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Building Kitchen Cabinets Made Simple by [Gregory Paolini]
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About the Author

GREGORY PAOLINI designs and builds furniture and cabinetry from a small shop nestled in the Smokey Mountains, just west of Asheville, North Carolina. He also teaches and writes about the craft and is a frequent contributor to "Fine Woodworking "magazine.


Product Details

  • File Size: 16909 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press; Pap/DVD edition (May 14, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 14, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007V493YM
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Outstanding book and DVD outlining all of the necessary steps in the design and construction of kitchen cabinets. I have most of the 4/5 and 5/5 star books Amazon offers on this topic, but for a weekend warrior this is the one to have. However, don't just take my word for it, go to Google Books and type in 'Gregory Paolini' and you'll be able to review a nice chunk (approximately 20 pages) of his book to see if it's for you.

Oh, incidentally the disc that accompanies this book is surprisingly good, in fact I think it's well worth the 'price of admission' all by its lonesome. If by the off-chance there's something in Mr. Paolini's book that has you stumped just pop in the disc and have the author walk you through the steps in video format. If pictures are worth a 1000 words then I have absolutely no idea how many words this DVD is worth.
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We are looking to build new kitchen cabinets in the not too distant future, so in addition to a week long cabinet building class in Indiana, I have been acquiring various books on cabinet building. I like how this book lays out the process step by step. I also like the DVD that accompanies the book. However, unless you are looking for an instructional book on building cabinets with nothing but pocket holes and staples this probably isn't the book for your. I'm not saying that the cabinets demonstrated in the book are inferior just that the only fastening discussed was using staples followed by pocket screws. Just my opinion.
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This is a great reference book. I also purchased Bob Lang's "The Complete Kitchen Cabinetmaker" book and The New Yankee Workshop Kitchen Project DVD set. I found all 3 essential when building my kitchen cabinets. Here's why.
The Paolini book provides a very good overview as well as a focus on joinery and the mechanics of cutting and assembling. Simple, basic techniques such as pocket hole and screwed butt joints are covered. These techniques may not necessarily be the "best" techniques but the title of the book does set the expectations; "Made Simple". It's a good introduction. The Paolini book is illustrated with color photos and the DVD video provides a lot of information that can't be shown as well in photos or words. I agree with the other reviewers, the DVD is just as good, if not better than the book.
The Bob Lang book is more focused on the details of cabinetmaking. It does have a good overview as well, face frame vs. frameless, joinery options, material choices, etc. However, I found that the detailed dimensioned drawings the best part of the book. He also gives his opinion of what dimensions work well for him, such as face frame rail and stile widths and drawer dimensions. Color photos would be a big improvement over the black and white photos, but the photos are clear.
I would recommend buying both books. While there is some overlap in information there is sufficient detail in each book to make the purchase worthwhile. The Norm Abrams DVD was great but a bit expensive at $100.
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This book provides simple methods for cabinet construction. Paolini provides information on how to measure, cut, join, fit and finish the carcass, drawers, and doors.

Pros; the information is well organized and written in a way that can be easily understood. Paolini describes a range of tools that can be used for cabinet construction and provides approachable methods.

Cons; Expect just the basics - there isn't much information about dimensions or design or options, the content is about construction mechanics. Likewise, you'll only get basic information on drawers and doors and finishing. There's just enough content to allow you to build your first cabinets so that you can then learn more about all of these subjects.

I agree with the other reviews about the DVD. Being able to see all of the techniques and steps was very valuable. The video shows all of the steps and information in the book in a way that really helped me understand what is in the book.
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This is an actual book on cabinets, not your typical this is a saw (no kidding) and this is a hand cut dovetail joint. If you want practical info this is the book for you. If you want to build high end cabinets this also is a great base to start from.
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This book is well written, and most of all I like that they are concerned with the details that many other books aren't. I don't want to build the cheap cabinets that slop together with big gaps between doors and crappy joinery that you often find at big box stores. I figure if I'm going to go the the time and trouble of building them, they should look special, and this book is an invaluable resource and good for ideas. One thing I would have liked is a discussion of gap tolerences and trouble shooting things like working with blind corners in full overlay etc.....but you can't expect everything from one book. I have several cabinet books and this is by far the best.
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This is a very tough call in my opinion. I would give it 2.5 stars but that isn't possible. So, it gets a 2. I did learn some cool things and the book is layed out fairly well, but there just is no real detail. I read through the book expecting so much more than I got. Will I use the few things I learned, yes. But did it justify the cost. No, not even close. I have gotten way more online in articles then this... That said, here is what I thought...

The Pro's: Lots of pictures and homemade jigs. Showing different designs (face frame and Euro). Use of basic shop tools and not using other tools few have. Good advice on doing all your cuts in the same lengths as appropriate rather than moving the fence all the time. Use blocks for spacing as much as possible over measurements.

The Con's: Vague instructions when it comes to building cabinets as far as measurements. Complete lack of anything built rather than a basic cabinet. No multiple drawers, fancy pullouts, etc. The lack of designs will drive you crazy on some things. Especially because the author leaves out so much detail... Most frustrating for me, as a person who knows finishes, is the lack of info on the finishing portion. The Author tells you to make a 321 mix, but then leaves that alone. Doesn't tell you what grit of paper to use, and if you should tone it down (ie finer grit) with each coat (which I am guessing you should). Also, if you want to use the mix He presents, he doesn't discuss ways to change the color. This is huge! People want this info and expect it when you have a whole chapter about it. He offers no draw ups, none! No info on installation. No info on mock-ups, etc... Honestly, the list goes on and on.
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