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The Art And Craft Of Cabinet-Making: A Practical Handbook To The Construction Of Cabinet Furniture; The Use Of Tools, Formation Of Joints, Hints On Designing And Setting Out Work, Veneering, Etc.
By David Denning
1891.

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The Art And Craft Of Cabinet-Making provides a thorough review of the tools and techniques of hand crafted cabinet-making as practiced during the 1800's. Denning wrote four influential books on: cabinet-making; fretwork; carving and finishing. In print through numerous editions for two decades.

The Popular Science Monthly 1892 : May - October; Vol. 41, p. 274: "Mr. David Denning's hand-book on The Art and Craft of Cabinet-Making ... will be welcomed by amateurs and young craftsmen, and even experienced workman may derive pleasure and profit from it. It relates to the construction of cabinet furniture, the use of tools, the formation of joints, etc., explaining the ordinary reliable methods of the workshop, but not exploiting novelties in style or process. It marks the distinction between cabinet-making and joinery, and between cabinet-making and decoration; gives a review of the development of furniture, in which the tricks and deceits of a class of dealers in pretended antiques are exposed; and then furnishes practical information, with more than two hundred illustrations, concerning the various matters pertaining to cabinet-making - furniture woods, glue, nails, tools, wooden appliances made by the user, grinding and sharpening tools, joints, structural details, construction of parts, drawing, veneering, etc., and the construction of various articles."

  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: The Toolemera Press (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780982532980
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches

Introduction by Gary Roberts

David Denning

Little is known of who David Denning was, where he lived or worked. Denning authored four books on woodworking as well as articles for a variety of journals, both amateur craft and professional trade. From the breadth of his writings, we can assume that he was an experienced woodworker, most likely an educator and/or tradesman. Denning is referred to in a number of manual arts texts of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, indicating his acceptance by the educational community as a useful resource.

Bibliography (All four titles to be published by The Toolemera Press)

  • The Art And Craft Of Cabinet-Making: 1891
  • Polishes And Stains For Wood: c1894
  • Wood Carving For Amateurs: 1894
  • Fretwork and Marquetry : A Practical Manual of instructions in the Art of Fret-Cutting and Marquetry Work: 1895

Period Advertisements & Reviews

The Popular Science Monthly

1892: May - October; Vol. 41, p. 274

"Mr. David Denning’s hand-book on The Art and Craft of Cabinet-Making (Macmillian, $1.50) will be welcomed by amateurs and young craftsmen, and even experienced workman may derive pleasure and profit from it. It relates to the construction of cabinet furniture, the use of tools, the formation of joints, etc., explaining the ordinary reliable methods of the workshop, but not exploiting novelties in style or process. It marks the distinction between cabinet-making and joinery, and between cabinet-making and decoration; gives a review of the development of furniture, in which the tricks and deceits of a class of dealers in pretended antiques are exposed; and then furnishes practical information, with more than two hundred illustrations, concerning the various matters pertaining to cabinet-making - furniture woods, glue, nails, tools, wooden appliances made by the user, grinding and sharpening tools, joints, structural details, construction of parts, drawing, veneering, etc., and the construction of various articles."

Nature: International Journal of Science: 1892: Vol.46; August 4, p. cviii; The Art and Craft of Cabinet-Making, by D. Denning. With 219 illustrations.

  • “We heartily commend it.” - Cabinet Maker
  • “Well planned, and written in a pleasing and simple style.” - Nature
  • “A carefully considered and well-written book.” - Work

The Furniture Gazette

1892: February 15; p. 23

"We have received for review a copy of the Art and Craft of Cabinet-Making, published by Messrs. Whittaker and Co., of London, the author being David Denning. A cursory glance at the work shows that Mr. Denning is fully acquainted with the subject on which he writes. The book is profusely illustrated with over 200 diagrams, and is nicely got up. The size is 8vo, and the work contains 320 pages, including and excellent and comprehensive index. The price of the work is 5s. It cannot be considered dear at the price. Commencing at the beginning, the book takes the reader on to the more advanced paths of the art on which it treats. Throughout the work the mode of explanation is really comprehensive and masterly. The book deserves a large sale."