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The New Woodworker Handbook

The New Woodworker Handbook
by Tom Hintz

Fox Chapel Publishing: 2007
Paperback, 254 pp., $19.95
ISBN 978-1-56523-297-6

     A well-done beginner's manual, this book lays out all the possibilities, and clarifies some of the more confusing questions a novice might have. Hintz concentrates on safety and shop setup, how to buy tools and what the many choices are, and how to prepare and use materials. He has an excellent section on making adjustments to, and aligning different power tools, which is a subject most woodworkers need advice or reminders on.
     The author covers adhesives and fasteners, basic finishes, and types of joinery. He explains what all the tools are, why and when they are necessary and offers advice on what to buy when starting out.
     One advantage to this beginner's manual is that it includes ten well illustrated, step by step projects with tool lists and a difficulty level of skills needed to complete each one. Sidebars of information tell things such as how to use a marking system for parts, how to use a router table for making cuts in increments rather than all at once, or how to properly install hinges. From a simple tote box to a shop cabinet or a coffee table, these skill builders will be enough to get any beginner addicted to woodworking, with plenty of safety reminders to encourage a good experience in learning. Mr. Hintz included a full glossary of terms, and the book is well indexed.

. . . Barb Siddiqui