Shape is critical to the ultimate success or failure of a piece of furniture. Knowing this, custom-furniture maker Lonnie Bird has taken the complex subject of shaping wood and made it accessible to every woodworker.
In Shaping Wood, Bird shows you how to dress up your furniture, personalize your work and create period details. Learn to turn, carve, bend, cut and shape with hand tools or machines. All the techniques are in this accessible guide -- from cutting a simple circle to carving a ball-and-claw foot. He leads you through visualizing, drawing a shape and then choosing the appropriate tool for creating it.
- Graphic, step-by-step presentation of key techniques and methods
- Visual maps, cross-references and indexes make information easy to find
- Covers the many woodworking methods and tools available
- Modern, up-to-date coverage of tools and techniques
- Part of a three-volume encyclopedia of woodworking
The Complete Illustrated Guides Introducing a new series of books in the tradition of Tage Frid. All the techniques and processes you need to craft beautiful things from wood are compiled into three comprehensive volumes: The Complete Illustrated Guides. Highly visual and written by woodworking's finest craftsmen, these three titles -- Furniture and Cabinet Construction, Shaping Wood and Joinery establish a new standard for shop reference books.
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SKU FWW71071500 Table Of Contents Introduction
How to Use This Book
Part One Tools and Materials
SECTION 1 Tools
Basic Shaping Tools
Tools for Edge Treatments and Moldings
Tools for Carving
Tools for Turning
Tools for Bending
SECTION 2 Materials
Stock for Sawn Curves
Stock for Bending
Stock for Panels
Part Two Cutting Shapes
SECTION 3 Straight-Edged Shapes
SECTION 4 Curved Shapes
Arcs, Circles, & Ellipses
SECTION 5 Complex Shapes
SECTION 6 Template Shaping
Cutting with Templates
Shaping Inside Corners
Part Three Edge Treatments and Moldings
SECTION 7 Edge Treatments
Simple Shaped Edge
Shaping an Entire Edge
Lipped Door Edge
Shaping a Board's Face
SECTION 8 Beads
SECTION 9 Simple Moldings
SECTION 10 Complex and Built-Up Moldings
Solid Complex Molding
SECTION 11 Curved Moldings
Part Four Other Decorative Shapes
SECTION 12 Coves
SECTION 13 Flutes and Reeds
Part Five Special Techniques
SECTION 14 Turning
Turning Basic Shapes
Furniture Legs and Feet
SECTION 15 Carving
SECTION 16 Bending
Appendix: Shaping Small Parts
List of Suppliers
Shape is a fundamental element of design. All furniture styles, even seemingly simple designs such as Shaker, use shape to enhance, increase function, and define style. For example, the sensuous curve of a chair back adds comfort as well as visual appeal, and the slender taper of a table leg creates lightness without sacrificing strength. Shape is critical to the ultimate success or failure of a piece of furniture. It simply can't be ignored.
Before shapes can be created, they must first be visualized and then drawn. There are tools and templates available for drawing geometric shapes; but organic, freeform curves are often best sketched freehand. Fortunately, the natural movements of the wrist and elbow make it possible for anyone to draw flowing curves with a bit of practice.
As I've illustrated in this book, the choices available for shaping are numerous. And it's not necessary to have access to a shop full of power tools, either. Many woodworkers are rediscovering hand tools along with the pleasure and satisfaction that comes with their use. Planes, saws, chisels, and other edge tools all require patience and a degree of skill; but they yield a handmade look and texture as well as a deep sense of accomplishment.
Learning to tune and effectively use power tools can be satisfying, too. And many power tool techniques, such as template shaping, yield efficiency that is unmatched with hand tools. Machines are also a good choice for many labor-intensive tasks, such as planing and sawing stock to size, providing more time for creating details by hand that machines simply can't duplicate. For example, a bandsaw is an efficient choice for sawing a curve in preparation for refining and sculpting the same curve with a spokeshave and a rasp. As a long-time woodworker who seeks pleasure from the craft, I've learned to enjoy both hand and power tools for what each has to offer.
As you explore the pages of this book, it's my hope that you'll be inspired by the creativity and challenge that comes with adding shapes to your next woodworking project.
ISBN 978-1-62710-766-2 Video No Author Lonnie Bird Publication Year 2014 Dimensions 9-1/4 X 10-7/8 Pages 304 Photo 800 Drawings 30 Other Formats 70533 Cover Paperback Format Paperback
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