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Woodworking Basics: Mastering the Essentials of Craftmanship (Paperback)

Peter Korn

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ISBN 10: 156158620X / ISBN 13: 9781561586202
Published by Taunton Press Inc, United States, 2004
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Language: English . Brand New Book. The book takes a classical approach to teaching woodworking, introducing fundamental tools and shop practice. It is a solid, systematic learning tool for the advanced beginner seeking to master the basics of woodworking craftsmanship. This is a book with a strong point of view. It is the basis of the two-week basic woodworking college class that the author currently runs at the Centre for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. It pushes the idea that learning basic skills is essential to craftsmanship. This is a valid teaching approach based on a long tradition of European apprenticeship (as espoused by Tage Frid, Alan Peters and James Krenov). There is good pedagogical precedent for the idea that learning it right (the techniques and the principles) is an essential foundation. One can always depart from it later, using shop aids and power tools to do a process more quickly or efficiently. Bookseller Inventory # AAJ9781561586202

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Title: Woodworking Basics: Mastering the Essentials...

Publisher: Taunton Press Inc, United States

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

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Woodworking Basics presents an approach to learning woodworking that has proven successful for hundreds of people who have taken the author's introductory course over the past 20 years. Peter Korn's method helps new woodworkers learn the right techniques from the beginning. More experienced woodworkers can use it to master the classic furniture-making skills key to fine craftsmanship. Korn includes two attractive and useful projects -- a small bench and a side table with a door and drawer ― providing you the opportunity to practice skills and develop confidence with tools.

This book provides a step-by-step introduction to all aspects of woodworking, including:

  • Safe use of woodworking machinery
  • Correct use of hand tools
  • Milling a board four-square
  • Cutting a mortise-and-tenon joint
  • Cutting dovetails

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Korn is the director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine, which offers hands-on workshops in woodworking. He is the author of Working with Wood (The Taunton Press, 1993.)

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