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Carpentry For Dummies Paperback – September 15, 1999


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"Carpentry For Dummies is a terrific guide to stay on the right track." —Richard Karn, Al Borland on TV's Home Improvement "Probably the most useful tool to have in the home workshop — solid information about everything is right at your fingertips." — Don Geary, President of the National Association of Home & Workshop Writers

Step-By-Step Illustrations Show You How to Do It!

Have you ever wanted to trim out a room — but didn't know where to start? In Carpentry For Dummies®, Gene and Katie Hamilton and Roy Barnhart show you the drill (not to mention the saw and the hammer) and guide you step by step through basic household projects. With pointers on choosing the right materials, finding the best way to put them together, and working safely, it's your ideal basic carpentry reference. Step-by-Step Solutions — from the First Cut to the Final Finish:

  • Find a good lumber or hardware store — and choose the right materials for the job
  • Master the fine points of measuring, marking, and gauging to make sure everything fits perfectly
  • Bone up on sanding, sealing, and staining basics
  • Get the scoop on safety precautions with power tools and potentially toxic chemicals

About the Author

About the Authors Gene and Katie Hamilton are the husband-and-wife team behind "Do It Yourself or Not?", a syndicated newspaper column from the Los Angeles Times as well as the founders of www.HouseNet.com, a comprehensive website for do-it-yourselfers. The Hamiltons have written more than a dozen bestselling books, including Home Improvement For Dummies®. Roy Barnhart, a lifelong do-it-your-selfer, is a freelance writer, editor, and consultant in the home improvement field. He has contributed to such magazines as Home, House Beautiful, Family Handyman, Workbench, and Today's Homeowner.
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Product Details

  • Series: For Dummies
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (September 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764551752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764551758
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #718,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By John M. Mcnally on August 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
You'll still be a dummie after reading this book. For those with little or no knowledge of carpentry, you won't find what you are looking for in this book.
There are no photos and almost NO illustrations (or drawings), so things are just described and you'll have to imagine how it looks. For example, the vast variety of screws and nails are addressed without a single illustration! A picture says a thousand words and helps the reader to visualize and comprehend the topic, but you won't find it here.
Skip this book and try Black & Decker's Complete Guide to Home Carpentry. It's loaded with color photos of the actual work you'll be doing and explains everything step-by-step.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By O. Lerma on January 14, 2002
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When you read the title of this book, please take it to heart. It really is only for dummies. Who else but a dummy would need to know how to nail, how to push a button to turn on a saw, etc? There is no real information on basic carpentry skills such as the use of a framing square,framing itself, the use of leveling tools to make sure you are starting with level ground, and so on. A more appropriate title for this book would have been "Home Improvment for Dummies" as one could not take knowledge from this book and build from scratch.
I will no longer purchase "For Dummies" books without checking it out at a bookstore first.
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By gabulldog on January 29, 2015
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Gave to my grandson for Christmas for his drama class in college.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arandas Alahan on December 6, 2012
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I'm a carpenter, and I ordered this book just to keep in my truck as a reference for common carpentry terminology which change slightly from region to region . It has already proven useful. Very satified.
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8 of 26 people found the following review helpful By "pow699" on April 12, 2000
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First time builders need not worry! This books explains all you need to know. From tools and uses to step by step instructions. I highly recommend this for any beginner.
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