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Gazette Archive 10/29/02

A Book Review by Donato A. De Santis

Title: Router Tips & Techniques

Bob Wearing

Published by: Guild of Master Craftsman
Distributed by:
Sterling Publishing Co. Inc.

387 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016-8810
ISBN 1-86108-214-2
Price Softcover: $12.95
112 color pages

The WWA gave me a book (Scrollsaw Toys For All Ages) to review last year. It was published in England and though it was a bit "perculiar", I enjoyed it (read the review). The peculiarity of that book led me to subscribe to a number of British woodworking magazines just to see what they are about. To be quite frank, these magazines do not measure up to the caliber of the magazines we have here in the States. The reason I bring this up is that the book being reviewed here is a "compilation" of past articles from the British magazine "The Router".

Bob Wearing is a revered woodworker and teacher; he has done this all his life. In this book, the author presents a number of "simple" jigs to solve various routing operations. The point that is facinating about his jigs, is that they are all evolved more or less from a fixture he calls "the leveling foot". The articles cover a wide range of topics and router situations from routing in the vise to veneering. Some of the more interesting topics are: biscuit joining, shooting boards, keyed miter joints, combination machine, morticing and multiple groves.

The book was informative and offers a different slant on solving some common problems. It would have been more appealing if the publisher had "redone" the layout of the book rather than just re-print the magazine articles, because to me it looks as if it is a scrap book of articles clipped and pasted in.

Donato A. De Santis

Editor's Note: Sterling Publishing has graciously donated several books for review which are passed on to our members free of charge in exchange for thoughtful, honest reviews. Thank You! And you can usually find their titles at a discount from Barnes And Noble

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