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The updated and revised version of Thomas Moser’s classic “How to Build Shaker Furniture” is now available for pre-order. You may be asking, “What’s updated and revised?” We thought we’d offer a peek, and also let the author himself tell you what’s changed — in the world, and in the book. Click on the link below to download a PDF of the new introduction to the book, as well as the plan for the Deacon’s Bench, shown here, from the new version of the this once and future classic.

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  • BrianMcM

    Hi, David.

    I hope the book has not been printed yet because the spelling of the introductory comments section is ‘Foreword’ rather than ‘Foreward’. Hopefully you still have time to correct this. If you use editorial staff who work from home please let me know as I have 30 years of experience as an editor and proofreader, am American, love woodworking and not too long ago got made redundant!


    Sydney, Australia

  • tsstahl

    From the forward:

    “Shaker object which sells at a strong piece”

    Is it supposed to be ‘sells at a strong price’?

    Or maybe ‘sells as a strong piece’?

    Or am I maybe ignorant of a term of art?


    The small picture of the bench did not inspire me at all. I figured it was a collection of sticks on a plank.

    Then I looked at the plan in detail. The shape of the bench seat looks very challenging with either hand or power tools. Also, the ten degree backward rake of the back support really opens the whole seat surface to reflect light.

    I figure that bench seat needs to be nearly flawless along the entire length of the profile and the grain of the chosen wood should really pop. I don’t have the confidence to try this any time soon. Maybe I’ll shoot for the matching ‘love seat’ as a training wheels project.


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