06-30-2007, 03:24 AM
Join Date: May 2007
Going through my shelves just came across this old book I bought about the time I did my first router.
Which actually looked VERY similar to the one on the cover.
It brought me a smile - thought it might to some of you as well.
One thing I found interesting was the reference on page 9 (picture 2) where it speaks of "1 or 1 1/4 motors. . .used by serious craftsmen. . .and carpenters."
As opposed to the 5/8 and 3/4 hp machines intended for us mere mortals and hobbyists. (In fairness - they do refer elsewhere to "routers up to 3hp . . . available for heavy duty industrial work".)
The book does contain several very interesting usage suggestions and jigs like the one in picture 3 for making tapered legs.
Then there are the ideas that never quite caught on -- like the 'Workmate Router Guide' designed to mount on a B&D Workmate and create essentially create and inverted router table.
Anyway -- if you have one of these buried in a box somewhere - or stumble on one somewhere -- you might want to dust it off and give it a look. It might bring a smile -- or even give you some ideas.
It was written by George Drake and copyrighted 1979 by Black and Decker.
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