Gazette Archive 12/5/00
A book review: By David Goodman
Methods of Work
Topics covered include everything from setup & maintenance to cutting plywood. There are sections on safety, mobile bases, infeed/outfeed tables, all the safety devices, and jigs for various types of cuts. The layout of a topic is unique in that it is in the form of an answer to a reader's asked question. There is one answer for each question but multiple questions pertaining to the same topic. I liked this because it provides a variety of ways to accomplish the same task.
Tablesaw is 250 pages with roughly 225 pictures and/or charts. The pictures have the appearance of being hand sketched and are detailed enough to provide the reader a sense of what is going on. This is needed as there are very few detailed instructions accompanying the drawings; hence 'best tips', not 'best plans'. Most of the verbiage explains what is trying to be accomplished and gives enough direction to get there. I am still scratching my head over a few but I figure I don't need to understand all of them to appreciate most of them.
Some of the tips will be 'old hat' for many but I came away with many good ideas that will be implemented between projects. If you are a person who needs detailed drawings and instructions in order to build something, Tablesaw is probably not for you. If, however, pictures really do speak a thousand words to you and you are looking for ways to more fully utilize your tablesaw in a safer manner, then Tablesaw should be on your bookshelf.
Editor's Note: You can purchase a copy of Jim Richey's Book from Taunton Press for $12.95 (US)