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The Woodworker's Guide to Furniture Design: The Complete Reference for Building Furniture the Right Size, the Right Proportion and the Right Style Hardcover – March 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Popular Woodworking Books (March 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155870437X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558704374
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #699,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
An excellent book which has earned a spot over my drawing table. Superbly covers form/function, visualization, standardized (ergo) vs. personalized design, and construction principles. Covers drawing, drafting and CAD well. Includes a brief history of furniture.
The math is suited for the drawing table rather than the shop, as you should expect for a design book. The hows and whys of design principles are explored, some not as conclusively as I'd like.
The book is well illustrated with many relavent line drawings, charts, and graphs. It is nicely laid out, easy to read, and pleasing to look at.
Nice job, Mr. Graves!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael Pingrey on December 30, 2001
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This is an excellent book for the history of style, proportions, and ergonomics. It is especially useful for the cabinetmaker who is custom designing furniture. The golden section (golden rectangle) is covered in the most precise detail I have ever seen. The tables and charts are extremely helpful in the design stage of any project. If you design furniture, you'll definitely want this book in your library.
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By Pierre B. on June 20, 2014
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I was hoping for more about the historic and periods of furniture design with illustration of the different styles. But this is condense in a chapter and the description of the different periods is very generic.

The valuable information is kind of diluted and it is like the authors tried to fill the page with repetitions and obvious remark about designing the furniture.

I still like the book but it is a bti off what I was expecting.
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By Clay Baker on December 10, 2012
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This is my go to reference for furniture design. I'm actually rebuying it for the third time because I loan it out to new woodworkers and sometimes it doesn't come back. I assume they needed it more tha I do.
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