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Fine Art of Cabinetmaking Hardcover – 22 Sep 1977

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd (22 Sept. 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0289707978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0289707975
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,484,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James Krenov is the founder and director of the fine woodworking program at the College of the Redwoods in California. He is the author of five books, including ""Cabinetmakers Notebook,"" ""Impractical Cabinetmaker,"" and ""With Wakened Hands."" He lives in Fort Bragg, California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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This, Krenov's second book (1976), is the book that they still want you to have when you show up at the College of the Redwoods for Krenov's course. The book is devided into three parts: wood, tools and the shop, and cabinetmaking techniques. It sets out his techniques for mortice and tenon joints, dovetails, HANDPLANE CONSTRUCTION, and much more. The handplane section was so influential that several courses are taught on this subject alone, accross the country.
This book is indispensible for the serious woodworker. That said it is just a little dated since obviously a lot has changed in twenty plus years. Krenov labours close to the soul of cabinetaking, however, and a lot less has changed there than elsewhere. An obvious change is that Krenov's essential few power tools are now much cheapper to buy than they then were. But modern workers will probably assume that he now sharpens his tools with waterstones. Not so! As he recently revealed in a national magazine, and his reasoning is as sound as ever.
At a deeper level perhaps, the craft has become dominated by projects and production on the one hand, and arty self-congratulatory stuff on the other. In the old days there was another path that of extrodinary quality, and technical virtuosity. Few follow this path today due to cost, a skills shortage, and some lessened desire to have furniture which belongs in the boudoir of the Sun King. Krenov is one of the few who has written about another way.
This book is the most how-to of his essential trilogy. If that turns you on, try the Impractical Cabinetaker next, lots more "project" tips. If you like his philosophy of craft try The Cabinetaker's Notebook.
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As a cabinet maker I found this book to be rather outdated and not particularly helpful. The author spends far too much time eulogising various woods and on the making of basic woodworking tools with only a small section at the end on cabinet making. I have dozens of cabinetmaking books that I would recommend in preference to this one.
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This man is a true legend of the woodworking craft from a time before it was popular or cool to be a craftsman.
an inspiration for so many reasons from his philosophy, design ability, woodworking skills and wooden plane making talents.
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If you are a Cabinet Maker then this book is incredibly helpful and very interesting and full of imaginative ideas sand tips.
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