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Is plywood the only material available ?
on 21 November 2002
Please don't get me wrong - I enjoyed this book - it's got many good tips even if it's somewhat outdated (1991).
The main bugbears I had were it's almost total reliance on 3/4 inch plywood (expensive and unnecessary) and the fact that the title is a bit of a misnomer. Make 'your own' cabinets - hardly, and here's why. If you took Mr Cary's advice and made the various jigs he suggests you'ld very quickly double the price of your kitchen and it's not everyone who has a professional workshop in his back yard to do it in. The book is pitched at people making kitchens for others. Who's going to spend two or three days making a 'cutoff box' for one kitchen?
Having said that I thought the plan for the router table and other points such as the cutting lists were good.
If you like all your measurements in Imperial, if you like plywood and you want a John-Boy Walton type kitchen, then this is the book for you.