IF I HAD A HAMMER: Woodworking with Seven Basic Tools by Robert Lasson

IF I HAD A HAMMER: Woodworking with Seven Basic Tools

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A ten-ounce hammer (your father's sixteen-ounce one is probably too heavy for you), a try square, a 20"" crosscut saw, a C-clamp (a vise is more versatile but about five times as expensive), a roll-up steel tape measure (""measure twice, cut once""), a hand drill and a surform plane are the recommended tools on which Lasson provides some basic procedural tips and photo-demonstrations. Be also explains how to cut round corners, buy lumber and nail two pieces of wood together (and how not to) and ends up with detailed instructions for making and finishing specific items ranging from a potholder hanger to a pet bed. Lasson starts from scratch, anticipates a beginner's likely problems, and avoids intimidating procedures and projects.

Pub Date: Dec. 10th, 1975
Publisher: Dutton