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Forum topic by jim_m posted 01-29-2010 08:51 PM 854 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-29-2010 08:51 PM

First off, since joining the site this week, I have received many messages. Thanks for making me feel welcome – I am looking forward to years of enjoyment as I learn how to work the wood.

My first question is this: I have been looking at some of the available table saw books via the internet. I am wondering which one most of your recommend. I would like one that not only covers the creative and practical uses for the TS, but also provide some basic intro into building built-ins etc.

My second question: I have read some of the posts about where to source wood. Since I intend to start with some simple built-ins, a bookcase, etc… I am interested mainly in plywood. I did do some hunting around on woodweb and another site, but I am hoping there’s someone in the greater Cleveland area that can point me to 1 or 2 ‘local’ places where they have had good luck. (I do plan to call around to a couple of the local cabinet shops if I can’t find another option.

Third and last question (for today): Any other recommendations for project books or sites that offer good plans.

Thanks a million – Jim

-- Woodworking Newbie

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#1 posted 01-29-2010 11:55 PM

Check your area for a Woodcraft or Rockler store. They both have a very good selection of books- both project and equipment usage. Can’t help with the local lumber suppliers.

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#2 posted 01-29-2010 11:58 PM

I can only answer your 3rd question, any books on how to build boxes. “box by box” by jim stack, “box making basics” by david freedman, “box making” by doug stowe, “makeing heirloom boxes” peter lloyd.

I know one tablesaw book but it might not be what u want it’s called “tablesaw majic” by jim tolbin not shure how to spell the names but if u google it u should get something.

If u have a rockler close to you in cleveland u mite want to try them for hard woods but for plywood i would go to a home depot or lowes some big hardware chain.

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#3 posted 01-30-2010 12:04 AM

I’d start with some videos on TS – finewoodworking has some, and thewoodwhisperer has a few good ones.

as for books, I have not read any TS related books, but what I did do was go to my local library, and got a wide diversity of woodworking related books, took them home, read through them, and the ones worth keeping – I later bought from barnes’n’noble or amazon.

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#4 posted 01-30-2010 02:45 AM

Hey Jim, another thing to consider is taking a woodworking class. I’m going to one… there is one guy that has been taking the same class for 28 years!!! It’s at a local high school, he comes in and works on a project, gets it done and then does another. Meets once a week and have an occasional Saturday “open shop”. The instructor leaves you alone unless you have a question or if he see’s you’re doing something stupid…

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#5 posted 02-01-2010 10:27 PM

Thanks for your help – it’s much appreciated. I will start with my local library and see what they have and as suggested if I like something I’ll buy it for future reference.

As for the suggestion of a class.. I would really like to do that. I will check around. Thanks again.

-- Woodworking Newbie

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#6 posted 02-06-2010 08:15 AM

Jim Tolpin has a good book called table saw magic.

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