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Gazette Archive 5/26/00

A book review: By Dave Griessmann
Title: 2X4 Projects for Outdoor Living
Stevie Henderson, Mark Baldwin

Published by: Lark Books
50 College Street
Asheville, NC 28801
ISBN 1579901646
Price Hardcover: $17.47
128 pages

The authors, Stevie Henderson & Mark Baldwin, devote the first five chapters of this book going over materials, tools, techniques and safety. All of which I personally wish more authors would do. They go through everything from adhesives to selecting the type of wood to use.

After the introduction the book jumps straight into building projects. The projects range from building a Birdhouse Table, an Adirondack Sofa, a Yard Light, an Outdoor Storage Center, a Privacy Screen, a Portable Deck and so much more.

My favorite aspect of this book is how the authors provide a lot of diagrams and pictures to help spotlight the amount of detail they provide. Also, each project has detailed lists of what material is needed and instead of just providing the reader with a Cutting List, they provide a Material and Hardware lists. There's no more guesswork on what tool is used to make or do what!

This book is very thought out and it is geared toward the beginner to intermediate. I enjoyed this book and look forward to building many of the projects for my own personal use. I recommend the purchase of this book.

Dave Griessmann
The Woodshop

Editor's Note: Sterling Publishing has graciously donated several books for review which are passed on to our members free of charge in exchange for thoughtful, honest reviews. Thank You!

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