The Impractical Cabinetmaker: Krenov on Composing, Making, and Detailing by James Krenov
Paperback — Linden Book Publishing-Woodworker’s Library Series, 1999 (first published in 1979)
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James Krenov’s delicate, lyrical cabinets have inspired a generation of wood aritsans, as has his impassioned insistence that one do their very best work, no matter what. Krenov invites the reader into his workshop, where he shares his techniques and an uncompromising approach to craftsmanship, and thoughts about his own work and its place in the world. Photo sequences show how Krenov composes a cabinet directly in the wood. He also discusses working with shop-sawn veneers, technique for fitting curved doors, and problems of accuracy and mistakes, concluding with detailed explorations of three furniture projects: a curved showcase cabinet, a writing table with drawer, and a chess table.