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.
The Fine Art of Cabinetmakingby James Krenov
Sharing his legendary techniques for coopered doors, doweling, dovetail joints, frame-and-panel work, and other cabinetry details, master craftsman Krenov shows how to shape wood the way it was meant to be shaped. Beginning with the basics of selecting and preparing wood, he shows how first-rate execution and flawless finished surfaces are the hallmark of his work, and can be in yours, too. "James Krenov's views on craftsmanship have enlightened and inspired woodworkers around the world."American Woodworker. 192 pages, 279 b/w illus., 8 1/2 X 11.
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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.
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.