Gazette Archive 6/16/01
A Book Review by Robert Bradley
Title: Practical Projects from Fine
Candlebox Project: the instructions for completing this project were directed toward an experienced woodworker. The preparation of the candlebox sliding lid were excellent with good pictures of "how to" techniques. The reader is then referred to another section of the book for instructions on how to cut through dovetails which was also an excellent presentation of techniques. The reader then has to assemble the box, cut the grooves for the top and bottom panels. Overall, the project development is not fully described but sufficient.
Shaker-Style Pedestal Stand: a more difficult project than the candlebox, the author's description is much more complete. His discussion of alternative approaches to some of the joinery is very interesting. This is not a project for a novice woodworker but could be accomplished with average experience.
Shaker-Style Mirror: the construction of this mirror is straightforward and can be completed entirely with hand tools. The dimensional drawings are very good. However, I didn't fully comprehend the construction of the "blade and shelf" until my third reading of the text and drawings.
In summary, this book presents some very good projects for the woodworker with average or above skills. A few of the projects require more than average skills and a more complete set of woodworking tools. The book is a good addition to the woodworkers library and is printed on a good quality, heavy paper with excellent color illustrations and pictures.
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