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By Walt Harrington

“This number of profiles approximately nice American craftsmen is itself the handiwork of an excellent American craftsman.” --David Grogan, This previous condo journal.

For Acts of production, award-winning journalist Walt Harrington travels the US trying to find the paranormal nexus of craft, expertise, and mastery that provides beginning to a practical paintings of art—and leaves its maker with a feeling of pride and fulfillment recognized good to nice craftsmen around the a long time.

A builder of enormous fireplaces in Maine. a cupboard maker in Maryland. A millwright in Virginia. A locksmith and a home framer in Ohio. A hardwood ground guy in Indiana. A blacksmith in Illinois. A stone carver in California. none of the fourteen craftsmen and girl profiled believes he's operating purely to construct a home, to renovate a watermill, to forged a plaster medallion. every one imbues his paintings with grander purpose—Michael Seward desires the folk who purchase his furnishings to event an emotional connection; Chuck Crispin desires his clients’ lives to be evoked in his ground designs; Charles Keller wishes the hugely expert global to understand the advanced genius of not just high-quality blacksmithing yet all tremendous craftsmen.

The profiles in Acts of production support to reclaim where of expertise in a consumerist period that locations larger price on revenue and branding than it does on committed excellence. those craftsmen provide not just classes approximately craftsmanship, but in addition approximately lifestyles.

“Acts of construction is a beautiful number of literary journalism, written by way of a grasp of the shape. Walt Harrington’s gracefully nuanced prose, choked with feeling and finely saw element, splendidly conveys the area of craftsmen in all its crafty integrity. within the grand culture of Tracy Kidder, John McPhee and Joseph Mitchell, Harrington bargains us a desirable and enduring homage to males at work.” --Barry Siegel, Pulitzer Prize winner, director of the Literary Journalism application, college of California, Irvine

“Acts of construction is an instance of what occurs while a top-notch author, laboring in solitude with purity of function, places the perfect phrases within the correct order.” --Madeleine Blais, Pulitzer Prize winner, writer of Uphill Walkers: Portrait of a relatives

“A compelling tribute to american citizens who paintings with their palms -- and hearts.” --Pete Earley, writer, loopy: A Father’s seek via America’s psychological overall healthiness insanity.

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All cuts are backed up well and hands can be clear of the bit. The block can be turned end for end and used for another pass, after which it can be trimmed shorter or discarded. Its only failing is that it is not as easy to keep snug to the fence as the wraparound design. The block should be long enough and wide enough to keep your hands well clear of the cutter. I generally start with the longest piece I can find so that I can cut the ends back once or twice for additional uses. Quick and dirty miter gauge For my own work I use the quick and dirty miter gauge most of the time.

Is nice for some work, such as raising panels with a vertical panel-raising bit (see p. 110). A typical shop-made fence is shown in the drawing on the facing page. The two parts ofthe fence may be glued together. If you have a biscuit joiner or a doweling jig, it will be easier to register the two pieces precisely to one another. Most general routing can be handled with three shop-made fences with progressively bigger openings-small, medium and large. Certain operations, such as running molding, require a fence with an opening that matches the profile of the bit-a zero-clearance fence.

It can be cut on the table saw, but it is thin enough to slip right under the fence of most saws. One solution to the problem is to cut a shallow saw kerf about '/ '6 in. from the bottom of an auxiliary fence and clamp it to the saw, then mn the edge of the laminate in the kerf. If you are working alone, you can simply lay the sheet face down on the floor and mark it for cutting 1 in. oversize. Place a scrap board between the laminate and the floor at the marked area and make four or five passes with a utility knife, applying heavy pressure.

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