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998 days ago

Hey all,

I am beginning to learn (on my own) how to make custom cabinets, drawers, and other pieces of furniture. However, I am definitely a learner at heart, and would love to have some good foundational books to go off of when creating furniture, mostly cabinets and tables.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks so much!

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#1 posted 986 days ago

I reviewed this book : Illustrated Cabinetmaking How to Design and Construct Furniture That Works:” here I still highly recommend it as a great place to start and to refer to whilst designing.

-- "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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#2 posted 986 days ago

I would recommend looking at second hand books. Many sites have them, often for only a couple of bucks each. You could buy several for the cost of one new one., is a site I have had good luck with. Happy hunting.

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#3 posted 986 days ago

Illustrated Cabinetmaking +2. It’s a great book. I’ve acquired a whole library of ww books since I’m learning all from books and internet. I also recommend Flexner on Finishing. I asked around a got a lot of old ww magazines, many of them free except for shipping. I read book reviews on Amazon then buy them used whenever possible. Abebooks is also great for used books.

-- When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.”   Theodore Roosevelt

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#4 posted 983 days ago

Go to a used bookstore or your local local library. If you have a Vo Tech school, their library might have some books. I’ve bought a couple of good books at a used book store here in town.

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