Simply-built Furniture

Simply-built Furniture

[26 Practical Projects for your Home]

Book - 2010
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" part of Danny Proulx's legacy to the woodworking world. He showed up that furniture doesn't have to be ornate or highly decorative to achieve a timeless status...The projects in this book are timeless...And best of all, you can build this furniture with basic woodworking tools and easy-to-find materials. It's really very simple..."--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: Cincinnati, Ohio : Popular Woodworking Books, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781440310362
Call Number: 684.08 PROULX
Characteristics: 223 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
Subjects: Desks -- Design and construction.
Bookcases -- Design and construction.
Tables -- Design and construction.
Furniture making.
Additional Contributors: Popular Woodworking Books (Firm)


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Feb 26, 2018

This book is a handy reference guide for those who wish to build functional furniture _QUICKLY_. MDF, veneer, dowels, and pocket screws dominate this book. If you are looking to build drawers with dovetails, or enhance your mortising skills, look elsewhere. It is indeed a fun book.

The furniture showcased in the book is from the 90s (the computer desk project in the book, for instance, uses dimensions to host an ATX case with floppy disk and cdrom). But is still modern-looking nevertheless. Diamonds and engineered woods are forever, after all. There is an inherent danger to providing plans for a piece that will host electronics -- because they tend to get smaller and thinner over time (unlike their users, unfortunately). But the hallway tables, and the clothing armoires showcased are still very much en vogue.

Pretty much everything in the book holds with dowels, metal hardware, and glue. Picture the IKEA look, held with glue (so that it will survive at least one move), and nicer-looking trim that gives it that custom home-made look. This is the spirit of the furniture in the book.

If you want to build furniture that "looks nice from the front", this is a great book. However, if you invite traditional woodworkers to your home, (the kind that will sit underneath the kitchen table to look at the tension of the buttons and the direction of grain in the inlays), you might need to divert their attention elsewhere, to that new bottle in your liquor cabinet for instance.

I'm not dissing the book. It's good in its own way. There is something to be appreciated from accomplishing a functional piece of furniture quickly. I've taken on to build all the furniture in my home with my bare hands, and I'm currently writing this review from my desk, which is also my floor.


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