Learn to elevate and perfect your cabinetmaking skills!
Sharing his legendary techniques for coopered doors, dowelling, dovetail joints, frame-and-panel work, latches, hinges, fittings, and other cabinetry details, in The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking, master woodworker James Krenov elevates cabinetry to a true art.
With continual themes of perfection of technique and building to the limits of one's skill, this authoritative resource provides in-depth instruction for mastering the craft of cabinetmaking. A bevy of topics, including the proper way to sharpen and hone tools, hollow grinding methodology, and obtaining proper grinding angles, are detailed in this comprehensive cabinet-making sourcebook. Lessons devoted to using and understanding various woods, including common or exotic pieces, learning how to read grain, and the pros and cons in working with air-dried wood versus kiln-dried wood, will educate any level of woodworker. Chapters devoted to resawing as well as problems and concerns due to moisture content and wood movement are also included.
Beginning with the most essential part of cabinetry—selecting and preparing wood—Krenov shares his beliefs about the integrity of the material being the first priority so that the subtle use of figure and color will enhance the design. He shows how first-rate execution and flawless finished surfaces are the hallmarks of his work and can be in yours when you discover his secrets. In the end, true inspiration and masterful skill have never come together so exquisitely as in Krenov’s work.