Unplugged no power tools needed For the growing number of woodworkers who are opting out of power tools and returning to hand tools, The Unplugged Woodshop is a refreshing concept and a welcome change Written by custom furniture maker and hand tool expert Tom Fidgen, this new book promises to be as successful as his first book, Made by Hand Handcrafted projects with a distinctly retro look Recycling designs from our not so distant past, this collection of projects has been repurposed for use today and includes A classic library card catalog converted to use as kitchen storage A medicine chest that does double duty as a four bottle wine tote A gentleman s classic valet that becomes an elegant clothing stand Get some useful pointers from a popular blogger Founder of theunpluggedwoodshop.com, Tom offers savvy advice for working with and sharpening hand tools He also delves into glues, finishes, and even how to make hand tools using only hand tools Visual inspiration Practical instruction The Unplugged Woodshop takes you on a fascinating adventure back to a simpler time when everything was made by hand It s a refreshing experience that takes you far away from today s hi tech, fast moving world And it shows you how to handcraft some handsome projects you ll find satisfaction in making whether or not you choose to use only hand tools...
|Title||:||The Unplugged Woodshop: Hand-Crafted Projects for the Home & Workshop|
|Publisher||:||Taunton Press October 1, 2013|
|Number of Pages||:||240 pages|
|File Size||:||699 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
The Unplugged Woodshop: Hand-Crafted Projects for the Home & Workshop Reviews
I purchased this book because the author's premise of using just hand tools to produce some shop projects was appealing to me. Mr. Fidgen does a great job of describing the use of each tool, and his instructions are paired with numerous, beautiful color photographs. I particularly enjoyed the small 'Tips' boxes scattered throughout his book as they offered timely insights and sage advice in small, easy to digest portions.
I buy a lot of books: both in print and for my Kindle app. My taste in books range from history to crime mystery to woodworking and everything in between.
This book has some really great projects in it. Along with those projects are the step by step details on how it was done. Good pictures to go along with the steps. Even better, Tom goes through hope to make some of the hand told that were used in the construction. If you're looking for a book to get you into wood working with hand tools I would recommend this one.
As a recent diver into the world of hand tools, I found this book a great find. Projects set up specifically for the hand tool only shop. I don't have an issue with power tools, per se, I just really enjoy the tactile feel of hand tools and the lack of need for hearing protection is a major bonus. The projects are set up in a logical manner, progressing as you work through the book. I would say the only negative I could harp on is his use of specialty joinery tools, such as a plow plane and rabbet planes. If I had these tools, I would most certainly use them, but as a novice with limited funds, I am stuck trying to find alternative methods (which he does elude to).
I'm not a woodworker but I can appreciate fine handwork so I bought this book on an impulse. Several great projects here, some listed (and a few unlisted as well) ones within other projects. I'd like to have many of these items even if I do have very little actual use for them. I can even get ideas for other dream items.
Fidgen covers a number of projects that will challenge the hand tool woodworker. The projects covered are beautiful and useful. His prose is clear and entertaining. Immerse yourself completely in the joys of working without using power tools of any sort (however, it is just as enjoyable and instructive if you go hybrid). My one caveat is that you should read his first book, exploring the methods and projects in it before tackling this one.
Tom Fidgen's second book does not disappoint. This book is filled with beautiful along with useful projects for the home and around your shop. His first book is what inspired me to work with hand tools and this book just sends that message home. Tom is so talented and his style of design is different then the majority of woodworkers out there. I really like the way he explains each project, almost leaving a little mystery for you to figure out. He also compliments some of the projects with videos on youtube which is pretty awesome. Aesthetically the book has beautiful photography and just flipping through it gets me excited to get into the shop! Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy, you won't be disappointed. So many projects so little time!
Once again Mr. Fidgen has put out a book that is hard to find, a book that offers a variety of tips and advice for the hand tool woodworker. Power tool woodworking books are a dime a dozen, but to find a good hand tool book is a real challenge and this book is it for me. Even if you are not a woodworker anyone who just flips through the pages will find a book full of master crafted pieces and will be in awe of the things that can be created using only hand tools.