With continual themes of perfection of technique and building to the limits of one's skill, this authoritative resource provides in-depth instruction for mastering the craft of cabinetmaking. A bevy of topics, including the proper way to sharpen and hone tools, hollow grinding methodology, and obtaining proper grinding angles, are detailed in this comprehensive cabinet-making sourcebook. Lessons devoted to using and understanding various woods, including common or exotic pieces, learning how to read grain, and the pros and cons in working with air-dried wood versus kiln-dried wood, will educate any level of woodworker. Chapters devoted to resawing as well as problems and concerns due to moisture content and wood movement are also included.
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About the Author
James Krenov is the founder and director of the fine woodworking program at the College of the Redwoods in California. He is the author of five books, including "Cabinetmakers Notebook," "Impractical Cabinetmaker," and "With Wakened Hands." He lives in Fort Bragg, California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is worthless with regard to providing good information on cabinet making. Don't waste your time or money on it. Provides very little practical information. It is like reading a autobigraphical novel. It is all about the author and his experiences to include what his house and tools are like. It is very philisophical. If you want information on cabinet making this is not for you. If you are looking for insight into who I suspect is a fine cabinet maker, then maybe but, otherwise pass this by.
Krenov is not only a genius at design and woodworking technique - he is an excellent author who can describe his craft and the design process to woodworkers and non woodworkers alike. Highly readable and inspiring.
The author explains the rare art of fitting the wood to the project and the project to the wood. He discusses how to find, choose, and store fine wood. He talks about various tools, both hand tools and power tools. He also discusses some techniques, especially the merits of doweling versus dovetailing. But more than anything else, he communicates the joy of fine craftsmanship and the love of wood.