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The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  8 reviews
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-mak ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 28th 2007 by Linden Publishing (first published April 1st 1977)
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Kyle Moore
Mar 21, 2016 rated it liked it
This was worth the read but could be summed in a sentence or two. The integrity of the process and the final piece are more important than anything. So slow down and focus on the details. Some good tips on methods and tools that hold up today too.
Ray Savarda
Philosophy of fine woodworking in details, carefulness, precision.
1/64" makes a difference (!).
Good aspirational book, also a walkthru on how to build a wooden plane, and thoughts on sharpening, joints, proper construction, many others.
Matt Newman
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tough read but informative
Timothy Riley
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: art, how-to
This was just over my head. The guy is a cabinet genius and I enjoyed the sections on wood types and learned about working with grains so they work together.
Feb 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: woodworking
I wrote the review below after the first chapter (of three), when I was considering not even finishing the book. My view of the next two improved, but I still feel the book is very random. He was a real artist in wood, and there are a lot of very insightful ideas here, but it is too much work to find them amidst the other musings.

This book is written by a master craftsman waxing philosophical about wood and making furniture. And like all philosophy, if you don't have the correct frame of refere
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Krenov's personality comes through as strongly as the technique he teaches. It's an amazing book full of incredible technique and design suggestions. Also philosophy, lots and lots of philosophy. He rarely comes out and says "there is a right way and a million wrong ways and I'm going to tell you the right way" but the implication is often pretty clear. It's a great book, just a little overwhelming sometimes.
Bob Shadel
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very nice run through of Krenov's approach to cabinet making. His personal approach and relationship to wood; the careful selection and care of wood; his use of machine tools and some pretty good recommendations; a thorough description of making his famous wood plane...
enough to go forth and make some cabinets with a personal delicate touch.
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