- Series: Complete Illustrated Guide (Book 70535)
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Taunton Press (January 15, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1561584010
- ISBN-13: 978-1561584017
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 81 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If the military wrote a field manual for joinery, this would be the equivalent of SERE school.
Everything is explained in epiphany- yielding precision. Exercises and practice are encouraged throughout the book, too!
Taunton never fails to deliver.
Beginners? Have you been looking for a manual that doesn't leave the key details out (you know, the kind that seem to withhold key information for some pretentious reason)- this manual is going to inspire and educate you.
Pictures are clear, descriptions are thorough with plenty of footnotes and internal references. The language is concise and only relevant to the subject.
Advanced cats? Wanna get to the bones of the sketches in "the soul of a tree" ???
Here is your launch pad.
Content is comprehensive. Some comments about "missing information" from other reviews makes me think they hadn't read the whole book. Most joins are covered at least twice. Once generally, to explain why you'd want to the method and what to expect, concerns and cautions, etc. The join will then be covered a second time, and in greater detail showing the steps and highlighting the things you need to watch. Excellent color images everywhere. While this doesn't show every last step in the process, it shows just enough to help anyone with even a little exposure to the basic tools... saw, chisel, etc.
In terms of the book, itself, the quality of materials, binding, printing... everything is top notch. Very heavy for it's size, too. You could have this as a coffee-table book if you wanted. Short of being leather bound, I don't know what they could do to improve appearance and construction.
I now have three favorite woodworking books, this one for joints, one on tools, and one on the wood itself.
That said, it's limited in how much detail it can cover for each type of joinery. In just a page or two for most types, it's not really possible to address the pros and cons of each type (esp which types are good in different situations), without making the book way too long.
I've seen magazines that do stress testing on multiple types of joints to see which is the strongest and which are the most attractive, etc, and it would have been nice to see this book put a little more effort into mentioning things like when you're making bookshelves, you might consider this type of joint or that type of joint and try to avoid such-and-such a joint. Also, just because it had so much ground to cover, the book doesn't do a step by step. I guess that's understandable though, given all the types out there. I guess you'd need a whole 5 volume set to cover it much better.