Joiner And Cabinet MakerIt contains, in addition to certain rudimentary information, some hints to apprentices of how to turn their leisure hours to permanently useful account. The first section reproduces the complete edition, which consists of a fictional boy describing his apprenticeship, accompanied by a large amount of historical information about cabinet making in the mid to late 19th century. The next section consists of Chris following the textual descriptions in the book and builds three projects; a packing box, a schoolbox and a chest of drawers. In a conversational writing style, he adds his own knowledge of woodworking techniques, bits of history and documents building the projects photographically—the overall effect is like having a private tutor guide you through the project. I examine three editions of this book , , , relate them to the history of book structure, then investigate how their physicality influences our interpretation of the text.
The Joiner and Cabinet Maker
Of all the books we sell I think "The Joiner and Cabinet Maker" is the single most important book available on hand tool usage. First published in , this fictional tale follows Thomas, a boy of 13 or so, who is apprenticed to a rural woodworking shop that builds everything from built-ins to veneered mahogany casework. Unlike other books of the period, "The Joiner and Cabinet Maker" focuses on how Thomas acquires the skills necessary to become a journeyman joiner. Thanks to this book, we can stop guessing at how some operations were traditionally performed, and read first-hand how joints were cut and casework was assembled. Along with tons of information on gluing, sawing, running a hand tool shop, and using chisels and other tools Thomas is given step by step instruction on three projects: a Packing Box, a dovetailed Schoolbox and a Chest of Drawers. Original copies of the book are extremely rare and Christopher Schwarz editor of Popular Woodworking and Woodworking Magazine and I decided to reprint the book with a lot of added detail. We've reprinted "The Joiner and Cabinet Maker," unabridged and unaltered.
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Festool Fest 2 Days! When i first read it, and now several years later, I still think it is one of the most important books on learning woodworking ever written, and gives us a great historical perspective on how woodworking was done in the pre-machine world. I sent the book to Chris Schwarz and we both knew it had to see the light of day again. I wrote the historical notes, Chris built and wrote about the projects in the book. I could give more details on the book which we will publish this fall but everyone knows Chris is a far better writer than I so rather than repeat what he has said I direct you to the Lost Arts Press website and Chris's blog entry. We of course will be taking advance orders for the book starting soon, and I hope you will be as excited by it as I.
Product cannot be added at this time. Choose an option to add an item to your cart. Check availability at all stores. The anonymously written edition of The Joiner and Cabinet Maker followed the fictional career of Thomas, a young 19th-century English carpenter's apprentice, through his training in traditional joinery and casework techniques. Moskowitz, a book collector, history buff and expert woodworker, collaborated with Schwarz, editor of Popular Woodworking and Woodworking Magazine , to republish this expanded version that brings the year-old volume to life for modern readers. Placing the work in historical context, an introductory chapter and footnotes throughout the original unaltered text illuminate a tradesman's life in that era, from social conditions to the tools in common use. Of particular interest to woodworkers, Schwarz completes three of the projects described, using modern hand tools to build a chest of drawers, a packing box, and a school box.
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