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    Product Description-Chests of Drawers: Outstanding Projects
                  from America's Best Craftsmen
Featuring beautiful projects in a wide range of styles from some of America's finest cabinetmakers, Chests of Drawers is the fifth
 book in Taunton's Furniture Projects series. Each of the seven projects includes clear instructions, measured drawings and cut
                                                               lists.



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Customer Reviews:
53 of 56 people found the following review helpful

Substandard entry in an otherwise great series, March 2, 2002 By DAMwriter "David Moore" (Chicago, IL USA)
This review is from: Chests of Drawers: Outstanding Projects from America's Best Craftsmen (Paperback) This is a review that I
hate writing. I own many, many of the books and magazines published by Taunton Press, and have been almost unfailingly
pleased. I own all of the "Outstanding Projects from... " books in the series that they have published and have been very
impressed with the quality of, and the wealth of information contained in, "Beds," "Desks," "Tables," etc. Unfortunately, "Chests
of Drawers" falls well short of its siblings, for the following reasons:1) Fewer projects. With the exception of "Desks," which also
has seven projects, the other books have from 8 to 11 projects each. This isn't a huge deal, except for the fact that many of the
projects are virtually identical (see below) and there is not much coverage of the many design options that a reader could use,
going forward, to make his or her own, unique chests of drawers.2) Projects advertised on the cover aren't in the book -- a real
problem, in my mind. The back cover says "The projects range from a...



23 of 25 people found the following review helpful

Disappointing compared to the rest of the series, July 24, 2002 By Daniel Waterman (Hill AFB, Utah)
  This review is from: Chests of Drawers: Outstanding Projects from America's Best Craftsmen (Paperback) I consider myself
an "advanced beginner" as a woodworker. I own Desks, Bookcases, and Beds in this series (and have completed projects from
the latter two). Chests of Drawers does not live up to the high standards of these titles for two reasons:1. Intentional difficulty-It
almost seems as though the author tried to come up with the most complex solution to any joinery problem. For example, is
there not an easier way to do the joinery for the Contemporary Chest (a beautiful piece, by the way) besides making 180 loose
tenons and 8 dozen mortises? The triple dresser is gorgeous but I am not sure that could be made to the same quality outside
of the Thomasville factory. 2. Lack of variety-I am sure that many of these projects can be modified but if I wanted to
substantially modify them, I would just design something myself (something I don't feel comfortable doing yet on a project of this
magnitude) and wouldn't need the book. The Pennsylvania Dutch chest, though...
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful

This book has nothing the other Taunton books have, May 13, 2002 By A Customer
This review is from: Chests of Drawers: Outstanding Projects from America's Best Craftsmen (Paperback) What's wrong with
this book?1. Most of the projects in the book are for the very experienced craftsman. The projects seemed complicated just to
be complicated. I'm not saying they should be super simple either but I think Taunton missed the mark on these.2. These
projects are for the woodworker who has a full set of power tools in their workshop. I also purchased Tauton's "Tables" book
and loved the fact that many of the projects where done with minimal power tools. In this book the concept of "hand cut
dovetails" are dovetails done with a jigsaw and a router. Way too many expensive jigs, routers, biscuits and pocket joints. Since
my next project is a chest of drawers for my son, I was really hoping to find inspiration in this book based on my other purchases
of Taunton's books. Unfortunately I found none in this book. The ultimate test for me is to show my wife projects from books to
see which one(s) she likes. She also found nothing in this book that we would want...

				
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