The Why & How of Woodworking: A Simple Approach to

The Why & How of Woodworking: A Simple Approach to Making Meaningful Work The Why and How of Woodworking reflects the growing appreciation for the handmade, a movement toward simplifying and uncluttering There is a growing understanding of the need to fill our lives with meaningful and useful objects How can woodworkers answer that call Instagram sensation Mike Pekovich explains how to make work that is worth the time and effort it takes to make it, work that makes a difference, and work that will add to the quality of our livesExplains the basics of woodworking, from choosing lumber with care, cutting joinery accurately, and preparing and finishing the surfaces A simple approach to building boxes and furniture that are built to last Includes information on designing and building cabinets, boxes, chests, casework, and tables One of the best books on woodworking ever written It s pitiful that the binding of the book is not very strong. I d been looking forward to this book for a long time Pekovich has been on my radar since I copied one of his wall cabinets which is also featured in this book from an article in Fine Woodworking for class a few years ago so it was probably inevitable that it ended up disappointing somewhat.Most of the text all of the shallow philosophising about purpose and design just didn t need to be there The scattershot information on techniques varies from fair enough the bits about kumiko to activel I d been looking forward to this book for a long time Pekovich has been on my radar since I copied one of his wall cabinets which is also featured in this book from an article in Fine Woodworking for class a few years ago so it was probably inevitable that it ended up disappointing somewhat.Most of the text all of the shallow philosophising about purpose and design just didn t need to be there The scattershot information on techniques varies from fair enough the bits about kumiko to actively bad if you follow his advice on sharpening you ll at the very least be doing too much work, and you ll also end up rendering your chisels much less useful very quickly leave the back alone In keeping with tradition, the chapter on finishing is by far the worst, and should just be skipped entirely.Lest you think it would have been better as just a picture book, though, even Pekovich s famous sense of aesthetic doesn t hold up when you see so many of his projects packed together, especially when it comes to larger furniture he usually just scales his proportions up, which doesn t often work The problem is accentuated when he puts one of his delicate tea chests on top of a dresser or full sized cabinet, but it exists even when there are just multiple objects of almost the same scale in a picture they just have too great a variety of part thicknesses not to offend Still, in isolation or when explicitly designed to go together much of his work still works, and I can t imagine anyone could read this book without coming away with at least some new inspiration I know I did If you re hoping for straight project plans, you should be aware that while there are a bunch, Pekovich s infatuation with his own voice sometimes leads him to omit vital information For the dresser, for example, he goes on about wood choices the weight, mass, and permanence of oak, the glow and iridescent sheen of butternut but completely neglects to tell us how the top is attached Leaving aside the fact that some of the pictures seem to go out of their way to highlight flaws in Pekovich s execution, showing gaps around tenons, botched drawbore pegs, or even tear out in finished pieces I ve also gone off his wall cabinet I copied It s in this book in the chapter titled A Study in 1 16s , because all of its parts are slightly offset relative to its neighbours the proud joinery on the case, the sides of the case to its top and bottom, the central divider to the sides, the door and drawer to the rest of the case, the rails of the door to the stiles, c when I made it, I did away with most of that so I could focus on the dovetails instead, because those were new to me I regretted that decision mostly out of principle, but theI look at it now, theI feel like the whole concept gives Pekovich s cabinet s a crushed in look I thoroughly enjoyed Mike s book I would consider myself a beginner to intermediate woodworker and started this passion three years ago I started learning from my dad who lives in another state and watching YouTube videos, mixed with a fair amount of self teaching trial and error I really wish I would have known about this book when I first started It is not a straight do things this way by completing steps X and Y, but neither is it a straight philosophy of woodworking book Rather, it I thoroughly enjoyed Mike s book I would consider myself a beginner to intermediate woodworker and started this passion three years ago I started learning from my dad who lives in another state and watching YouTube videos, mixed with a fair amount of self teaching trial and error I really wish I would have known about this book when I first started It is not a straight do things this way by completing steps X and Y, but neither is it a straight philosophy of woodworking book Rather, it s a great combination of the two The book starts off with Mike s Rules of the Shop which helps to reorient your perspective on shop time The rules were so good that I ve printed off each to put in my shop From there he moves to discussing design, essential hand tools, and specific project types His writing style is conversational, but thought provoking I originally bought it on Kindle, but after reading it partly through I also bought the hard copy so I caneasily see the wonderful pictures and flow of the book I d recommend the book to both beginners andadvanced woodworkers I only wish Mike hadbooks I really like Mike s work, and his Instagram feed And so I really looked forward to this I m a little dissapointed, in the end but partly that s because I m already familiar with his work So this was good, but not a relevation I guess I had hoped for a lot of design and proportion related discussion, sketching approaches, etc It definitely did open my eyes to a few aspects of Mike s design approach, and was full of interesting designs He did present some not entirely successful ones, and I really like Mike s work, and his Instagram feed And so I really looked forward to this I m a little dissapointed, in the end but partly that s because I m already familiar with his work So this was good, but not a relevation I guess I had hoped for a lot of design and proportion related discussion, sketching approaches, etc It definitely did open my eyes to a few aspects of Mike s design approach, and was full of interesting designs He did present some not entirely successful ones, and why how to fix them All good stuff.But not a relevation

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