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Bob Lang's Complete Kitchen Cabinet Maker: Shop Drawings and Professional Methods for Designing and Constructing Every Kind of Kitchen and Built-In Cabinet Paperback – January 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1892836229 ISBN-10: 189283622X Edition: Details how to approach the complex job of designing and making built-in cabinets-traditional face-frame or contemporary frameless Eurostyle-for kitchens, family rooms, and home offices.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing; Details how to approach the complex job of designing and making built-in cabinets-traditional face-frame or contemporary frameless Eurostyle-for kitchens, family rooms, and home offices. edition (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189283622X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892836229
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author knows his subject and his writing is clear. This book is a nice companion to the plethora of kitchen idea magazines that populate the check lines at your local home center.

From the Back Cover

] Hands-On Advice from a Master Woodworker Whether it's kitchen, home office, family room, or any other kind of built-in cabinet work, this classic technical handbook shows you exactly how to approach the complex job of designing and making custom cabinets. Robert W. Lang takes the mystery out of the job with clearly written text, meticulously detailed shop drawings, and sharp photographs that show how cabinets go together in the real world. From the planning stage all the way through installation, Bob Lang's Complete Kitchen Cabinet Maker gives you a firm foundation for designing and building kitchen cabinets from scratch. This comprehensive handbook gives you the choice of building either traditional face-frame cabinets or contemporary frameless Euro-style cabinets. You'll benefit from practical and shop-tested methods and time-savers on every page. Take the confusion out of cabinetmaking by learning: - How to measure a room and design cabinetry. - How to develop working shop drawings and cutting lists. - How to work with solid wood, veneered plywood, MDF, and plastic laminates. - How to build traditional face-frame cabinets and Euro-style frameless cabinets. - How to cut and join the basic box for any project. - How to construct wall-hung cabinets, units with lighting, and floor-to-ceiling styles. - How to make doors, drawer faces, drawer boxes, and countertops. " The author knows his subject " -Fine Woodworking Magazine "You won't find a more jam-packed "how-to" manual..." -WoodCentral

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Customer Reviews

If you have any interest in building cabinets this is a must have book.
J. Zufall
Nonetheless, I would highly recommend the book for those new to cabinet making and as a reference for more experienced woodworkers.
Richard Brannin
The book is well organized, and the abundant illustrations, both photographs and drawings, are clear and detailed.
Tim Colton

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

234 of 234 people found the following review helpful By Tim Colton VINE VOICE on April 23, 2006
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I have years of experience in residential carpentry and furnituremaking, and I've installed dozens of kitchens, but I had never actually made a set of kitchen cabinets. We are renovating our house, and replacing our cheap cabinets is one of the items on the list. I spent hours at my local Barnes and Noble and Borders stores looking for a comprehensive book that focuses exclusively on kitchen cabinetmaking, and couldn't find one out of the dozens of books on cabinemaking that thoroughly covered both the cabinet design and production processes. Then I took a chance and ordered The Complete Kitchen Cabinetmaker, and found exactly what I was looking for.

Lang writes well and, just as important, is a good teacher and explainer. The book is well organized, and the abundant illustrations, both photographs and drawings, are clear and detailed. Measured drawings abound. He describes both general types of cabinet, frameless and face-framed, and lays out efficient production processes for both, indicating where potential problems lurk and the consequences of inaccuracies at crucial points.

This is head and shoulders the best book I have seen on the subject. If you are even considering building your own kitchen cabinets, or starting a small cabinet shop, this book should be your first purchase. It will be the best money you spend on the project.
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Bolesky on February 8, 2007
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I used this book along with _The Complete Cabinet Maker's Reference_ by Jeffrey Piontkowski to build a set of nice garage cabinets. The two books are very different, and, I think, compliment each other well. This book contained information that allowed me to refine the basic cabinets in the other book. I was very pleased with the results! The project would have been much more trouble for me if I hadn't read this book first.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By R. Serrano on April 27, 2008
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I purchased this book based on recommendations from Amazon reviews, and because I have the interest to learn more about furniture design and building techniques, basically focused in frameless type of cabinets, and this book covers both face-frame & frameless.
It provides a lot of pictures and drawings of how to layout, design, build, finish, and install face-frame or frameless cabinets.
Bob Lang made this book very easy to understand and I think is a great resource to beginners because of the structure of the book.
The book includes techniques and jigs that are great for cabinet construction. Several aspects of cabinet construction are covered with multiple options for joints, fasteners, materials, attaching doors (hinges), building drawers, etc.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By M. Hulette on November 7, 2007
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I'm researching the possibility of making the cabinets for our new home and have found this book to be an excellent resource of information and tips by someone who has "been there and done that". Mr. Lang uses easy to understand language and examples on drawer construction, door construction, case construction and installation. Lots of time-saving tips, too!

A very practical guide that will help anyone with just a little experience making cabinets.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Richard Brannin on March 31, 2009
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The Complete Kitchen Cabinetmaker is not a book on the details of joining or operating woodworking equipment. But it does do a very complete job of providing an overview of how to design and construct cabinets. It is comprehensive and economical in its explanation of how to construct both face frame and frame less cabinets. The author provides you with his viewpoint. Others would have a different perspective. Nonetheless, I would highly recommend the book for those new to cabinet making and as a reference for more experienced woodworkers. It has many insights that are only gained through the experience of building lots of cabinets and I found those insights to be very helpful.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas L. Mello on May 7, 2010
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The majority of books on cabinet making on the market are at best sub par. They usually cover the basics, and one will leave out what the other puts in and vice versa. You need an arsenal of books to get everything essential for beginners to start cabinet projects. I can safely say after reading and completing a set of cabinets from plans in this book, that it's all right here in one book. The descriptions, black and white photos from tools to materials to plans are very good. If this is a first book for you on cabinetry covering all the basics, I'd definitely start here. In fact, I've sold all the other books on this subject here on Amazon. This book is that definitive.
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46 of 55 people found the following review helpful By jpr001 on November 16, 2010
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Unfortunately, this book was a disappointment. I have years of experience in constructing furniture (dressers, side tables, night stands etc.) But I was looking for guidance on how kitchen cabinets are typically constructed and a detailed example of a cabinet broken down into the steps of measuring, cutting and assembling a cabinet, and measuring and installing drawers etc.
Unfortunately, this book provides a very very general look at cabinet construction covering topics such as possible methods of wood joinery (eg. dado, butt joint, butt joint with dowells etc.). Possible types of wood that is used (solid wood, plywood, composite plywood etc.).

The book may be well organized, but only provides a high level general overview of topics such as types of cabinet (frameless and face-framed), joinery methods, hardware types (screws, nails, staples etc.). If you are looking for practical guidance and a break down of the steps required to construct a cabinet from start to finish and how to fasten to the wall, install drawer guides etc, this book is NOT for you.

After reading through the entire book, I am no closer to knowing how to build and assemble cabinets.

Recommend you keep shopping rather than spend you money here.
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