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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Popular Woodworking Books (March 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558708227
  • ASIN: B003UHU8GQ
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,232,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Thiel is the Executive Editor for Popular Woodworking Books, prior to which he was Senior Editor for Popular Woodworking magazine for over ten years. He is a published book author (David Thiel's Power Tool Maintenance), and is the host of the DIY Network program DIY Tools & Techniques.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By W. Billups on May 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
I ordered this book without having the chance to flip through it first. In hindsight you could probably read this in 30 minutes at a Barnes & Noble and save yourself $14. It's more of a picture tutorial of various shops around the country. There's not much detail on each shop which is fine as there are lots of pictures which every woodworker likes looking at pictures of other's shops. I'd say it's a good book to flip through but I wouldn't consider it a reference book like some of my other woodworking books. I did get some ideas for my own shop from this book which makes it worth the cost to me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Hagstrom on August 23, 2010
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I bought this book to peak in other people's woodshops without slowly driving by their garage and seeming like a stalker. I love to look at shops to get ideas, see what's possible, and also evaluate what I do and don't want my shop to evolve into. Plus it's just plain fun. I sat down and actually read the book in several sessions, and I refer to this book quite often.

I don't buy a book to be a "catchall" of all woodworking knowledge; rather I buy books that specialize in doing something very well. This book accomplishes that, I think. It won't give you the magical formula to design a full shop, nor is it an in-depth tutorial on dust collection. But, various woodshop owners walk you through their thinking, telling you why they did certain things such as why one woodworker didn't want a large shop.

There are many detailed photos of each shop, allowing you to visually explore and say "hey that's an idea I can use!" or "I wonder how I can design my shop to prevent that from happening..." You also learn some things that aren't explicitly stated, and one of those is that you can enjoy woodworking even before you have the "perfect" shop you have in your mind.

This is a good book to have in your shop, and it is easy to flip through while you do a shop design brainstorming session. Well, have fun staring at all the woodshops, and the more you look the more you'll get out of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. J. on December 4, 2009
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I guess I was hoping to get some ideas for my own shop. I can't say there were none and it's always interesting to see what other people have and what they do with the alloted space, but frankly, once I went though it the first time and put it away, I haven't looked at it again and have no desire to.
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