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Gazette Archive 2/18/01

A book review: By Larry Woller

Title: Furniture-Making Techniques

The Best from Furniture & Cabinetmaking Magazine

Published by: Sterling Publishing Co. Inc.
387 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016-8810
ISBN 186108093X
Price Softcover: $14.95 (Canada $21.95 )
128 color pages

This book is of British origin with British craftsmen in it. A good portion of the products mentioned are also of British origin, so one may have to do some converting to materials available locally. Once you get comfortable with the way they "put" things, it can provide interesting reading and valuable info on woodworking. As an example, one craftsman had a chapter on tuning up his "planer thicknesser" which resembles, in a great deal, an 8" jointer.

I don't think this book is for the assembly-line type of woodworking. It appears to be centered around building that family heirloom, one of a kind special wood project or refinishing an valuable old piece of furniture. More of a custom-made type of woodworking.

One just getting into woodworking would probably not be interested in this book in it's entirety. There are some tips on finishing, staining, setting up jigs, extension tables, etc, but the rest would be more suited to a woodworker who has been in it for some time, someone who would like to compare notes or get added info.

All in all there are 33 different subjects in 118 pages which include making wooden hinges, shooting boards, homemade glue, saw-kerfing to bend wood, hand veneering, laminating, and finishing to name just a few.
It is a quality book which has a lot of good info in it and if you are a serious woodworker and have room in your library, I would recommend getting it. I am putting my copy right next to my blue book of internet woodworking information sites called "The WWA Info Exchange"!

Larry Woller
Woller's Kustom Shoppe

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! And you can usually find their titles at a discount from Barnes And Noble

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