The Table saw Book (2nd edition)

Kelly Mehler

What a great opportunity to be able to write a second edition of The Table Saw Book! There have been a number of changes in the world of table saws and accessories since the first edition was published in 1993.

One of the most surprising changes has been the upsurge of interest in table-saw safety. Hundreds of people have contacted me with questions, comments, and -- most poignantly -- their personal stories. I have been touched and moved to action by the phenomenal impact that a one-second close encounter with a table-saw blade can make on a person's life. As a result, you'll find throughout this book the best safety information currently available to help you perform your work safely, accurately, and conveniently. As you'll see, I've covered the latest in commercial blade covers and splitters. I've also provided many suggestions for crafting your own simple safeguards. The sections on table-saw tune-up and maintenance have been thoroughly revised, organized, and expanded to give this all-important topic its due. After all, if your saw isn't properly tuned up and maintained, you're compromising the quality of your work, as well as your personal safety.

I've addressed European table saws and combination machines more often in this edition, and for good reason. These tools are making major inroads into the American market due to the space economy that they offer the small shop. As I discuss, they also typically feature superior safety equipment.

So whether you're a novice woodworker or a seasoned professional, you'll find this new edition brings you up to date on the latest developments in the world of table saws. Of course, there is also plenty of meat-and-potatoes technique to help you build your furniture, which is what you bought your saw for, after all. The complete index will help you locate the information you need, and the Sources section will help put you in touch with manufacturers of saws and accessories.

Softcover, 8 x 10 in., 208 pages, with color photos and drawings
Published 2002, ISBN 1-56158-426-6, # 070552


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