“Bob Lang’s Complete Kitchen Cabinetmaker” has been one of my most successful books since it was published in 2006. It’s been reprinted several times (an unusual occurrence for a woodworking book in this day and age) and about a year ago my publisher decided it was time to give it a facelift. As a result, copies have been in short supply and prices for used copies on Amazon have been at insane levels. I ran out of copies months ago and scrambled to find more to take care of the folks who wanted a signed copy from me. I wasn’t expecting the new edition until late this summer, but when I got home today, my first copies were waiting for me.
What makes this book different from the dozens of other books on the topic? Like most of my books, I wrote this one to fill a need and create the sort of book that I would have found useful when I was starting out. What I needed to know (and what most builders approaching their first kitchen need to know) is what the options are, what is the difference between this and that, how can I do this work in a small shop and how do I organize a complex project so that I don’t lose my mind (or my spouse and friends) between starting and finishing.
The techniques shown in the book are the ones that worked best out of the numerous variations I had been exposed to during more than 30 years of earning a living as a cabinetmaker. What separates the men from the boys in that world is efficiency, so you won’t find any roundabout or convoluted ways of producing quality work. What you will find are sound techniques for building with typical home shop woodworking tools.
Face frame or frameless? Inset or overlay doors? Dovetailed solid drawer boxes or simple plywood drawers? Most books in this category present one method and ignore the others. My book presents most common methods to these and many other questions and gives you the tools you need to make intelligent decisions based on your skills, your needs and your budget. In addition to the woodworking, I show you how to keep track of all the bits and pieces and keep an eye on your budget.
I can’t compete against the mega retailers on price, but for the time being, I’m the only source of fresh copies of the revised edition of “The Complete Kitchen Cabinetmaker”. I’m offering free media mail shipping and half-price ($3.00) priority mail shipping to addresses in the United States. Buying from the author is a lot like buying your vegetables from a local grower. Your support and purchase is greatly appreciated and I sign all copies sold on my website.