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The Complete Illustrated Guide To Shaping Wood Hardcover – October 15, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (October 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561584002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561584000
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first volume in Taunton's three-part "Complete Illustrated Guides" series, this title is intended as a bench-top reference guide showing the many ways of shaping wood (cutting, edge treatments, decorative techniques, turning, and carving). Techniques of all types and complexity are covered, usually including several means to accomplish each task, such as using hand or power tools. Profusely illustrated with drawings and photos, this book offers something for every woodworker. This title, along with the other two in the series (The Complete Illustrated Guide to Furniture and Cabinet Construction, Taunton, 2001, and The Complete Illustrated Guide to Joinery, Taunton, 2002), will be a welcome addition to any woodworking collection.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Lonnie Bird, a professional woodworker specializing in period furniture, runs a woodworking school in Dandridge, Tennessee.
Jeff Jewitt is a professional finisher and refinisher in Cleveland, Ohio and a contributing editor to "Fine Woodworking,"
Thomas Lie-Nielsen is the founder and owner of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks which manufactures high quality handtools. He lives in Warren, Maine.
Andy Rae, from Asheville, North Carolina, is a professional woodworker who writes frequently for woodworking magazines and teaches woodworking.
Gary Rogowski, a contributing to "Fine Woodworking," operates his own school, the Northwest Furniture Studio, in Portland Oregon.

More About the Author

Lonnie Bird, a professional woodworker specializing in period furniture, was a contributing editor to American Woodworker. He taught woodworking at the university level and now operates his own school in Dandridge, Tennessee.

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The photos and illustrations are very good.
Bob Maloney
Lonnie Bird is an excellent teacher as well as woodworker and this is apparent from reading this book.
Stumper
I had heard about this book from Fine Woodworking Magazine.
Jack B. Welch

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on February 8, 2002
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I have lots and lots of woodworking books. This one rates right up there with the best that have ever been published. The thing that delighted me the most was the explanation of how to create the gooseneck molding, the rosettes and the turned (and pierced) flame finials for the top of highboys or grandfather clocks. I have been searching for that information for years.
For the novice woodworker, this book is an eye opener. For the folks with more experience, this book is a treasure.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jack B. Welch on January 3, 2002
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I had heard about this book from Fine Woodworking Magazine. They had an ad for 3 books including this one. Well I purchased the book on cabinets and was so impressed I had to buy the one on Shaping Wood. Let me tell you have a LOT of books and magazines covering woodworking and this book is at the top of the list. Not only is this book rich with information, it is gorgeous. Each page is filled with full color photographs.
What is also nice about this particular book are the unique subjects. For instance it has a section on making gooseneck molding. Until today I had never heard of gooseneck molding, much less knew how to make it. Now after reading the steps and looking at the photographs I want to make gooseneck molding. ( Whether I need it or not)
As you can read, I am excited about this book! It cost less than $30 and has 300 pages to it. I highly recommend it.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bob Feeser TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 20, 2003
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This book covers some areas that will enable you to build some of the finest pieces of woodworking and furniture. For example a step by step explanation of how to create a flaming finial, to top off your best projects is illustrated: From the beginning of turning it on a lathe, to the first level of carving the flutes, to each successive layer. The one he creates out of walnut is the style that I like the most. Additionally making a claw foot, is well illustrated, just the same.
This book does not cover the basics, so one to add to your collection, as either a hopeful, or an advanced course of applications. It is a motivator, because he shows you the kind of work, that inspires us into higher levels in the art form.
Well illustrated, with clear photographs and descriptions. All in all a 5 star book, you will want to feature it on your book shelf, and in the works you will be motivated and instructed to create.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bob Maloney on March 11, 2002
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This is an excellent book. It has a nice balance between power and traditional hand tool techniques. The photos and illustrations are very good. The writing is very clear and easy to understand, unlike most woodworking books. Overall, this is one of the best woodworking books I own.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 25, 2003
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This is an essential book for anyone working on a project that requires complex shaping of wood. The book contains excellent colour foto's clearly demonstrating each technique. I was very impressed with the carving of the ball and claw foot. This is a consice book and the author goes straight to the point without any unnecessary clutter.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stumper on May 2, 2006
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Out of all the Complete Illustrated Guide books in this series, this is one of the best. Lonnie Bird is an excellent teacher as well as woodworker and this is apparent from reading this book. There are techniques in this book that I've never seen in any other book and I have over 200. This one is a treasure--mine is getting dog-eared and worn!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Nelson on August 5, 2008
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This book is a very good resourse for building period furniture with one exception. The author's shop is tooled much better than the average shop and he assumes the his readers have the same tools that he does. So far, I have worked out an alternate method of accomplishing the tasks without different tools. The book gave me the basics and I was forced to do some complex problem solving so I have to thank the author for giving me the opportunity to build up my brain power.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Lindgren on May 5, 2008
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What a great book! Very useful, nice functional layout. This is a shop manual more then a book for causal reading.

I believe every successful woodworker possess their own 'Secrets of the Craft'. These are time-tested methodolgies made unique by each craftsmen. Bird goes into great detail about how and more importantly WHY he chooses one method over another in almost every topic.

This is one book that should be sitting near your bench, and not stored with your (often unopened) machine manuals.
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