Home Improvement - Carpentry Book Review:
Trim Carpentry Techniques: Installing Doors, Windows, Base and Crown
by Craig Savage, Lee Hov (Illustrator)
Paperback: 186 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.36 x 9.94 x 8.02
Publisher: Taunton Pr; (December 31, 2001)
Great book on trim carpentry techniques for pros or someone who wants to do a professional quality job. Written from the practical viewpoint of an experienced pro with high standards. A bit of overkill if you are in a hurry but I would recommend it before trimming several rooms yourself or even if you want to check your contractor's work.
Trim Carpentry and Built-Ins: Expert Advice from Start to Finish (Build Like a Pro Series)
by Clayton Dekorne
Paperback: 160 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.41 x 10.98 x 9.16
Publisher: Taunton Pr; (September 2002)
Installing trim requires precision and know-how. This is the book that shows how to handle all common trim projects, including window and door casings, baseboards, wainscoting and crown molding -- and get professional results every time. Presented in a highly accessible format with 34 drawings and 230 color photos, this is a complete do-it-yourself book written by a professional carpenter.
Timber Frame Construction: All About Post-And-Beam Building
by Jack Sobon, Roger Schroeder
Paperback: 208 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.67 x 10.90 x 8.52
Publisher: Storey Books; (June 1984)
A sprightly manual on post-and-beam building techniques, well-illustrated with sketches and photos. If you have only dreamed about the beauty of building with timbers, this book will open your eyes. It will convince you that this method is not only practical today for homes and other buildings, but often is less expensive than stick building. Timber frame builder Jack Sobon and writer Roger Schroeder offer a book for builders as well as those wishing to have the work done for them. Here is practical how-to for both beginners and experienced carpenters who want to try this method.
The Very Efficient Carpenter: Basic Framing for Residential Construction (For Pros, by Pros Series)
by Larry Haun
Paperback: ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.50 x 10.00 x 8.50
Publisher: Taunton Pr; Reprint edition (February 2002)
This book is a companion to a series of tapes and is best used as a beginners guide to framing 'factory' style. I like Mr. Haun's style and his book is well layed-out to show one how to frame with his system. He has done a great job of putting it together in a precise and clear fashion. I find that in today's world of custom homes the material is dated and better suited to one who is building only once or a novice that wants a "looksee" at what it entails to build a home. But for that it is a very good book and I would recommend the tapes as well. If you want to build in todays' environment find a licensed contractor with a commitment to training their employees and get some structural engineering classes as well.
Step-By-Step Basic Carpentry
by Allen Benjamin W. (Editor), Ben Allen (Editor)
Paperback: 112 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.36 x 10.64 x 8.04
Publisher: Meredith Books; (September 1997)
This book is exactly what is claims to be - Basic Carpentry. Mostly geared for the novice, it will clearly explain many basic improvement and repair tasks around the house and workshop. It does NOT go into more advanced techniques, just gives you the basics. It's a must have, and an excellent starting place FOR THE UNINITIATED. Covering what tools to start with as well as what tools you will one day want to have - what they're used for and better still what to look for when you buy them (what do you look for in a router? They suggest no less than 1 hp...)
Logs, Wind and Sun: Handcraft Your Own Log Home ... Then Power It with Nature
by Rex A. Ewing, LaVonne Ewing
Paperback: 304 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.75 x 10.00 x 8.00
Publisher: PixyJack Press, LLC; (August 20, 2002)
Logs, Wind and Sun is one of those rare books that is both packed with useful information and enjoyable to read. I only wish it had been available five years ago when my husband and I started drawing up plans for our own log home. We spent hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars trying to get utilities to our remote mountain building site. This book clearly lays out alternative power solutions that can give you the freedom to live with all the modern conveniences you need miles from the nearest power pole. The authors personal experience provides the framework for the book, but they have obviously done their homework, and all their recommendations are backed up by copious facts. The book is generously sprinkled with photos and illustrations that de-mystify and explain and personal stories that entertain and inspire. LaVonne's Verities and Rex's Maxims give you personal insights and quips. And the writing is several notches above most other how-to books, offering emotional insights into the process of building your own home, as well as the more expected practical fare. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who's ever dreamed about building a log home.
by John D. Wagner, Timothy O. Bakke (Editor)
Paperback: 240 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.56 x 10.78 x 8.41
Publisher: Creative Homeowner Press; (April 1998)
Written for those with beginning to intermediate building skills, this book is designed to walk you through the framing basics, from assembling simple partitions to cutting compound angles on dormer rafters. More than 400 full-color drawings accompany step-by-step text. John D. Wagner is a writer based in Montpelier, Vermont. He has been involved with the construction trades for 20 years. Wagner is a contributing editor at The Journal of Light Construction and a frequent contributor to the trade magazine Tools of the Trade as well as several construction and homeowner magazines, including Builder, Fine Woodworking, Old-House Journal, Popular Science, and Today's Homeowner...
Building Your Own Kitchen Cabinets: Layout-Materials-Construction-Installation
by Jere Cary
Paperback: ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.37 x 10.03 x 8.06
Publisher: Taunton Pr; (May 1983)
From layout of kitchen through installation, Jere Cary takes you thru each step of construction. Especially helpful are standard dimensions, options, and what to do if you goof. This book is helpful if you are building any casework, whether it has shelves, doors, or drawers. Don't let the title lead you to think it's only for kitchen cabinets.
by Scott Schuttner
Paperback: 121 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.29 x 10.00 x 8.03
Publisher: Taunton Pr; (November 2000)
This book includes instructions for straight-run stairs, L-shaped stairs, and open-riser ladder stairs.