Table of Contents

Welcome 6

Introduction 8


Setting Up Shop 10

Safety Equipment 12

Tips for Dust Collection 15

General Tips for Shop Tool Maintenance 17

Defining- Hardwoods & Softwoods IB

Buying Lumber 22

Common Hardwoods , 26

Common Softwoods 28

Introduction 31


Tip for Scribing and Laying Out 33

Tricks for Measuring & Layout 34

Drawing Curves & Arcs 35


Choosing & Using Handsaws 37

Band Saw & Jig Saw Blades 38

Cutting with Circular Saws 40

Two Techniques for Making Plunge Cutouts 40

Tips for Making Curved Cutouts 41

Tips for Cutting with a Power Miter Box 42

Resawing Stock on a Band Saw 43

Tips & Techniques for Using Your Table Saw 44

Cutting with Wood Chisels 48

Cutting Project Par ts 50

Making Rip Cuts 52

Rip Cutting with a Circular Saw 54

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

THIS book is one of the series of Handbooks on industrial subjects being published by the Popular Mechanics Company. Like Popular Mechanics Magazine, and like the other books in this series, it is written so you can understand it. The purpose of Popular Mechanics Handbooks is to supply a growing demand for high-class, up-to-date and accurate text-books, suitable for home study as well as for class use, on all mechanical subjects. The textand illustrations, in each instance, have been prepared expressly for this series by well known experts, and revised by the editor of Popular Mechanics.

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