Great Book of Woodworking Projects
50 Projects for Indoor Improvements and Outdoor Living
by American Woodworker

Softcover
215 x 280mm
255pp

Published by Fox Chapel Publishing, PA, USA

R.R.P.$36.90

ISBN 978-1-56523-504-5

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New Drawers and Slides
Toe-Kick Drawer


Countertop Knife Rack


Sink Cabinet Shelf


Roll-Out Kitchen Trays


Portable Food Safe


Nesting Trays


Appliance Garage


Wooden Spring Tongs


Under-Sink Storage


Mini Pantry


Walnut Wall Shelves


Free-Form Wall Shelves


Cantilevered Display Shelves


Mission Plant Stand


Two-Part Bookcase


Stickley Bookcase


Two-Drawer Coffee Table


Adirondack Chair

 

 

As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 156

Project books are to the woodworker, what cookbooks are to the cook. They must offer specific advice and instructions to those who need the most help, but they should also offer inspiration and guidance to those who are simply looking for ideas.

This book contains 50 projects compiled by the editors of the American Woodworker magazine. The projects are unusually diverse, ranging from the mundane (a kitchen trash drawer) to the refined (a Stickley-style Sideboard).

They are divided into five categories: Kitchen Improvements, Storage Projects, Outdoor Living, Furniture Projects, and finally, Quickies and Gifties.

Kitchen Improvement is perhaps an unusual inclusion in a book such as this but the kitchen is an area of the home in which a woodworker's skills can provide significant benefits. There are 13 projects including cutting boards, roll-out kitchen trays, a portable food safe, an appliance garage and a mini-pantry.

The construction details for each project is supported by exploded diagrams and occasionally, drawings, plus clear and informative photos. This is the same treatment given to all of the projects in the other categories.

The Storage Projects include both traditional and contemporary items. For example, there is an elegant backless Stickley Bookcase and a modern set of cantilevered display shelves. There is also a two-drawer coffee table, a Mission plant stand and a two-part, but otherwise conventional, tall bookcase.

An Adirondack loveseat is one of the major projects in the Outdoor Living category which also includes several other chairs, a cypress chest, a vine trellis and a planter.

The Stickley-style Sideboard is covered in the Furniture section along with items such as an unusual speaker stand, a Shaker table and an Arts & Crafts Table Lamp.

The last section is devoted to projects such as boxes, picture frames, a game and a couple of puzzles. A set of book ends also included here, must rate among the simplest projects ever presented in such a book and offer a strong contrast to the complexities of the Stickley sideboard.

The book, with its diversity of projects, (both in terms of design and the time likely to be taken for their execution), should appeal to a wide range of readers.

Photos: Colour

Units of Measurement: Imperial

Contents

Kitchen Improvements
- New Drawers and Slides
- Toe-Kick Drawer
- Pull-Out Trash Drawer
- Scrap-Wood Cutting Boards
- Countertop Knife Rack
- Sink Cabinet Shelf
- Roll-Out Kitchen Trays
- Portable Food Safe
- Nesting Trays
- Appliance Garage
- Wooden Spring Tongs
- Under-Sink

Storage Projects
- Walnut Wall Shelves
- Free-Form Wall Shelves
- Cantilevered Display Shelves
- Mission Plant Stand
- Two-Part Bookcase
- Stickley Bookcase
- Two-Drawer Coffee Table

Outdoor Living
- Adirondack Chair
- Adirondack Love Seat
- Garden Bench
- Cypress Chest
- Patio Chair
- Outdoor Rietveld Chair
- Vine Trellis
- Patio Planter
- Outdoor Finishes

Furniture Projects
- Natural Bench
- Speaker Stand
- Walnut Coffee Table
- Stickley-Style Chest of Drawers
- Stowaway Bench
- Kitchen Work Table
- Arts & Crafts Table Lamp
- Stickley-Style Sideboard
- Shaker Table
- Tile-Topped Outdoor Table

Quickies & Gifties
- Keepsake Box
- Framed Picture Frame
- Magnetic Picture Frame
- Pure & Simple Jewelry Box
- Whittled Peg Rack
- Tablesaw Picture Frame
- Table Hockey
- Fiendish Knot Puzzle
- Magic Coin Bank
- Hefty Bookends
- Cube in a Cube
- Pizza Paddle

Index


Adirondack Love Seat


Adirondack Love Seat


Cypress Chest


Patio Chair


Outdoor Rietveld Chair


Vine Trellis


Patio Planter


Speaker Stand


Walnut Coffee Table


Stickley-Style Chest of Drawers


Stowaway Bench


Kitchen Work Table


Arts & Crafts Table Lamp


Stickley-Style Sideboard


Shaker Table


Tile-Topped Outdoor Table


Keepsake Box


Framed Picture Frame


Magnetic Picture Frame


Pure & Simple Jewelry Box


Table Hockey


Fiendish Knot Puzzle


Magic Coin Bank


Hefty Bookends


Cube in a Cube