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How to cabinets extrordinaire!
on December 30, 2010
I have some woodworking experience, the bulk of which was woodshop in high school where I turned out some pretty nice furniture. I thought I knew the basics, but after reading this book I now realize I barely knew anything.
The first third of this book goes over assembly methods in detail showing all possible variations on methods with exploded view line drawings. Its very easy to see what is being explained and how one method differs from the next. There is even a section dedicated to what to do when your drawer sides are too thin to countersink cross members. If you didn't understand that statement, you might want to start with carpentry for dummies or flip through this book to see if the pictures explain it better - they did for me!
The second two thirds of this book are all about different furniture and cabinets, what they look like assembled, some background on them, and then exploded views showing all the assembly required. If you read the first part of the book, these pages on the furniture are very easy to read and its interesting to compare the differences between two pieces that look very similar.
If you are thinking about getting into cabinetry full time, or if you are just looking to save some money and fix up your house's cabinets yourself (like me), this is a great book. The only downside is that it may get you trying to make better furniture than you had planned on! But I don't think that's really a down side.