A neighbor of mine was clearing out his garage the other day and let me
have a large stack of books to "keep or throw away".
I kept two on woodworking. One was "The Master Handbook of
Woodworking Techniques and Projects" by Percy Blandford and
the "Popular Science Router Book" by Doug Geller. They are a few years
old as the P.S. book consistantly shows pictures of routers made by
Rockwell before Delta/PC/Pentair acquired them. I haven't had the
to do more than scan through them yet. I was wondering if anyone had
read them or other works by the authors before and if they are woth keeping
in my growing collection of WW books and magazines?
Joey in Chesapeake
Percy Blandford was, or is, a prolific woodworking writer who did a lot of
books back in the '70s for TAB and then switched to Sterling when TAB went
through its multiple absorptions and final disappearance into the maw of might
McGraw-Hill. I've heard of Doug Geller, can't recall his books, probably have a
For historical interest alone, those books should be keepers. As to techniques,
the biggest change in 30 years is the jump in power and the fanciness of the
jigs. Basic techniques haven't changed a bit.
If you don't want the books, let me know before you toss them.
"In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence
is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of
office." Ambrose Bierce
I'm not really a collector...it's more like I'm stupid for older books because
I've found lots of hints, tips and fun in them that doesn't seem to crop up in
Pop me a note (sans the 'notforme') if ya wanna get rid of them and I'll ship
you a check and my up-to-date address. Actually, 3 weeks in advance address.
"Bore, n.: A person who talks when you wish him to listen." Ambrose Bierce, The
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