Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Landauer Corporation (April 1, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1 x 10.8 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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480 pages later, I now know everything there is to know about woodworking. Well, not quite but this book gives a very detailed insight into the right way to do woodworking.From setting up a shop to actually making an object and everything in between, this book guides you through all the steps to getting it right beginning with the all important SAFETY issues in the shop and moving on to types of woods. It continues with squaring up and cutting the wood (stock) and then goes into types of joints. It explains how and when a router can be used and how to create a few jigs.Ever wonder how the handmade furniture gets that really GREAT glossy finish? There is a chapter on that. Need a cutting board for a gift, a book case, a birdhouse or a utility cabinet for your shop? These are only a four of the 40 projects provided. Simple to complex, choose which project you want to start with (after thoroughly reading the book, of course!) and have fun with wood.
This is a great book full of very useful information. I am a beginner and this book was easy to follow. It is about 480 pages with 150 pages of reference and the rest of nice project plans, pictures and tips.
I know steel, I know cement, and I don't know jack about wood, other than making cement forms. This book was a wonderful resource for the beginner & laymen. It definitely got my cogs turning and great for ideas and general resource about wood type, joiner, cuts, tools/ jigs & saws, plans for some projects, drawing/ planning, and everything under the sun. I hate putting together the overpriced furniture from a store that falls apart, dings, or damages and really is a cheaply made hunk of garbage. My stuff isn't great as I'm just starting, but it actually looks pretty good compared wally-world junk, all with the guidance from Mr. Carpenter. Truly a great book and a nice read, similar to Julia Child style cookbook not just ingredients and direction cookbook.
Great book! It covers everything from Setting up shop, wood types and different cuts of wood. Squaring, marking and cutting. It covers all of the different joints and how to make each. Finishing is also covered. It has a ton of good color photos and illustrations in it. Tools benches and safety gear are all covered. Undoubtedly the best single all round book on woodworking I have seen to date. Based on the reviews I figured this would be nice to have, but I very pleased with the overall quality not only of the book itself, but the contents also. I would give it 5 Â½ stars if I could. I inherited my father’s woodworking equipment and so I have been studying about equipment and projects. I have purchased approximately 10 + books in the last few months. This one is the one I am most pleased with.
I purchased this book a few years back mainly for the front porch swing plans. I was lazy (and Mother's Day was approaching fast) and didn't want to design it myself and the plan looked exactly like I wanted. Fortunately I decided to check alot of the dimensions, and I'm glad I did since an angle dimension was off and I would have been near completion before finding the error. I can't speak for the other projects but when I find one error my trust is broken and I'd be hesitant on the other designs for accuracy. Recently I started reading the front section of the book and was pleased to see such good and complete information on woodworking. This is a great book for the beginner woodworker and a good reminder for the experienced one.
As a beginner in woodworking I would say this is a very fine book. Picture quality is excellent. No project is to overwhelming. Just an all around good woodworking book. It could use a bit more detail in some of the project instructions but it is nothing that cannot be overcome by a hand full of common sense
This book is without a doubt the single most informative book on woodworking in print. It is consise and to the point no matter what tool or procedure one uses. It doesn't go into great detail but what information it does give is more than enough to make one much more than a beginning woodworker. I have a ton of woodworking books but this one book I one I use more often any due to its simplification but still informative enough to fully explain almost any task associated with woodworking. The only thing it doesn't do is build and complete the projects contained within the book. That is something you have to do yourself, with the help of the book of course.
I purchased this for my son who had never did any wood working in the past. (He is 26 years old). This book inspired him to take up wood working as a hobby. He made a room separator that holds tools for my shop, bird houses, wood planters for the wife, and a firewood shed for me. The plans in the book are easy to read instructions for various wood projects. You don't nessessarly need to make what's in the book, but can at least use the guidance and plans to make what you want and properly plan out your project. This is an excellent book for the newbie or novice to use. If you have someone who has a little interest in wood work, it's a great book. The plans are easy to follow and even the expert user will get some helpful hints and even some new projects to work on.
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