Wood Art Made Easy
Published by Schiffer Publications Ltd, PA USA
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.
Units of Measurement: Imperial
1 - Getting Started: The Basics
2 - Safety, Jigs and Tools
3 - Materials
Chapter 4 - Examples of Symmetrical Patterns
5 - A Pair of Table Tops
6 - Closing Generational Designs
Chapter 7 - "Too Busy": A Case Study