Laminated Wood Art Made Easy
SymmMulti-Generational Patterns
by Stephen Carey

215 x 280mm

Published by Schiffer Publications Ltd, PA USA


ISBN 978-0-7643-5052-8

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As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 189

The words 'made easy' have a special signifance in the title of this book. It's approach to the creation of complex patterns in wood is generational, not mathematical.

There’s not the slightest hint of algebra in all of its 90 plus pages.

The process involves four generations. First a group of wooden elements are laminated - this is the first generation. The assembly is cut in a prescribed manner and the elements produced are then re-grouped and laminated again — this is the second generation. Repeating the process twice more, results in a fourth generation pattern which is often as attractive as it is intricate.

Laminated Wood Art Made Easy is essentially a 'how-to' book. It shows how to define generational designs in terms of Cut Location, Degree (of cut) Used, Intended Design (Full Stripe, Herringbone, Chevron etc.) and Cut and Glue-Up of the new lamination. It provides guidance in the selection and use of the necessary tools, machines and materials as well as the special cutting and sanding jigs required for the work.

All of the jigs can be made in the workshop and the only machine that is necessary is a tablesaw.

There is a chapter on Symmetrical Patterns and finally, comprehensive instructions for making a Pair of Table Tops.

This well-illustrated project absorbs approximately half of the book and explores the techniques discussed earlier.

The book is likely to appeal to woodworkers looking for a new challenge that doesn’t demand expensive additions to their workshop equipment.

Photos: Colour

Units of Measurement: Imperial



Who Is This Book For?
Simple vs Easy
Perfection and Production vs. Enjoyment and Discovery
Learning Signs
- Heads Up
- Tips
- Applications
- Variations

Chapter 1 - Getting Started: The Basics
The Generations
Understanding and Defining Generational Designs

The Recipe for the Previous Example
Locating Points A and D, P and T
Commonalties or Design-Based Cut Locations

Chapter 2 - Safety, Jigs and Tools
- Glasses You Forget About
- Dust
- Be Sharp
- The Jig Is Up
- Glue-Up Jigs
- Cutting Jigs
- Sanding Jigs
- Making jigs
- Cutting Wood
- Flattening Wood
- Joining Wood
- Saw Blades
- Technique
- Clamps and a Word about Stress
- Gluing Wood
- Sanding Wood
- Finishing Wood

Chapter 3 - Materials
Wood Color
Wood Grain
Combining Different Types of Wood
Grain Orientation
Wood and Moisture

Chapter 4 - Examples of Symmetrical Patterns

Chapter 5 - A Pair of Table Tops
Create a Pair of End Tale Tops using a Symmetrical 180º-3S/1 1/4"-57.5º-CV/A-60º/A-45º Formula
- The First Generation
- The Second Genearation: 1 1/4"-57.5º-CV
- The Third Generation: A-60º
- The Fourth Generation: D-45

Chapter 6 - Closing Generational Designs
Layout and Planning of Generational Designs

Chapter 7 - "Too Busy": A Case Study

Parting Shots
About the Author