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Making Mid Century Modern Furniture: Shop Drawings & Techniques for 30 Projects by Michael Crow

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We feature plenty of the furniture on here, but how does creating your own grab you? If it does, you need Making Mid Century Modern Furniture: Shop Drawings & Techniques for 30 Projects by Michael Crow.


Published by the appropriately-named Popular Woodworking Books, this 1756-page volume is designed as a guide to creating your own mid-20th century designs.

Author Michael Crow has ‘carefully detailed’ 29 seminal works by the era's foremost designers, including Hans Wenger, Finn Juhl and George Nelson. Each piece has been selected so it can be built in an average workshop. Although just what kind of workshop you’ll need isn’t clear. Let’s just say you’ll probably need a decent bench and woodworking tools.

The book then throws into the mix more than 100 drawings with ‘exploded views, elevations and details’ for projects to fit every room in your house, as well as advice on wood selection, hardware and construction and finishing techniques and two step-by-step project builds, as well as an illustrated historical overview tracing the evolution of the style and the people behind it.

I suspect this isn’t entry level stuff, but if you feel confident in working with wood, it is likely to offer a lot of ideas and inspiration. You can pre-order the book now ahead of a July release, priced at just over £18.

Find out more at the Amazon website