Finish Carpentry: The Best of Fine Homebuilding

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Editorial Reviews
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A collection of articles from the first 100 issues of the great Taunton magazine . Typical clear text and lucid photos & drawings. Published simultaneously with , ..., and .... -- Copyright Book News, Inc., Portland, OR All rights reserved

Book Description
This book covers baseboards, moldings, mantels, and paneling, among many other projects.--

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 Previous reviewers spoke of this book being outdated and I agree.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.
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 The book is EXTREMELY OUTDATED!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.

Not if you want detailed explanations of trimwork. -- I'm a big fan of Fine Homebuilding and Fine Woodworking so I figured this was a great opportunity to capture some very useful information on "how to" (as the book is billed) install trim work. I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED. The book's articles are dated (pneumatic nail gun review from several years ago!) and not all apply to trim work. To make matters worse, there are not too many detailed tips to actually use. Just short articles which merely touch on the subjects. Definitely not worth the money if you're looking for any sort of ideas or lessons on finish carpentry.

Finish Carpentry
Fine Homebuilding magazine
Designing and installing the details that get noticed
Quality finish carpentry can transform ordinary walls into finely crafted rooms. In this collection of articles from Fine Homebuilding magazine, you'll learn the secrets of the master carpenters on designing and installing baseboard, molding, window casing (including elegant curved casing), fireplace mantels, paneling, and built-in storage. Inside, learn how the pros:
. fit trim to uneven surfaces
. choose the right tools for any finish carpentry job
. install baseboard efficiently
. re-create historic molding profiles
. case windows and doors for weathertightness and good looks
. build an elegant fireplace mantel
. design built-in bookshelves


Finish Carpentry

Fine Homebuilding magazine

Designing and installing the details that get noticed

1 Basic Scribing Techniques

2 Hand Planes for Trim Carpentry

3 Plate Joinery on the Job Site

4 Survey of Finish Hailers

5 Installing Baseboard

6 Curved Baseboard Corners

7 Running Baseboard Efficiently

8 Molding Character

9 Making Plaster Molding

10 Cutting Crown Molding

11 Table-Saw Molding

12 Installing Crown Molding

13 Installing Two-Piece Crown

14 Making Curved Crown Molding

15 Making Classical Columns

16 Retrofitting a Threshold

17 More Than One Way to Case a Window

18 Making Curved Casing

19 Raised Paneling Made Easy

20 Raised-Panel Wainscot

21 Drywall Detailing

22 Building a Fireplace Mantel

23 Building a Federal-Style Mantel

24 Baronial Inglenook

25 Built-in Hardwood Hutch

26 Simple Closet Wardrobe

27 Bed Alcove

28 Bookshelf Basics

29 A Home Library

Finish Carpentry

Fine Homebuilding magazine

Designing and installing the details that get noticed
It's axiomatic in building that whatever trade follows yours in the construction process will cover up the mistakes you leave behind. Hence, the foundation crew assumes the framers will compensate for their basement walls being out of level. The framing crew assures themselves that drywall will hide their bowed studs and out-of-square walls. And the drywall contractor tells anyone who'll listen that "trim will cover it."
Now, I've heard some trim carpenters say "the painter will fix it," but you don't want any of them working on your house. For the most part, the buck stops with the trim carpentry. It's the piping on the cowboy's shirt: everybody's going to see it, and it has to be right.
In this book you'll find articles about trim carpentry collected from back issues of Fine Homebuilding magazine. Covering everything from baseboard and crown molding to built-in furniture, these articles were written by experienced trim carpenters-none of whom rely on painters to hide their mistakes.
-- Kevin Ireton, editor

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