Super book filled with plans & tips!

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Review by MsDebbieP posted 12-15-2011 11:59 AM 3843 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This book review is from the December 2011 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMag
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How to Make Workbenches & Shop Storage Solutions
American Woodworker

We all know that better tools make it easier to create better projects – and the same goes for our work spaces. If they are organized, convenient, and help us with our woodworking tasks then we can place more attention onto the project.

This book, filled with information, plans, and photos, has projects for: workbenches, assembly tables, tool storage, material storage, and torsion boxes and they have been selected based on their ability to move, hang, stay firm, hold, and adjust. That pretty much covers everything.

There are big projects, such as the “Dream Workbench” and there are small ones such as the stool made from just 1/2 a sheet of plywood or the dovetailed toolbox that could easily become a family heirloom.

Big and small, this book as an abundance of projects as well as handy little ideas that can be adapted to any work space, such as the pull-out dividers.

Overall I give this book a “two thumbs up”.


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#1 posted 12-20-2011 10:50 PM

I understand that the community should be grateful for a publisher providing media to use as a promotional giveaway but this review is somewhat misleading. I purchased the book, seeing as how I am always looking for good ideas for shop storage but overall, there isn’t that much to this book. The title is basically a picture book, where there are very few tips and the content is very shallow.

Further research shows that the book is actually republished articles from various American Woodworker magazines, where the principal of an article is to compress the content as much as possible for a magazine format, which is not as suitable for a book.

I am just concerned that the site’s review integrity could be at a risk if we give all promotional items a five star review, not to say that whether Debbie got to actually read the title and does believe it is five star worthy, but it does seem questionable.

Ultimately, I returned this book, as the content doesn’t justify the price. If I created my own review, I’d give it three stars.

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#2 posted 12-21-2011 06:35 PM

oh and I thought it had lots of great ideas in it …
that’s too bad that you didn’t find it helpful. I’m glad you were able to return it.

I guess it all depends where you are coming from, as a woodworker.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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