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Furniture Making Plain & Simple Hardcover – October 14, 1987


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  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Portland House (October 14, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517615355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517615355
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,556,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mark T. Wypyski on May 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Excellent book for the beginner or amateur woodworker. Well written, simple explanations of all the basics with hundreds of great, clear drawings and diagrams (the excellent illustrations in this book really makes it stand out over the vast majority of books of this type). Also included are instructions for eleven different interesting furniture projects.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dick Johnson VINE VOICE on October 31, 2008
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If you have never opened a book by Aldren Watson, you are missing one of the treats of woodworking literature. The line drawings are unbelievably clear and helpful. The text is easy to read and if you follow the instructions, you'll actually produce what he's describing.

I haven't found an erroneous measurement or missing item from a list of materials. His style leads you to believe you can actually do this stuff (and you don't need $10k worth of power tools).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. J. on June 7, 2012
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Mr. Watson has this book and one called "Hand tools". Both are considered must have books for any hand tool woodworker. This book has several projects and the illustrations (line art) are first rate and easy to understand.

It seems that anyone who is a prominate and well known hand tool woodworker has nothing but positive things to say about Aldren Watson. I'm not even close to being well known, but I certainly agree with them. I reference his two books often and they have given me several ideas and educated me to the point that it has certainly enhanced my woodworking experience.

If there is any downside, it's simply that he uses some very old techniques of hand tool woodworking and while informative, some seem to be quite outdated. Some of his designs of early American furniture may seem "old" to some, I see them as timeless.
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I love this book. The instructions and illustrations are great. I have been making wooden buckets, barrels, bowls and spoons for many years, but I am new to furniture making and the joining process as it relates to furniture. This book has every thing I need as a beginner in this form of woodworking.
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