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The Table Saw Book - Revised and Updated

The Table Saw Book
2nd Edition

by Kelly Mehler

Taunton: 2003
Paperback, 202 pp., $19.95
ISBN 1-56158-426-6

     Ten years ago, Kelly Mehler wrote the quintessential guide to owning and using a tablesaw. In ten years, things change. This new Taunton revised edition includes over twenty pages of additional information, mostly concentrated in sections on tune-up and maintenance, and safety.
     All new, full-color photography is the most obvious improvement, but new informaiton includes discussion of popular European combination machines and of the many new designs of commercially available blade gaurds and splitters.
     Mehler describes how to do intial and periodic tune-ups, how to check various alignment problems and how to deal with backlash in adjusting mechanisms. He addresses wiring issues, dust collection, tablesaw accessories and setting the saw up as an efficient workstation.
     In the chapter on tablesaw joinery, he has added descriptions of cove cutting, kerf bending and pattern sawing. He discusses what to look for when judging the purchase of used machinery, along with what is easily repairable and what makes a used machine not worth owning.
     The book is fully indexed for quick reference. Especially useful is a three-page listing of sources, including forty-two companies' addresses, phone numbers and website addresses. The revised edition of The Table Saw Book is a valuable update on machinery considered the foundation of many woodworking shops.

. . . Barb Siddiqui