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My relationship with power tools didn’t start smoothly. In high school shop class, I had a paralyzing fear of the tablesaw and did everything I could to avoid it. As you can imagine, I didn’t get much work done. Eventually, with firm coaxing from my shop teacher, I got to know the machine. Today, I have one in my basement shop, along with a bunch of other power tools. They help me get any job done, whether it’s making a piece of furniture or building stuff around the house.
I don’t think I’m very different from a lot of people when it comes to power tools. Fear is a natural first reaction to a machine that spins an exposed blade or bit at lightning speed. But fear can hold you back. It’s better to have a healthy respect for the tool and then learn how it works and what it can do for you.
Help is on the way.
We just shipped a special publication to the printer, called Power Tool Techniques. In this special collection of articles from Fine Woodworking magazine, you’ll get expert advice on how to use large machines, such as tablesaws and bandsaws, and handheld tools, such as routers and biscuit joiners.
You’ll learn how make cuts accurately, cleanly, and safely. You’ll find out how to cut joints so you can build things to last. And you’ll learn how to shape wood to create classic curves and profiles. Finally, you’ll get practical advice on how to make doors, bookcases, boxes, and custom moldings using the tools you have on hand.
Power Tool Techniques will be on newsstands July 13, but you can also pre-order a copy.
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