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Product Details

  • Series: Getting Started
  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (March 12, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561586102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561586103
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #834,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Aimé Ontario Fraser began her woodworking career during high school. She has been a professional woodworker and boatbuilder. She teaches woodworking and boatbuilding in Norwalk, CT.


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I am coming from *zero* experience with woodworking and I really wanted a book that would hold my hand.
Nicholas
Each project introduces a simple set of new skills and builds on the skills learned in the preceding projects; it's very like a textbook in that way.
D. Guillermo
A clear, simple and full image explanation book, easy to understand, and with easy to build examples & practices, I recommend it!
Pedro A. Wikarczuk

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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas on August 20, 2003
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-----UPDATE----

There, as others have pointed out, a miscut in the first project. As a result I had a bottom way too big for the box. BUT I guess this was a good experience as I had to cut it down to size. Maybe she teaches us a lesson? Ha ha. Don't let the first project ruin the book for you, the rest of the projects are great!

I have an interest in woodworking as a hobby. I am coming from *zero* experience with woodworking and I really wanted a book that would hold my hand. The beginning of the book starts you pretty easily down the path explaining the layout of your shop and talking about workbenches and the various features you should look for. Then there is a large section on tools, what they are and what they do. Then it talks about wood. After reading these sections I feel like I have a good working knowledge of what I am in for. This is A+.

I haven't started the first project yet. I need to get some more tools and what not. This hobby can be very expensive.

The projects are laid out in a progressive order. You start out making a simple box and then each of the 5 projects gets more and more complex.

I really like how well this book is laid out. The projects have very clear illustrations and shopping lists. Each section has a "skill builder" of excercises you can practice on scrapwood when any new skill is introduced. This will help you a lot in reducing mistakes along the way.

I will edit my review again after I finish the first project.
----EDIT----
Finished the first project. The directions were confusing in, but overall we easily produced a great end result. Can't wait to start on the adirondak chairs
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By David Ashlock on February 23, 2005
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I was very excited to get my hands on this book after reading some of the material covered. I have a woodworking background from a long, long time ago, but wanted a good refresher since so much has changed since the last time I held a block plane in my hand. I am currently finishing up the first project and am extremely disappointed in this book. The errors contained in the first few steps didn't become apparent until several steps later, causing me to basically toss aside my first few pieces of work. This is never a good way to start for a "beginner" like myself. I am going to have to draw up my own plans and do all of the calculating and measuring myself, since the author and editor can't provide it.

First example: Step 1 of the box project tells you to cut your 1/2" x 3 1/2" piece of wood into two 16" long pieces. Easy enough, as this was later chopped down to two 4 1/2" and two 10 1/2" pieces to make the sides of the box. WRONG!!!! The actual wood that should be used to make the sides of the box is the 1/2" x 2 1/2". First step already a mis-step, as the finger joints to be cut was specified to be 1 1/4" (which is correct for 2 1/2" tall side pieces). Fortunately, I recognized this mistype early and cut my finger joints at 1 3/4". I did have enough material to build 3 boxes when I first started - now I am going to be lucky to be able to build one, as a majority of my 1" x 4" (nominal) wood was mis-used. Frustrating. . . .
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Smith on December 19, 2004
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I bought this book since I am relatively new to woodworking and was looking for a book with some different woodworking furniture construction projects that would be fun to build and develop my skills. This book has about 5 different interesting projects ranging from simple box construction, adirondack style chair, bookcase, coffee table, and low file cabinet. All the projects will result in fairly simple yet attractive projects which are well worth the time spent working through. In the process of each project Fraser walks the reader through increasingly difficult woodworking skill building exercises.

Now for the bad news, as touched on buy several of the other reviewers there are numerous typos and innacuracies which I think are inexcusable being that this book is written by a former editor of a very fine woodworking magazine, and it is directed towards beginners which don't need the additional challenge of catching and working around type errors.

Because I liked the project, I skipped directly to the last project, the low file cabinet. The project starts out with an explanation of dimensions for the project, but for some reason leaves out a few of the key dimensions on the drawings. Then the text references photographs, but for some reason the photos don't match the text, or are not sequenced in the right order. Also, a few of the dimensions in the text are simply not correct, and unless you carefully study the provided dimensions in the drawings and make some visual scale estimates on the photos, you will end up with an incorrectly designed project. In spite of the inaccuracies I was able to successfully build the project, but it is imperative you check the drawings, photos, and text carefully and pick the source which provides the most accurate information to complete the project correctly. Not really something a novice woodworker should have to deal with. So I give this book 3 stars, a 4 for concept and a 2 for execution.
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