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Illustrated Cabinetmaking How to Design and Construct Furniture That Works By Bill Hylton Fox Chapel

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Review by Paul Maurer posted 158 days ago 2065 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Illustrated Cabinetmaking How to Design and Construct Furniture That Works
By Bill Hylton Fox Chapel Publishing ISBN: 978-1-56523-369-0

“This book is divided into 4 sections: Fundamentals, Joints, Subassemblies and Furniture. Each section clearly explains and illustrates the section topic well with easily understood terms or readily supplied definitions for new terms. The illustrations and text really do an excellent job of communicating how a particular joint or aspect of furniture work. I’m not sure if I spent more time reading the words or studying the pictures, both are really useful.” Mark Shymanski.
“This is the Grey’s Anatomy of woodworking.” Woodworking Magazine.

“This book is great for help in designing a project. It is always the first reference I reach for before beginning a new project.” 747DRVR

These quotes are my sentiments exactly and I would like to add- Ergonomic and aesthetic consideration. The How to design and construct furniture that works, part if the title. You have probably heard a customer order “just like this one, but to fit here.” Just changing the scale rarely works. All those easily overlooked considerations such as desk top height for writing or typing. Leg, thigh and knee room. The reach to a shelf when seated, or the angle and line of sight from keyboard to monitor. Not to mention the chair specification to accompany a custom desk.
Also this book is almost 400 pages, 1300 drawings, 150 joints and subassemblies and more than 100 detailed drawings of different pieces of furniture.


-- Psalm 62: 11 Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God, 12 and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord. For you repay to all according to their work




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#1 posted 158 days ago

Thanks. This looks really helpful.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#2 posted 157 days ago

This book changed my life. After reading it cover to cover several times, I found I could look at pretty much anything and figure out how to make it. It is always in arms reach for reference.

I highly recommend this book be the first book anyone interested in the craft buys. Read it, study it.

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#3 posted 157 days ago

BTW, this book appears to be out of print. I found used copies on Amazon for $3.50 plus $4.00 shipping.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#4 posted 156 days ago

I own less than half a dozen woodworking books and this is one of them, an excellent resource.

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#5 posted 155 days ago

CharlesA,
When you said you found used copies on Amazon for $3.50 plus $4.00 shipping, did you mean recently or some time ago? When I looked yesterday, the least expensive used one I saw was $14 plus shipping. It’s certainly possible I’m not searching correctly, so if you have a link, it would be appreciated. Thanks.

Paul

-- Paul, Minnesota

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#6 posted 155 days ago

Looks like it has been published by more than one publisher over time:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0875967965/ref=tmm_hrd_used_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=used&sr=&qid=

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#7 posted 154 days ago

This is the best book I have as a resource. Incredibly well thought out and presented.

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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#8 posted 154 days ago

CharlesA,
Thank you for taking the time to follow up with a link. Much appreciated.

-- Paul, Minnesota

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