The why & how of woodworking

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The why & how of woodworking

Author: Mike Pekovich

Number of pages: 224

Publication year: 2018

In The Why & How of Woodworking, author and Fine Woodworking magazine’s art director Michael Pekovich explains how to create furniture and other pieces that are meaningful, purposeful, and beautiful. A book like no other, The Why & How of Woodworking is about taking a simple approach to making furniture, with the acknowledgment that the basics are enough—that what you’re making is well suited to its function, pleasing to the eye, and built to last.

Mike’s compelling philosophy is as rare today as well-crafted work. But it’s not just his outstanding craftsmanship that resonates with his 152,000 Instagram followers. Mike is a thoughtful teacher who communicates why he loves woodworking and why you should, too.

Three introductory chapters dive deep into the fundamentals of woodworking— covering everything from choosing lumber to creating striking designs to essential hand tool skills—before transitioning into five project sections—on cabinets, boxes, chests, casework, and tables. Throughout the projects, with their step-by-step instruction and guidance, Mike provides inspiration and design advice to help woodworkers and furniture makers develop their own style as they create work that is meaningful to them. 

Michael Pekovich is the executive art director for Fine Woodworking magazine. His taste in furniture is typical of Fine Woodworking readers. Mike enjoys working with native hardwoods, keeping his designs simple and the focus on hand-cut joinery. With a reputation as a patient and effective teacher, Mike has conducted a number of video workshops and teaches regularly at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking and the Marc Adams School of Woodworking in Franklin, Indiana. He also has written over 50 articles for Fine Woodworking