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Book Name: The Big Book of Weekend Woodworking

Author: John A. & Joyce C. Nelson

Publisher: Lark Books

ISBN: 1-57990-600-1

Cover: Paperback

# of Pages: 447

Illustrations: Color photos, B&W drawings

Experience Required: all levels

Book Review

I really like The Big Book of Weekend Woodworking because it shows that the authors enjoy woodworking and they have demonstrated it through the inclusion of their favorite projects. You really get a sense of their dedication when you read the Introduction, see the great hints and tips on making the projects, the clear instructions, complete materials lists and specific assembly diagrams.

Following the section on the Basics you need to know about woodworking from start to finish is the beginning of the projects included in the book. The opening projects start off simple with useful projects for the kitchen and slowly get more complex. Throughout the book there are also simple projects in other chapters (i.e. the Simple Toolbox in the Useful Household Projects chapter).

What I especially like about this book is the wide variety of projects provided. Not only do they range from simple to complex but useful to fun. There are projects to be used indoors and outdoors and then there are toys meant for play or display based on their purpose (i.e. the Riding Rocking Horse made in an antique style is obviously meant to be used while the Small Decorative Rocking Horse can be sat upon but not to be ridden). Throughout the book there are also several projects that are copies of original toys or pieces of furniture(i.e. the Simple Toy Train, c. 1920 and the Shaker Shelf Clock, c. 1850) that were created by the authors of this book because they love antique or popular items, wanted to have them for themselves and these items weren’t available anywhere.

There is definitely something for everyone in this book whatever your skills or interests and you can complete most of the projects in a weekend!


  • Turtle Footstool
  • Rover Pull Toy, c. 1935
  • Fretsaw Wall Mirror
  • Early American Lantern
  • Bluebird Nesting Box

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