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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2009
Having been the principle at Parnham for many years and one of the very best furniture/box makers in the world there is probably nobody better qualified to teach furniture making, his approach and clear explanations are second to non. Whether you have just started furniture making or are a professional this book is a must have.

It not only gives detailed information on the basics of cabinet making but is also packed full of useful hints and tips, it gives an insight into Robert's clear and methodical thought process when he is designing and making furniture. The pictures/diagrams are very clear to understand.

A MUST HAVE!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2011
This book is quite simply outstanding giving details of how Ingham makes his unique, beautiful and delicate looking furniture and boxes. Methods are given of machine use that will inspire those who use them but I was most interested in the detailed description of innovative methods and jigs to aid the marking out and cutting of joints by hand. Well worth buying. You even get a design for a very useable workbench and insight into Ingams inspiration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2013
Excellent book with some superb ideas for a host of different jigs. I am in the process of making one now. Very readable and some valuable ideas regarding tool storage and use of powered equipment. Saw the author's work at a recent craft fair (brilliant) and noted the book it was a third of the price through Amazon so I had a result! Highly recommended.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 2 April 2009
First of all, I really enjoyed this book. As a professional furniture maker who is just starting out, I found the ideas and techniques very interesting. Robert Ingham is one of the top living British furniture makers, so to have any insight into his ways is good, but this book takes you step-by-step through his processes for making his furniture, which, I'm sorry to say, is an attitude of openness that is all too often lacking in Britain.
My only quibbles are that the book is written in a very dry fashion (which tells the reader something of Robert's character, perhaps), and I thought was quite poorly laid out. I also would have liked to see some subjects that were only mentioned expanded upon, and some that were expansively laid-out (joints, for example) cut back. The middle section about joints was a case in point - there are many books and videos out there all about joint-cutting, and okay, if you have a unique way of doing them that could add significantly to the pile of literature out there on the subject, go ahead. But please don't repeat what is already available!
So I would have preferred less info. on joints, more on the processes that make Robert's furniture unique - making your own hardware, veneering, routing techniques, philosophy, etc.

In spite of these minor complaints I would still say that this is a necessary book to have on your shelf if you work with wood (either as a hobby or professionally) - because it is a book by such an eminent maker. Not having it would be like not having a Maloof, Krenov or Makepeace book. Aside from which, I think British makers should be encouraged to publish more of their thoughts, ideas and techniques, to add their important voices to the world of furniture.
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on 11 November 2014
As other reviewers have said, too much on joints and not enough on design. I venture to say most people know how to make most joints, but inspiration for new designs is what they are looking for. The designs in this book are dated and too much the same throughout. My wife (aka - the planning officer) wouldn't give permission for the furniture in this book to be put in our house :-)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 August 2012
I bought this book expecting a tremendous Krenov like read. What a dissapointment! I wish I had paid more attention to the review that complained about the repeat of joint making that takes up most of the book. The author has very little to add to the art of joint making.
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on 7 March 2015
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