Finish Carpentry (For Pros By Pros Series)

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by: Fine Homebuilding (Editor)

Topics include: feeler point, butted casings, intermediate molding, mitered casings, spiling batten, straight casing, closing board, jamb extensions, plate joinery, coped piece, tangent button, bevel board, laminating strips, bed molding, backing trim, head casing, meeting surface, bevel square, biscuit joinery, mitered returns, side casings, extension jambs, flat casing, outside miter, inside miter

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Articles collected here, originally published in Fine Homebuilding magazine, show how to install different types of door, window, and baseboard trim, compensate for out-of-plumb conditions, make cope and miter cuts quickly and accurately, and use scribing techniques to get precise fits against uneven surfaces. All types of interior trim and built-in construction are covered, as well as essential tools and techniques. Techniques are illustrated with color photos and drawings.Copyright 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Book Description
The For Pros By Pros titles are compilations of articles from Fine Homebuilding magazine, selected by the editors of the magazine and organized by subject. New articles from recent issues of the magazine have been added to this edition of Finish Carpentry. Updated and redesigned throughout, this book gives builders the very best current information.

It helps, but this book is not comprehensive -- Being new to carpentry, I purchased this book to get aquainted with finish work. Previous reviewers spoke of this book being outdated and I agree. However, as an apprentice, I found useful methods including tips for scribing and fitting interior finishes. Putting these methods in the back of my mind has facilitated my work.

The organization of material is haphazard at best. This is not a textbook, but a collection of articles from Fine Homebuilding magazine. If you are looking to familiarize yourself with some basic techniques and universal situations in finish carpentry, this book will be a decent start. For the experienced carpenter, look elsewhere.

Not Very Accurate -- I was completely new to hanging molding. This book will cover what you need in order to cut crown molding (molding closest to the ceiling), however, do not expect to learn how to chair rail or baseboard molding correctly. In my opinion, theis book, "touches" on the subjects, thus not providing enough info to get your job done as efficently as possible.
To restate the point on crown molding: This book will teach you a mathematical formula so you can hang ANY size crown molding correctly.
All in all, there are about 6 pages in this book that helped me out a bunch, but its definately not worth the buy. The book is EXTREMELY OUTDATED! They speak of Pnuematic nail guns (no one uses them anymore.) In addition, a COMPOUND MITER SAW will get your job done in a snap as compared to using a POWER box or POWER saw.
Craig savage came out with a DVD this year (2004). I'm going to purchase it and see if its any help.

Taunton's For Pros by Pros: Finish Carpentry
Fine Homebuilding magazine
Tools, tips, and techniques for installing wainscots, casings, cornices, baseboards, and more
Pleasing proportions, clean lines, flawless miters, and other well-crafted details are all measures of excellence for finish carpentry. Finish Carpentry takes you to the job site to see exactly how topnotch trim carpenters get interior detailing done right. A collection of articles from Fine Homebuilding magazine, this book covers the essentials of interior trim and built-in construction, including techniques for constructing hutches, baseboards, windows, crown molding, and paneling.

Written by the pros who actually do the work, these articles will help you to:
. install different types of door, window, baseboard, and cornice trim
. calculate, order, and plan trim installation to minimize waste
. compensate for out-of-square, out-of-plumb conditions
. make cope and miter cuts quickly and accurately
. use scribing techniques to get precise fits against uneven surfaces
. design and install a paneled wainscot
. use a nail gun to speed trim installation
Formerly The Best of Fine Homebuilding: Finish Carpentry, this newly revised edition features 30 percent new content, including the latest tools and techniques and updated photos and illustrations.

About the For Pros by Pros series
To get the best results when building or remodeling, you need advice from the best professionals in the business. For Pros By Pros books bring together the expert designers, builders, and remodeling pros who have written for Fine Homebuilding magazine.


Taunton's For Pros by Pros: Finish Carpentry

Fine Homebuilding magazine

Tools, tips, and techniques for installing wainscots, casings, cornices, baseboards, and more

Part 1: BASICS
Basic Scribing Techniques
Plate Joinery on the Job Site
10 Rules for Finish Carpentry
Pneumatic Finish Nailing
A Pair of Built-In Hutches

Curved Baseboard Corners
Running Baseboard Efficiently
Designing and Installing Baseboards

More Than One Way to Case a Window
Making Curved Casing
Bench-Built Window Trim

Crown Molding Basics
Cutting Crown Molding
Installing Two-Piece Crown
Making Curved Crown Molding
Installing Crown Moldings

Recycled Redwood Wainscoting
Traditional Cabinetry from a Modern Material
Installing Elegant Wainscot Paneling



Taunton's For Pros by Pros: Finish Carpentry

Fine Homebuilding magazine

Tools, tips, and techniques for installing wainscots, casings, cornices, baseboards, and more

"That gap's so big you could throw a cat through it." I had just finished trimming a window, when one of my fellow carpenters assessed the quality of a particular miter joint with that comment. It was job-site hyperbole, of course. You could barely have slipped a matchbook cover into the gap, but his point was clear. The gap was too big.

Finish carpentry is not a game of inches. It's a game of skoshes, hairs, tads, and other increments smaller than any carpenter's tape will measure. The overriding goal of frame carpentry is strength, but with finish carpentry, it's all about looks. And in order to look good, finish carpentry must be executed to very high tolerances.

In the real world, working to high tolerances is hard. Floors are never level, walls are never plumb, and the build-up of joint compound on drywall means that corners are never square. There's never a stud or joist to nail into when you need one. And then there's human nature to contend with. You know, the voice whispering in your ear that you don't really need to drill a pilot hole for that nail, which of course splits the wood as soon as you drive home the nail.

To do good finish work you need four things. First you need to care about doing good work. Then you need patience and good tools. And finally you need every trick in the book . . . which makes this a good place to start. This book is actually a collection of articles orginally published in Fine Homebuilding magazine. Written by builders from all over the country, these articles contain the hard-won lessons from their real-world experience.

-- Kevin Ireton, editor-in-chief, Fine Homebuilding

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