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American Woodworker's Hand Tool Fundamentals: Advice, Techniques and Projects to Build Your Skills
American Woodworker's Hand Tool Fundamentals
Advice, Techniques and Projects to Build Your Skills
Paperback      ISBN: 194003812x

Lay a foundation for hand tool excellence

Now you can learn the hand tool skills used by the best woodworkers to achieve handcrafted excellence in all your woodworking projects.

Hand Tool Fundamentals introduces you to all the key tools and techniques you need to learn for sterling work, then shows you how to incorporate them into the modern woodworking shop. You'll learn:

  • What to look for when buying new precision hand tools.
  • How to tune your tools so they perform well.
  • The time-tested hand tools everyone should own.
  • How to make a smoothing plane, infill jointer plane and dovetailing tools.
  • 10 hand-tool projects you can build to improve your skills.
  • More than 75 hand-tool tips and techniques.
  • And more
This book is jam-packed with trustworthy advice and instruction from top editors and contributors to American Woodworker, including Toshio Odate, Frank Klausz, Mario Rodriguez, Andy Rae, Ellis Walentine and Tom Caspar.
Furnishing Eternity: A Father, a Son, a Coffin, and a Measure of Life
Furnishing Eternity
A Father, a Son, a Coffin, and a Measure of Life
Hardcover      ISBN: 1501105949
"A lifetime's worth of workbench philosophy in a heartfelt memoir about the connection between a father and son" (Kirkus Reviews)--the acclaimed author of The Hard Way on Purpose confronts mortality, survives loss, and finds resilience through an unusual woodworking project--constructing, with his father, his own coffin.

David Giffels grew up fascinated by his father's dusty, tool-strewn workshop and the countless creations it inspired. So when he enlisted his eighty-one-year-old dad to help him build his own casket, he thought of it mostly as an opportunity to sharpen his woodworking skills and to spend time together. But the unexpected deaths of his mother and, a year later, his best friend, coupled with the dawning realization that his father wouldn't be around forever for such offbeat adventures--and neither would he--led to a harsh confrontation with mortality and loss.

Over the course of several seasons, Giffels returned to his father's barn in rural Ohio, a place cluttered with heirloom tools, exotic wood scraps, and long memory, to continue a pursuit that grew into a meditation on grief and optimism, a quest for enlightenment, and a way to cherish time with an aging parent. With wisdom and humor, Giffels grapples with some of the hardest questions we all face as he and his father saw, hammer, and sand their way through a year bowed by loss. Furnishing Eternity is "an entertaining memoir that moves through gentle absurdism to a poignant meditation on death and what comes before it" (Publishers Weekly).

"Tender, witty and, like the woodworking it describes, painstakingly and subtly wrought. Furnishing Eternity continues Giffels's unlikely literary career as the bard of Akron, Ohio...Only a very skilled engineer of a writer can transform the fits and starts, the fitted corners and sudden gouges of the assembly process into a kind of page-turning drama" (The New York Times Book Review).
Reinventing the Chicken COOP: 14 Original Designs with Step-By-Step Building Instructions
Reinventing the Chicken COOP
14 Original Designs with Step-By-Step Building Instructions
Paperback      ISBN: 1603429808

Build a stylishly modern home for your poultry. Backyard chickens meet contemporary design in this inventive compilation from authors Matthew Wolpe and Kevin McElroy. Reinventing the Chicken Coop presents 14 complete building plans for chicken houses that range from the purely functional to outrageously fabulous, with designs that include water-capturing roofs, built-in composting systems, and modernist architectural details.

The Wood Fire Handbook: The Complete Guide to a Perfect Fire
The Wood Fire Handbook
The Complete Guide to a Perfect Fire
Hardcover      ISBN: 1845336704

'Sound, well-seasoned advice on] how to bring wood fires into our lives.' - BBC Countryfile

The Wood Fire Handbook shows you that the soothing effect of dancing flames and glowing embers is a simple pleasure to have in our lives. Understanding everything that underpins the perfect wood fire makes it even more enjoyable. Vincent Thurkettle's handbook is the essential companion and manual.

Contents include...

Understand which trees make the best firewood
Learn how to split, season, and store wood
Lay the perfect fire
Make an ingenious campfire
Choose wood for its scent

...and much much more
Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman
Why We Make Things and Why It Matters
The Education of a Craftsman
Hardcover      ISBN: 1567925111

In this moving account, we follow Korn's search for meaning as an Ivy-educated child of the middle class who finds employ- ment as a novice carpenter on Nantucket, morphs into a self- employed designer/craftsman of fine furniture, takes a right turn into teaching woodworking and design at Colorado's Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and finally founds a school in Maine: The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, an interna- tionally respected, non-profit institution teaching design, furniture making, and related arts to over 400 students a year.

This is not a "how-to" book in any sense. Korn wants to get at the why of craft, in particular, and at the satisfactions of creative work, in general to understand their essential nature. How does the making of objects both reflect and refine our own identities? What is it about craft and creative work that makes them so rewarding? What is the nature of those rewards? How do the products of creative work inform society?

Black & Decker Wood Floors: Hardwood - Laminate - Bamboo - Wood Tile - And More
Black & Decker Wood Floors
Hardwood - Laminate - Bamboo - Wood Tile - And More
Paperback      ISBN: 1591866804

BLACK+DECKER Wood Floors is the definitive DIYers guide to everything you need to know about installing, repairing, and maintaining wood, engineered wood, and laminate floors.

Solid wood, engineered wood, or laminate floors can enhance the beauty of any room in a home. Wood creates visual warmth, is available in a wide variety of colors and grain patterns, and is durable enough to last a half century or more when installed and maintained properly.

While home interior trends change, and some of the flooring options may come and go with them, but the popularity of wood flooring does not wane. And now, with BLACK+DECKER Wood Floors, DIYers with moderate tool skills can tackle a wood-flooring project and enjoy the cost savings that go along with their successful efforts.

This intuitive guide covers all phases of basic wood, engineered wood, and laminate flooring installation--from preliminary surveys of flooring choices, tools, and prep work through finishing and reinstalling trim. Of course, not all wood-flooring situations require removal and replacement. Amateur home remodelers will appreciate a chapter devoted to repairing and restoring existing wood flooring.

American Eagles
American Eagles
Paperback      ISBN: 0811729958

Easy-to-follow text and photographs for carving three historic figures of the American eagle: the Bellamy Eagle, the Clipper Ship Eagle, and the War of 1812 Eagle.

Woodworking: The Indispensable Guide
Woodworking
The Indispensable Guide
Paperback      ISBN: 177085990x

An illustrated guide for the contemporary woodworker.

Woodworking: The Indispensable Guide is a comprehensive reference for woodworkers at all levels.

Beginners will find expert guidance on setting up a workshop and mastering the essential techniques. Detailed instructions show how to use hand tools as well as portable power tools. The versatile router gets a chapter all to itself and there is an extensive collection of woodworking joints -- the hallmark of the craft -- explained with detailed photographic sequences designed for clarity and simplicity. A chapter on veneers allows readers to create pieces with a truly professional feel, and there is also extensive advice on oils, waxes and other finishing treatments. There is also a section on the author's ten favorite wood varieties.

The author includes five specially selected projects organized by skill level which allow woodworkers to put their skills into practice. The detailed plans and step-by-step instructions show how to make a cabinet for tool storage, a breadboard with an integrated knife housing, a contemporary shelving unit, a fine side table and a beautiful veneered memory box. Troubleshooting clinics explain what to do if things don't turn out as expected with advice on how to get the project back on track.

Woodworking features a wealth of charts and tables. Helpful sidebars include Good Practice, Clinic, Try This and Tools Needed. The broad coverage includes:

  • Timber Selecting
  • Smooth Planing
  • Straight Cutting
  • Marking and Measuring
  • Mortice Chopping
  • Belt Sanding
  • Clean Sawing
  • Mortice and Tenon
  • Biscuit and Domino
  • Dovetail Jointing
  • Doweland Dado
  • Router Shaping
  • Spoke Shave Shaping
  • Veneer Laying
  • Sanding and Filling
  • Staining and Dyeing.
  • Woodworking: The Indispensable Guide is a valuable source of expert guidance for any woodworker.

    Sheds: The Do-It-Yourself Guide for Backyard Builders
    Sheds
    The Do-It-Yourself Guide for Backyard Builders
    Paperback      ISBN: 1554072247

    Easy-to-follow shed designs with loads of color examples.

    The new edition of this classic do-it-yourself guide for backyard builders now contains more material and photographs than ever.

    Sheds helps the do-it-yourself builder think through all the issues involved in designing and building a shed: intended use, size, cost, placement, degree of construction difficulty, and much more. Following a chapter on construction basics, the authors preview each step of building a beautiful and useful shed -- from foundation to cupola, and everything in between.

    Sheds contains:

    • Material lists
    • Cost estimates
    • Step-by-step illustrations
    • New tips and hints
    • Detailed instructions
    • Schedules
    • 16 pages of color.

    Packed with detailed illustrations, plans and commonsense advice, this new edition of the classic book on building a shed is like having a professional carpenter beside you, making the project easy to control and successful.

    Popular Mechanics 101 Things That Go Fast: Planes, Trains and Automobiles You Can Make and Ride
    Popular Mechanics 101 Things That Go Fast
    Planes, Trains and Automobiles You Can Make and Ride
    Hardcover      ISBN: 1618370820

    These 101 classic projects from the pages of "Popular Mechanics" will bring out the kid in everyone Go full speed ahead with these wonderful things to build, from a Motor Car, Motorcycle-powered Catamaran, and Ferris Wheel to a Spring-propelled Toy Seam Engine and an entire Electric-Locomotive Model and Track System. You'll find Aquatic Pursuits; Winter Sports; and Backyard Shenanigans; as well as great Go-Go Gadgets and Games. And now the beautiful vintage illustrations that readers love appear in glorious full color, showcased in an oversize hardcover.