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on 29 March 2017
This is a perfect addition to any woodworkers library. It comes with a clear and concise information as well as creating a multitude of different ideas for projects around the home and in the workshop.
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on 26 September 2017
Although there are many excellent illustrations there is not enough in depth explanation or sizes. I felt it lacked good information on construction leaving me feeling a little deflated. Maybe I expected to much as it is an illustrated book, but was hoping for a bit more information.
I found that there was also not enough on alternative designs.
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on 20 September 2017
Great book with references to pland
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on 20 July 2017
Excellent book....loads of ideas...
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on 26 July 2017
Doesn't go into much detail about the how to make some of the joints, pretty basic overview of furniture pieces, not enough substance on how or why to use certain joints
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on 2 November 2017
great manual
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on 19 October 2017
Not enough about actually making a cabinet.
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on 7 November 2016
No, this is not the "Gray's Anatomy of Woodworking", despite the front cover statement, but it is not very far from an "Atlas of Cabinet making": the difference being that Gray's Anatomy is an utterly comprehensive textbook. As an atlas, Illustrated Cabinet Making is only limited by its British-American perspective. This is mildly annoying as this book gives an otherwise very good historical background to each of the woodworking projects it presents. It's just that the history of Anglo-American cabinet- and furniture making is deeply influenced by continental European, which in turn has taken inspiration from Chinese-Japanese crafts.

The above should not detract the reader from that an extensive and in-depth coverage on furniture making (exempting chairs), appropriate joinery, and history of the described projects is provided.

After an introduction on the history of Anglo-American cabinet making, the reader is provided is with an in-depth review of the joints available to the cabinet maker, succeeded by descriptions and recommendations what joinery to use for those sub-assemblies which put together generate a cabinet or furniture piece. Most importantly, Mr Hylton provides important information on the properties of available joints, how to mitigate the impact of seasonal variation in moisture induced swelling of wood, and the tensions placed on various sub-assemblies and what joinery best mitigates those strains.

The methodology sections are followed by a series of chapters where the methodologies are applied in the making of most furniture and cabinets, exempting chairs. Each main component of furniture, e.g. desks, tables, and beds, is illustrated by several examples, and each example is provided with very informative drawings on joints and sub-assemblies come together to form the piece. Furthermore, historical background, as well as alternatives to the presented piece, are briefly informed on in text boxes. Details for making the presented piece, and alternatives are given as references to publications. Some of these references are by now perhaps somewhat aged on not immediately accessible.

The topic of this book is not to teach the techniques of cabinet making, but some elaboration on woods suitable - and why they are recommended - for the presented projects would have been welcome, as would have been which joints go well with what wood.

In summary, anyone contemplating a wall-hung cabinet, not supported by brackets, can do more than well from the information this book provides on the suitable joinery and sub-assemblies for this kind of project. Likewise, will those in need of an extensible dining table find the intimate anatomy of such a piece of furniture, as well as alternatives.
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on 1 September 2011
This US book is split into two major parts.

The first part covers just about every kind of wood joint you can think of, along with examples of use and strengths/weaknesses (literally). You should be able to construct most joints with a router or by hand (some are a bit complicated though).

The latter part of the book provides many kinds of examples of tables, chairs, book cases, wardrobes and even beds. While not providing specific dimensions and so on, it gives a clear method for designing to the "average" sized human.

As a bonus it describes the various kinds of styles, e.g. "Shaker" and "Queen Anne" amongst many others. That in itself is useful if you're looking at antiques and ever wonder why they are called what they are.

It is more of a "source book" of ideas than a book of blue-prints. If you can draw and think, it is possible to work out dimensions and the build order if required. However because it is not a cut-by-cut or pin-by-pin book, it's not fully for beginners, but that's fine.
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on 9 December 2015
First and foremost this is not a step by step guide or a book for beginners, this book is aimed at advanced or experienced joiners cabinet makers or woodworkers.

This book is to be used as a reference book for projects, commissions or contracts. It enable you to have an insight of how pieces are built and ways around certain issues that may arise in the construction of pieces of furniture.

I found this book immensely useful being a cabinet maker and joiner, at times I need to refresh or simply dicover how certain pieces I am asked to make are actually made since there are so many variants. The exploded views are superb since they give me the insight on certain subassemblies and joints they are suggested or required.

I highly recommend this book for any serious craftsman or enthuiast to get this book as a reference
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