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""[A] valuable instructional guide for the dedicated woodworker and re-enactor. Each of the featured seventeen woodworking projects is superbly illustrated with clear, concise and easy to follow instructions."" --""Midwest Book Review""

About the Author

A. J. Hamler is a woodworking editor and writer who has written articles for ""Handy,"" ""Wood Magazine,"" ""Woodshop News,"" ""Woodwork Magazine,"" and"" Woodworker's Journal."" He is the editor of ""The Collins Complete Woodworker,"" the author of several science fiction novels and short stories, and is a Civil War reenactor. He lives in Williamstown, West Virginia.
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  • Paperback: 163 pages
  • Publisher: Linden Publishing (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933502282
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933502281
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.5 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lee Gordon on February 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
I am not a Civil War reenactor, but I am very much interested in history. I am also not the world's most experienced woodworker, but I do like to spend time in the workshop, building, among other things, my skills. That's why Civil War Woodworking is an ideal book for someone like me. Interspersed through the projects is a fascinating dose of history, both of the Civil War and of the craft of woodworking, accompanied by numerous photos and illustrations.

The projects run the gamut from extremely simple and easy to ones that will maintain interest for more advanced woodworkers, especially the ones who, in the name of authenticity, choose to do all the work with the types of hand tools available in the mid-19th century. Fortunately for power tool junkies like me, the author offers guidance for practitioners of either mode of construction.

And while all the projects are things that could be used in a battlefield reenactment, many are not limited to that purpose. In addition to being dead easy to make, the Five Board Bench would be as at home in a garden as on the field of Gettysburg. The Officer's Field Desk would make a handy work station for a laptop computer, and the Folding Camp Table is a nice upgrade over the kind one normally sets up in front of the TV as a staging area for snacks.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 16, 2010
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As the editor of 'The Collins Complete Woodworker' and a dedicated Civil War reenactor, A. J. Hamler brings a very special expertise to "Civil War Woodworking: 17 Authentic Projects for Woodworkers and Reenactors". This profusely illustrated 160-page compendium of authentic Civil Ear era woodworking projects opens with two chapters dedicated to providing an informed and informative overview by defining authenticity with respect to the Civil War in terms of reenactments and 'period correct' projects, then surveying the tools, techniques, materials needed to insure historic accuracy. The projects themselves range from benches, crates, ammunition boxes, and a folding camp table, to a bucksaw, folding camp stool, and an officer's field desk. Of special note is the chapter devoted to games. Enhanced with period photography, a bibliography, thematically appropriate web sites, and a useful source list for materials and hardware, "Civil War Woodworking: 17 Authentic Projects for Woodworkers and Reenactors" is enthusiastically recommended for personal and professional woodworking reference collections, and will prove of immense interest to Civil War buffs as well.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Morgan on September 20, 2010
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This book is a great one for those who want to build the simple items used for re-enacting. I have already built two of the boxes in the book and am working on the Lieutenant Kelly's chair. I have already recommended it to all the guys in my reenacting unit.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. O'Driscoll on March 18, 2010
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My family and I are Civil War reenactors. Prior to starting the CW hobby, I also enjoyed woodworking. This book has provided me with the means to confidently create faithful reproductions of furniture and useful camp items which were present during the Civil War time period. When I came home from work and noticed the book had arrived from Amazon (2 days after ordering), I immediately sat down and read it from cover to cover.

Two things struck me about this book once I had finished reading it through:
1) It was obvious that Mr. Hamler had performed a great deal of research prior to creating the plans for the projects in this book. The majority of the projects in the book are accompanied by photographs from the time period showing the items in use in the soldier's camps. The addition of these photos helps to add to the authenticity of the project.
2) The majority of the projects in the book are items which are unique to the reenacting hobby. There are many exmaples in the hobby now, where reenactors and sutlers alike have latched on to one example of a period-correct item and mass-produced it to the point that it is over-represented in the hobby. Many of the projects in Mr. Hamler's book provide a means for someone to create a period-correct, yet unique, item for the persona they represent.

I appreciate the level of effort Mr. Hamler has put into the book and look forward to making my first project!

M. O'Driscoll
Ruckersville, VA
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J O'Brien on August 27, 2010
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Whether you are a veteran woodworker or are starting your first project (like me), this book is perfect. The projects that Hamler outlines are both authentic and practical. He provides the photographic evidence for each project, and gives a wonderful step-by-step process of how to create each one, even listing the items and tools that you'll need in advance. You can literally follow this book page by page- he takes the guesswork out of it and leaves you with simple instruction. Whats even better is that he tailors each project towards the reenacting community. For example, many reenactors will use an empty period ammunition chest as a bench. In the 1860's, the boxes were made with cheap wood and materials and they would generally be burned or tossed away, but reenactors need them to be more durable than their predecessors, so Hamler explains how you can improve upon the item without sacrificing its authentic appearance.
Overall, this book is amazing. Much more than being a "how-to" guide, this book is also a great read. The reader is given a great deal of background on both the war and on reenacting, as well as for each individual project. If you are a civil war reenactor and you want to improve your portrayal by creating furnishings that are both authentic AND useful, then this book is a must.
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