A book review: By Joe Jansen
Title: Handbook of Practical Woodworking
Authors: Robert Lento
Published by: Sterling
Publishing Co. Inc.
387 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016-8810
Price Softcover: $17.95 (Canada $25.95 )
114 pages with 449 b/w illustrations.
The book, "Handbook of Practical
Woodworking Techniques" by Robert Lento,
is written to be a source book for the craftsperson, "do-it-yourselfer"
the home owner. The book is set up to help the novice understand
wood and woodworking principles and then build upon those principles.
book has numerous illustrations throughout its seven chapters
to make it very
The author covers a wide range of topics
from project planning, tool
selection and use, also hand power tools and stationary power
particularly liked the sections on tips for buying tools and
purchasing used tools. This would be particularly helpful for
just setting up shop. The chapters on project planning and carcass
construction were informative and well illustrated. The final
chapter does a
good job describing finishing techniques.
Overall this was a well organized and
well written book. It would be
most helpful for the person just beginning woodworking for a
good overview of
the basic principles. The book would also be helpful as a reference
problems faced in future furniture construction. I would have
a chapter on shop layout.
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