The Sensuous Gadgeteer: How to Use Tools and How Tools Work

The Sensuous Gadgeteer, published in 1973, was unique then and now because it taught not only how to use tools but also how tools work and why they work.



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The cover of Bill Adler's book The Sensuous Gadgeteer.
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TOP: The correct angle and direction  to move a knife over a sharpening stone. BOTTOM: Sweep the knife over the stone so that each part of the cutting edge contacts the surface.
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A knife blade with a symmetrical taper is curved on both sides. With this type of blade it can be difficult to distinguish the sharp edge from the dull edge.
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A series of diagrams demonstrating how a knife can lose a wedge shape in the process of dulling and sharpening its edge.
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A knife with a scimitar taper has a straight side that is dull and a curved side that is sharp. It's easy to distinguish the sharp side from the dull side.
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A hollow ground knife blade has concave faces rather than convex or flat faces.
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LEFT: Carving or cutting with the grain entail pressing wood fibers together, while carving or cutting against the grain entails pushing them apart. RIGHT: A newly cut piece of wood with grain lines showing.
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The correct angle and direction to sweep a knife blade across a strop.
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Sawing apart a block of wood parallel to the grain, rotating the pieces a quarter turn, and gluing them back together will prevent warping.
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A standard ball peen hammer design, used for shaping soft metal.
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TOP: Method of straightening a bent nail. MIDDLE: When replacing the handle of a hammer, saw a slot or split into end that fits inside the metal hammer head, then use a wedge to make the handle fit tight to the head. BOTTOM: Method of shrinking the end of a copper fitting using a hammer and anvil.
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A common design for a hack saw. CIRCULAR INSET: Direction of power stroke when cutting metal.
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Four types of mallet and the material they're made from.
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LEFT: The chisel is for making flat cuts. RIGHT: The gouge is for cutting a trough and shaping curved surfaces.
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TOP LEFT: A sharpening stone for gouges. TOP RIGHT: Correct position to hold a chisel when sharpening on a grinder wheel. BOTTOM LEFT: The parts of a powered grinding wheel. BOTTOM RIGHT: An intricately patterned piece of wood carved with a gouge.
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The five step to gouging out a rectangular space on a door for a hinge using a chisel.
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Standard design for a manual plane.
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