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5.0 out of 5 stars Overall an excellant book, February 13, 2010
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The projects here are all doable by a determined beginner and use common equipment. I have two minor gripes though: first they mention shelf strength with and without a 2" edging; but never define what the 2" edging consists of. (BTW the sagulator that they refer to apparently no longer exists.) Second they seem to be rather fixated on table saws as tools and don't mention alternate techniques like router, bandsaw or panel saw. ( Everyone doesn't have room for a table saw nor necessarily want one.) The information presented is very useful and the pictures actually show what is going on. I much prefer loose tendons to biscuits as tendons are much stronger and much more useful.
The strength of materials is useful in spite of them not saying what they mean by 2" edging. I didn't realize that magazines are heaver than hard cover books so that was good information.

The most affordable book that really covers the subject and a good read.
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Initial post: Feb 9, 2011 10:30:35 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 9, 2011 10:30:49 AM PST
DP says:
Would it be safe to assume that the 2" edging is made from the same hardwood as the shelf?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2011 2:09:48 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 9, 2011 2:10:31 PM PST
G. Robinson says:
I would not. Is it a molding?, How about 2x¼" or 2x2"? BTW the sagulator is available from woodbin calcs sagulator. They ask for width and thickness of the edging. I build my shelves so that they are supported at each end and along the entire rear edge.

Posted on Jul 7, 2011 11:49:18 AM PDT
MM says:
"Tenons" please :-)
I wouldn't even want to begin to imagine a bookcase with "tendons."

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2011 2:21:32 PM PDT
G. Robinson says:
That was pretty funny although unintentional. The spell checker got me.

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 4:34:34 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 18, 2011 4:35:24 PM PST
J. Duncan says:
Sagulator is on online calculator for sag. Following a google link led me to woodbin dot com - calcs - sagulator. That site has an option to specify various size and material for edging strips. (woops, just noticed a previous post already stated this....)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2011 5:33:47 PM PST
G. Robinson says:
Yes bu it doesn't specify a bunch of things-like what is edging. It is some what OK but badly flawed. It assumes support at the ends not along the length at lest not in a usable way.
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