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  • #14648
    StepJohns
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    So i saw that there is a series of books that is coming out as a reprint soon and they looked rather interesting. I cant figure out how to imbed the link so i will just paste it here, its to Popular Woodworking i hope that is alright. http://www.shopwoodworking.com/kotm-practical-woodworker-4-vol-set?lid=DFpwnl071013&et_mid=627371&rid=237820888

    The series is called Practical Woodworker
    Seems to me to be a fairly complete set of books on hand tool woodworking from the 1920’s, and im just curious if anyone has any experience with these books or any thoughts on them.

    #14653
    Steve Follis
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    I saw that and was tempted to order them myself Stephen. I have bought several books from Popular Woodworking and Lost Art Press, generally they are good quality books. I don’t know anything more about this series other than what I read in the ad.

    Memphis, Tennessee

    #14654
    Ken
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    Quote from Megan

    And here’s a link to download a scanned copy of his entire introduction (which I had to produce on the copy machine, because the printer PDFs are so large that I can’t down-sample them enough to serve via our blog):

    ‘The Practical Woodworker,’ Now Back in Print

    #14678
    Scott
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    Interesting, yes.

    I commend PWW for reproducing these books, and $85 seems like a fair price for four well bound books. I love paging through old WW texts, but I would categorize this as luxury item for myself given the information I have currently.

    I am surprised that these four volumes have not already been scanned and made available at archive.org, chestofbooks.com or openlibrary.org.

    Here is a brief review of someone’s comparison of the more recent (abridged) reproduction and a set of the originals.

    -Scott Los Angeles

    #14693
    robinhc
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    It looks like a nice set. The question for me is this: do I want to spend $85 on a book or a another tool from eBay?

    Robin ... Richmond, Virginia, USA

    #14699
    StepJohns
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    It does look like a very nice set of books, but i thought to myself that it just seems like a luxury. It would be something that would sit on my self that i look at occasionally. So i decided against buying them. Probably just going to save up to buy a router plane. Thank you to everyone who gave input on it

    #14729
    undergroundhunter
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    I have an original pressing of these books and can 100% say that they are worth every penny. They do pop up on eBay from time to time (which is where I got mine) and if you are lucky you can get them cheap. The first book is mainly about using hand tools and making joints but the other 3 is where the books a invaluable, they go into great detail on how to make furniture, benches, garden items and a huge list of other things, a constant source of inspiration and knowledge. If you make things the old fashioned way these books are a must.

    Matt

    #15154
    Steve Follis
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    I decided to go ahead and bite the bullet on this set. About a week ago I put it in my shopping cart, but when I went to pay for it there was no option to pay. I was finally able to call and see what the problem was, and apparently it is already sold out.

    I read in Megan’s blog where Tools For Working Wood and Lee Vally both ordered copies to sell, and should be available soon. I checked this morning and was able to order from Tools For Worrkimg Wood for $85 with free shipping.

    I do hope this is worth all the excitement!

    Memphis, Tennessee

    #15185
    Mark Armstrong
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    Unable to play your youtubes Ken on this site and do not know why 😉 opps wrong post

    Dagenham, Essex, England

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