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Books on Furniture Making


Tom Fidgen, MADE BY HAND: FURNITURE PROJECTS FROM THE UNPLUGGED WOODSHOP
Ref: 1558708952


"Made By Hand" is the definitive book of how to build woodworking projects using hand tools. While there are a number of books on hand tools for woodworkers that provide information about hand tools and their individual uses, no one has put these tools to use on a project. In that regard, this book is unique and will fit in perfectly with the rapidly expanding category of hand-tool woodworking. The six projects and companion DVD offer excellent views of the hand tools in use, and the critical body positioning necessary. 


Price: 19.99

Tom Fidgen, MADE BY HAND: FURNITURE PROJECTS FROM THE UNPLUGGED WOODSHOP

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Thomas Moser, HOW TO BUILD SHAKER FURNITURE
Ref: 9781440313042


Cabinetmaker Thomas Moser wrote what was one of the first books on building Shaker furniture, and the simple, direct presentation continued to sell for almost 40 years. This new Anniversary edition includes expanded drawing for all fifty-one original projects, plus twelve new projects, as well as colour photography for the entire book.

From Amazon: "Over the years I've collected several woodworking books. I find this book one that I come back to again and again for ideas and inspiration. Unlike most of the project-focused books on the subject, Moser communicated the tenants of the craft. He stresses the basics that you need to know to be successful whether it's a bed or a dresser you're building. This book just makes sense...I have friends in Europe and Singapore who have become interested in woodworking. The first book on the subject that I've given to both of them is Moser's". 


Price: 17.99

Thomas Moser, HOW TO BUILD SHAKER FURNITURE

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Mike Dunbar, MAKE A WINDSOR CHAIR
Ref: 9781440334818


Making a Windsor chair is one of the purest forms of woodworking--and one of the most fulfilling. With a few specialized tools, greenwood straight from the forest and some expert instruction, even beginners can craft an heirloom.

In this book, chairmaking expert Mike Dunbar will show you exactly how. Dunbar, who has personally taught more than 3,000 students over the last 30 years, details every step in building sackback and continuous-arm Windsors. You'll learn how to:

  • Choose and use the tools you need for efficient work.
  • Carve a comfortable seat.
  • Make well-proportioned legs, stretchers and spindles.
  • Rive and steam-bend a chair back.
  • Assemble joints for a perfect fit the first time.
Plus, this expanded edition (with 32 additional pages) includes a chapter on fixing chairmaking mistakes, one of the most common issues Mike's students ask about.

Follow the professional tricks, tips, and techniques in this updated and expanded edition and you'll have a chair that will stay tight and true for generations. 


Price: 17.99

Mike Dunbar, MAKE A WINDSOR CHAIR

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Lonnie Bird, COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO SHAPING WOOD
Ref: GMC-07662


Shape is critical to the ultimate success or failure of a piece of furniture. Knowing this, custom-furniture maker Lonnie Bird has taken the complex subject of shaping and in this book made it accessible to every woodworker. He guides the reader towards first visualising, then drawing a shape, and then choosing the appropriate tool for creating it. Shaping techniques of all kinds are covered here, from the simplest ones to more complex bending and carving. Highly illustrated with drawings and photos, this book offers something for every woodworker.

Author information:
Lonnie is a master woodworker and a master teacher as well as a published author, known for his many woodworking books and articles. Lonnie has been woodworking for nearly thirty-five years and teaching for over twenty.

Full colour, 800 photographs, 30 drawings, 304 pages, 235 x 265mm 


Price: 19.99

Lonnie Bird, COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO SHAPING WOOD

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Tom Fidgen, THE UNPLUGGED WORKSHOP
Ref: 22788


Woodworker Tom Fidgen is very well known in the online woodworking community and his first book, Made by Hand, was critically acclaimed. In his second book, Fidgen presents more hand-tool woodworking projects for the home and workshop.

The projects have a distinctive retro look, recycling designs from our not-so-distant past: He has reconceived the classic library card catalog (converted to use for kitchen storage); his clever medicine chest does double duty as a four-bottle wine tote; and his gentleman’s valet is an elegant clothing stand with a profile that harks back to the days of high style and quality wares. In the opening chapters, Fidgen discusses the benefits of working in an unplugged woodshop, considers the sources of design inspiration, offers advice on glues and finishes, and even explains how to make hand tools using only hand tools.

Pages: 192
Photographs: 350 photographs 


Price: 19.95

Tom Fidgen, THE UNPLUGGED WORKSHOP

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Jennie Alexander & Peter Follansbee, MAKE A JOINT STOOL FROM A TREE: AN INTRODUCTION TO 17TH CENTURY JOINERY
Ref: BK-MAJSFAT


When it comes to exploring the shadowy history of how 17th-century furniture was built, few people have been as dogged and persistent as Jennie Alexander and Peter Follansbee.

For more than two decades, this unlikely pair – an attorney in Baltimore and a joiner at Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts – have pieced together how this early furniture was constructed using a handful of written sources, the tool marks on surviving examples and endless experimentation in their workshops.

The result of their labour is the new Lost Art Press book “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree: An Introduction to 17th-century Joinery.” This book starts in the woodlot, wedging open a piece of green oak, and it ends in the shop with mixing your own paint using pigment and linseed oil. It’s an almost-breathtaking journey because it covers aspects of the craft that most modern woodworkers would never consider. And yet Alexander and Follansbee cover every detail of construction with such clarity that even beginning woodworkers will have the confidence to build a joint stool, an iconic piece of furniture from the 17th century.

Joint stools are a fascinating piece of British and early American furniture. Made from riven – not sawn – oak, their legs are typically turned and angled. The aprons and stretchers are joined to the legs using drawbored mortise-and-tenon joints, no glue. And the seat is pegged to the frame below. Because of these characteristics, the stools are an excellent introduction to the following skills.

• Selecting the right tools: Many of the tools of the 17th century are similar to modern hand tools – you just need fewer of them. “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” introduces you to the very basic kit you need to begin.

• Processing green oak: Split an oak using simple tools, rive the bolts into usable stock and dry it to a workable moisture content.

• Joinery and mouldings: Learn to cut mortises and tenons by hand, including the tricks to ensure a tight fit at the shoulder of the joint. Make mouldings using shop-made scratch stocks – no moulding planes required.

• Turning: Though some joint stools were decorated with simple chamfers and chisel-cut details, many were turned. Learn the handful of tools and moves you need to turn period-appropriate details.

• Drawboring: Joint stools are surprisingly durable articles of furniture. Why? The drawbored mortise-and-tenon joint. This mechanical joint is rarely used in contemporary furniture. Alexander and Follansbee lift the veil on this technique and demonstrate the steps to ensure your joint stool will last 400 years or so.

• Finishing: Many joint stools were finished originally with paint. You can make your own using pigments and linseed oil. The right finish adds a translucent glow that no gallon of latex can ever provide.

“Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” is also the long-awaited follow-up to Alexander’s 1978 book “Make a Chair from a Tree,” which has been out of print for many years. “Make a Chair from a Tree” inspired generations of woodworkers to pick up hand tools and the skills required to use them. That book was one of the essential sparks that ignited the resurgence of handwork we are experiencing today.

This new book – Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” – is sure to inspire many more and give woodworkers a fuller understanding of how furniture can and should be made with hand tools.

“Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” is printed in the United States on acid-free paper with a sewn binding. This 128-page book is in full colour, with more than 200 photos and a dozen illustrations. “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” is in an oversized 9” x 12” format, covered in dark blue cloth and has a full-colour dust jacket. 


Price: 34.95

Jennie Alexander & Peter Follansbee, MAKE A JOINT STOOL FROM A TREE: AN INTRODUCTION TO 17TH CENTURY JOINERY

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Doug Stowe, RUSTIC FURNITURE BASICS
Ref: 18181


Rustic furniture has an earthly charm that evokes cabins in the woods and country hideaways. Easy to make, rustic furniture is also “green” through incorporating reclaimed and found materials. In this step-by-step project book, an award-winning woodworker and teacher shows how to use materials collected from the outdoors or recycled from old buildings to make one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture. Every technique is detailed, from cutting round mortises and tenons to making a webbed seat, weaving twigs, traditional joinery and more. Heirloom-quality projects include a storage chest, chairs, tables and other attractive and useful pieces. Design alternatives show how to apply the basic techniques to other projects. 


Price: 16.99

Doug Stowe, RUSTIC FURNITURE BASICS

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