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Measure Twice, Cut Once [Hardcover]

Norm Abram
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; First Edition edition (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316004944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316004947
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 358,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Measure Twice, Cut Once Norm Abram is America's most famous master carpenter, appearing in The New Yankee Workshop and This Old House. In this book, Abram presents a series of sixty lessons for carpenters of all levels of expertise. Full description

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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When my wife first bought it for me I did not know what to think of it. But once I started reading it I could not put it down. And I kept going back to it. Norm offers a great insight into tools I have used and never really thought much about. One can tell immediately for example when he talks about framing squares (why a quality one is hard to find)that he has the experience you should listen to and heed. Having lost my father a year before his dad passed away, I found a lot in common with his feelings. I did take notes and reread it 8 times. Norm impressed me with how much he really knows about tools. And his experience in using them day after day, year after year taught me how much I have to go inorder to be called a Master Carpenter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good fot the beginer carpenter.... 19 Feb 2002
...but not for the furniture/wood worker. If you are looking to work on construction sites, buy this book. If you are looking for wood working tips to assemble furniture, cabinets and the like, consider something else.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not a technical treatise, but practical info 11 Jan 1998
By A Customer
While it wasn't the technical treatise I had expected (and hoped for), it still was an enjoyable book to read. I spent the better part of a rainy Saturday absorbing the information it presented. The book is written in a manner that echoes Norm's own admitted style of learning: less lecture and more watching and listening. It presented useful tips and "secrets" in an easy to read and enjoy format. This book was written as a memorial to Norm's father, from whom his lifelong love of carpentry has come. It is a fitting tribute to the skills of both men, and I would recommend it for all but the strictest purists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the master preaches 4 Nov 2000
i am a carpenter and have been all my working life (21 years) and my respect for norm goes a long way . this book is a must for the beginer and a must for the professional craftsman .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and enjoyable to read 23 July 1998
By A Customer
This book not only gives a novice tips on what tools to own and why, but also provides insight into how a craftsman chooses his tools, the importance of choosing quality tools, and how those tools help make the craftsmen what he is. Norm is a craftsman who appreciates good tools, and the tools discussed in this book are among the most basic tools any carpenter should own. This book will help explain why.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too much description, not enought application. 17 Feb 1999
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Although Norm is well acquainted with all the tools he describes in the book, I found that he spent far too much effort in describing the physical size, shape, etc of the tool rather than telling how to use it efficiently. A picture of the tool next to a short history or introduction would have been fine, and then gone into some tips and tricks that he has learned to use the tool efficiently. Although I did learn some new approaches to using common tools (I am not a carpenter), I did not find the seventy tips that were supposed to be in the book. I read the first third quickly, the second third laboriously, and the last third I skimmed through. I will stick to watching Norm on PBS.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It is what I have come to expect. 22 Oct 2000
Although building and carpentry techniques can differ greatly in the UK I found this book very useful. Norm Abram shows that it is not only skill and dexterity which makes a master carpenter but also to have an awareness of what you are attempting to achieve giving thought to the medium you are working with whether it is a fine piece of mahogany or a piece of stock pine. Along with this a respect for your tools and you are on the right road to success. Yes this is a fine book for anyone who wants an insight to the meaning of being a master carpenter
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