New in Store: ‘To Make as Perfectly as Possible’ PDF

To Make as Perfectly as Possible: Roubo on Marquetry” is now available for download in the Lost Art Press store. The cost is $19 and the file is in PDF format. Click here to order.

International customers can order the download by sending $19 to via PayPal; a download link will be sent to you.

We chose to use the PDF file format because of the graphics-heavy nature of this book. So far, we have yet to find an ebook conversion service that can provide a file that we think is acceptable. We will keep looking.

As always, all of our files are completely free of “digital rights management” hoo-ha. No passwords. No keys. You can even extract pages from this PDF. The reason we can do this is we have an honest customer base; fraud has been almost insignificant.

I hope you enjoy Roubo on the go in your portable device.

— Christopher Schwarz

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Publisher of woodworking books and videos specializing in hand tool techniques.
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13 Responses to New in Store: ‘To Make as Perfectly as Possible’ PDF

  1. Chris, I think it’s a good idea to stick with PDF. The biggest advantage over something like Kindle is that you can print from a PDF. This allows me to print out a plan or drawing to keep in my shop so my laptop doesn’t get full of sawdust!

    • I completely agree the Mouldlings in Practice I will print a couple pages to bring into the shop but the PDF would be much easier. This way I can doodle or accidentally use them a drop cloth and just reprint those pages.

  2. fitz says:

    That engraving-on-ipad picture cracks me up. (Yes, I’ve been drinking.)

  3. “almost insignifcant”, sounds weird to me? But what do I no….:-)

  4. mpp12013 says:

    Chris I am curious about the choice to do this. Won’t this cut into sales of any more hard copies ? Michele

    Sent from my iPhone

    • lostartpress says:


      During the last five years we have found the opposite to be true. Offering the information in the format the readers wants is the best practice in our experience. Some people like only hardcopy books. Some like only ebooks. Some like both.


  5. paul6000000 says:

    Just started browsing it this morning with Goodreader on my iPad.

    I find the sidebar info well layed out and easy to follow. Embedding fragments of the illustrations into the pertinent text was a wonderful idea.

  6. I love e-books. As a software engineer, I can carry hundreds of technical manuals on an iPad that weighs just one pound; a significant advantage over print books. But, I always worry about the Zombie Apocalypse and losing access to my digital library, not a big deal for programming, but would definitely have an impact on my wood working. Maybe I can use this argument to convince my wife to let me buy one of each! I’m sure that will work!

  7. Jeff Faulk says:

    A little clarification: Should the electronic edition of your books be purchased, am I to gather that we are permitted to print out the entire volume (for our own personal use of course) should we so choose? Just curious because I think I may have received a Christmas gift 🙂

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