|Review by Tedstor||posted 07-31-2011 05:08 PM||2084 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
Out of impulse, I bought this FWW magazine. Its not actually one of their usually monthly editions, but an extra volume which gives a nice overview on maintaining and improving all sorts of hand and power tools.
A few examples from the table of contents include (very non-exhaustive):
- Tool Kit for Tune-Ups Explaining the tools needed for measuring table saw run-out, jointer blade height, etc. And explains how to use them effectively. Anyone that doesn’t know how to do this should run (not walk) to the bookstore right now (LOL)
- Dust Proof Any Tablesaw Speaks for itself
- Master the Mortiser This is a tool I will likely own eventually, but have never used. That said, its an article I will refer back to
- A Look at Universal Motors How to maintain and repair power tools with U-motors
- Troubleshooting a Spray Gun Speaks for itself
- Tune Up a Handplane A great tutorial
- Rehab a Cheap Spokeshave How to take a $20 Stanley from Lowes and turn it into a winner. I actually tried this and it made a HUGE difference
- Sharpening and Using Card Scrapers I’m guessing only about 1% of the woodworking world is proficient on this topic
And about 20 more that I’m too lazy to write.
Two things to consider:
1- If your an old hat to the woodworking craft, you probably won’t gain much here.
2- Many of these articles are from past FWW volumes. If you’re a long-time subscriber, you’ve probably already seen these.
HOWEVER, this special edition compiles the content in a conveinent format that can be quickly referenced without digging through 5 years worth of back issues or performing a google search. It hits the meat and potatoes of each topic without a lot of extra fluff. I plan to keep it close-at-hand and use it as a quick reference guide when needed. Easily more than $10 (cover-price) worth of knowledge to be had. I think Costco charged me $8. It appears this volume will be available on stands until Oct 2011, but back orders can probably be ordered.