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Great book of shop drawings for craftsman furniture: Authentic and fully detailed plans for 57 classic pieces Paperback – 5 Dec 2013

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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing; Revised edition edition (5 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565238125
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565238121
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 24.1 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 677,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert W Lang is a cabinetmaker, draftsman and author of several woodworking books. He is senior editor of 'Popular Woodworking' and contributor to 'Fine Woodworking'. He lives in Heath, Ohio.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jadesoft on 14 Nov. 2012
Format: Paperback
Great Book of Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture: Authentic and Fully Detailed Plans for 57 Classic Pieces
Some of the american reviews complain about missing information and details
and in general say don't buy it BUT it is a great book-where else would you get
so many accurate sets of furniture drawings for the price. So I say BUY IT , you won't be disappointed
Most of the small missing details are easily interpreted and If you are struggling with anything
use the e-mail contact to the author (see last page). A most helpful Craftsman
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Not bad, best for the advanced woodworker 28 Sept. 2013
By bbtuscany - Published on
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The shop drawings for the furniture(line drawings with a front, side and/or top views) look complete and buildable. This book a step up from the two Craftsman classics "Mission Furniture and How to Make It" by Popular Mechanics and "Making Authentic Craftsman Furniture" by Stickley in terms of plan clarity and completeness. I found the first six chapters on history and techniques to be interesting and useful.

The drawings for the inlays and hardware are not dimensioned so I have to label them, "For inspiration only". If your goal is to reproduce an Ellis inlay there is not enough info to do it.

The furniture designs are for the most part all Stickley with a couple Ellis and Limberts thrown in as well.

I was hoping there would be more 3D exploded views as shown on the front cover. The drawing on the front cover is in fact the only one.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
save your money for now, don't buy this book 7 Oct. 2012
By Dave Pawlowski - Published on
Format: Paperback
The current run of this book has numerous (very very numerous) illustrations that are missing line work. I believe it is a result of poor CADD draftsmanship as well as a complete lack of proofing. Many of the measured drawings are missing line work, and there is incomplete information. This is enough to make it very aggravating to read, especially if you are detail oriented and actually like to study the plans. I have not even begun building a piece, but just glancing thru the book is maddening. It is even more of a crime that they are actually selling this run ! After spending this much money, you will be disappointed, I guarantee. I am sorry to be so one sided, but people need to be warned about a bad product.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
bad printing - missing details 4 Sept. 2012
By T. L Lansberry - Published on
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I pre-ordered this book based on reviews of previous editions, looking forward to a compilation of previous books plus added information. I had almost purchased the earlier books when I read that this larger updated book would soon hit the shelves. I was excited when the book actually arrived a month ahead of the predicted release date. The idea for the compilation was great, the execution by the publisher not so much. The book could eventually be a keeper, but the publisher apparently had so many pre-orders that they rushed it past the proof-readers and/or printing QC.

Many sketches were missing details, in some cases entire views of a project would have half or more lines of the sketch missing with dimensions to nowhere (blank space where a sketch should be). The omissions of curved lines and radiuses occurs throughout the book, making it difficult if not impossible to determine the intended shapes of some pieces.

Sadly I returned my book - I'll wait for the second /revised edition with the corrected pages and dimensions. I gave it two stars for the intended content, it's not a complete set of Stickley designs, but a good sampling. The poor publishing effort keeps the rating low.
25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Beware Bob Lang's Plans!!! 18 Oct. 2013
By Matthew D. Hickey - Published on
Format: Paperback
I'd rather shoot myself in the head than give Bob Lang any more of my money. Bob's plans are so full of inaccuracies that one can not help but think that he has drawn them this way on purpose. Even after several revisions of his books, the inaccuracies persist. One has to wonder- is he trying to teach beginning woodworkers some sort of lesson or is he simply inept? Often, not only are the dimensions wrong, but the joinery used in his plans often makes for a finished item that is substandard. Rails that join into stiles rather than into legs and missing drawings os critical parts are all too common. You would be MUCH better off finding a photo of an item you want to build and drafting plans for the item yourself; you're going to have to re-do any plans you use from his book anyway! Beware of using Bob Lang plans!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Very informative 2 Feb. 2014
By Woody - Published on
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I've enjoyed several of Bob Lang's A & C projects from the magazine and wanted this book for more ideas. Despite the several less than favorable reviews I ordered it. The product description said this was an updated version. I found the text to be much more informative than I expected- especially after having built three of his projects. The projects look quite interesting and I will be building several items. Regarding dimensions not always being right, I haven't found if that's true or not as I always build story pieces from cardboard before cutting wood so as to get my own measurements after final sizing for my tastes/wants/needs. I'd recommend tis book for anyone interested in woodworking and building furniture of the Arts & Crafts era.
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