- Tapa blanda: 144 páginas
- Editor: Betterway Books (1 de marzo de 2001)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1558704442
- ISBN-13: 978-1558704442
The Router Joinery Handbook: Innovative Jigs, Fixtures, and Techniques for Creating Flawless Joints Every Time (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 mar 2001
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The versatility of the router can create a variety of tight, strong joints -- even for complicated projects. Illustrated step-by-step instructions show how to make dozens of joints.
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Warner's approach is open-eyed and creative. Several of the jigs bring the router to the work in directions (and tool-path-shapes if I may be forgiven a gaucherie) that appear bizarre to someone used to the standard manufactured jigs. Bits in unusual shapes and sizes abound in this book, too. Warner's prose is also occasional eye-openingly unfamiliar, but almost always in a satisfying way. This man has obviously thought long and hard not just about routing, but about how to describe it precisely and without a lot of the hackneyed jargon that often conceals a writer's limited mastery of the subject. I kept coming upon concepts like "handedness" and being reminded of Russian Formalism's "defamiliarization" or "enstrangement."
I must share a few cavils about the book. Two of them are about perspective. Every page of the book is full of close-up photos and clear diagrams. However, there is a frustrating lack of wider-angle views. "Okay," I found myself thinking time and again, "Here is a great shot of how this template, this router bit, and the workpiece come together. But how does the whole assembly get held to the bench? Where does the man stand as he moves through the work? And how tall is his workbench?" Leaving aside even such practical matters, it would be nice to see what Warner's shop looks like. A similar claustrophobic feeling permeates the text. Warner seems in such a rush to get us into cutting the joints that we lack a sense of the whole scenario-we don't know what router (or routers), or bits, or jigs we'll be using until they appear without introduction in the process narration. As a matter of fact construction of the key jigs is discussed after their use is described-as if by afterthought....
For a simple, even low-tech approach to router jointmaking, I recommend Gary Rogowski's Router Joinery. For those ready to make the step to a more sophisticated and involved, but safer and more accurate approach to the router, this book is a great introduction, and I say again, I am sure that my approach to routing will change for the better thanks to this book.
My other gripe with this book is that I've generally had some difficulty understanding how the various jigs and setups work. I'm not speaking existentially - I'm talking about basic details such as "Which of these boards is the workpiece?" and "What's the table and what's the jig?" The photographs, diagrams, and descriptions just aren't sufficiently broken down to make these details clear.
To some extent this is probably a question of general woodworking knowledge, and a result of my relatively shallow background. (For example, Warner seems to assume that it's obvious what he means by "the fence" of a jig, even when there are multiple parts of the jig in direct contact with a workpiece. To me it just means "a barrier the workpiece slides against", so that doesn't narrow it down much.)
All in all, a meaty and useful book, but be prepared to put some work into decoding it.
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