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01-14-2010 07:21 AM

over 30 years ago, I was looking in a public book store and found a gold mine. I found a book with pictures and (measured drawings) of making authentic country furniture. I do mean antique American furniture plus more. I think there was over 20 pages devoted specifically to “Shaker furniture”. I bought the book for $25. I loaned the book to a friend. Never saw it again. Bought a new one, loaned to a relative, gone! Bought a new one, loaned it to a shop teacher. Gone! I found one more and I have built a large 7 foot x 4 foot dinning room table made out of 8/4 NEWP (North East White Pine) #2 common grade. It serviced my family for 10 years. Number one son “borrowed” it 15 years ago. Gone. I also used the book plans for a Cherry hutch and I made a Butternut “Hurch Table Chair” that are still in service. I also built some neat candle and spoon racks for the kitchen along with several cutting boards. If anyone is interested in the where to get the book and feel free to contact me. I will send them to the right book store with the necessary information. Old Dragon Phil

-- Phil

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#1 posted 01-14-2010 08:35 AM

The books name might help.

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#2 posted 01-14-2010 08:46 AM

Ooooh thats sounds like just the kind of book I been looking for, do tell!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#3 posted 01-14-2010 05:47 PM

The name of the book is: ” John G. Shea” “MAKING AUTHENTIC COUNTRY FURNITURE” “With Measured Drawings of Museum Classics” With 794 Construction Plans and Illustrations. I finally tracked down where to get it. It was no longer available in hardback cover. Still, it is a gold mine to me. But, what do I know. I believe this can be found today at Amazon Books. on the net. This was where I was able to get my last two copies, of which I have one left.

-- Phil



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#4 posted 01-14-2010 05:59 PM

Does this mean you’re not giving anymore free copies?? LOL JIM I think we all have”friends” like that

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#5 posted 01-14-2010 05:59 PM

Found it for you’ins. Lol! It is on amazon .com and they have two left (new) for $13.50 each. What a bargain. How much does a book with the picture of one piece of furniture and the plans and drawings for the one piece cost?????

-- Phil

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#6 posted 01-14-2010 06:07 PM

If you find one I’d like to borrow it.

-- Getting old is a good thing, but being old kinda stinks.

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#7 posted 01-14-2010 06:15 PM

Phil and All
This book is in the LJ Book List, which is an index to LJ book reviews, but also has some other informal reviews. There is no formal review of this book on LJ’s. The link is after my name in my signature, listed under Furniture-Shaker. Dick Cain mentioned the book. Here is the link to Amazon. It was reprinted in 1997 so it seems readily available. If you are up to a formal review, I bet a lot of people would appreciate it.

I am unable to update the list while on vacation, having to do with my Vista 64bit operating system on my portable. So I will probably find another place to put the list, but it is current as of 10 days ago. I am actually keeping the list up, I just can’t upload it to my site. Apparently Win 7 has the same problem.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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