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Woodworking Basics - Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship - An Integrated Approach With Hand and Power tools Paperback – Illustrated, October 1, 2003
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About the Author
Korn is the director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine, which offers hands-on workshops in woodworking. He is the author of Working with Wood (The Taunton Press, 1993.)
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Also I like the recommended progressions presented, but it really isn't that helpful in this case. If it was 1993 and we didn't have endless resources at our finger tips on the internet for projects, I could see how this could be more useful. Also from my novice perspective, the project is the source of creativity and interest. if it's already set for me then I lose the desire. More useful than having 30 pages of plans on end table construction would be specific joints and construction method's used for all types of cabinet building, including the specifics on how to execute them, along with tips from the pro.
This book along will not help you get started in woodworking. Mark Spagnuolo's book Hybrid Woodworking is much better at guiding the Novice through the sea of expensive tools and techniques for the beginner and has plenty of information on advanced woodworking. There is a slight shift in philosophy towards power tools from Peter Korn, but only slight. And those small differences can easily be found on the internet if you desire to lean more towards the hand tool methods. I would also recommend Terrie Noll's Joint Book: The Complete guide to Wood Jointery as a benchtop resource for helping remember the joints and methods for fine woodworking.
My chief (and really only) complaint--and I should have paid closer attention to the reviews and the tagline--is that this is an "integrated approach" geared toward woodworkers who already have a full shop of power tools and want to move into working by hand. For the occasional DIYer like myself with limited work space, it's really not an appropriate reference.
I thought the book is limited as a guide for beginners. It frequently uses a lot of technical terms which would be unfamiliar to a beginner without explanation. These concepts could be illustrated and explained much better. The book could also be far more comprehensive.
This book would work really well if you want to follow it through and make the projects, or as a supplement to other woodworking books. However, there are more encyclopedic woodwork books available, notably The Complete Manual of Woodworking by Albert Jackson and David Day.
Are there other basic woodworking books as good or better out there? Probably. Is this one a great book for beginners? Absolutely!
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Muito bem explicado e ilustrado.
Faz parte de um curso de marcenaria do "Center for Furniture Craftsmanship", onde Peter Korn, o autor, é professor.
Recomendado para iniciantes e conhecedores intermediários.
About the book, good start for beginners. It includes soo many basic guides for woodworking. You won't regret getting one. All the best 👍🏼