an excellent design book for intermediate woodworkers

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Review by bent posted 01-07-2010 05:26 PM 3196 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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being that i’m a self taught woodworker, i love reading woodworking books. this one is to date, by far the best one i’ve come across. i picked it up at the local library, but i’m buying my own copy as soon as i take it back. there seem to be two types of books out there: step by step instructions/tutorials, and picture/gallery books. this book is the perfect balance for someone like myself that doesn’t build from plans and already has a grasp on the techniques involved, but would still like a little insight on the joinery used. each project is about 2-3 pages and has a basic assembly or cutaway drawing. there’s just enough notes to let you see how the project goes together without being a tutorial. some people might not like the lack of instruction on the projects, but for me it’s a plus. it give you a chance to use some creativity, rather than having the process spelled out for you. besides liking the layout, the projects in the book are well selected. there’s a good variety of pieces (tables, chairs, cabinets, etc.), all of which look really good. there’s also a good variety of styles represented, it seems to be equal parts A&C, period, shaker, and contemporary. one project in particular, the “expandable table” by william krase is just a wonderful design solution i’d never seen before and is definately worth checking out.

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#1 posted 01-07-2010 07:53 PM

Totally agree with your review! Got this book for Christmas and have been through it three times already. Wonderful inspiration, variety of styles, and none of it terribly daunting.

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#2 posted 01-07-2010 11:54 PM

Yes, thanks for the review.

I’ve picked up a couple of “beginner woodworker” Tauton books at discount book store. I suspect they were older editions. I was wondering how much duplication might be running from book to book. It seems that this book might be a good addition to the library showing the “application” of the basics.

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#3 posted 01-08-2010 03:29 PM

It’s 1/2 price on Taunton’s web site right now.

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