A practical book for the man of the house who likes to work with tools, for the school, shop, and for anyone with a yearning to learn the use of tools to practical ends. I don't think it will make a cabinet maker out of the complete neophyte. The interest must be there. The first third of the book is devoted to the know-how discussion of materials, of tools, of construction , of terminology, of methods defined and described. The brief section on planning a room and visualizing the furniture needed, for balance, for functional use, for symmetry, seemed to me set in a vacuum. Perhaps it is simply transitional, but it seemed uninspired and inadequate. The balance of the text is a practical textbook approach to individual items to make, with lists of materials and methods of assembly. Twenty one pieces of furniture are included, to meet basic household needs.