Using hand and power tools
Tools : a tool-by-tool guide to choosing and using 150 home essentials
Steve Dodds.
Buffalo, NY : Firefly Books, 2005, c2004.
For do-it-yourselfers, this handy guide offers general information on the use of tools, tip for putting together tool kits for various purposes, a glossary, and Web resources. This contributor to Readymade Magazine also supplies identifying images, necessity- and skill-level rankings, application materials used for, and price data for most common tools organized by function. Annotation #169;2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Working with routers
Editors of Fine Woodworking.
Newtown, CT : Taunton Press ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2004.
For most woodworkers, the router is an essential power tool because it can do so much. Add a router table and you can cut miles of moldings, machine fine joints, and do all these tasks with precision and ease. Articles contained in this book cover the different types of routers and router tables and how to use them successfully, as well as in-depth coverage of a wide variety of router techniques. Book jacket.
Choosing & using hand tools
Andy Rae.
New York : Lark Books, c2002.
#8220;Offers a wealth of information about the selection, care, and use of nearly every kind of hand tool...each entry is profusely illustrated with color photos...will prove to be a valuable resource. #8221; #8212;Library Journal. #8220;If you are a decent woodworker this book is concentrated fun. If you are on your way from a serious beginner level on up to the next level, this book will fill lots of gaps in regard to tools you need and can choose to acquire. #8221; #8212;Woodworkers Gazette
Mini power tool handbook
Zachary Taylor & Colin Bullock.
New York, N.Y. : Sterling Pub., c2002.
Even if you own just one mini-tool, you'll need this user's guide. With chapters on cutting, drilling, routing, carving, engraving, model making, shaping, smoothing, and polishing, you'll be ready to make toys, models, signs, and inlay work. See how to handle a variety of materials from wood to glass to stone. Absolutely comprehensive, including the brands, models and accessories on the market right now.

There are tools that can be either a hand or power tool. Drills and saws are a good example of this. They can either be electric or hand driven. The user's experience and the exact type of work that will be done helps determine the best type of tool for the job.

A hand tool is just what it sounds like, a tool that you need to use your hand to operate. Rather than requiring a source of electricity to function, all it takes is a bit of "elbow grease." Personal strength will make hand tools easier to use. For example, a hammer is a hand tool. The stronger you are, the fewer pounds of a hammer will be needed to hammer a nail into a block of wood.

Wood planers are hand tools that require both your left and right hand to securely hold the wood planer, before you slide it back and forth, over the piece of wood that requires planing. Small slivers of wood are planed off your wood base during each slide. Eventually your wood base will be smooth.

Tool Safety Tips

Never over-reach when working on a ladder

Keep the work environment tidy.

Do not work when you are overtired.

Keep a first aid kit handy

More tips

Always remember to work safely when using hand and power tools. Whether the person using the tool is a preschooler learning to drill a hole in a piece of wood, or an adult doing home renovations, safety is always number one.

When using tools everyone needs to wear protective safety glasses and children should always be supervised by an adult. Enjoy using hand and power tools, but remember to use them with safety precautions!

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff