“Civil War Woodworking” contains 17 woodworking projects—ranging from fairly easy to moderately difficult—which allow the reader to accurately reproduce authentic objects from the Civil War era. The book’s introductory chapters discuss relevant topics such as manufacturing/woodworking in the 19th century, a discussion on authenticity standards, and ways to duplicate 19th-century workmanship/ materials/ finishes in the modern shop.
The bulk of the book consists of the project chapters, including an officer’s field desk, an ammunition box, a folding camp table, a camp chest, and more. In addition to step-by-step instructions and photograph, each of the project chapters provides Civil War history about the item. Also included are period photos of original items in their original settings, as well as modern photos of reenactors using these items.
“Civil War Woodworking” will be highly appealing to both the woodworker interested in building his own period objects and the Civil War reenactor with his dedication to historical authenticity.