On 30 Mar 2004 19:42:47 -0800, email@example.com (Scott Vajdos)
World's ugliest book list:
Get the first Tage Frid, the Flexner, Kirby or Duginske when you get
that machine tool. Hoadley when you get serious.
For project books, think about what style you like. Bavaro & Mossman
for Stickley, maybe Becksvoort for Shaker (lovely book, not really
Who does a good _project_ book on Shaker ?
Particle board (chipboard to the Brits) is rubbish. MDF is useful.
Don't be ashamed to use MDF, especially if you need to furnish a house
and do it quickly.
Working MDF needs a cheap handheld circular saw with a fine blade
(don't stick with the supplied multi-use one) and a cheap biscuit
jointer. With those two, you can built furniture.
You _must_ have breathing protection. Eyes and ears too. For MDF, I
prefer a full face mask on my respirator instead of glasses, because
the stuff floats on the air and gets into my eyes.
For curves, get a jigsaw. Round-body Bosch are the best - a good
jigsaw _does_ make a difference over a cheap one.
When you can (cash and space) get a 10" table saw that's vaguely
usable. I think Ryobi 3000 is the "starter level" US model that's
worth having - Axminster BTS10PP in the UK.
Biscuit jointed MDF. Lovely stuff, quick to work.
Surface is ugly (looks like cardboard) so either paint or veneer it.
If painting, start with proper MDF primer, or fibres raise on the
What ? Me, write a book ? That'll be the day.... I'm still weeks
behind on a couple of piddling little magazine articles.
If I did write something, it would probably be a monograph on the
historical development of spirit and oil varnishes. I've already done
much of the research (along with my tame but only semi house-trained
Is there a good history of Barnsley and Gimson around ? They're closer
to my doorstep than the Shakers.
Actually I agree with you BUT thinking back to when I just got of
college (1965) and set up my first home (shop in the basement) Dust
was something that was just an accepted part of woodworking... Dust
collection was (I believe) unheard of in the home shop)
HOWEVER I have to assume that the OP is like I was at that point of my
life (unless he got a large sign on bonus from a corporation) and his
first priority will be buying tools to create sawdust rather then to
eliminate sawdust from the air...
I would tell him forgo the DC and the air filters and use a shop vac
for a little while until he knows what he is dealing with... If he
is anything like me just fitting "Common No 2 Pine" into the budget
I can not comment on any woodworking books...mainly because I just
never read any ( or if I did they sure did not impress me ) .. only
books that I ever purchased were for finishing, since I think that is
Not a thing wrong with any of those... I have been a subscriber of
Wood smith since issue number one and have all my old copies...never
without an idea for the NEXT project
BEST YOU CAN AFFORD.... !! well said !
I would also include the dreaded Crapsman (pre 1965 mod...and one with
a real motor that is belt driven... BUT used contractors saws are
pretty hard to find (at least I do not see them in the newspaper much)
BUT the Table Saw is perhaps the ONLY tool I would really tell the guy
to BLOW the budget and even use "plastic" on...
Finishing gets easier with time and attempts. I made the mistake of
using too many different finishes instead of using just one and really
getting used to its' capabilities. The morning starts reading 3
finishing forums and looking at responses from gurus to enhance
understanding of finishing. Jeff Jewitt at www.homesteadfinishing.com
and Russ Ramirez at www.woodfinishingsupplies.com and Jeff Weiss at
www.targetcoatings.com for waterbased stuff. I read MANY descriptions
of French Polishing but little stuck. Got the video from Jeff Jewitt
which included French Polishing and it REALLY helped. I'm even
rubbing out the WB lacquer I'm spraying and wife is happier. Hardest
part may be the waiting period between steps.
On Thu, 01 Apr 2004 08:52:01 -0500, Bob G.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Scott Vajdos) wrote in message
Since you got the general view about tablesaws and particle board/mdf,
I'll just ditto someone and say Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking, Volumes
I & II
is the best set of books you can buy, I've been doing this for a while
and refer to them all the time. They sell a softcover with both
volumes in one book now, go to a Barnes & Noble store and preview,
then amazon to buy it, you'll never regret it. Mutt
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