The Joint Book The Complete Guide to Wood Joinery

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Review by bilsborough posted 05-19-2008 10:30 PM 4232 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I picked this little book up this past weekend for thirteen bucks. Its a small (7”x9”approx) spiral bound hardcover with nice thick pages that would feel right at home on a shelf close at hand to the workbench. There is a lot of information packed into its 192 pages. With well made diagrams and pictures.

The first chapter is an overview on layout and clamping.
The second designing joints- wood movement, grain orientation, choosing a joint and gluing
Third Chapter Edge and Scarf Joints
Fourth Lapped and Housed
Fifth Mortise and Tenon
Sixth Miters and Bevels
Seventh Dovetails
Eighth Dowels and Biscuits
Ninth Fasteners, Hardware, and Knockdown

Each chapter provides pros and cons of the particular joint, diagrams, pictures, variations, and “trade secrets”.

At the end before the glossary is an index of 53 joints with a picture and the page number they can be found on.

If you’re just getting into wood working I’d say this is a must have. If you’ve been at it for a while, I think you can still find a few tricks that for it’s price make it worth while.

-- What do you learn from being right?

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#1 posted 05-19-2008 10:39 PM

thanks for the review. i think that this would be a great book for me to learn as you said some of the tricks of the trade. thanks for the review.

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#2 posted 05-20-2008 12:46 AM

Thanks for the review. This book sounds like it would be an interesting read.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 05-20-2008 03:20 AM

I got it at borders, I thought maybe you saw wrong so I went to amazon and saw you’re right. But if you look at the small print you’ll see you can get it new for 13 and used for 9. I think amazon has gone downhill lately I don’t really get stuff from them anymore.

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#4 posted 05-21-2008 05:27 AM has it for $7.95

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