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The Handbuilt Home: 34 Simple Stylish and Budget-Friendly Woodworking Projects for Every Room Paperback – October 9, 2012
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"Ever wrestled with nails, screws, and hex wrenches on 'ready to assemble' shelves, chairs, or tables, all the while thinking that you could just as easily make the design cheaper and better from scratch? If so, White cheers you on…You can use this book to build 34 simple designs, such as tables (including a Lego coffee table), chairs, beds, and benches. Author and blogger White (ana-white.com), who first built furniture during her newborn's naptime, still remembers her fear of firing a nail gun. Those of us who still feel that fear should be glad she's there as a guide." --Publisher's Weekly
"[Ana-White.com] led to White's first book, The Handbuilt Home, which features simple furniture plans to help readers take a crack at construction. The key to getting started? Don't be intimidated. 'We're more capable than we think,' White says." --O, The Oprah Magazine
About the Author
Ana White is a mother and homemaker from Alaska whose popular blog Ana-White.com is one of the most trusted resources for helping people improve their homes by building furniture. An avid do-it-yourselfer, Ana is a self-taught furniture maker who learned her skills while building her own home. She has designed thousands of furniture projects, inspiring people to create attractive, budget-friendly pieces.
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*Awesome variety of projects
* Great pictures
*Detailed instructions on WHAT to buy and basic assembly
* There are no instructions on how to FINISH the projects (i.e. paint, stain, etc). I saw that the book claimed it would walk you through projects, step-by-step to create the items demonstrated. And in the pictures most of the items have stellar staining effects, distressed painting or somehow layered colors. Unfortunately the closest it comes to telling you what to do after your item is nailed together- is that it is easier to paint it. SO sad. Really, it feels like the author doesn't want to go the extra inch and let you know how to finish the pieces and make them look like what is shown.
I think this is because they wanted the projects to seem approachable and easy; once you start building though you will feel more like the instructions are lacking. I wish they told us some pointers here.
* Some of my favorite projects in the pictures, vary dramatically in their instructions. For example, one of the projects I was most excited to do (the hutch) show a multi-stained background made up of different sized pieces of wood. It looks AWESOME in the pictures of the finished project examples as well as the close-ups during the instructions... HOWEVER the instructions include directions for a SOLID background (not different sized pieces as pictured). Therefore, what you make is different from what they show as a finished product. I am sure we could figure out how to do this added detail, but I was hoping for a book that actually walked you through what they showed.
One important thing to note about the projects in this book is that many of the projects call for the use of a pocket hole jig. I purchased the Kreg kit that costs about $100.00, and think it is necessary for these builds. The money that is saved, overall, and the pride you can take in your home furniture is well worth the investment. For instance, I built the farmhouse bed, two bedside tables and a bench (from a different book) for my bedroom. This set would have cost me over $1200.00 where I live. My lumber and materials for all of these projects combined cost me about $250.00 (again, where I live). I now have a beautiful bedroom suite at a fraction of the cost, and both my wife and I like what we have better than much of what we see for sale in the store. These are heirloom pieces that will be passed down to our children, and hopefully to our grandchildren.
This book will give you the confidence to make your own beautiful household furniture. I highly recommend the book. This has given me the confidence to build other projects, also, that I would not have tried otherwise. Every project in this book is simple to build, and I believe anyone with a pocket hole jig and some basic tools can make all of these wonderful projects.