The Tool Book: A Tool Lover’s Guide to Over 200 Hand Tools

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“Tools. Yes!”–Nick Offerman, from the foreword

This user’s guide to over 200 hand tools highlights how to use tools effectively, understand them better, and how to properly care for them.

With foreword by Nick Offerman, host of the new show Making It on NBC. Salute generations of craftsmanship, ingenuity, and know-how with The Tool Book . Explore tools from every angle, with detailed patent drawings, exploded diagrams, and step-by-step illustrations of tools in action with the science behind the techniques. Gallery pages display different types of hammers, spades, or chisels, while expert advice tells you what to look for when choosing a tool, and how to use it and care for it best. Discover why each tool is perfect for the job, and why it deserves a prominent spot in your shed, workshop, studio, or makerspace. The perfect gift for craftsmen, makers and anyone with an interest in DIY.



From the Publisher

‘Tools, Yes!’

“The mere mention of the word thrills my blood, much as I have been given to understand the words ‘chocolate,’ ‘gin,’ or ‘fireman’ can sometimes titillate others.” – Nick Offerman

Choosing a Tool Belt

Don’t overload your belt with tools as this could become tiring to wear over a long period.

Using a Splitting Ax

A splitting ax is the most efficient type of ax to use for cutting firewood to size, and its design makes the task easy. It’s technique, rather than brute force, that counts here.

Abrasives and Sanding Blocks

Sanding is a tedious but necessary task to get the best surface before finishing or painting woodwork and other surfaces.

Using a Paintbrush

A paintbrush is ideal for intricate or detailed decorating where you need a smooth finish. For example, use a paintbrush to cover joints between the walls and ceilings where rollers can’t reach, or around light fittings and switches.

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