A great Reference and a good read and must have whilst using Sketchup!

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Review by Mark Shymanski posted 1815 days ago 2043 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
A great Reference and a good read and must have whilst using Sketchup! No-picture-s No-picture-s Click the pictures to enlarge them

Title: Illustrated Cabinetmaking How to Design and Construct Furniture That Works
Author: Bill Hylton
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-56523-369-0
Vendor: Lee Valley


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 ilustrations 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.

A great book, especially for the novice (such as myself :-) trying to design some cabinets. I enjoyed reading it but I found it particularily useful when I had sketchup open and needed to understand how a partcular aspect worked so that I could first draw it and then build it. I won’t reveal the depth of my ignorance by telling you how many times I needed to refer to this book, just rest assured it is a well worn copy now LOL! It isn’t a tool that generates sawdust but I think it is one of my, now, well worn tools. I highly recommend it.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#1 posted 1815 days ago

I’ve read this book as well. It is very useful if you are a visual learner.

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#2 posted 1815 days ago

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

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#3 posted 1803 days ago

I have this book as well, and the comment on the cover about being the Grey’s Anatomy for woodworking is very accurate. It has exploded views of just about every joint imaginable, and gives you options for how you want to assemble things. I’d recommend this book to anyone.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#4 posted 1800 days ago

good to know, i ordered it off amazon a couple of days ago and i am still waiting. Any other recommendations?

-- RKWoods

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