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Arts and Crafts Furniture: Projects You Can Build for the Home (Woodworker's Library) Paperback – 1 Dec 1999

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Linden Publishing Co Inc (1 Dec. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 094193649X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941936491
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.8 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,863,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a professional furniture maker, so I am accustomed to seeing the fine details in what I and others make. I am afraid that even from the photographs in this book, it is clear that the author is no craftsman. The construction methods show few authentic details and are mostly of the writer's imaginings using modern methods such as biscuit joints, which completely devalues the notion of craftsman furniture. Of course I am not against using power tools and machinery in their place, but there MUST be a significant use of hand tools and instruction on how to use them, in projects like these, for such a book to be of any value. The writer advocates the use of power tools to do almost every aspect of the joinery and wood preperation and even admits to not owning any bench planes, as he hates planing, prefering to use any amount of power sanders to achieve the same result. Aside the power tool issue, the workmanship exhibited in the pieces is very poor, with misfitting joinery being evident in almost every photo. The timber in most of the projects mediocre and the level of finish is absolutely awful. I can see no merit to this book whatsoever; avoid at all costs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Woodworker's Primer on Arts & Crafts 19 Jun. 2000
By C. Pool - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a nice presentation of fifteen projects in the Arts & Crafts style. Designed from pictures in old catalogs, the problems in construction are solved by Blair Howard as he guides you through each project. The first chapters deal with the designers, their furniture, construction techniques, finish techniques, and materials. The remaining chapters are devoted to the actual pieces. Accomplished woodworkers might find the detailed instructions excessive, but beginners will appreciate the explanations. An excellent beginner's book for Arts & Crafts reproduction at home, with a few designs not seen elsewhere.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An informative and detailed book of projects 14 Jan. 2003
By Ian Swett - Published on
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed Blair Howard's writing style and as a beginning woodworker, appreaciated his completeness and that he went over the techniques he used for every single project, rather than leaving it up to the reader to decide which techniques to use. The book focuses a lot on mortise+tenon joinery, which I appreciate, and does go over the various ways of creating mortises and tenons with machines, though it does not do any more than mention how one would go about making mortises and tenons with hand tools. The projects are rather unique and I am interested in making virtually every one. I appreciated the variety of designers, instead of only presenting Stickley pieces.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Plans - But Short on Some of the Finer Details 7 April 2008
By Woodworker and Geek - Published on
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As other reviewers have noted, a good book of A&C furniture plans. For example, it has a plan for a Stickley bench, that I haven't found elsewhere. But, some of the finer details needed more explanation. For example, on the Stickley bench, there is a drawing of what the through tendon should look like, but it needed a close-up picture instead.

There is just a mention in the book of using house hold ammonia to fume in color, I'm going to try that on some scrap and see how it works out.

A minor nit - the author's wood choices are just plain bad. If you are going to make items like this, go spend a few more bucks and buy quarter sawn white oak. Better yet, make the entire piece from wood of one tree.

A good book, good plans with almost enough details. Worth your time to take a look.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 12 Oct. 2014
By Volare - Published on
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Book presents useful and attractive projects for not so advanced amature. There are other art & craft project books. However, they're difficult and for experienced woodworkers.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars SHORT ON DETAILS 14 Mar. 2006
By Ole Whiskers - Published on
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This book has some good ideas and nice pictures but the plans are not as detailed as I thought they would be. If you are just looking to add to your book collection this would be an interesting filler.
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