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The Router Book: A Complete Guide to the Machine and its Accessories
There is no more complete guide to the most versatile tool in the woodworker's shop than this book. The Router Book covers it all -- from the tool's wide range of uses to tips for maintaining it in the best condition. Router expert Pat Warner sorts through the great variety of tools on the market and offers sound, practical advice on choosing the right router for every woodworker's needs.
Ideal for anyone who owns, or is thinking of buying, a router.
-- Covers bits, accessories, and a wide variety of routers.
-- Surveys the router's many uses -- from edgework to cutting joinery.
Didn't learn much at all
By Christian Orcutt
- October 19, 2002
I bought this book and read it right after I got my first router and table for making picture frames. When I finished the book I found I didn't know much more about routers, bits and techniques than before I read it. And the author uses useless terminology where a clear description would be much more helpful. For example, writing about the router I bought he says, "There is about 1 3/4 in. of motor travel once all four pins in the base casting engage both ground helixes in the motor pack." What? I had to look at my router to determine that he was talking about the distance the motor rotates in its base. The book is also very negative; you'll hear more about what routers and bits can't do rather than what they can and how to do it.I picked the book up again after I had been using my router for about 6 months, figuring now that I knew what I was doing I would get more out of it. I was wrong - there's just really not much useful information, unless you want to see the... read more
The first router book to read.
By Allan J. Sarkin "gnfishin"
- February 26, 2004
I read the reviews here before I bought this book. Then, I bought it, anyway, and read it cover to cover. This is a highly informative book. No, it is not a book for the expert who owns several of these machines and uses them every day. For the beginner and intermediate level router user, however, it is the gospel. Actually, anyone who owns just one type of router and/or limited accessories will benefit from this book.If you are looking for a comprehensive book about technique for using a router and it's accessories, this is not the one you want. If, on the other hand, you want to know what type of router to use for a particular task, when to use a router table, when to use a particular accessory, how various accessories can make your routing safer and more accurate, then, this is the book you want. If you are trying to decide what type of router to buy, this guide is indespensable.I bought a Craftsman router (1 HP, 1/4" collet) about twenty-five years ago. I have... read more
Pat Warner publishes another valuable router book
By Larry Root
- December 1, 2001
I highly recommend this book for any beginning woodworker who is thinking about buying, or has just bought, a router. I would also recommend it for those who want a different view on router tables and routers for those tables. I own Mr. Warner's three earlier router books, and his router CD. I find each to be useful in a different way. I'm glad I bought "The Router Book"; I've read it twice. Some other commercially successful authors of woodworking books write about a wide variety of subjects with little, if any, insight. In contrast, Mr. Warner writes insightful books on a subject that he obviously knows well: routers. "The Router Book" gives a marvelous comparison between fixed base, plunge, and trim routers; why the differences are significant; and where and how to use each. I have two fixed base routers; I've used them a fair amount; and I'm comfortable with them. But this book gave me a good summary of routers and helped me identify the features... read more
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