Recently I mentioned the release of Bob Lang’s new compilation “The Great Book of Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture”. A complete work of his 1st, 2nd and 4th books of complete craftsman furniture shop drawings.
Since my first post about its availability, I’ve had an opportunity to peruse the book’s pages and read several of the chapters.
While admittedly I’m not the best book reviewer and critic of what should or shouldn’t be between the covers I can tell you I was blown away by the amount of detail and knowledge Bob brings to the subject.
The first few chapters are a wealth of information on topics such as; the origins of the Craftsman movement and much of its philosophy, materials selection, hardware selection, and woodworking techniques.
While you maybe tempted to skip right over them and dive directly into the proceeding chapters filled with detailed shop drawings, you really should sit down at the end of a long shop day to read and appreciate them.
Understanding the history behind the movement will give you a greater appreciation of every aspect of the build. But if learning about the history behind the shop drawings has absolutely no appeal to you what-so-ever, at least take the time to read the chapters on reading and understanding the shop drawings and also on the materials and hardware.
These chapters, in my opinion, will make the all the difference in how you’ll use this book in your own shop to replicate the pieces you’ll find in subsequent chapters.
And in regards to those drawings, “The Great Book of Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture” is filled with some of the most detailed shop drawings anyone could ask for. The level of detail can only be out done by the original plans themselves, and with that said…I think I still would prefer to have these.
To get your copy of “The Great Book of Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture” (including signed copies from the author) order directly from Bob’s website at www.readwatchdo.com.
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