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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Linden Publishing (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610350049
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610350044
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""40 different projects, for every room of the house, and even some outdoor furniture . . . almost any reader will find 10 or 12 projects here that strike their fancy."" --www.StartWoodworking.com (April 21, 2011)

About the Author

Spike Carlsen has been involved in the world of wood and woodworking for more than 30 years. He is the former executive editor of ""The Family Handyman"" magazine and a regular contributor to ""American Woodworker,"" ""FreshHome,"" and ""Men's Health"" magazines. He is the author of ""A Splintered History of Wood: Belt Sander Races, Blind Woodworkers and Baseball Bats,"" selected as an NPR Best Book of the Year. He lives in Stillwater, Minnesota.

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Spike Carlsen (visit www.facebook.com/spikecarlsenbooks for tips, quotes, projects and information) is an editor, author, carpenter and woodworker, who has been immersed in the world of wood and woodworking for over 30 years. He is former Executive Editor of Family Handyman magazine where he wrote hundreds of articles on home improvement and oversaw the creation of dozens of books including the revised Readers Digest, Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual. He has written articles for Old House Journal, Fine Homebuilding, Workbench, The Minneapolis Star Tribune and other publications. He currently works as Projects Editor for Fresh Home magazine and serves on the Advisory Board for Men's Health magazine. He has made appearances on Modern Marvels, the CBS Early Show, The Weekend Today Show, WGN-TV, Good Morning Texas, HGTV's "25 Biggest Renovating mistakes" special, USA Radio and many other national radio and television shows.

Prior to becoming an editor he worked as a carpenter for 15 years, and ran his own construction and remodeling company, working on projects ranging from energy efficient homes to historic restorations. He and his wife Kat have five adult children and live in historic Stillwater, Minnesota. In his spare time he enjoys biking, restoring vintage radios, woodworking and renovating (and renovating and renovating) their 1850s Greek Revival home.

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The instructions and photos for each project make it simple to complete.
Harry E Trexel
I'm an experience woodworker but I'm thankful to this great book for starting me on some good looking quick projects that I will use as gifts to my many children.
Larry Martin
Thank you, Spike, for the great idea - our family will always remember the Christmas of 2011.
Pastor King

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Daryl on April 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
Spike Carlsen's new book, Ridiculously Simple Furniture Projects is deceptive. Upon first glance, I thought it was a beginner's book (the cover has the same "feel" as Aime Fraser's book Getting Started in Woodworking). They are aimed at different audiences though. Spike's book also has a great list of projects using standard hardware store and home supply places, but then it diverges. "Simple" is not really so. While he make the projects look easy, the assumption is you have a working knowledge of woodworking basics. Helping this book is Spike's ability to actually write well (but since you've all read is Splintered History of Wood you knew that already! Haven't read it yet? Shame!! Go read that also. It's on Rosenblatt's required book list. You can't read finish this review until you have. I have time. I'll wait).

Usually, when you open a book like this, chapter one is a list of the tools you need, or want, or some idea of what you should get. If that's what you need, go and get Aime's book, then come back to this one. Within the four chapters of the book are projects and, even more important: Techniques. It's not a how to if you don't know how. It's a: Here is a better and easier way to do what you've probably tried in the past. And it's terrific for that.

I love this book on so many levels, I can't really describe how. It has some great things to build, and best of all, they are practical. There are few homes that won't need at least a couple of the things he's laid out for you. Look through the book, read his brief but clear set of instructions, look at the plans, study the photos, learn from his techniques, and the next thing you know, you've got in your home (or given as gifts) some really great stuff.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By KNT on February 9, 2012
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I bought this book for my husband who is recently retired and reviving his interest in woodworking. He has been updating his tools and outfitting his workshop with the basics. This book was perfect for him. He has some basic skills and wants to learn more--this book includes projects that are simple, but well designed and very attractive. The instructions and photos are well done, and the extra comments and side articles are very helpful. Of all the books we looked we own on the topic, this is probably the best.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Montana-Mom on April 3, 2011
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I bought this book for my husband on reccomendation from my dad. My dad tried his hand at the cookbook stand and in only a matter of hours it was done, functional and beautiful! (He gave it to me after I told him how much it would match my kitchen!) My husband is now eager to try to his hand at these projects once he saw the ease which my dad flew through his first project. I think there is going to be a whole lot of new furniture floating around our house soon!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Don Scott on June 26, 2011
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Spike is the author of a previous book, A Splintered History of Wood, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Spike continues his good work in this publication with 38 great but simple do-it-yourself projects. This is really great looking furniture that anyone can build. The title says it all. I do most of my work on the lathe, but would not be afraid to tackle any of these projects.

The very first project is to make a wall hung shelf from just one 2 x 6. As I was reading it, the thought came to me that it could easily be changed into an entry for the 2 x 4 contest for the local woodworking club. I might give that one a try. Oops, maybe I have said too much already. But that is just an example of how simple Spike has made these projects. Many of them are designed around standard lumber and plywood sizes you find in the lumber yard like the one mentioned above and one that will make five chairs from a single sheet of 4' x 8' x ¾" plywood. You can make a magazine rack from a piece of 1 x 12 x 36" piece of lumber. There are even three projects you can make from a 1 x 6 x 12" piece of lumber.

There are projects for the living room, bedroom, home office, media center, kitchen, dining room and outdoors . . . something for any room in your house. Everything in the book is meant to be serviceable around the house. There are projects as simple as a wine bottle holder to things as complicated as an entertainment pantry (for holding cd's and dvd's).

Spike also covers many related safety issues you should be concerned about. And throughout the book you will find many sidebars that give tips and techniques relating to what is being done covering nail, screw and lumber sizes, finish selections, handling finishing materials, selecting lumber, tool selection and more.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pastor King on January 6, 2012
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I am writing to thank you for your wonderful book and to tell you about how you have helped our family. My wife and I became very interested in the article by Spike Carlson on the Limbert Footstool We decided that a replica Limbert footstool would be the perfect "heirloom" for our children and grandchildren. I downloaded the full-size plans from your website and made templates out of 1/8" plywood. I am 60 years old and I already have the woodworking tools necessary for just such project. Taking stock of my lumber supply we determined we could make 15 stools, one for each of my siblings, my wife, each of our children, and one special granddaughter, Lilly! I did not have enough 12" boards so I started by gluing some smaller ones up where necessary. We had enough for four stools made of black walnut, five white oak, and two each of hickory, red oak and white ash.

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, my sons, son-in-laws and grandsons all came to my garage where we had our "King Family Footstool Factory" set up. Some drew patterns; some cut pieces on the table saw and others cut the curved aprons on the band saw. One son-in-law drilled the holes in the legs and the tops while the other sanded the holes smooth on the spindle sander. My oldest son used the scroll saw on the leg cutouts and the grandsons did much of the sanding. We had a great time in this family project. By the end of the day we had all of the parts (and a couple of "spares" and "rejects") cut out and ready for assembly. Over the next couple of weeks we routed some of the edges and then assembled, sanded and finished the footstools. We stained a few of them and then put 3 coats of lacquer on them all.
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