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Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Carpentry for Homeowners: Basic Carpentry Skills & Everyday Home Repairs (Black & Decker Complete Guide) Paperback – Bargain Price, December 15, 2007


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Chris Marshall is the author of dozens of books and hundreds of magazine articles on fine woodworking. He is a contributing editor at Woodworker's Journal.
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  • Series: Black & Decker Complete Guide
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing international; 2nd edition (December 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158923331X
  • ASIN: B00509CQ3K
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,269,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I highly recommend you add it to your library.
J.T.
I give this book high marks for clear, concise, step-by-step explanations and LOTS of pictures.
"cablecarlover"
If you are already a tradesperson, this book might STILL be good for review.
JDiver

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany Bell on August 4, 2009
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This is a neat little book, despite the name 'Black & Decker', which I stay away from like the plague.

As a girl, I know very little on carpentry in general. This isn't a bad book to have to give you a starting point and some little projects to put together to gauge yourself. I always liked the idea of fixing up the house--but liking the idea, and being able to ACTUALLY DO IT are totally different things. So, my first project I started with was the workbench plan, and modified it a bit to suit my needs, just to see if I had a knack for this kind of thing. I can't even begin to say how much I like the plan for the workbench. It ends up making a very sturdy table. (I added locking wheels to the bottom of mine, and used 2 sheets of 3/4" MDF board as the top instead of plywood.)

This book obviously isn't meant for someone who already knows it all. As the title says, 'Carpentry for Homeowners', not 'Carpentry for Carpenters'. So, if you've got some projects you want to try out, this is certainly a nice addition to your library--even if you're just a tad bit interested. The first 100 pages are just telling you what certain tools are, what they're used for, and how to use them. Kind of basic stuff, but for me, it was a good start.

One thing I don't like about the book is that it's glue-bound. What I mean by that is that it's glued to the cover and all that, and so it has a tendency to flop closed on you. Hardly functional if you're trying to learn WHAT to do WHILE doing it. The easiest way to fix this is to take it to your local Kinko's, or somewhere else that binds books, and have them chop the spine off, laminate the covers, and coil bind it for you.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By JDiver on December 20, 2002
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If you are already a tradesperson, this book might STILL be good for review. But, if like me, you are a homeowner interested in repairs and maintenance, and perhaps some light carpentry to plane a door, build some storage or the like, this is THE book. Easy to follow, step-by-step comprehensive instructions with clear photos for each important step, lists of tools and fixin's to do the job, it's all there. Lots of projects, easy to use- a reference I won't do without.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Rob on May 3, 2006
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I bought this book for a garage project of mine and the decent reviews it had. I must say the reviews are well deserved. This book offers plenty of photos and well explained "how-to" guide lines. Detailed explanation with photos of all the tools you'll need for your project. I can now do my projects with confidence considering I am a novice at carpentry. Excellent choice for the novist.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By ND CompuGeek on December 26, 2005
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I got this book from my wife for Christmas, and I was immediately able to use it! I'm a computer geek, and usually when I get a hammer in my hand, it ends up either hitting my fingers or making a bigger hole in the wall.

This book teaches ALL the basics, from how to saw wood to how to frame and install a new door in a new wall! The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that it's still a reference book - it's not something that I'd pore over in the middle of the night and couldn't put down.

It's still a great book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Lynn on April 14, 2013
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I wanted to make some improvements to my home but did not know anything about carpentry. My background is in finance and technology. So I checked out about 7 books at my local library. This book along with several others really impressed me. It has a lot of great photographs to help one understand how things are constructed. I think that it is important to have good tools if one wants to do a job well. This would be one 'tool'. I also purchased the Home Carpenter & Woodworker's Repair Manual by William P Spence, to get another perspective. Don't just limit yourself to one book on a subject like this. See what your local library has check out those books and find the ones that work for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jasonm0817 on May 6, 2010
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The Black and Decker Complete Guide series are excellent. However, this book is basic for me. Good book for those who are looking for basic knowledge on carpentry. I'd give a 5 star if the book had more advanced projects of framing details of bathrooms and porches.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "cablecarlover" on June 29, 2003
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I give this book high marks for clear, concise, step-by-step explanations and LOTS of pictures. Even if you know nothing about carpentry, this book will give you the confidence you need to accomplish anything from small projects right up to major tasks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miguel Garcia on April 1, 2011
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not as in depth as i would have hoped from black and decker but still a good find on carpentry for the home
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