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David Charlesworth's Furniture-Making Techniques (v. 1) Paperback – December 31, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Guild of Master Craftsman (December 31, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861081251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861081254
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.2 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,003,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

David Charlesworth is one of the most popular contributors to Furniture & Cabinetmaking, and his published articles are now collected in one single volume. Essential reading for the serious furniture maker and of real interest to woodworkers generally.

About the Author

David Charlesworth is a well-known craftsman with 30 years of experience in the furniture industry, whose work has been published extensively in the UK and USA. He has contributed to GMC's Furniture & Cabinet Making Magazine since the first issue, and has two previous books with GMC Publications: David Charlesworth's Furniture-Making Techniques - Volume 1 (ISBN:1-86108-125-1) and Volume 2 (ISBN: 1 86108 295 9). David lives in Platts Heath, near Maidstone, Kent.

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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Paul Glass on January 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
Excellent Book. The chapters on tuning hand planes together with the information on Japanese chisels is superb. The improvements I made to my Record #05 have made the world of difference to it's performance. The chapter on making an ebony spokeshave, using the blade made by Ron Hock certainly made me think.
I just wish there was more available from this author.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Neal C. White on September 12, 2001
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His explanations are clear and understandable. I finally was able to successfully edge joint two boards after reading his explanation. I just finished a spokeshave following his instructions, and it works better than any of my store-bought ones! I hope he publishes more books.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael H. Young on October 26, 2008
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Bearing in mind that I am a mature adult and bought this book knowing that it is a collection of magazine article reprints, I still found room for disappointment in its lack of woodworking savvy. Generally speaking, glossy page magazines publish two kinds of articles, some imparting genuine how-to information, the second kind is thinly veiled advertisement masquerading as editorial. Unfortunately, Charlesworth's writing in this volume and his Volume II falls into the latter category, highlighting the difficulty of the task and describing the pieces of shiny kit to help bridge your lack of proper apprenticeship and an acceptable workman-like result. On the other hand, it is exactly as it purports: a reprint of successful and popular magazine articles. The photography and print quality are superb, earning one star more than the two stars that I feel it deserves.
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By B E BB on April 20, 2014
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Met my expetations.
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This is a great book, although not for the novice or apprentice. David Charlesworth is a master carpenter and his work is excellent. I aspire to become as good as he is some day with lots of practice, but I am limited to small production for my own use only. Regardless, this book has inspired and helped me perfect my technique and I have learned some tricks.

Bottom line is, this is a great book from a great master of the trade. I highly recommend it.
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