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Table Saw Projects

Table Saw Projects
by Ken Burton

Popular Woodworking Books: 2006
Paperback, 128 pp., $26.99
ISBN 1-55870-778-6

     This is an interesting book because it is based on an unusual premise: what if all you had was a table saw? Ken Burton admits it won't drill holes and it isn't much good at mortises, so he cheats a little; but every one of the ten nice projects in this book is basically completed on the table saw, including jigs for cutting circles and lots of different angles.
     Glued in a pocket on the inside back cover is an included DVD, 105 minutes of Ken Burton demonstrating the techniques he describes in the book. Jigs and sleds and setups are well explained in the text, but the DVD simply puts all those words into action, and it may reflect a future trend in publishing. Actually seeing a setup used, gives the reader an overall view of what to aim for in a procedure. Besides techniques, the DVD covers safety, table saw tune up, setup and calibration. Burton discusses blade types, ripping, cross-cutting, taper cuts and dadoes. A more advanced section demonstrates moldings, shapes and profiles using a number of different shop-made fences.
     In the book, projects include an attractive cabinet for board games, a divided box for dice and game paraphrenalia, a side table, bookstand, hall mirror, angled book shelves, cutting boards and trivets, and a cylindrical chest of drawers. By the time these projects are completed, a new woodworker would know the full range of capabilities so often overlooked with this central workhorse tool in the home shop.
     It is an interesting premise to begin with, and Burton has developed several attractive projects to make his point: what if the only power tool you owned was a table saw?

. . . Barb Siddiqui