The Complete Illustrated Guide to Furniture and Cabinet Construction




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Here is a graphic, step-by-step presentation of basic furniture construction techniques. Includes detailed sections on materials and hardware. An excellent bench-top reference for cabinetmakers and furniture builders at all skill levels, from beginner to professional.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Introduction
How to Use This Book

PART ONE: TOOLS & MATERIALS

SECTION 1 Shop Necessities
Shop Space and Fixtures
Mobilize Your Workshop

SECTION 2 Woodworking Machines and Tools
Basic Handheld Power Tools
Favorite Edge Tools
Fundamental Layout Tools
Sharpening Gear
Clamps

SECTION 3 Working Wood
Buying and Preparing Solid Wood
Flattening a Board by Hand
Smoothing with Edge Tools
Good Sanding Techniques
Keeping Parts Flat
Plywood and Other Man-Made Boards
Mixing Materials
Laying Out and Cutting Plywood
Making Your Mark
Choosing and Using Glue

SECTION 4 Designing Furniture
Understanding Wood Movement

PART TWO: BOX & CASE CONSTRUCTION

SECTION 5 Basic Cases
Inside Case Parts
Securing to a Wall

SECTION 6 Shelves
Shelf Joinery
Open Shelves
Shelf Options
Dressing Up a Shelf

SECTION 7 Nails, Screws, and Other Fasteners
Nails and Screws
Hardware Solutions

SECTION 8 Assembling Cases
Clamping Problems

SECTION 9 Cutting and Attaching Moldings
Working with Moldings

SECTION 10 Drawers
Drawer Construction
Tray Construction
Drawer Interiors

SECTION 11 Drawer Hardware
Drawer Slides
Computer Hardware
Drawer Pulls

PART THREE: DOORS

SECTION 12 Building Doors
Doors with Panels
Solid Doors
Glass Lights

SECTION 13 Fitting and Hinging Doors
Installing Basic Hinges
Specialty Hinges
Shopmade Hinges
Hiding Doors

SECTION 14 Door Pulls and Hardware
Pulls and Handles
Locks
Catches and Bumpers

PART FOUR: BASES, FEET, & STANDS

SECTION 15 Bases
Toekicks
Installing Cabinets

SECTION 16 Feet
Feet and Casters

SECTION 17 Stands
Making Stands

PART FIVE: FRAME CONSTRUCTION

SECTION 18 Legs and Aprons
Strong Joints
Aprons and Rails
Legs

SECTION 19 Chairs and Stools
Chair Joints
Chair Backs
Chair Seats
Hitting the Floor

SECTION 20 Face Frames
Making Face Frames
Corner Units

SECTION 21 Frame and Panel
Making Panels
Back Strategies

PART SIX: TABLETOPS & WORK SURFACES

SECTION 22 Making Tops
Top Construction
Top Options
Leaves and Ends

SECTION 23 Attaching Tops
Allowing for Movement
Hardware Solutions

Sources

Further Reading

Index