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The Complete Guide to Home Carpentry: Tools, Techniques and How-to Projects (Black & Decker Home Improvement Library) Paperback – 6 Jun 2000

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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing International (6 Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865735778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865735774
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.8 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 668,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are already a tradesperson, this book might STILL be good for review. But, if like me, you are a homeowner interested in repairs and maintenance, and perhaps some light carpentry to plane a door, build some storage or the like, this is THE book. Easy to follow, step-by-step comprehensive instructions with clear photos for each important step, lists of tools and fixin's to do the job, it's all there. Lots of projects, easy to use- a reference I won't do without. --JDiver--Basic carpentry but also a lot of advanced projects. Useful, but some stuff will never be used by me because the projects are too big like removing a load bearing wall and building a custom laminate countertop. But great if you want to do those things. --Gloria K Derby-- --Gloria K Derby

bought this book for a garage project of mine and the decent reviews it had. I must say the reviews are well deserved. This book offers plenty of photos and well explained "how-to" guide lines. Detailed explanation with photos of all the tools you'll need for your project. I can now do my projects with confidence considering I am a novice at carpentry. Excellent choice for the novist. --doityurselfer

I got this book from my wife for Christmas, and I was immediately able to use it! I'm a computer geek, and usually when I get a hammer in my hand, it ends up either hitting my fingers or making a bigger hole in the wall. This book teaches ALL the basics, from how to saw wood to how to frame and install a new door in a new wall! The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that it's still a reference book - it's not something that I'd pore over in the middle of the night and couldn't put down. It's still a great book! --nd --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Chris Marshall is the author of dozens of books and hundreds of magazine articles on fine woodworking. He is a contributing editor at Woodworkers Journal, and he lives in Ohio, USA. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gedwin on 11 Jan. 2010
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An American book on basic home improvements (knocking out walls etc.) much of the content
irrelevant to British homes.
Projects more of the building & constuction nature rather than basic carpentry that I expected
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Boucher on 25 Oct. 2012
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Made for the American Market but still easy enough to follow.electric section will have no bearing on British and Irish electric system.I bought this for £1.80 on amazon market place so all in all it was good value don't think I would have paid 16 Quid for it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. S. Naylor on 14 Mar. 2009
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By me on 30 Dec. 2014
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hAS SOME GOOD IDEAS IN IT
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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
Not too shabby. 4 Aug. 2009
By Tiffany Bell - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a neat little book, despite the name 'Black & Decker', which I stay away from like the plague.

As a girl, I know very little on carpentry in general. This isn't a bad book to have to give you a starting point and some little projects to put together to gauge yourself. I always liked the idea of fixing up the house--but liking the idea, and being able to ACTUALLY DO IT are totally different things. So, my first project I started with was the workbench plan, and modified it a bit to suit my needs, just to see if I had a knack for this kind of thing. I can't even begin to say how much I like the plan for the workbench. It ends up making a very sturdy table. (I added locking wheels to the bottom of mine, and used 2 sheets of 3/4" MDF board as the top instead of plywood.)

This book obviously isn't meant for someone who already knows it all. As the title says, 'Carpentry for Homeowners', not 'Carpentry for Carpenters'. So, if you've got some projects you want to try out, this is certainly a nice addition to your library--even if you're just a tad bit interested. The first 100 pages are just telling you what certain tools are, what they're used for, and how to use them. Kind of basic stuff, but for me, it was a good start.

One thing I don't like about the book is that it's glue-bound. What I mean by that is that it's glued to the cover and all that, and so it has a tendency to flop closed on you. Hardly functional if you're trying to learn WHAT to do WHILE doing it. The easiest way to fix this is to take it to your local Kinko's, or somewhere else that binds books, and have them chop the spine off, laminate the covers, and coil bind it for you. (Be ready to pay ~$12 for this, though) Now, you have a functional book you can leave open without having to weigh it down!

Here's a list of the things covered inside the book, just to let you know if it's worth it for you.

Basic Carpentry:
- Anatomy of a House
- Preparing the Work Area
- Building Walls
- Soundproofing
- Installing Wallboard
- Installing Interior Doors
- Mounting Bifold Doors
- Installing a Storm Door
- Installing Door & Window Casings
- Installing Window Trim
- Installing Base Molding
- Paneling an Attic Ceiling
- Installing Wainscoting
- Covering Foundation Walls
- Framing Basement Foundation Walls
- Trimming Basement Windows

Advanced Carpentry
- Enlarging Openings & Removing Walls
- Removing Wallboard
- Removing Plaster
- Removing Exterior Surfaces
- Removing Doors & Windows
- Removing a Non-loadbearing Wall
- Installing an Attic Access Ladder
- Framing & Installing Doors
- Framing & Installing Windows
- Installing New Window Sashes
- Installing a Standard Skylight
- Installing a Bay Window
- Patching Wood Siding & Stucco
- Patching Flooring

Cabinets & Countertops
- Removing Trim & Old Cabinets
- Preparing for New Cabinets
- Installing Cabinets
- Installing Countertops
- Building a Custom Laminate Countertop
55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Most of us considering home carpentry need this book 20 Dec. 2002
By JDiver - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are already a tradesperson, this book might STILL be good for review. But, if like me, you are a homeowner interested in repairs and maintenance, and perhaps some light carpentry to plane a door, build some storage or the like, this is THE book. Easy to follow, step-by-step comprehensive instructions with clear photos for each important step, lists of tools and fixin's to do the job, it's all there. Lots of projects, easy to use- a reference I won't do without.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Very clear and well explained book. 3 May 2006
By Rob - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book for a garage project of mine and the decent reviews it had. I must say the reviews are well deserved. This book offers plenty of photos and well explained "how-to" guide lines. Detailed explanation with photos of all the tools you'll need for your project. I can now do my projects with confidence considering I am a novice at carpentry. Excellent choice for the novist.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Good Basic Book! 27 Dec. 2005
By ND CompuGeek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I got this book from my wife for Christmas, and I was immediately able to use it! I'm a computer geek, and usually when I get a hammer in my hand, it ends up either hitting my fingers or making a bigger hole in the wall.

This book teaches ALL the basics, from how to saw wood to how to frame and install a new door in a new wall! The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that it's still a reference book - it's not something that I'd pore over in the middle of the night and couldn't put down.

It's still a great book!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A good book on basic carpentry 14 April 2013
By Bruce Lynn - Published on Amazon.com
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I wanted to make some improvements to my home but did not know anything about carpentry. My background is in finance and technology. So I checked out about 7 books at my local library. This book along with several others really impressed me. It has a lot of great photographs to help one understand how things are constructed. I think that it is important to have good tools if one wants to do a job well. This would be one 'tool'. I also purchased the Home Carpenter & Woodworker's Repair Manual by William P Spence, to get another perspective. Don't just limit yourself to one book on a subject like this. See what your local library has check out those books and find the ones that work for you.
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