|Review by DannyBoy||posted 12-16-2008 06:15 PM||1751 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
- Popular Woodworking Arts and Crafts Furniture Projects
- Brand: Popular Woodworking | Category: Books
I was astonished to actually find something at the local library that I found at the B&B earlier this year! I actually found a lot of new books in the section where I had combed over many times before. When I saw this particular one, I checked it out because I saw a sideboard that would fit some storage in our house perfectly. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until I got home that I realized there isn’t as much plan in this book as a parts list and some finished product. This seems to be a continuing problem I find with many newer books this year.
Don’t get me wrong, there are a few projects in here that can be easily done using the minimal directions that they provide. However, the larger projects, like the sideboard, are very lacking in details. There is a well written essay about building the sideboard, but it is not as much “step by step” as it is “I did it this way…”
Here’s my overall rundown:Pros:
- Great Designs
- Well Written Essays
- Included CD with Extras
- Lack of Detail on Projects
- Lots of Biscuit Joinery (may only be a con in my eyes)
- No Cut Lists
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think this is a bad book. If you are an experienced woodworker and can skip the instructions on most projects, then you may love using this because they really are great looking designs. However, for someone of my experience level, although I/we may be able to pull it off, having a few how-to’s would have greatly helped me appreciate this book more. All that being said, I will probably be attempting the sideboard anyway seeing as my wife loves it!
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