Wednesday: Deluxe ‘Roubo on Furniture’

R2 special bindingWe will begin taking pre-publication orders for the deluxe version of “With All the Precision Possible: Roubo on Furniture” at noon Eastern time on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

The book will be $550, which includes delivery in the U.S. International customers will pay an additional charge based on the actual cost to ship it to them (you’ll be contacted before the book ships about this additional charge). We are printing 1,000 copies. No more.

This book is expected to ship in summer 2017, barring production or transportation delays. Before you order, please read the following important information on being a “subscriber” to this book.

The Important Part: Please Read
Customers who order before March 15 will be listed as a “subscriber” at the back of the book. By default, we will print your first name and last name exactly as it appears in your order for the book (so please spell your name correctly). If you do not wish your name to appear in the book, you must send an email to before March 15 along with your order number and a request to have your name omitted.

After March 15, no changes can be made to the list of subscribers.

The Scary & Amazing Part
As we were negotiating the print job with the plant, I calculated that by the time we pay for this press run we will have spent more than $500,000 on the Roubo translation project, a mind-blowing figure for someone who drives a beat-up 10-year-old truck.

I am not saying this to impress you, but to 1) Thank you for your support and 2) Thank you in advance for your support on this deluxe version.


The Manufacturing Details
Measuring 12-1/4” wide x 17-1/4” tall by almost 2-1/4” thick, “Roubo on Furniture” will be the largest and most luxurious book we have printed since Lost Art Press was founded in 2007.

The 472 pages of text will be printed on #100 Mohawk Superfine paper, perhaps the finest domestic paper available today. To match the fine paper, the images and plates will be printed in full color at a linescreen few presses can achieve.

The result is a level of detail and clarity rarely seen in any book of any era.

The book’s signatures will be sewn, casebound and reinforced with a fiber tape that will ensure the binding will outlast us all. The hardbound boards will be covered in a beautifully printed pattern with a cotton cloth cover on the spine. The spine will be then debossed in gold and black.

The entire book will come in a custom-made slipcase covered in a complementary-colored cotton cloth.

Our deluxe version of “Roubo on Marquetry” (long since sold out) was manufactured to these same high specifications and was named one of the “50 Books of the Year” by by the Design Observer, in association with AIGA and Designers & Books.

We are happy to answer any questions about the book – just leave us a comment and we’ll do our best. Tomorrow I plan to post a video tour of the deluxe version of “Roubo on Marquetry” so you can get a feel for the manufacturing details of the deluxe “Roubo on Furniture.”

— Christopher Schwarz

About Lost Art Press

Publisher of woodworking books and videos specializing in hand tool techniques.
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17 Responses to Wednesday: Deluxe ‘Roubo on Furniture’

  1. azezo1 says:

    Looking forward to this one. One question, is the blue and green cover shown above set in stone? I don’t want to be impolite but I don’t think it looks good. Sorry.


  2. azezo1 says:

    I should have trusted LAP’s judgement. I have every book you have put out and there’s not an uggo in the bunch. Thank you for the response.


  3. Eric R says:

    This may be just too beautiful to pass up.
    Congratulations on such a beautiful project.


  4. Christopher,
    I know this is not the appropiate space to request, but do you have a SKETCHUP model of the worktable in THE ANARCHIST’S DESIGN BOOK?
    Do you think those who purchased the book (including me) have the right to have such a file?



  5. Arwen Cruse says:

    Do you need a partial deposit or full payment on Wednesday?
    Thank you.


    • It will be the full payment.

      We took deposits for the first deluxe edition, and it was an incredible months-long task of collecting the remainder. While most were happy to pay the remainder, a small percentage of people made our lives very difficult.

      We vowed not to do that again.

      So apologies – we’ll be asking for the full amount up front.


  6. texasbelliott says:

    This is exciting and something to look forward to. Almost like waiting in line for the iPhone 2, only better because we’re not waiting in line for the iPhone 2.

    My wife is also excited because Christmas for me, for 2017 is now taken care of. Thanks Lost Art Press!


  7. Bill Clift says:

    Thanks for having the intestinal fortitude to embrace this project and its financial risk. For those of us who are about to purchase…… we salute you!!


  8. bsrlee says:

    Its 0020 hrs on Thursday in Oz, according to Microsoft’s clock its 13:20 hrs on the West Coast of the USofA. Still can’t find a link to order the book on the Lost Art site, going to bed now and hopefully the Internet Gods will get it all sorted in 8-10 hours. 🙂


  9. Jeff Hanna says:

    Will there be a non-deluxe version of this coming out at some point? Would love to own a copy, but it’s not in my budget.


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