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by Niall Barrett

Free eBook Bookcases: Eleven Outstanding Projects by America's Best Craftsmen (Step-By-Step Furniture) download ISBN: 1561583030
Author: Niall Barrett
Publisher: Taunton Press (October 1, 1999)
Language: English
Pages: 192
Category: Home, Hobbies and Crafts
Subcategory: Home Improvement and Design
Size MP3: 1245 mb
Size FLAC: 1162 mb
Rating: 4.7
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With designs by some of America's most outstanding custom woodworkers, this handbook includes 11 popular projects for people of all skill levels. 147 color photos. 82 drawings.

User reviews
Hello, Mr. Barrett and his team have knocked themselves out to train and educate people like me on both the asthetics and craftmanship of high quality bookcases. I am a professional instructional designer who graduated from a top three graduate program in the field (FSU) and I recognize how important it is for the subject matter expert (Mr. Barrett) to logically convey his or her teaching objectives to the reader in ways that the reader will hold fast to and generate good work from. IOW, I know I can follow the instructions while referencing the excellent exploded diagrams and produce handsome bookcases to hold and display my beloved books. My own goal and the instructional goal of Mr. Barrett and his team match cracker jackerly. Thanks for your hard work.
This is a very good book for me. I found it to be clear, concise, detailed, and accurate. The material break down was quite helpful. I really liked the projects contained within, there were quite a few types, enough to satisfy all tastes.
I love this book. It has what seems to be the definitive plan for v-shelf book cases, most of the other plans I have found for that style are based off of this one. Great book!
Although the book is informative (if a total beginner), I felt it to be half of what I had hoped for!
Bookcases are a reviewer's friend. Or rather, they are until they take over the house. Eventually you realize that you have more invested in cheap assemble-it-yourself furniture than you do in that Volvo in the garage. If you have pretensions at being handy, there will come a time when you start dreaming of nifty cabinets and lawyers bookcases - all make in that shop in the basement. And that's the time to reach for Niall Barrett's book.
Think there's nothing to it? Barrett starts right out with a bit of bookcase theory. Finally you will understand why those shelves keep sagging and how to keep it from happening. The author's style is straightforward, right to-the-point, but it is clear from the beginning that Barrett loves making bookcases, and loves what goes in them as well.
Eleven designs are presented, from a simple, short bookcase to and exotic formal sideboard bookcase. Other than the sideboard, which is a bit over designed for my tastes I found all of the bookcases attractive, graceful, and functional. Barrett pays most of his attention one the details of building with only elementary suggestions about finishing.
As has been mentioned earlier, he uses shop tools to simplify the work. Although there is no reason that some of the simpler designs couldn't be done with basic hand tools or handyman's power tools. Probably a router and a good rotary saw (small table saw or hand tool) are minimum requirements.
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I decided to undertake construction of a bookcase shown in the book. There were a number of critical dimensions missing in the plan, so I undertook the process of laying out the bookcase in a cad program to fill in the gaps. Good thing I did! A number of dimensions were incorrect and if I had gone by any of the dimensions I would have a lot of finished oak to use in my fireplace. In his description of this project he stated that the bookcase was disassembled and reassembled many time to make modifications, I understand why. Still what is shown in the book is a great start for a project and there is a lot of good information.
In general I like almost all the books and magazines that I own from Taunton press (such as Fine Woodworking, Fine Homebuilding, and some of their other books). In general the their writers are adept at what they do and their editing and illustrations are well done.
This book is no exception. Unlike several of the reviews I have read, I didn't find any glaring errors in any of the plans (I built the maple plywood bookshelf and adapted the beech bookshelf for my own needs). I find the designs and illustrations to be useful. I plan on building the cherry Shaker-style book shelf in the near future (it should be easy enought to adapt to hold my DVD collection).
Of course you will need some good power tools to complete these projects, especailly a good table saw (although I built the maple bookshelf mostly with my circular saw and a good edge guide), a biscuit joiner, jointer and a router. But this is pretty standard fare for any woodworking project.
... on the one hand, all the projects are beautiful, will inspire you to want to try them, and will probably appeal to an advanced woodworker.

On the other hand, the title is simply, "Bookcases," rather than "Advanced Bookcases," and none of the projects as I recall were within the level of someone like myself with a simple table saw and simple router, and no biscuit joiner. Even for someone with a biscuit joiner, the author acknowledged that some of the joinery was a bit tricky.

With that said, I did learn some wonderful stuff in the introduction, where Barrett notes two things: 1 -- To always plan your bookcase project by measuring what you are going to put in it, and what it weighs, and 2 -- To always sleep overnight on your plan before doing the cutting.

Voila, he is so correct. I ended up not making any bookcases at all, but installing Rubbermaid wall-mounted white melamine shelves.

I test-fitted all my shelves before attaching them permanently to the standards, moving tall books with tall books and short books with short books, and all the super-high world atlases on one spot.

I made sure to sleep overnight on any design questions involving fitting the wall-mounted shelves around ducts or doorways, or figuring out where to make short, well-supported spans for heavy books. It all came out great, so that is an unintended consequence of Niall Barrett's book. The introduction really is quite good on how to plan a way to store a library, and has nice photos of various fasteners and standards.

Check this book out and maybe use it to plan something simpler -- that's my advice.