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Make: Tools: How They Work and How to Use Them Paperback – Illustrated, 18 October 2016
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Q&A with Author Charles Platt
Who is your book written for?
Some of us learned how to use workshop tools from our parents. My book is written for everyone else, particularly readers ages 10-20. Shop classes at schools may not teach people creatively, and probably won't teach anyone how to use plastics as well as wood. I fill in those gaps.
What need does it fulfill for those readers?
You don't need prior experience. You don't even need a workbench, and you don't need to spend much money. You end up knowing how to fabricate objects that are useful and/or beautiful, using wood and plastic. No other book explains how to do this.
What skills will your readers learn?
A saw, a pair of clamps, an electric drill—these things are basic. But choosing them and using them is not so basic. My book lists the sources, explains the principles, and teaches the use of tools with step-by-step photographs and diagrams. There are more than 20 projects.
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Children learn by playing--doing something, adjusting, trying again, not particularly concerned with the final result, just enjoying the process. It's harder for adults to learn. We don't like the embarrassment of being unskilled; we want the rapid good outcome, and we don't always have open-ended time to practice and explore. This book will make the most of your time, with a minimum of perceived embarrassment, and a make an achievable and respectable final product.
This book is ideal for those who want these creative, constructive, and useful abilities. Maybe you'll work through these chapters and projects with your children. You can. Maybe you have dreams of making a wooden toy for your grandchildren. You will. Perhaps you have visions of attacking larger woodworking projects from those books that naturally assume you know your way around a shop. You'll get there. This book can be the beginning. I highly recommend it without reservation.
Don't be fooled by the title, this book goes well beyond tool use and delves into template, pattern & jig making that are at the same time simple, useful and adaptable to even the most complex projects. All done with patience and humor that has left me satisfied, educated and entertained. Even learned a bunch about geometry & statistical randomness that has finally allowed me to make sense of all those concepts my 7th grade teacher failed so miserably to get across! Well done, Platt!