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Woodworking FAQ: The Workshop Companion: Build Your Skills and Know-How for Making Great Projects

Woodworking FAQ: The Workshop Companion: Build Your Skills and Know-How for Making Great Projects

Do you have questions about woodworking? Spike Carlsen has the answers! Woodworking FAQ has everything you want to know, whether you’re a beginner planning your first project or an experienced crafter putting in cabinets or making furniture. This book is like a master carpenter standing at your elbow to answer questions as they arise, including: How do I make base molding fit tightly on the inside corners? How do I prevent splintering on the end of a board when I rout it? How do I taper cut a t

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  1. 6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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    Woodworking FAQ: The Workshop Companion: Build Your Skills and Know-How for Making Great Projects, May 19, 2012
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    SGS

    The first woodworking book I owned was John Feirer’s “Cabinetmaking and Millwork,” which I purchased in 1970 or so. I had no idea how to do woodworking other than a basic shop class in high school in the early 1960′s. But the book taught me a great deal, and I built many projects based on this volume. The book was designed for professional woodworkers or students going to that profession. At the time, I was neither.

    Spike Carlsen’s latest book on woodworking is for the rest of us (his first two are as well). These are the folks who spend their weekends, spare time or retirement doing a craft that is both rewarding and can be complex at the same time. Mr. Carlsen has nailed this down well, even for the professionals out there.

    First comes the content that covers setting up a shop, choosing wood, hand tools, portable power tools, stationary tools, glue and fasteners and joints. Then he goes on to teach us about furniture making, casework, windows and doors, plus other projects. There are extensive well-done illustrations throughout.

    The content is arranged like a Frequently Asked Question series of topics with good basic questions complete with thorough answers to each. Some are more basic than a really experienced woodworker would want, but there is a terrific index of all topics plus an exceptionally well-done resources section by books and magazines as well as for each chapter. So you can find almost anything you may need.

    The second best thing (actually tied for first) is the layout and design. It was designed for a shop. It is small enough to lie on top of your table saw or bench and sit wide open with a spiral binding. So many other woodworking books I own are hard or soft bound such that if you want to refer back to the content, you are always having to mark the page somehow, close it and then when you need a detail or two, find where you were.

    The only change I would suggest is to put the sanding and finishing chapter after the joints and special techniques one, but that is a minor issue and perhaps that was even an editor’s choice.

    No, this book was built for woodworkers, not readers of woodworking books. Cynthia McFarland, the book designer, needs to get a metal for understanding what woodworkers in their shops really need in terms of woodworking books. If every woodworking book did this design, I’d own more.

    While beginning woodworkers absolutely must have this book, experienced folks need it as well, as it is a thoroughly well researched, complete and useful resource for all woodworkers. Barry Humphus

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  2. 8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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    So helpful even a stay at home mom can follow it, May 15, 2012
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    Wow! I bought this book for my husband, thinking he would get a lot of use out of it and was I right. From the second I bought it he was able to get tips and ideas of how to fix some things around our house that he did not even know how to begin to do. The first thing that got fixing was our dining room table which was full of scratches. It tells and shows the reader how to do many things around the house. The best part is that as a stay at home mom who likes to get things done around the house this is a great book to turn to for how to get started, and SURPRISE your husband with your handy work. I am beyond excited about this purchase. I also bought the other books by Spike Carlsen “Ridiculously Simple Furniture Projects” and “A Splintered History of Wood”, this book follows suit it is full of great information on wood and building. My husband recommended I read these books after he was done and I am so glad I did. I highly recommend this to anyone who has projects to be done around the house.

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  3. 3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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    Plethora of information, May 15, 2012
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    Montana-Mom (Missoula, MT) –

    I bought this book for my husband for his birthday since he is an aspiring woodworker. He LOVES it! He told me last night that he’s used it for reference every time he’s working in his shop since I gave it to him. I have no doubt that he’ll wear this book out and we’ll have to get another…which is fine with me, if it alleviates confusion in the workshop and makes his hobby as fun as it should be! This book is highly recommended!

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