people feel that power tools are complicated machines, to be operated
only by skilled technicians. Actually they are a means for almost
anyone to achieve high-quality workmanship with a minimum of practice.
tools are woodworking experts. They do not require the long period
of apprenticeship needed to accomplish fine work with hand tools.
The essentials of woodworking are reduced to a few fundamentals
of proper machine setup. Accuracy, speed, and power are built into
the machine; the operator merely sets it and guides it.
who has ever tried to cut a board with a handsaw will probably agree
that a certain amount of skill is required for even this most elementary
woodworking operation. With a table saw, however, the operator merely
sets the rip fence or the miter gauge, turns on the motor, and moves
the board forward. The saw cuts the board quickly and easily, producing
an edge that is straight and square.
power tool does not care who flicks the switch. It will perform
in exactly the same way whether the operator is skilled or unskilled.
It does a good job -- a consistently good job. All the little variations,
all the small discrepancies that occur in handwork, are eliminated.
purpose of this book is to supplement the self-confidence that comes
with ownership of power tools. All the information needed for basic
power tool function is included in this volume and any woodworking
project can be completed through use of the techniques and procedures
described. Even highly advanced techniques are shown to be no more
than step-by-step procedures that can be followed by anyone.
of the operations and techniques shown throughout the book can be
performed on the Shopsmith Woodworking System. Whether you have
all the components of the System or are just starting out, this
book will help you to perform woodworking procedures with ease,
confidence and accuracy. As you use your System, your skills and
confidence will increase and soon you'll find your self attempting
more advanced procedures and techniques. You'll also notice that
your projects are becoming more professional looking.
is a wonderful means for personal expression, a great source of
satisfaction and a perfect way to relax. So, start to build your
System, get to know it, use it frequently, work safely and enjoy
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