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Wood® Magazine: Arts and Crafts Furniture (Wood Magazine) Paperback – November 28, 2006

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Product Details

  • Series: Wood Magazine
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (November 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402711743
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402711749
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,119,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Christopher Wolff on August 1, 2007
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Although many of the plans in this book are largely derived from Wood Magazine articles (I compared the Morris chair plans), I really appreciate two things they've done to enhance the original articles:

1. The book includes jigs such as a table saw tenon jig that makes it much easier to make Arts and Crafts furniture (with so many mortise and tenon joints). I built this jig before starting the Morris chair and it works well.

2. The combination of the multi-issue plans such as the Morris chair and its companion ottoman and coffee table. While the words are the same, they've reformatted them along with the pictures so it looks like a book rather than a reprint of old articles.

My only quibble is that they didn't use a lay-flat binding, so I have to put something on top of the open page or use a book holder to keep it open. With lay-flat bindings being readily available (e.g., O'Reilly books are a good example), I don't see why they don't use them for project books like this one.
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I'm very pleased with this book. The projects look good: challenging but not impossible. Illustrations are plentiful and appropriate. Finally, the book is well assembled with high quality paper. It should hold up well to the possible abuses it will encounter in the shop.
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I have a collection of Arts and Craft furniture books. Most of them good and some not. This one belongs to the latter category. Good.
The plans are straightforward, there is no BS or waste of time /'filler' pages.

I specially liked the cutting tables which are precise and very time saving. So far I have build the lantern and the clock. The projects were challenging because you have to cut some pieces to quarter of an inch.

The tenoning jig mentioned in this chapter is detailed and cumbersome. I decided not to build it.I find that a simple router tenoning jig does a better job.
This should be a must have book in your collection.

MK
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I bought this for my husband, who makes arts and crafts furniture, to look at different ideas and patterns he would like to make. Very nice pieces and acurate patterns. This is a very helpful since he makes furniture for the entire family
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I have trusted Wood magazine in the past to teach me lots about woodworking so I find writing this review disparaging. While all the plans are beautiful and well laid out there is one glaring omission. Most of the plans call for 1 1/16" stock which, to my knowledge, is not produced. I can't even find anything referencing it on the internet. Yes I could glue up 3/4 stock, resaw it, and sand it to thickness but that is too time consuming and wasteful. Most likely I will adapt these plans to use 4/4 and 3/4 stock as best I can. That being said. the designs are still representative of the arts and crafts movement and well worth a read for inspiration if nothing else.
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My son-in-law was very excited to receive this book as a Christmas gift. He had previously checked it out from the library several times so he could complete a project that he was making. He was very happy that he now owned the book. The rocking chair came out very well and he can't wait to work on other projects from this book.
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By H. Dwyer on February 17, 2013
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I have built several pieces of furniture using the plans and descriptions in this book. Not only good plans but useful tips in each chapter. The interpretation of the Arts and Crafts style fits in well with the purchased pieces we outfitted our mountain cabin with.
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