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The Complete Illustrated Guide to Furniture and Cabinet Construction by Andy Rae The Complete Illustrated Guide to Furniture and Cabinet Construction
by Andy Rae

Hardcover: 308 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.02 x 11.18 x 9.40
Publisher: Taunton Pr; (October 15, 2001)
ISBN: 1561584029

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From Booklist: The second installment in this planned three-volume guide will, no doubt, join the first and third (to be published at the end of this year) in offering woodworkers of all competencies a great set of reference books. More important than words here are the high-quality photographs illustrating each step, especially if there's no expert or teacher nearby. Former magazine journalist Rae does a creditable job of organizing concepts and contents, and explaining the most technical of terms in plain English. Techniques are presented in a range of skill options, catering to both novice and highly professional craftspeople. Some of the tips on how to save time and money are ingenious; for example, recycling Popsicle sticks and gluing them to sandpaper to clean up tool marks in hard-to-reach corners. Barbara Jacobs

Book Description: The Complete Illustrated Guide to Furniture and Cabinet Construction is the ultimate reference work -- a graphic, step-by-step presentation of basic furniture-construction techniques. Expert woodworker Andy Rae brings organization, enthusiasm, and more than 20 years' experience to this essential book. Readers will acquire a working knowledge of woodworking materials, a higher level of control over their work and tools, and an understanding of basic design principles.

Customer Reviews
No plans, but good instruction, January 4, 2003
Reviewer: dukemeiser from IA United States
I thought this book would have several plans in it. It has a few, but mostly the book shows different techniques for making furniture and cabinets.

Thought it would b edifferent, December 26, 2002
Reviewer: tzefirah from Media, PA United States
I bought this book because I thought it would give me project specifications for the novice furniture builder. It doesn't give project instructions. Instead, it gives instructions on any simple design that you might create for your own furniture designs. It gives instructions on different drawers, different doors, different legs, etc. In other words, this book gives you the freedom to be creative and also to accomplish your own vision.

Buy The 3 Book Set, December 19, 2002
Reviewer: A reader from bridgeport, ct United States
These books are great, nice enough to display, do yourself a favor and get the 3 book set, you wont be sorry.

Excellent book, November 27, 2002
Reviewer: Bill Smith from Columbus Oh United States
A competent woodworker and writer. I only wish he discussed finishing a bit. I suppose that is another subject matter.

covers it all, September 9, 2002
Reviewer: A reader from San jose, CA United States
a good book that teaches the right way to construct wood furniture. Dont expect a beginners book -- you'll need all the proper tools to follow this book. But if you want to do projects the way pro's do it, this is a great reference.

Thorough and Complete, June 27, 2002
Reviewer: Gregory S Brown from Richardson, TX United States
Excellent photography. Used some tips and techniques I read the day I bought it. I have the other two in the series and recommnend them, too.

woodworking for the rest of us, June 10, 2002
Reviewer: A reader from Redmond, Oregon United States
This is an excellent reference guide in simple and concise language; good for the hobbist or professional. This book is not intended to give a blow by blow, but merely to highlight directions. Woodworking is, as it always has been, a working tao, where one hopefully never loses the sense of discovery. One realizes that if it were just about "Slamming It Out" we'd use plastic.

A good book that should have been great, May 25, 2002
Reviewer: A reader from San Antonio, TX USA
Elusive prose. Lacks definition of new terms. Mediocre photography. Needs more closeup photos. Better choices of background images would have helped mostly washed out color photos.

Book is a disapointment considering that it comes from Taunton Press.

Very usable, May 13, 2002
Reviewer: wgl3 from Colorado Springs
This book is very well organized and has many excellent examples of cabinet construction. He goes into great detail on all types including frameless cabinets.

I have been looking for something which would give me the basics as well as provide for more advanced concepts. I am very pleased to have found such a thing in one volume.

I highly recommend this book.

Great Resource, February 6, 2002
Reviewer: somebody13 from Lake Zurich, IL USA
Although not for beginning woodworkers, this is an outstanding book--sort of like a combination Rodale & Tage Frid. It goes into detail on the construction of furniture and cabinetry--where Rodale provides an overview of cabinet/furniture types, and Tage Frid provides details of how to create specific joints, Andy Rae puts the two together. He provides a number of techniques that I hadn't thought of before, such as creating a raised panel out of cheaper MDF framed by solid wood.

The other books in the series (Joinery and Shaping Wood) are great as well. But I find myself looking to this book more often.

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