The projects in this book span a range of styles and draw upon the design expertise of some of the best woodworkers in the country. The designs range from simple to ambitious, and any of them can be modified to suit your particular needs. Some, like the plate display rack, can be built in a few hours. Others, like the hanging pot holder or CD cabinet, could probably be knocked out in a weekend. More involved projects such as the kitchen island or mobile closet could take a week or more. In any case, all of the projects are well within the reach of any determined woodworker with a basic complement of tools.
In the process of building the projects, youll also learn a lot about woodworking. Each chapter includes great information on techniques, tools, joinery, and finishing. Youll discover better ways to lay out and cut joints, fit drawers, and clamp up work. Never tried resawing or veneering? Youll find out how easy they can be. Youll also learn how to make clever jigs that will serve you in future woodworking projects.
Just as important, youll learn how to design your own storage furniture. The first chapter walks you through the steps of assessing your particular storage problems and developing appropriate solutions. Among other things, it discusses sizing furniture to maximize storage, matching or complementing existing dcor, tailoring a piece to suit its location, and making the most of available space.