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Review by gizmodyne posted 01-27-2008 06:33 AM 6875 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is an amazing book containing shop drawings of Stickley furniture. These are not plans, they are shop drawings.

The book is divided into chapters by room: dining, bedroom, etc.

I have built several of the projects in here including a small table and a mirror. I am in the process of building the Little Journey’s table and a large dining table as well.

There is a huge variety of projects.

In order to build a project you should be experienced in planning. I usually create my own cut list and plan of procedure.

The preface includes some tips on construction and finishing.

Highly recommended.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#1 posted 01-27-2008 07:24 AM

Nice looking book

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-27-2008 07:44 AM

I’ve seen that book and thought about buying it. Thanks for the recommendation!

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#3 posted 01-27-2008 11:16 AM

Thanks for the review of the book.

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#4 posted 01-27-2008 05:14 PM

I have a couple “shop drawings” books of shaker furniture – I really like these, it gives me enough of an idea to reproduce, but leaves my imagunation free on how to do the details. Thanks for the review!

-- John - Central PA -

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#5 posted 01-27-2008 05:18 PM

Great review. Nice book. I’ve got it and its quite interesting.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 01-28-2008 12:04 AM

Thanks for the tip Gizmo. I will keep them in the memory bank.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 01-28-2008 01:37 AM

I got this book as a christmas gift and I really like it. It’s a must have for anyone who is interested in Stickley furniture.

-- Jeremy, Saratoga, NY

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#8 posted 01-28-2008 02:03 AM

i understand that this is one in a series of shop drawing books. They are quite useful if you want to build to original spec. They also help develop ideas for original work.

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#9 posted 01-28-2008 04:58 AM

Good review – now I have something else for the shop that I want to buy.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 01-30-2008 09:51 PM

Good review, I think I’ll try to find it on

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#11 posted 01-31-2008 05:51 PM

Thanks for the recommendation. I will take a look at it and see.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#12 posted 03-03-2008 05:20 PM

Just ordered it….based on your recommendation of course. ;-) I’ll let you know what I think when it arrives. I’ve seen it around and it does have pretty good reviews.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#13 posted 03-09-2008 11:51 PM

I have this book and while it is great for inspiration, beware of the measurements that Lang has listed, especially chairs. Some of them are quite small. There is a second volume to this book and I know that the morris chair measurements are on the small side, unless you’re only 5’ tall.

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#14 posted 10-25-2008 05:50 PM

Agreed, this is a great series. The pieces presented in the second volume: “More Shop Drawings For Craftsman Furniture” are also top notch. -Mark

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#15 posted 02-01-2009 02:45 PM

I’ve got 3 of his books on this and they all are very helpful

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