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""40 different projects, for every room of the house, and even some outdoor furniture . . . almost any reader will find 10 or 12 projects here that strike their fancy."" --www.StartWoodworking.com (April 21, 2011)

About the Author

Spike Carlsen has been involved in the world of wood and woodworking for more than 30 years. He is the former executive editor of ""The Family Handyman"" magazine and a regular contributor to ""American Woodworker,"" ""FreshHome,"" and ""Men's Health"" magazines. He is the author of ""A Splintered History of Wood: Belt Sander Races, Blind Woodworkers and Baseball Bats,"" selected as an NPR Best Book of the Year. He lives in Stillwater, Minnesota.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Linden Publishing (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610350049
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610350044
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Spike Carlsen's new book, Ridiculously Simple Furniture Projects is deceptive. Upon first glance, I thought it was a beginner's book (the cover has the same "feel" as Aime Fraser's book Getting Started in Woodworking). They are aimed at different audiences though. Spike's book also has a great list of projects using standard hardware store and home supply places, but then it diverges. "Simple" is not really so. While he make the projects look easy, the assumption is you have a working knowledge of woodworking basics. Helping this book is Spike's ability to actually write well (but since you've all read is Splintered History of Wood you knew that already! Haven't read it yet? Shame!! Go read that also. It's on Rosenblatt's required book list. You can't read finish this review until you have. I have time. I'll wait).

Usually, when you open a book like this, chapter one is a list of the tools you need, or want, or some idea of what you should get. If that's what you need, go and get Aime's book, then come back to this one. Within the four chapters of the book are projects and, even more important: Techniques. It's not a how to if you don't know how. It's a: Here is a better and easier way to do what you've probably tried in the past. And it's terrific for that.

I love this book on so many levels, I can't really describe how. It has some great things to build, and best of all, they are practical. There are few homes that won't need at least a couple of the things he's laid out for you. Look through the book, read his brief but clear set of instructions, look at the plans, study the photos, learn from his techniques, and the next thing you know, you've got in your home (or given as gifts) some really great stuff.
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I bought this book for my husband who is recently retired and reviving his interest in woodworking. He has been updating his tools and outfitting his workshop with the basics. This book was perfect for him. He has some basic skills and wants to learn more--this book includes projects that are simple, but well designed and very attractive. The instructions and photos are well done, and the extra comments and side articles are very helpful. Of all the books we looked we own on the topic, this is probably the best.
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I bought this book for my husband on reccomendation from my dad. My dad tried his hand at the cookbook stand and in only a matter of hours it was done, functional and beautiful! (He gave it to me after I told him how much it would match my kitchen!) My husband is now eager to try to his hand at these projects once he saw the ease which my dad flew through his first project. I think there is going to be a whole lot of new furniture floating around our house soon!
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I am writing to thank you for your wonderful book and to tell you about how you have helped our family. My wife and I became very interested in the article by Spike Carlson on the Limbert Footstool We decided that a replica Limbert footstool would be the perfect "heirloom" for our children and grandchildren. I downloaded the full-size plans from your website and made templates out of 1/8" plywood. I am 60 years old and I already have the woodworking tools necessary for just such project. Taking stock of my lumber supply we determined we could make 15 stools, one for each of my siblings, my wife, each of our children, and one special granddaughter, Lilly! I did not have enough 12" boards so I started by gluing some smaller ones up where necessary. We had enough for four stools made of black walnut, five white oak, and two each of hickory, red oak and white ash.

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, my sons, son-in-laws and grandsons all came to my garage where we had our "King Family Footstool Factory" set up. Some drew patterns; some cut pieces on the table saw and others cut the curved aprons on the band saw. One son-in-law drilled the holes in the legs and the tops while the other sanded the holes smooth on the spindle sander. My oldest son used the scroll saw on the leg cutouts and the grandsons did much of the sanding. We had a great time in this family project. By the end of the day we had all of the parts (and a couple of "spares" and "rejects") cut out and ready for assembly. Over the next couple of weeks we routed some of the edges and then assembled, sanded and finished the footstools. We stained a few of them and then put 3 coats of lacquer on them all.
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The projects in this book are very simple but rather than relying on your skills it relies on your wallet. A lot of the projects are easy because you go to the hardware shop and buy a peice ready-made. For example the round discs that you need to build "Uncle Bob's Craftsman Side Table." - rather than making it yourself you buy it. I was hoping for a little bit more instruction and a lot less shopping.
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We bought this book off Amazon because my husband loves to build but is new at it. We have found so many things we want to make out of this book and he has already built the entertainment center and it was so nicely laid out he finished it with no problems. Next one his list to make is TV Console. The ideas in this book are simple but UNIQUE! We both love this book and would recommend it to anyone even the most experienced carpenter. Thanks Spike for a good read and neat ideas for our home.
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