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Bob Lang's Complete Kitchen Cabinet Maker: Shop Drawings and Professional Methods for Designing and Constructing Every Kind of Kitchen and Built-In Cabinet Paperback – January 1, 2006
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The author knows his subject and his writing is clear. This book is a nice companion to the plethora of kitchen idea magazines that populate the check lines at your local home center.
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Hands-On Advice from a Master Woodworker
Whether it's kitchen, home office, family room, or any other kind of built-in cabinet work, this classic technical handbook shows you exactly how to approach the complex job of designing and making custom cabinets. Robert W. Lang takes the mystery out of the job with clearly written text, meticulously detailed shop drawings, and sharp photographs that show how cabinets go together in the real world.
From the planning stage all the way through installation, Bob Lang'sThe Complete Kitchen Cabinet Maker, Revised Editiongives you a firm foundation for designing and building kitchen cabinets from scratch. This comprehensive handbook gives you the choice of building either traditional face-frame cabinets or contemporary frameless Euro-style cabinets. You'll benefit from practical and shop-tested methods and time-savers on every page.
Take the confusion out of cabinetmaking by learning:
• How to measure a room and design cabinetry.
• How to develop working shop drawings and cutting lists.
• How to work with solid wood, veneered plywood, MDF, and plastic laminates.
• How to build traditional face-frame cabinets and Euro-style frameless cabinets.
• How to cut and join the basic box for any project.
• How to construct wall-hung cabinets, units with lighting, and floor-to-ceiling styles.
• How to make doors, drawer faces, drawer boxes, and countertops.
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Lang writes well and, just as important, is a good teacher and explainer. The book is well organized, and the abundant illustrations, both photographs and drawings, are clear and detailed. Measured drawings abound. He describes both general types of cabinet, frameless and face-framed, and lays out efficient production processes for both, indicating where potential problems lurk and the consequences of inaccuracies at crucial points.
This is head and shoulders the best book I have seen on the subject. If you are even considering building your own kitchen cabinets, or starting a small cabinet shop, this book should be your first purchase. It will be the best money you spend on the project.
Also, it felt like towards the end Mr. Lang was rushing to finish the book as it seems a bit less detailed compared to the beginning of the book.
It is a great book as it has shown me what I don't know, and as a beginning woodworker, I don't know many things, and many of them are outside of the scope of this book, like how to cut parts so they are the same exact size... I did say I am a beginner :-)
Overall great read. And I am greatful that it has shown me what other knowledge I lack, so I can read more and learn before I turn a bunch of expensive stock into mulch.
[Edit]Based on some other books I've read, I am now rating this book at 5 stars. My complaint about "feeling rushed" towards the end was that I had wished that it went a bit more into detail regarding finishing. I now realise that was a somewhat unreasonable expectations.
This is by far the best book I've read so far that covers kitchen cabinets, and even other built-ins.