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DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide Paperback – October 19, 2011
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1. The aesthetic of 95% of these projects is downright terrible. Using basic materials like pipe, concrete and pine wood is fine, as long as the end result is an interesting modification of these materials. In this book, however, all you're getting is tables and chairs made from copper and PVC pipes that literally just look like you're sitting on pipes. Not interesting, not attractive - like first year design student projects.
2. The design direction of this book somehow implies that projects will be affordable, but it's plain to see that if they gave you project costs, you wouldn't pursue most of these projects - the price to result ratio wouldn't be worth it.
3. Although the book is DIY, many of the projects require space, specialty materials, and/or equipment one probably doesn't have.
There are only three mildly interesting projects in this book. There are a few novel ideas, like a folding chaise lounge for portability, but the actual design is poor. You would really have to rework the concept to make it interesting.
Sorry, what a bummer :(
Bottom line: Worth a read through. Find the pieces that you like and mod them to fit your space/aesthetic.
This book is a great inspiration, but it is not as good as other books in detailing the step by step of how to make each piece.
That said it has been a great resource, I have done a few projects from the book, and used the information as a jumping off points for other projects inspired by the works of the designers featured.
I would recommend this book, and will check out ite follow up.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book with lots of ideas how to brighten up your surroundings.Published 5 months ago by Hanspeter Madritsch
Awesome gift for someone who is interested in DIY projects. One already in progress.Published 11 months ago by Lia B
Weak book. Weak content. Borrow or check out at the library. You'll be done with this book in 30 mins and won't refer to it again.Published 20 months ago by cannibal
possibly the worst book on building furniture I have read. I would remove this one from the Amazon offerings.Published on July 20, 2014 by alaskan consumer
This book was very well received by my husband who has always had a penchant for working with wood and making things in generalPublished on June 11, 2014 by Loch Ledford
I'm not going to write a lot. I haven't read any reviews on this book and i dont plan on it. let me just say this book does not deserve anything higher than 2 stars AT MOST. Read morePublished on June 4, 2013 by KarenBBH