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Gazette Archive 3/13/00

A book review: By Joe Jansen

Title: Handbook of Practical Woodworking Techniques

Robert Lento

Published by: Sterling Publishing Co. Inc.
387 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016-8810
ISBN 0806913517
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" and
the home owner. The book is set up to help the novice understand some basic
wood and woodworking principles and then build upon those principles. The
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 tools. I
particularly liked the sections on tips for buying tools and tips for
purchasing used tools. This would be particularly helpful for the person
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 for
problems faced in future furniture construction. I would have enjoyed seeing
a chapter on shop layout.

Joe Jansen

Editor's Note: Sterling Publishing has graciously donated several books for review which are passed on to our members free of charge in exchange for thoughtful, honest reviews. Thank You!

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