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UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Working with Routers from Fine Woodworking

comments (61) May 1st, 2011 in blogs

BetsyE Betsy Engel, contributor
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The New Best of Fine Woodworking: Working with Routers
Taunton Press, 2004.
$17.95; 160 pp.

Working with Routers is a collection of articles from the pages of Fine Woodworking magazine. In it you’ll learn about:
           router safety and maintenance
           using a router for joinery and decorative details
           router jigs
           router tables (including a few project articles to make horizontal or
           bench-mounted router tables)
           router templates
The portable router has been described as the “most resourceful power tool” in the shop because it can do so much. This book contains the information to help you get the most out of your router(s).

Lucky arubin is the winner. His comment was chosen at random.

Be sure to check back often for more book giveaways.



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Comments (61)

arubin arubin writes: I'm sorry it took so long for me to get back here to write about the book. I really enjoyed it.
First, what really struck me was that although the book is not 'that old', in many ways it was already out of date. The discussion of hard to find bits that I commonly see in woodworking catalogues reminded me of the computer industry. The field has progressed really fast.
he book included many different jigs that i just have not seen anywhere else. I had been thinking of saving up for a dovetail jig, but now I have been inspired to make my own.
Posted: 10:16 pm on August 15th

arubin arubin writes: I'm sorry it took so long for me to get back here to write about the book. I really enjoyed it.
First, what really struck me was that although the book is not 'that old', in many ways it was already out of date. The discussion of hard to find bits that I commonly see in woodworking catalogues reminded me of the computer industry. The field has progressed really fast.
he book included many different jigs that i just have not seen anywhere else. I had been thinking of saving up for a dovetail jig, but now I have been inspired to make my own.
Posted: 10:16 pm on August 15th

garyneal3 garyneal3 writes: Thanks for the post. I've been looking to build some kids kitchen sets for my two daughters to play with. I'm looking at getting a new router. Do you have any suggestions?
Posted: 9:56 am on July 5th

tlpmap tlpmap writes: A great addition to my library.
Posted: 8:05 am on May 11th

Woodsmithy Woodsmithy writes: Considering how many times I haven't won, the odds must be in my favor to win this one; right?
Posted: 1:48 pm on May 6th

Irritable_Badger Irritable_Badger writes: How often can someone win one of the freebies?
Posted: 9:13 pm on May 5th

Palotito Palotito writes: As many of you, I love the router and I will be VERY happy if I´m the lucky one to win this book! Thanks FW for giving a chance to expand our library!
Posted: 6:43 pm on May 5th

Palotito Palotito writes: As many of you, I love the router and I will be VERY happy if I´m the lucky one to win this book! Thanks FW for giving a chance to expand our library!
Posted: 6:42 pm on May 5th

dlmckirdy dlmckirdy writes: This looks like the book I need. I have read many books on all the other power tools I have, but none on the router.

Doug McKirdy
Posted: 5:56 pm on May 5th

GoRedsUS GoRedsUS writes: Add me to the (long) list of people that would like to win this.
Posted: 3:56 pm on May 5th

mbutts mbutts writes: I'll go wait by my mailbox for my book!
Posted: 3:29 pm on May 5th

ted ted writes: I'm never one to pass up the chance at a freebie. Please throw my hat in the ring.
Posted: 10:37 am on May 5th

RalphBarker RalphBarker writes: Raises hand.
Posted: 10:36 am on May 5th

brrbtr brrbtr writes: I could really use this! Pick me...pick me!
Posted: 9:46 am on May 5th

KenHANGITALL KenHANGITALL writes: I would love a chance to win this book. Always looking to learn more about the versatile router.
Posted: 6:50 pm on May 4th

Dean7 Dean7 writes: Sounds like a good book to have for a very important power tool.
Posted: 6:18 pm on May 4th

MKWerman MKWerman writes: You guys have inspired so much. I have gotten more into handtools. I built a workbench like Matt Kenney's, but definitely need to learn not to fear my router! Here's hoping I win.
Posted: 5:50 pm on May 4th

Attics Attics writes: Yep,something for free is always welcome.
Posted: 1:52 pm on May 4th

Stagecraft Stagecraft writes: Sure, I'd be happy to help you guys out and take it off your hands.
Posted: 12:35 pm on May 4th

amarillopunkin amarillopunkin writes: Fantastic ! Something for free. I rarely see that anymore. Thanks for the opportunity.
Posted: 10:17 am on May 4th

Richardsdesignco Richardsdesignco writes: This looks like yet another great book for a woodworking library, count me in.
Posted: 6:58 am on May 4th

bwetheri bwetheri writes: This is a terrific resource for learning how to use and maintain your router. Taunton publications are always of the highest quality and value. I would like to see information on overarm routers. I haven't found a resource for this type of router and would find it invaluable.
Posted: 6:41 am on May 4th

Circuit Rider Circuit Rider writes: This would be great, count me in.
Posted: 11:18 pm on May 3rd

hkb hkb writes: Taunton Press books are great - I would love to have this one to complement my router skills.
Posted: 10:51 pm on May 3rd

KenHANGITALL KenHANGITALL writes: A chance to learn more about routers. Sign me up!
Posted: 10:20 pm on May 3rd

arubin arubin writes: I can't get by without my routers. Any new tricks I could learn would be great!
Posted: 9:33 pm on May 3rd

sailed sailed writes: You can always pick up router tricks on the web, but to have them all in one book and at your fingertips, would be really neat !!
Posted: 6:55 pm on May 3rd

D11RDozer D11RDozer writes: Any help I can get working with my router by hand would be great
Posted: 4:05 pm on May 3rd

just wanted to know just wanted to know writes: Routing, it's what all the kids are doing these days.
Posted: 12:55 pm on May 3rd

Jerryki Jerryki writes: I have a router -- no wait I have several -- I guess I have five and I'm considering another one. I suppose I should have a book to learn how to use them.
Posted: 12:30 pm on May 3rd

RitaMiller RitaMiller writes: We just recently bought a router & router table combo and are pretty new to woodworking, so this book would be a godsend to us! Thanks for offering it to your readers!
Posted: 11:10 am on May 3rd

hobit hobit writes: I have 2 routers one my wife bought and one I inherited, I know that they could be one of the most usefull tools in my shop but I'm just not proficient with them, I wish I was. This book could really help me out.
Posted: 8:36 am on May 3rd

claymcvay claymcvay writes: I inherited an old router from my grandfather a few years ago. I recently upgraded it to a more modern set. The set I bought came with a motor, a fixed base, and a plunge base. I bought a couple of beginner bits and I want to make my own router table. I think I can get more value with the money if I just purchased the materials separately. Any router table plans in the book?
Posted: 12:33 am on May 3rd

kevmc_Sammamish kevmc_Sammamish writes: Come on FWW. I need this book!
Posted: 11:14 pm on May 2nd

nznix nznix writes: yes please....New Zealand needs more books
Posted: 7:58 pm on May 2nd

Marlon86 Marlon86 writes: I have used a router, but not proficient with it. Articles from the best in it's use "wood" help. I've seen this book before and wanted it, and I wouldn't mind winning it.
Posted: 7:09 pm on May 2nd

woodangel woodangel writes: This roils be a great book to learn more about using my router.
Posted: 5:14 pm on May 2nd

SanfordG SanfordG writes: I suffer from router fear. I would use it more by learning how bets to use it.
Posted: 4:41 pm on May 2nd

gsuing gsuing writes: My comment Haiku:

Routers are handy
But I won't use one without
Hearing protection
Posted: 4:07 pm on May 2nd

hiker1rob hiker1rob writes: I would enjoy learning more about using routers. Thanks for the opportunity.
Posted: 1:14 pm on May 2nd

TopspinD TopspinD writes: This is a great book. I've checked it out many times at the library... but would sure love to own a copy. Thanks.
Posted: 11:24 am on May 2nd

jvelez jvelez writes: I need that book and increase my skills on routers, it's the most versatil tool I have. I only have one do.
Posted: 11:19 am on May 2nd

jer7440 jer7440 writes: I would like this book please!
Posted: 10:56 am on May 2nd

routerrat routerrat writes: I now have more routers than sense. A book about the routers would be nice, as well as a little more sense.
Posted: 10:18 am on May 2nd

JLockard JLockard writes: Maybe if I'd use decent clamps I wouldn't gouge my work when trying to route my rabbets and dadoes...
Posted: 10:09 am on May 2nd

dwbaulch dwbaulch writes: Having four routers, I would love to have a book about them as well. Followed router tables, inserts, jigs and such in Fine Woodworking, and have applied many to my own pieces. There are times when other tools may be called for, but a good router and table may just make it easier and more accurate. Love to see which ones are in the book.
Posted: 9:46 am on May 2nd

tlpmap tlpmap writes: I would enjoy this book. Thanks for the offer.
Posted: 9:07 am on May 2nd

dwset dwset writes: I'd love to see this book.Looks like some good information.
Posted: 8:46 am on May 2nd

cblouin cblouin writes: Does the book come with that fancy router fence? ;)
Posted: 8:33 am on May 2nd

ksum ksum writes: I have a couple questions about the cover photo:

Will the cut-off chips/dust come out the hose hook-up and hit the user in the temple?

And why is my bench never that clean when I use a router?
Posted: 7:52 am on May 2nd

LBF LBF writes: My router is my favorite tool, but would love to learn more.

Posted: 7:47 am on May 2nd

bwkirkham bwkirkham writes: I'd love to get my hands on that book, free or paid. I only got into woodworking when I bought my first house two years ago. It has become a wonderful and relaxing hobby since then. The projects have all been necessary cabinet and box work so far. My daughter now has a lovely new oak toy box for her many stuffed animals and pointy feet killers. Next up, I'm taking on the Morris chair. Lots of pattern bit routing.
Posted: 10:15 pm on May 1st

MrMiz MrMiz writes: I would love to know how to use my router! Right now I use it for rounding over corners. Just putting a little bit of detail on the kids kitchen sets I have been making. I've also used it to make a coat hook board more decorative as well, but sadly that's all I've really done with it so far. I like to gawk at the bits in the store, but I have no idea what to do with them. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
Posted: 9:40 pm on May 1st

Tye154 Tye154 writes: I just set up a router table this weekend. The stow-and-go router table I found here on Fine Wood Working.
The problem is I have two used hand-me-down routers, in desperate need of something better.
Loved to win the book though..love books.

Posted: 9:37 pm on May 1st

Larrythewoodguy Larrythewoodguy writes: Hope i win
thanks
Posted: 8:54 pm on May 1st

Lori K Lori K writes: This looks like a great book to add to my collection. Learning more about the router would be very helpful.
Posted: 7:54 pm on May 1st

Bob_Ottawa Bob_Ottawa writes: I love my router and what it can do, my problem is my router skills are terrible, something always flys across the room or the router chokes and gouged the workpiece. I'd love the book, really !
Posted: 7:20 pm on May 1st

chetkloss chetkloss writes: Though I own the router in the picture on the cover of the book, I don't own the book. Don't you owe me one due to copyright law or something???
Posted: 6:57 pm on May 1st

JeffB JeffB writes: This would be an interesting book since I do a lot of cutting with my router (I have the same one that is on the cover).
Posted: 6:35 pm on May 1st

sk2tobin sk2tobin writes: It would be neat to take a look at this.

Posted: 6:27 pm on May 1st

AncientGames AncientGames writes: I still love real books, but sometimes I think an iPad, if it had a rugged case, would be good to store magazine articles in, so that I could cross reference them in my shop. Are there any really shop proof iPad cases? until then, I'll read books, even the ones that are made up of re arranged old magazine articles from back issues I already have.
Posted: 11:10 am on May 1st

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