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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Linden Publishing Co Inc; New Ed edition (Mar. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941936511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941936514
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 1 x 27.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 419,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James Krenov is the author of "The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking," "The Impractical Cabinetmaker," and "Worker in Wood," He directs the Cabinetmaking Program at the College of the Redwoods, one of the premier woodworking programs in the United States. He lives in Fort Bragg, California.


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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will read it again and again. It's not so much a how to as a how to approach furniture making. Krenov has a way of almost preaching his views on cabinetmaking, these appeals to me and a lot of other amateur cabinetmakers`.
Get,s you in the zone.
Recommended
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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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Far too much opinion and chatter in this book. and not enough clear practical guidance. The photographs are poor and many diagrams just scribble. The structure of the book is very odd. After the first couple of chapters of philosophy he suddenly jumps into fitting knife hinges. There might be some useful hints in here somewhere if you ignore the twitter.
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master writer and master cabinet maker who knows the subject inside out
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x98ba6a2c) out of 5 stars 21 reviews
56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92b01624) out of 5 stars Not a step by step guide ...but maybe a self-help book 15 Jun. 2001
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I did not know what to expect when I ordered this book I was kind of hopeing for a technical how-to guide on building cabinets.Since I was building kitchen cabinets at the time I wanted some top quality ideas and guides to build them. This book is not a step by step guide. But let me say this... this book has inspired me. Dare I say it is a spiritual guide to working with wood coupled with some solid planning and designing words of wisdom. For me it inspired me to move away from the standard straight designs and work toward more artistic and flowing furniture. Just don't buy this book thinking it is a technical how-to book on building you standard square boxes; but buy this book if you desire to build heirlooms .
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9346f810) out of 5 stars Another Krenovian Must Have 27 Nov. 2005
By Dennis Mitton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love all of Krenov's books. One reason is their accessibility. One complaint I have with most woodworking books on technique (like Norm Abrams') is that you need so many specialized tools or machines. Krenov's books are different: he talks as much about why to do something as he talks about the how. He makes his own planes not because of cost but because he can make them better than he can buy. He encourages you to slow down, to think about what you're doing, and to enjoy the wood. I liked "The Impractical Cabinetmaker" especially for his instruction on making your own veneer, something that I've had lots of fun with over the years. His outlines of his own projects are helpful, too, to see how he goes about creating a piece. A great book that I highly recommend.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92a91768) out of 5 stars none like it 20 May 2006
By Ed - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book a few years ago and I'm still reading it...or I should say re-reading it. As I progress with my woodworking skills, build some pieces, work with a different wood, etc, I find things in this book I didn't see before. There's a little bit of how-to here, but for me that's not where the real value lies. I love the philosophies of working with wood that Mr. Krenov offers -- they are worth the price of admission, and should be the reason for reading it. So my suggestion is to acquire the books you need about joinery, shaping, cabinet construction, etc., and as you go along every now and then take this book from the shelf and re-read it. Maybe not all of it, but I'm betting that as you grow in woodcraft you will react to it in a different way than you did the last time.

If all you want to do is cut out parts and fasten them together, why not get an erector set?...not so much sawdust. I agree with the reviewer who suggests that it should be required reading for every consumer as well.
34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92fdadd4) out of 5 stars Fantastic book. 15 Mar. 1999
By rustym@swconnect.net - Published on Amazon.com
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First let me say that "The Impractical Cabinetmaker" is a fantastic book. Now let me say that this new one is a ripoff by the publisher. Let me explain. This "new" book is just a reprint of the orginal published in 1979 with a little more added to the title to make you think it's a new book. Nowhere does it say in the advertising for this book that it is a reprint of the orginal. If you don't have the orginal this is a must buy for any James Krenov fan.
32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92d7630c) out of 5 stars The Krenov syndrome 21 Feb. 2006
By Wing Rider 2003 - Published on Amazon.com
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First of all - my rating of this book is not guided by Mr. Krenov's abilities - it is obvious he is a rare talent in the woodworking and design field...a man who has thought much about what he does and why and in so doing, has mastered his craft. The other side of the coin is that this book is not for everybody - it is heady, filled with a lifetime of introspective philosophy and covers advanced techniques the average person will never use and is nearly useless for the average woodworker who is looking for a "how to" book. Unless you are into an almost Zen like approach to woodworking or are looking for inspiration at an almost unreachable level, this book may not be for you. Is it a good read? Yes, and worth reading, no doubt. Will it help you go out to your shop the day after you read it and actually do something you gleaned out of it? Probably not. This book CAN be depressing. On the other hand, it will most assuredly open your mind to a rare and beautiful area of woodworking that to this point may have escaped you. Read it, enjoy it, it may inspire you to do better work or at least make you wish you could. His creations are beautiful. At the very least, you will come away with a certain amount of awe at what a dedicated, thoughtful and talented man can do with rather simple tools :)
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