reference book.

About the Author
Fine Woodworking was launched in 1975 and has a circulation of over 275,000. It is the premiere source of how-to information for woodworkers of all skill levels that are seriously interested in woodworking techniques, tools, projects, finishing and design inspiration.
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Issue Number No
Cover 138
Publication Year 2011
Isbn 978-1-60085-338-8
Author From the editors, contributers, and readers of Fine Woodworking
Dimensions No
Pages 240
Format Paperback
Toc Shop Helpers
Air Compressors
Dust Collection
Router Tables

Shop Storage
Clamp Storage
Lumber Racks
Tool Storage
Ch 3: Sharpening
Sharpening Tools
Bits and Sawblades
Get the Angle Right
Handplanes and Chisels
Scrapers, Awls, and Spokeshaves

Milling Lumber
Jointing and Planing
Ripping and Crosscutting
Sheet Goods
Tapers and Bevels

Dadoes and Grooves

Surface Prep

Gluing and Clamping
Edges and Face frames

Holding Work


Metric Conversion chart

Intro When the first issue of Fine Woodworking was published in 1975, I was a young computer-programmer-by-day, amateur-woodworker-by-night living in Houston, Texas, and was immediately smitten with the magazine. I signed up as a charter subscriber and even submitted a couple of articles which, to my surprise, were published. When the Methods of Work column was started in 1976, I sent in several tips accompanied by rough pencil drawings. John Kelsey was the editor in those days and saw something he liked in those drawings. Out of the blue, he called me and asked if I could help him out of a bind. He was short of staff and wondered if I could take over the selection of tips and illustration of the Methods of Work column from my home in Houston. This was to be a temporary job -- just for a couple of issues until John could get his staff built back up.

After several cycles, the (at the time) unusual out-of-house arrangement became permanent. Today, more than thirty years later, the same arrangement continues. But the Methods of Work column has always been very much a collaborative exercise, and over the years I've had the pleasure to work with several talented in-house editors who help put together the column.

The Methods of Work column has evolved and changed noticeably over the years. Initially we mostly published simple jigs, many of which were in common usage around the woodworking community. As the years have passed, the tips have become more sophisticated and complex -- sometimes requiring multiple drawings and a whole page of text -- as the ever-evolving technology of woodworking continues to bring in a whole new wave of tips based on battery-powered tools, sliding chopsaws, dust collection systems, and much more. In April 1999 we began awarding a prize for the tip we deemed the most innovative and useful of the bunch we select to run in the column. Much of the material in this book is based on these unique and creative tips.

And why do woodworkers love tips so much? I believe that we enjoy the creativity that is the hallmark of a good tip -- the 'Aha! factor' that causes us to say, 'I wish I thought of that.' This book would not exist without those individual woodworkers who first had a spark of genius, then had the generosity to share it with the rest of us. I thank you.

-- Jim Richey

Fine Woodworking's Best Tips on Finishing, Sharpening, Gluing, Storage, and More

  • by From the editors, contributers, and readers of Fine Woodworking
  • Paperback
  • Product Code: TP-FWW71071328
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