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UPDATE: Practical Furniture Design from Fine Woodworking

comments (92) June 5th, 2012 in blogs

BetsyE Betsy Engel, contributor
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Practical Furniture Design
The Taunton Press, 2009.
$24.95; 272 pp.

Here’s a collection of articles from past issues of Fine Woodworking magazine about designing furniture. Practical Furniture Design includes articles about drafting, scaling furniture from photos, different design styles, and understanding wood movement. The book also includes sections on tables, casework and cabinets, chairs, and beds. The subtitle of the book says it all: “From Drawing Board to Smart Construction” – this is a great collection of articles to help with your furniture designing.

Lucky Jamul is the winner. His comment was chosen at random.


posted in: blogs, giveaway, book review, furniture design

Comments (92)

jverreault jverreault writes: I have picked this book up at least a half dozen times in the store but never bought it as something always distracted me and I put it back. I think the Fine Woodworking Gods knew it should be mine but steered me to wait until this draw. Who am I to argue with Gods? That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Seriously, I would love to have this book in my collection.
Posted: 12:48 am on June 4th

Dean7 Dean7 writes: Much needed. Please send this book my way. Thanks!
Posted: 12:21 pm on June 2nd

jwtm1941 jwtm1941 writes: Sure wished you guys would do an article on the real world (practical) use of the "the Golden Proportion Gauge(1:1.6816)". I notice that non of the articles about designing furniture have ever given any practical advice about the use of the "Fibonacci gauge". While some articles have mentioned the gauge non have offered any practical advice of how to employ it.
Posted: 11:00 am on June 2nd

Metaphor70 Metaphor70 writes: Another excellent woodworking tome. Sign me up for the drawing!
Posted: 6:43 pm on June 1st

bko bko writes: Looks like a great book--I'd love to win!

Posted: 3:33 pm on May 31st

D11RDozer D11RDozer writes: Always open to free woodworking stuff.
Posted: 1:46 pm on May 31st

Comconian Comconian writes: Awesome. I could always use a good book but best of luck to whoever gets it.
Posted: 1:39 pm on May 31st

kbranch12 kbranch12 writes: Count me in - I'm always interested in a good read!
Posted: 9:43 am on May 31st

Spilperson Spilperson writes: I am in. Pick me! Pick me!
Posted: 9:24 am on May 31st

sloanworks sloanworks writes: I like the word practical, and what's that he's doing on the cover? Doesn't he do Sketch Up?
Posted: 7:41 am on May 31st

DaveHarrison DaveHarrison writes: Looks good - count me in.
Posted: 4:51 am on May 31st

beem beem writes: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Posted: 12:35 am on May 31st

caub caub writes: I'm always interested in design books - it's the hardest part of this craft! Thanks for offering this.
Posted: 8:27 pm on May 30th

scrabtree46 scrabtree46 writes: I am a welder by trade and always like new things, woodworking is SO much different that working with metal, but think the joints that are involved are very cool and think a design book would be helpful to get my brain to see wood design instead of metal working...
Posted: 8:03 pm on May 30th

trantj trantj writes: This would definitely help improve my skills.
Posted: 11:15 am on May 30th

Rambler Rambler writes: I'm ready to start a new furniture project. You can make only so many small boxes before it's time to build something with heft.
Posted: 9:27 am on May 30th

dhasterok dhasterok writes: Sounds like a book that would help avoid crucial mistakes.
Posted: 8:35 am on May 30th

tdh36185 tdh36185 writes: Always looking to learn more
Posted: 7:52 am on May 30th

NikonD80 NikonD80 writes: I'd love this book: I want to stop copying other peoples work and start designing my own.
Posted: 7:24 am on May 30th

casaheil casaheil writes: Looks good! I could always use some practical knowledge.
Posted: 11:45 pm on May 29th

cahudson42 cahudson42 writes: Another hat in the ring..
Posted: 6:57 pm on May 29th

stephanmontreal stephanmontreal writes: I've jjst started my venture into woodworking. Looking into building Frank Lloyd. Wright furniture replicas. Does anyone know if there are books with plans of his works? stephan
Posted: 5:06 pm on May 29th

MKWerman MKWerman writes: Count me in. I could definitely use help!
Posted: 5:02 pm on May 29th

GoMac GoMac writes: I've been working wood for over 30 years and have worked in many shops from mill work to antique reproduction. My first power tool was a lathe and my first piece of furniture was a 1/6th scale pencil post bed for my nieces b-day. She was 7, I was 14. I copied a design from one of my dads old furniture books. I'm now too disabled to do most of the woodworking I love but I've planted a "wood bug" in my nephews head. This will make a fantastic gift to him and encourage his own imagination through the talents of others. Cheers to all that enter and good luck!
Posted: 3:38 pm on May 29th

sleeving sleeving writes: I need all the help I can get!
Posted: 12:59 pm on May 29th

sk2tobin sk2tobin writes: looks interesting! count me in
Posted: 6:59 am on May 29th

montee montee writes: I could use some design help!
Posted: 9:51 pm on May 28th

MEL888 MEL888 writes:
Posted: 9:06 pm on May 28th

rodk1 rodk1 writes: Sign me up, Please! Thanks
Posted: 8:42 pm on May 28th

mjw19641 mjw19641 writes: It would be awesome to learn the techniques of furnitures design. As a novice, I'm always looking for new information.
Posted: 8:05 pm on May 28th

IndyMac IndyMac writes: I like free!!
Posted: 7:11 pm on May 28th

Bstan28 Bstan28 writes: I like free books.
Posted: 4:45 pm on May 28th

willrose willrose writes: I could use the learnin'!
Posted: 12:24 pm on May 28th

jockcameron jockcameron writes: sign me up please
Posted: 8:58 am on May 28th

Tom_in_Syracuse Tom_in_Syracuse writes: Sign me up.
Posted: 8:55 am on May 28th

wmalcolmg wmalcolmg writes: The more I make, the more I realize that full sized plans are essential. I need to learn design and drawing. Malcolm G
Posted: 8:14 am on May 28th

Randy2439 Randy2439 writes: Fat fingers. That's learning!
Posted: 7:56 am on May 28th

Randy2439 Randy2439 writes: Never stop learnong!!
Posted: 7:54 am on May 28th

Antondeg Antondeg writes: Sign me up
Posted: 6:51 am on May 28th

wildman925 wildman925 writes: i am always looking for ways to improve my skills, practical furniture design would be another useful tool for better furniture making
Posted: 6:50 am on May 28th

wayne_jc wayne_jc writes: great giveaway!
Posted: 8:24 pm on May 27th

Littlegrasshopper Littlegrasshopper writes: My designs at times frustrate my abilities. I need some practical applications.
Posted: 5:33 pm on May 27th

ahorowitz ahorowitz writes:
I am a good woodworker but cannot design worth beans. I need this book to help me do some original designs

Posted: 4:23 pm on May 27th

biffe biffe writes: listening about the subject on shop talk 7 i need to read more about it
Posted: 3:54 pm on May 27th

lobro4 lobro4 writes: What luck. Giving away the exact book I need.

Posted: 3:09 pm on May 27th

donmidway donmidway writes: I NEVER win anything. Change my luck!
Posted: 9:31 am on May 27th

japee japee writes: Practical Furniture Design (from drawing board to smart construction)

This book is appears not about the mechanics and woodworking skills of furniture making but more about aesthetics and techniques of quality design. Training the eye to pick up on detail from many sources and noting these ideas, most likely in a design sketchbook.

“Designing a piece of furniture should be fun, not intimidating” is a great opening to what I envisage, a can’t-put-it-down type of book. At the very least, essential it is another book for your essential reading list.

The book is divided into 8 sections; the first 4 sections dealing with the concepts of Design, Making plans and models (or not), right Style and Working with wood. The last sections focus specifically on types of furniture; being Tables, Cabinets, Chairs and a final section on Special purpose furniture.

This book is definitely on my ESSENTIAL reading list.

Posted: 7:45 am on May 27th

Sheppo26 Sheppo26 writes: Me too!
Posted: 7:16 am on May 27th

pacewood pacewood writes: A good book is like a clamp, you can never have too many
Posted: 7:09 am on May 27th

Nitreug Nitreug writes: This one looks pretty interesting. I wonder if past winners still participate or they give up since they've already won...
Posted: 11:21 pm on May 26th

jojojellybean jojojellybean writes: Count me in.
Posted: 10:39 pm on May 26th

RobertWhiteneck RobertWhiteneck writes: Throw my name in the hat!!
Posted: 4:21 pm on May 26th

Dank24 Dank24 writes: Sounds like another good book that I would like to have. Keep up the good job!
Posted: 4:16 pm on May 26th

stewdes stewdes writes: Please enter me for the sole reason that I need all the help I can get.
Posted: 3:56 pm on May 26th

Elfdoc Elfdoc writes: Sounds like a great collection of articles to help any level woodworker along the path of furniture making, . . . .
Posted: 1:47 pm on May 26th

Jamul Jamul writes: Looks like a great book

Posted: 12:17 pm on May 26th

PlaneJoe PlaneJoe writes: Any resource on the design aspect of woodworking would be helpful.
Posted: 11:53 am on May 26th

PlaneJoe PlaneJoe writes:
Posted: 11:52 am on May 26th

texan63 texan63 writes: This book would be the 2nd book I've won and would be very helpful in my efforts toward better woodworking.
Posted: 9:47 am on May 26th

RalphBarker RalphBarker writes: Any book showing a real drafting table on the cover has to be cool. ;-)
Posted: 9:07 am on May 26th

jpat jpat writes: would love a chance at a good book thank you

Posted: 7:55 am on May 26th

betterhay betterhay writes: always need more information, thanks for the chance.
Posted: 2:39 am on May 26th

betterhay betterhay writes: always need more information, thanks for the chance.
Posted: 2:39 am on May 26th

Circuit Rider Circuit Rider writes: This would be an interesting book. Count me in.
Posted: 10:45 pm on May 25th

Larrythewoodguy Larrythewoodguy writes: Thanks
Posted: 10:24 pm on May 25th

Mikecorwin Mikecorwin writes: Yes please!
Posted: 10:21 pm on May 25th

captmf captmf writes: thank you..........
Posted: 9:55 pm on May 25th

vt_atx vt_atx writes: Looks like a good read
Posted: 9:41 pm on May 25th

TColtrin TColtrin writes: Awesome!
Posted: 9:11 pm on May 25th

papabear62 papabear62 writes: count me in

Posted: 8:49 pm on May 25th

sadie170 sadie170 writes: Looks like a good read.
Posted: 7:38 pm on May 25th

sadie170 sadie170 writes: Looks like a good read.
Posted: 7:38 pm on May 25th

Artex Artex writes: This is one book I really want
Posted: 7:37 pm on May 25th

rmnbike rmnbike writes: Phil Lowe on the cover? Sign me up!
Posted: 6:59 pm on May 25th

ISAF2007 ISAF2007 writes: that would look fine sitting on my desk
Posted: 4:29 pm on May 25th

WiseGuy81 WiseGuy81 writes: This seems like a great book. I should own a copy!
Posted: 4:14 pm on May 25th

avillalo avillalo writes: Just finished this week's books purchases ;)
One for free would be really great... ha ha ha
Posted: 2:14 pm on May 25th

swmadden swmadden writes: Here's hoping...
Posted: 2:06 pm on May 25th

joker28 joker28 writes: I would like a chance to win as well. Thank you.
Posted: 2:02 pm on May 25th

bennygred bennygred writes: I'm going to win this time!
Posted: 1:56 pm on May 25th

spratz spratz writes: Woodworking: I spend almost as much time reading about it as doing it. Help feed my habit!
Posted: 1:55 pm on May 25th

GlenRoseBud GlenRoseBud writes: I could use this book to expnd my woodworking knowledge.
Posted: 1:50 pm on May 25th

LBF LBF writes: PLEASE!!
Posted: 1:41 pm on May 25th

marshville01 marshville01 writes: help a beginner become more efficient and add to the building of my library of books.
Posted: 1:14 pm on May 25th

JusticeBeaver JusticeBeaver writes: For the love of all things wooden I need this book. My designs are firmly impractical. And for that matter "design" would imply forethought and so doesn't even apply. Help me transition from impractical furniture improvisation to practical furniture design.

Does saying "please" increase my chances?
Posted: 12:55 pm on May 25th

salewis3 salewis3 writes: I would like a chance as well, please.
Posted: 12:53 pm on May 25th

CanonmanNC CanonmanNC writes: Sounds cool. Count me in please.
Posted: 12:43 pm on May 25th

TFunk TFunk writes: Yep, sign me up
Posted: 11:58 am on May 25th

TFunk TFunk writes: Yep, sign me up
Posted: 11:58 am on May 25th

Chert Chert writes: It's a good book; I've borrowed it from my library. I would love to win it.
Posted: 11:40 am on May 25th

kebatronic kebatronic writes: I want. I want!
Posted: 10:55 am on May 25th

Bsmiley Bsmiley writes: This has captured my interest. I seem to have already started a small Taunton Press library as it is. Great books.
Posted: 10:52 am on May 25th

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