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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Linden Publishing Co Inc (1 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941936546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941936545
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 462,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Such a book should answer the questions for even the most advanced woodworker." --"The Reviewers Consortium"

""Such a book should answer the questions for even the most advanced woodworker."" --""The Reviewers Consortium""

About the Author

Lon Schleining teaches woodworking at Cerritos College and has been a professional stair builder for 20 years. He lives in Long Beach, California.


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Having done a bit of all types of wood bending I bought this book to further my knowledge and to use as a reference. Unfortunately it only covers the basic principles - good if you don't know them but this book doesn't go beyond a good outline of the different ways to bend wood.
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I brought the book for my father-in-law, he was very happy with the book. It helped him out with his project to build a wheel immensley.
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Bought this as a Christmas present for my husband who works with and loves wood. He found it fascinating and well worth it.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9465eb34) out of 5 stars 19 reviews
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HASH(0x9493e4d4) out of 5 stars I bought three books on wood bending; this is the best 16 Dec. 2002
By Gordon Rodda - Published on Amazon.com
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After getting in over my head, I bought three wood bending books: this one (Schleining), Zachary Taylor's "Wood Bender's Handbook" and "Fine Woodworking on Bending Wood." Taylor is slightly more recent, but it omits many pertinent aspects. For example, he doesn't cover milling (cutting) or coopering (low-angle joints) wood as a way to obtain curves, and he gives little attention to some practical aspects, such as drawing plans. Taylor is relatively superficial and focused on making musical instruments. The Fine Woodworking book is spotty (magazine articles from 1975-1984) and covers many advanced topics (e.g. Lapstrake boatbuilding, tapered laminations, violin making). Schleining is by far the best choice for the intermediate-level amateur that needs advice from someone with a lot of practical experience. His sidebars and outlines really help a woodworker make good decisions. He gives extremely helpful details on glueing, jigs, and routing. He shies away from steam-bending, because it gives such variable results, but he finds that it can often be combined profitably with follow-up milling or laminating. He gives superb practical advice on which machine to use in what combination, he has excellent jig plans, and many hard-won safety recommendations. He does not provide project plans (Taylor does for oval boxes, walking sticks, boat ribs, and chair backs). Luthiers will enjoy this book, but also find more detail in the other two.
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HASH(0x9594969c) out of 5 stars Great Information on Several Techniques, Much Better than the Sample 20 Oct. 2013
By C. Wright - Published on Amazon.com
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I am in the process of building a bow front vanity, and this book walked through several techniques that are applicable for what I'm doing. I had done a little bit of lamination before, but nothing as complex with pieces that must fit together as my current project. Working with curves is much more difficult than straight stock, and seeing pictures of the jigs and being aware of the pros and cons of the various techniques (milling, laminating, steam bending, coopering) is quite helpful. The results that I am getting after reading the book are well worth the cost. There are also clear explanations of what is going on e.g., when you steam bend a piece of wood; and common mistakes that can be avoided for lamination and steam bending.

Also, the sample chapter mainly talks about full-scale drawing; which although can be helpful isn't really why I was interested in the book. The actual book covers techniques for actually building curved pieces in depth.
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HASH(0x94bae774) out of 5 stars Excellent choice 28 Aug. 2011
By R. Hawkins - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book does not miss much where wood bending is concerned. He covers every aspect of the process. I would strongly recommend it.
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HASH(0x94da7498) out of 5 stars A good book for wood bending 18 Feb. 2011
By Woody Iris - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a good book for wood bending, but not as good as the other book by the same author Lon Schleining: Wood Bending Made Simple.
The book is detailed and descriptive, but lucks good pictures in colour and the CD, which helps a lot and gives more real sense of the techniques used and the wood.
I will recommend to purchase the book if you need all the basics and do not need support of a CD.
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HASH(0x949a87f8) out of 5 stars Best on the subject 21 July 2011
By Quade Baxter - Published on Amazon.com
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I owned a custom wood work shop for years, and this is by far the best book on the subgect. I did a lot of curved pieces, and if you need that sort of info, this is the book.
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