by Jim Tolpin
"A kitchen is probably the most complex room in your home to design..."
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Amazon Customer Reviews:
Excellent, step-by-step guide to cabinetry construction
"As a professional woodworker, I highly recommend any of Jim Tolpin's books. His writing is routinely well organized, clear, and concise. Building Traditional Kitchen Cabinets is no expception. Jim takes the reader through design, materials, construction, and installation with the style of a seasoned veteran. It is obvious that he has learned many valuable lessons over the years as a successful cabinet maker. Anyone, even the most experienced woodworker, will benefit from his thoughtful, award winning techniques. If you have basic cabinetry skills, this book will show you how to build and install traditional kitchen cabnets more quickly, to a higher standard, and with fewer mistakes. Do not miss this opportunity to add a truly valuable writing to your bookshelf."
"I own several books on cabinet construction. This one is my favorite. It provides step-by-step examples of how to layout, design, build, finish, and install traditional face-frame cabinetry. The graphics are certainly not flashy, most appear to be hand etched, but I find them to be useful.
The book includes techniques and jigs that are great for cabinet construction. I've built several of the jigs that are shown, including the jig for using a biscuit joiner to join the face frame edges, and the cross-cut sled.
You won't find everything in this book, but I've been able to accomplish a lot with this book and Taunton's Trim Carpentry and Built-Ins."
I love this book
In the beginning of the book, the author quotes someone saying
that you should do what you love, but only write what you know about.
He thanks them for that, and I thank the author for doing it. The information
in this book, is written in such a way, as to prove to me, the undeniable
in depth experience, the author has in the trade. He covers all the
bases. True no one book can give you it all. For example, I noticed
when I installed a Dishwasher, into my existing kitchen, that it snugged
in perfectly, both under the counter, and between the sections. Had
it been one eighth of an inch smaller, it wouldn't have gone in. From
that I realized that their must be standard dimensions in the industry.
The author does not cover those dimensions. What he does do is cover
everything else, that most others miss. The real information and what
you need to know, in order to avoid costly mistakes. What finishes
to use, and when. Prepping properly. How to build your cabinetry, and
mark out your layout using a story stick. Drawing a floor plan to scale.
He is not afraid to share with you the basics. It really is a step
by step guide. I like the guy. His writing style is a natural flow
of ideas. Not clamored with egotistical sensationalism. Reminds me
of good old down home American craftsmanship. Like he was part of the
Shakely shop. Although not caught up in old world techniques to a fault.
(He prefers random orbit round sanders to the square finish sanders)
After all the Shakelies used power tools as well driven by water wheels
outside, and long leather belts and pulleys.
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