Synopses & Reviews
"With its emphasis on the author's personal philosophy... this book aims to appeal to all levels of woodworkers. (The) author relates tales of his own mistakes...while providing encouragement...his furniture is quite beautiful and superbly made. I sense that his greatest satisfaction comes from launching an apprentice's career."--"Fine Woodworking."
“With its emphasis on the authors personal philosophy and approach...this book aims to appeal to all levels of woodworkers. [The] author generously relates tales of his own mistakes and mishaps, while providing encouragement; his furniture is quite beautiful and superbly made.”—Fine Woodworking.
All the essentials of fine furniture-making and the intricacies of tool use-- these innovative techniques will set beginners on the right path, help the more experienced develop their skills, and challenge expert woodworkers to re-examine their methods. David Charlesworth, a master teacher and carpenter, has seen firsthand for over 20 years where students run into problems, and he shows how careful preparation, in combination with well-chosen and cared for tools, can get even newcomers professional results. Become proficient on machines, power tools, and hand tools; cut joints that fit perfectly every time, as well as plain, secret, and twisted dovetails; and fine-tune the bench plane for astounding improvements in performance, control, and finish. Use Japanese and European chisels, plane a true face and edge, rout sliding dovetails, make accurate tenons, dowel-joint carcasses, and show off your new proficiency on three projects.
Based on an instructional series of articles from Furniture and Cabinetmaking magazine.
David Charlesworth is one of the most popular contributors to Furniture and Cabinetmaking, and his published articles are now collected in one single volume. Essential reading for the serious furniture maker and of real interest to woodworkers generally.