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David Charlesworth's Furniture-making Techniques: v. 2 [Paperback]

David Charlesworth
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15 Nov 2001
This text is a companion volume to David Charlesworth's "Furniture-making Techniques" which looks at a range of projects and expert techniques involved in the fine craft of furniture making. The text includes step-by-step processes on how to make a piece of furniture, illustrated with 180 full colour photographs of the finished products. The approach this book takes to the art of furniture making is a combination of analytical, practical and innovative views, where the beginner, more experienced woodworker, and expert craftsperson are all challenged alike. The result of which is for the reader to employ the same meticulous approach to their designs to produce exhibition-quality results.

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  • Paperback: 135 pages
  • Publisher: Guild of Master Craftsman Publications Ltd (15 Nov 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861082959
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861082954
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 20.3 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 501,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Robert Hardie VINE VOICE
Whilst not a comprehensive guide to furniture making, by any means, this book gives an in-depth account of several key areas. The book highlights the depth of skill required to produce fine woodworking. Much of the book is about fine tuning tools to get the most out of them. The book clearly explains techniques and the reasons for them. It is written in an easy to read and understand style. Thoroughly good read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not much meat 13 Mar 2013
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Old magazine articles regurgitated and totally lacking of any true substance, and more certainly low on actual techniques.

There are better books out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the comitted learner 30 Dec 2012
By Mark Z
Lilke volume 1, this is a random collection of articles on various techniques and projects. I found this volume more useful and interesting than the first , though both are well written and illustrated. Strangely, I think the second volume is better for beginners as it describes some of the more basic skill, such as how to make and use a shoooting board. Overall, an essential addition to any budding cabinet maker's collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I bought it 13 April 2004
By Joel Selman - Published on
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I almost did not buy this book because of a bad reader's review. I liked the first book and decided to buy it anyhow. I am really glad I did. The chapters on making drawers is wonderful, and David follows it up with a chapter on aligning the drawers as well. Another great chapter brings you through the tapering process on curved laminated table legs.
More advanced sharpening techniques for scraper planes were a welcome addition. I have finally got mine to work properly thanks to David's advice.
There are many other good features in this book, and I am looking forward to volumn III and will buy it regardless of the reviews. Thanks David.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 20 Jan 2003
By J. Michael Percy - Published on
Absolutely excellent, as is his first book. The author has a penchant for planning and careful execution that is inspiring. But, he is also very human in admitting the areas that give him trouble and suggests alternate methods for those of us who are also human and might not have the hand skills of James Krenov. He is also very honest in appraising tools by brand name and type. I have (budget allowing) followed his recommendations and been delighted with the tools he recommended. I read both of his books over and over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This really should be titled "Focus on Hand Tool Woodworking" 7 Jun 2006
By Daiku the critic - Published on
Which is not necessarily a bad thing. If you want to learn about Power Tools, routers, sanders - then forget this book. But if what you want to discover is how to do extremely high quality work, than this is for you. Forget the comment above about sharpening. It is one of the most important skills to master if you want to work with hand tools, and there is an appropriate focus on it in this book. But also other skills, like planing techniques, fitting drawers, shooting an edge. Many skills the average woodworker seem to be lacking, but are important for great work.

It is on my top list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a hand tool woodworker this book is a must own. 2 July 2011
By Woody - Published on
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Charlesworth has an insight and perspective that is truly fascinating. Though the British vernacular can be a bit troublesome, I have yet to pick the book up without learning something worthwhile. The downside is that so much of what you thought you had down pat can get easily blown away. Example, though I thought I had a good set of chisels, reading his discussion of Japanese chisels made buy a couple; now I want to replace all of mine.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just a series of unrelated articles 20 Mar 2013
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This book is merely a series of unrelated articles, that might have been written for one or more trade publications over the years. It is not any sort of review of woodworking techniques. Some of the articles are interesting, but can't say I learned anything from it.

The book is only 125 pages, and nearly half of that are pics and diagrams.

Wish I had saved the money.
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