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Practical, to the point strategies for all levels of ability,
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I just got into furniture design and bought a few books at the same time. This is by far the best. It is concise and to-the-point, with well illustrated designs and strategies that make it a joy to read!
The author uses cleverly simple instructions with easy to read diagrams. For example, the section on Frame Building discusses three different ways to build a frame, the pros and cons of each method, and a diagram showing the various stages of construction of each frame.
He also talks the reader through the basic principles of design, which instilled enough confidence in me to design my own bookcase and dresser!
Anyone who is interested in learning the basic principles of furniture construction and design (particularly tables, cabinets, bookcases and chairs) should definitely start with this book above all others!