Building Kitchen Cabinets Paperback – Apr 1 2003
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About the Author
Udo Schmidt apprenticed with a master cabinetmaker in Germany before moving to the United States over 20 years ago. Today he combines Old World craftmanship with time-saving tools and techniques. He lives and works in North Carolina.
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On pages 60 & 61 the formulas to determine rail length and panel height for raised panel doors are both incorrect due to a simple error showing a subtraction operation instead of an addition.
Now that I've discovered these errors I've got a much lower level of confidence in other formulas used to determine part sizes--especially for those parts that I'd rather not cut too short!
The publisher's website doesn't have a forum for discussion or posting of comments/errors. I could not locate the author's Email address or website.
All-in-all this is a good book for illustrating concepts and describing shortcuts. The user needs to do their own thinking about the accuracy of any forumulas given in the book before making those final cuts.
The only subject he suggests you get more info on is finishing, suggesting entire books are written about this subject, but he does go on and give you his brief advice for finishing your cabinets.
The photos in the book are excellent, and once again, the how to and tips on what to avoid and where to look for problems is spot on and very well done. I highly recommend this book to any and all amateur cabinet makers.
I cannot say enough good about it, this book is exactly what was seeking all along.
hope this helps;
Myself I want to also build some heirloom quality cabinets. You know dovetails in every drawer corner. Inside panel solid wood overlays. Dadoes throughout, with hand rubbed finishes. You know the works. This is not about that. If you want to get practical and build fabulous looking hand made cabinets for a living, or for yourself, and not spend a month or a year doing it, this is the book for you. Instead of using plastic laminated interior panels, with fake wood, like the home centers sell you, you can use cabinet grade veneer plywood instead. This book will show you how.
Robert Yoder gives you the insider tips, on what it takes to make professional cabinets, and not waste time on non-essentials. For example, one of many that are in the book, he says that you have the option, of once gluing up your raised face panel, you can insert two finish nails in the back of the panel, at the joint of the rails and stiles, and free your clamps up for another panel. No having to have a wall full of clamps that way. See what I mean about practical. He also uses the pocket hole joinery to join his face frame panels, with the pocket holes in the back of the panel. Way quicker than mortise and tenon joinery, and actually less difficult to get a perfect fit.
I think every cabinetmaker has to have at his disposal, procedures that will enable him to make a fine set of cabinets that fit into any practical budget.Read more ›
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This book was a gift for my son who loves to build things. He has found the book to be most informative and helpful. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Donna Krolewski
Very good book, good quality paper, the explanation are very clear , excellent purchase quality/price,
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