Gazette Archive 2/19/00
A book review: By Charles W. Davis
Title: Table Saw: Workshop Bench Reference
On first receiving this book for review, I thought: "There can't be much in this small package." After spending several hours with it, I was haunted by the old clichè being repeated over and over in my mind: "You can't judge a book by its cover."
This book, and others in this series, was designed for use in the shop. From the materials used in its manufacture, to the easily grasped chapter heading tabs, to the content that was provided by Mr. Cliffe, members of the intended audience will benefit greatly from its use. While most of the subject matter was naturally drawn from his 1984 book, Table Saw Techniques, it has been updated to recognize the changes in saw blade design. In the intervening sixteen years, the price of excellent carbide tipped blades has been significantly reduced. This is especially true were one to take inflation into account.
The information is presented in the order a beginning woodworker will need. In each chapter, there unfolds a natural progression of information presented in the order that one would expect a beginner to question.
Generally the information is presented
in a clear concise manner. However, I was a bit surprised that
Mr. Cliffe did not mention carbide tipped blades with a 3/32-inch
kerf for use on saws with 1 horsepower ratings. These blades
remove 25% less material than a blade with an 1/8-inch kerf.
This results in significant usability improvement. When used
in combination with stabilizers, the quality of cut is not compromised.
I recommend this book to anyone that needs some assistance in the shop. For the lone woodworker in the shop on weekends or during the evening hours, it may just be the item to get the job completed.
By Charles W. Davis
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