A spectacular visual dictionary of more than 450 beautifully photographed tools, this gorgeous volume presents a dazzling range, from the trusty and familiar hammer and screwdriver to the very handsome ebony or rosewood marking gauge that one simply must have to make the most precise marks of where to cut…and let’s not forget the crosscut saws, ripsaws, tenon saws, dovetail saws, slotting saws, veneer saws, frame saws, bucksaws, bow saws, coping saws, and jeweler’s saws needed to do the actual cutting.
Organized by the three main tasks of tools — measuring and marking, cutting, and assembly and finishing — “Tools” gives us the fascinating history of each tool, a basic review of what it does, and a complete breakdown of the various types and models. Plus, craftsman’s tips from the experts at the Garrett Wade Company reveal tricks of the trade used by master craftsmen and point out what to look for when buying new or antique tools. All are splendidly illustrated with specially commissioned photography. A section on the the workshop helps readers organize their own ideal workspace, and a micropedia tells readers what tools are the most indispensable for tasks such as woodworking or home repair…and shows readers those least indispensable but most coveted gadgets that would make any tool lover the “talk of the shop.”
An enthralling and extravagant reference with photographs, descriptions, and tips on how to use more than 450 tools, here is a treasure trove of information on antique and modern tools, from lovingly handcrafted tools like the traditionalJapanese red oak hand plane to the best high-tech power tools like the multipurpose power drill. The perfect gift for tool lovers everywhere, Tools is the one tool every tool lover must have.