How To Build Shaker Furniture: The Complete Updated & Improved Classic

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Popular Woodworking Books, Oct 6, 2011 - Crafts & Hobbies - 176 pages
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The Shakers produced many incredible furniture objects that we continue to venerate today. For the woodworker the fascination is often rooted in the essential simplicity of the work. Interest in Shaker design is as strong today as it was when the first edition of this book was published in 1977, possibly stronger. This ongoing interest is the direct result of the inherent beauty of Shaker design—beauty that stems not only from form, but from superb workmanship, a commitment to utility and a total understanding of material.

 

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Traditional American furniture styles have enjoyed an enduring popularity, which makes titles about them ideal choices for most collections. Lang offers measured drawings of 27 examples of ... Read full review

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It's a beautiful book with beautiful pictures. Thomas Moser makes beautiful furniture. However, he does not make good shop drawings for the novice woodworker. I do have a background in mechanical design and drawings, so I don't think reading prints is my issue.
If you already have experience building cabinets and furniture this book is great. I've spent a great deal of time figuring out missing components and angles in many of the drawings such as the easy looking display shelves and the chairs, only to be left frustrated.
I think the reason they do this is to save space. I'd be willing to spend the extra money on a few more drawings and dimensions, because as of now most of these plans are useless to me.
 

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Tom Moser grew up in Chicago, learning to work with his hands from his father. While in high school, Tom met Mary Wilson, whom he married in 1957. During the early years of their marriage, Tom and Mary supplemented their income by purchasing old furniture, refinishing it in their home workshop, and reselling it. He returned to school earning a bachelor's of science degree in Speech Education. After graduation, he began teaching English in High School, and eventually earned both his master's degree and doctorate in Speech Communications, moving on to teach at state colleges in Michigan and New York.

In 1972, Tom left his tenured professorship to turn his woodworking hobby into a career. In April 1973, Tom and Mary launched Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers. What began as an intense exploration of craftsmanship has evolved into a business that employs more than 125 people, and has residential, professional and academic customers worldwide. Tom remains active in the business, along with three of his four sons.

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