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Jim Tolpin's Woodworking Wit & Wisdom (Popular Woodworking)


Publisher:Popular Woodworking Books



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About the book:

Did you know?

  • The three most fundamental and essential tools can't be bought.
  • Sanding is the slowest, most tedious, and most counterproductive way to prepare a surface for the clearest, richest finish.
  • The absolute strongest bends are made without bending the wood.
  • A scrap of tarpaper and a chunk of scrap wood comprise one of the most precise layout tools available to a woodworker.
  • There is no such thing as a mistake in woodworking.

Well, neither did I when I started working wood more than 30 years ago. But I sure wish I had learned these and a host of other essential woodworking concepts and techniques a lot sooner than I did - it would have saved me much anguish and frustration. However, I wasn't able to learn these fundamentals from books, shop classes, or TV woodworkers. Instead, I was fortunate enough to work with and learn from members of the last generation of traditionally apprenticed cabinetmakers and boat builders.

The 60 essential lessons from the trade that I have recorded in this book are the first things I teach to my own kids in the hope that they will enjoy, as I have, a life of working wood with immeasurable pleasure, passion and purpose - and a minimum of wicked awful mistakes.

Jim Tolpin

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