If this is your first “rustic furniture” book, you’ll do fine with Driftwood Furniture: Practical Projects. If you have ready access to lots of driftwood and want to play, this is a good book to start with. If you like or can use lots of garden ornaments (different kinds of planters, essentially), there are a lot of ideas and plans in this book.
If you already own everything Daniel Mack has published, or if you already own a 2″ tenon cutter, you won’t find anything new in Driftwood Furniture.
Note: the author harvests wood from Lake Huron, which suggests his locale has a VERY different insect profile from mine (central NC, where termites and other wood-eating insects DO NOT DIE in the winter). YMMV.
I think the book could have made a stronger point about researching the ownership and harvest-ability of driftwood. I believe the State of Washington claims all of the driftwood that washes up in the Puget Sound; I know the US Army Corps of Engineers requires a permit to take wood out of Jordan Lake, and probably any other lake they built/control. Make sure you know the law as it applies to your source.
The book that I received has a different cover than the one shown on this page.