Book of Skills and Tools

 
9781874912361: Book of Skills and Tools

This guide is tailor-made for those who enjoy working with tools and want to brighten up their home. Whether you're thinking about paving your patio, covering a counter with laminate, painting or papering a wall, or simply having the fun and satisfaction of building something useful and beautiful, this book will fulfil a dual purpose. It explains how to do the job and shows what tools and materials are required. It is divided into eight major sections. The first two, "Tools" and "Hardware", consist of colour photographs of over a thousand tools and articles of hardware, with explanations of their use. Included are all the standard hammers and saws, pliers and screwdrivers and nails and hinges, but there are also specialized and unusual tools, such as a textured paint roller, an around-the-corner bit for drilling holes in tight corners, a screw pitch gauge, and a variety of router templates. Each of the six sections that follow is devoted to the skills needed to use these tools and articles of hardware to work with a particular type of material or group of materials. Colour photographs show either the raw materials or the effects that can be created by using them, including woods, metals, mouldings, wood finishes, and concrete blocks, stones, pavers, ceramics and vinyl tiles, plastic laminates, fibreglass, glass and glass blocks, paints and wall coverings, and flooring of all kinds. Each set of pictures is followed by full step-by-step instructions on working with the materials, giving all the information a beginner needs, and including advanced techniques as well. In the tradition of other Reader's Digest do-it-yourself books, these instructions are brought to life with hundreds of full-colour drawings that include all the necessary details. This is not a project book providing blueprints for specific jobs, rather it teaches how to work with a variety of tools and materials, offering the skills and confidence to create ones own projects. Although this guide is not intended as a manual for large construction jobs (it has no information on electrical work, plumbing, or house-building), the skills it teaches can be put to use, helping the reader to save money by doing much of the work in even the largest of projects, leaving only the heavy-duty and highly technical work to the professionals. Rounding off the book are sections on organizing a safe workshop, working safely with tools, planning a project (including standard measurements for furniture and open spaces around the home), understanding basic electrics and how to convert figures from one system of dimensions into another. And, in case the reader wants to tackle a larger project, there's also help on selecting and working with a contractor.

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Though it falls into the how-to-do-it category of books, this volume is equally valuable as a quick-reference source for the identification of common as a well as unusual tools, processes, and finished products. Plumbing and galvanized iron pipe, as well as the entire field of electrical installations, are excluded.

The greatest value of this book is in its abundance of excellent color illustrations, showing every kind of tool likely to be used in woodworking, metalworking, masonry, ceramics and glass, painting and wallcovering, and flooring--these being the six major topics in the book. The first 75 pages are filled with color illustrations of pliers, screwdrivers, vises, planes, trowels, and so on, while the next 35 pages illustrate hardware--nails, bolts, screws, hinges, brackets, etc.

The sections on woodworking and other projects give detailed instructions on the use of tools, with step-by-step illustrations where needed, and also offer hints on, for example, warming glue for use in rabbet joints. They also give practical advice on the use of tools (when using a spokeshave, "press with thumbs, leaving wrists loose").

Librarians who may not be too familiar with the use of a vernier caliper, or who readily admit that they cannot distinguish between a mortise-and-tenon joint and a rabbet-and-dado joint, fear no more. Hand this reference book to a patron and you've got a library friend for life. Every public library should have a copy.

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