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If you like the Arts & Crafts style, this book will become an essential part of your collection. Appealing to both beginner and seasoned woodworkers, Arts & Crafts Furniture Projects showcases nine iconic furniture projects that progress in difficulty as you work your way through the book. The projects featured here take you from the basics to advanced techniques, all clearly demonstrated with detailed illustrations and beautiful, instructive photographs. Timeless and always in style, Arts & Crafts is a perennial favorite and a style that works nicely with almost any home decor. Take this opportunity to build both skills and classic furniture pieces for your home. 176 pages. Learn These Important Skills and More: Key construction methods for beginnersBasic stock preparationMortise and tenon joineryHalf lap jointsDovetail socketsPrepping a panelThrough-tusk tenonsRabbet jointsShip lapping and much, much more Contents: A Few Words of IntroductionStickley-Inspired Frame and MirrorRound-Topped Tabouret TableBookcase with Tusk TenonsStickley-Inspired Spindle BedFrame-and-Panel NightstandWriting Desk in the Greene & Greene StyleGreene & Greene Inspired Side ChairClassic Arts & Crafts SideboardBow-Arm Morris ChairGood Options for Finishing About the Author: Gregory Paolini is a professional woodworker with an affinity for the Arts and Crafts style. When he isn't building and teaching classes in his workshop, Paolini writes woodworking books with expert instruction, including this must-have guide: Arts & Crafts Furniture Projects.
Winner of a 2008 Golden Hammer Writing Award. Learn the art of box making from one of the foremost experts of the craft. Through Doug Stowe's decades of experience, you'll learn the basic techniques to get started, as well as more advanced ways to approach finely crafted boxes. Though it's not necessary to build the projects in this book in any particular order, they are arranged by the level of difficulty. As you grow in confidence working through the projects in this book, use your imagination and ask a few questions: What if this box were made in that wood? What if that joint were used on this box? What if the lid had more overhang? What if I made it larger, or smaller? The question "What if?" will challenge and engage you as a box maker for years of adventure. 160 pages. Contents: Introduction A Simple Lift-Lid Box Prepare the stock Mark and cut the box sides Fitting the box bottom Assembling the box Add keys to the corners Making a lift lid Final touches A Rustic Treasure Box Cut the parts to size Cut the corner joints Make and fit the bottom Assemble the box Add a lid Prepare for final assembly Attach the hinge A Sliding-Top Pencil Box Prepare the stock Cut the joints Rout a groove to house the bottom Make the bottom panel Groove the sides to accommodate the top Assemble the box Fit and shape the lid Install the lid stop A Stationery Box with Hidden Splines Prepare the stock Miter the corners Fit the raised panel Cut the hidden-spline joinery Prepare the inside before assembly Glue up the box Cut the lid loose from the base Make and assemble the base frame Add pulls to the box Install the tray supports and lid keeper strips Make the sliding tray Sanding, finish, and final assembly A Lap-Cornered Box Begin with book-matched stock Mark and cut the lap-corner joints Assemble the sides Make the lid and base Shape the lid and base Finish the box A Fold-Out Jewelry Box Prepare the stock Miter the sides Cut grooves to house the bottom panels Make the top panel Shape the sides Sand the interior Assemble the box Cut and install miter keys Cut the lid and levels apart Make the support arms Make the rear support Make the dividers Sand, finish, and assemble Hinge the lid Cut and install a lining A Jewelry Box with a Sliding Tray Prepare the stock Cut miters for the lid and base Fit panels in the bottom and lid Cut the top and bottom panels to fit Assemble the sides and lid Make the top panel Cut the slots and install the keys Rout a finger grip Making a sliding tray Make the dividers Ease hinge installation with a flipping story stick Install the hinges Final finishing steps A Dovetailed Box with a Wooden Hinge Cutting dovetails starts with tails Assemble the box Build a frame-and-panel base Make the lid Install the hinges Finishing touches Index About the Author: Doug Stowe has been a professional furniture and box maker since 1976. He is the author of numerous woodworking books including Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Box Making. Doug is a member of the New England Associaton of Woodworking Teachers.
Building a wooden box is one of the best ways to develop overall woodworking proficiency. Boxes are quick to build, require only a small amount of material, and can be made in the smallest of woodshops. Beautiful Boxes: Design and Technique is the perfect introduction to the art for beginners and intermediate woodworkers. Each chapter features a new box design, ranging from simple to complex as you work through the book, with each one illustrating a key design principle. Also included are one or two design variations for showing off your creativity and adding your own personal touches. Each chapter is beautifully illustrated with 300 colorful, instructive photographs and easy-to-follow illustrations. 176 pages. Contents: IntroductionChapter 1: Lift Lid Rectangular BoxChapter 2: Veneered BoxChapter 3: Finger Jointed ChestChapter 4: Bracelet BoxChapter 5: Jewelry BoxChapter 6: Sliding Top Jewelry Presentation BoxChapter 7: Swivel Lid BoxChapter 8: Magnetic TowerResourcesIndex About the Author: Doug Stowe, a professional woodworker for over three decades, is one of America's premier box makers. He is the author of Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Box Making and Basic Box Making and appears in three feature-length DVDs. Stowe teaches woodworking in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and across the country. In 2009 he was selected as an Arkansas Living Treasure by the Arkansas Arts Council for his contributions to the craft of woodworking.
Finding an effective jig or fixture for a woodworking operation can be as elusive and time-consuming as designing a great piece of furniture, a sailboat, or a ukulele. It takes solid woodworking knowledge and some problem-solving skills, with a good dose of inspiration thrown in. Even a moderately complex setup can pose numerous choices: What tool or machine is best for the operation? Should the jig move the wood over the machine or guide the machine past the wood? How does the workpiece need to be referenced and clamped? Should the jig be adjustable? Most of the woodworkers I’ve met delight in solving challenging jigging problems. But tackling these problems requires a basic understanding of jig function and design. This book will teach you how to make these time saving devices and help improve everything you build in your shop. 272 pages. Contents: Section 1: Function and Design Why Use Jigs? The Functional Approach Customizing Jigs Section 2: Materials and Hardware Selecting Materials High-Friction Materials Fasteners Tracks & Guide Bars Other Jig Hardware Section 3: Tools and Techniques Jig-Building Tools Joinery Gluing Up Finishing Section 4: Marking and Setup Jigs Marking Gauges Layout Jigs Templates Machine Setup Section 5: Fences and Guides Parallel Fences Auxiliary Fences Short Fences Angled Fences Curved Fences Dowel Guides Section 6: Sliding and Pivoting Jigs Miter Slot Guided Miter Gauge Jigs Fence Guided Table Guided Pivoting Jigs Section 7: Jig Tables Tilt Tables Extension Tables Power Tool Tables Section 8: Fences and Guides Router Jigs Router Bases Hand Tool Guides Section 9: Templates Part-shaping Joinery Drilling Sawing and Sanding Section 10: Stops and Indexes End Stops Travel Stops Index Devices Section 11: Clamping and Alignment Alignment Devices Simple Clamps Production Clamps Section 12: Fixtures Part Holding Assembly Fixtures Bending and Lamination Section 13: Safety Devices Hold-Downs Blade & Cutter Guards Section 14: Dust Control for Jigs Machine Dust Collection Portable Power Tool Pickups
Whatever space you have, whether it's a basement, garage, or even a parking spot, can be transformed into a comfortable, user-friendly shop. To make the most of your space, a copy of Fine Woodworking Best Workshops is an essential guide. This collection of outstanding Fine Woodworking articles explains how to locate, set up, and accessorize your shop, even when space is limited. You’ll learn how to build smart from the ground up, including how to install easy-on-your-feet flooring, proper wiring, adequate lighting, and safe dust collection. You’ll find many of our editors' favorites here: the super workbench that was 30 years in the making, a best-ever outfeed table, a pivoting plywood cart, and clever ways to store tools and lumber. The book concludes with important tips on fire prevention, dust-free air, and a well-stocked first aid kit. 224 pages. Build a shop that works for your specific needsInnovative ideas for maximizing limited spaceChoose the best components for an efficient shopIncludes important tips and guidance on shop safety
Finally the best casework projects from Fine Woodworking magazine have been assembled into one comprehensive volume—Chests and Cabinets—that gives you hard-to-find, practical advice on building eighteen striking case pieces. You'll find information and inspiration for all furniture styles from Shaker to Modern. Through clear instructions, finely detailed working drawings, and hundreds of beautiful photographs, this book will guide you through each project from start to finish. Build skills and create heirloom quality furniture worthy of being passed down for generations—this book will be your guide. 176 pages. 18 projects in a variety of styles! Chests and Cupboards Shaker Blanket ChestHickory and Ash Blanket ChestShaker Chest of DrawersClassic Storage CupboardChimney CupboardPennsylvania Spicebox Sideboards and Consoles The High Art of the LowboyArts and Crafts on DisplayThe Versatile HuntboardSleek TV ConsoleA Low Console for Home Theater Wall Cabinets A Better Way to Build Wall CabinetsWall Cabinet in CherryBuild a Vanity Cabinet Bookcases Quick, Sturdy BookcaseCherry and Fir BookcaseA Portable Book RackA Classic Case
For beginners and master craftsmen alike, pocket hole joinery has become a favorite technique for holding everything from small projects to large cabinets together. The tooling guarantees a strong joint every time, and with the help of this easy-to-read guide, the techniques are easy to master. Pocket Hole Joinery teaches you everything from the basics, like selecting the proper jig and screws, to advanced techniques that you can put to the test by building everything from small projects that full-scale furniture. A must-read for beginner woodworkers and DIYers, Pocket Hole Joinery will simplify nearly everything about woodworking. 192 pages. Contents: IntroductionThe Basics of Pocket Hole JoineryBlanket BenchMirror/Picture FrameBuilt-in BookshelfEnd TableDay BedBedVanityDresserResourcesIndex About the Author: Mark Edmundson trained at the renowned College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program. He is a teacher in Sandpoint, Idaho, and has been building furniture and cabinets professionally since 1998.
Router Jigs & Templates will show budding craftsmen and seasoned woodworkers everything they need to know to get the most out of this effective and valuable power tool. Anthony Bailey, expert with the router, takes you through the basic setup and the fundamental techniques; explores the difference between freehand and table routing, and looks in-depth at the practical uses for functional jigs and templates. The techniques can be learned quickly and easily through the combination of Bailey’s approachable writing style and expert knowledge, ensuring that the skills you learn will stay with you and give you the confidence to create your own impressive pieces of work, whether you feel like having a go at creating a chess or checkers board, a roller-front breadbin, or an attractive picture frame. Topics Covered: The basics of the router and how to get the best from itTroubleshooting common problems with router setupInvaluable advice on personal protection equipment and good working practiceExpert guidance on freehand and table routing, including improving accuracyClarification on the difference and purpose of jigs and templatesHow to make jigs and templates, from the simple to the more complexEasy-to-follow techniques suitable for woodworkers of all abilities8 practical projects for the home including a coffee table, a doll’s house, and dovetail drawer About the Author: Anthony Bailey is a multitalented writer, photographer and woodworker who takes great enjoyment from sharing his knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, a wide range of subjects. Originally trained and later employed as a professional photographer, his skills have often been channelled in the direction of woodworking. He has, at various times, worked as a furniture restorer, cabinetmaker, and set builder. As well as being technical editor for Woodworking Plans & Projects magazine and chief photographer for GMC Publictions, Bailey has written for various woodworking magazines and is the author of Routing for Beginners, a best seller that has subsequently been reprinted as a revised and expanded edition.
For all those looking for this much sought-after handbook, the wait is over. Originally published in 1990 and out of print for almost 10 years, Swedish Carving Techniques by Wille Sundqvist has enjoyed cult status among carvers and craftsmen and is widely considered the bible of spoon carvers. In honest, straightforward style, Sundqvist shares his love for basic hand tools and the practical objects they can produce from branches, burls, and crooked pieces of wood. He brings a new appreciation to the age-old craft of working with knives and axes and the rich cultural heritage of Swedish craftsmen. 144 pages. You'll Learn About: The hand tools he works with and how to sharpen themCarving techniques and different kinds of strokesTips for designing spoons for maximum strengthHow to shape dough bowls, butter paddles, and ladlesTechniques for adding decorative detailingPlus safety tips for enjoying this age-old craft Contents: Introduction Historical Background Why Use Knives and Axes? Tool Basics Knives Knife Handles Make a Knife Handle Other Carving Tools Axes, Hatchets and Adzes Edge Protection Safety Sharpening Grinding Honing Ax Work Hewing with an Ax Make a Dough Bowl Knife Grips A Butter Paddle Power Strokes Carving Toward Yourself Smoothing Strokes Finishing the Butter Paddle Small Projects Sharpening a Pencil Buttons A Clothes Hook A Peg Board Carving Spoons Form and Function Carving Spoons and Ladles Finishing Touches Sanding Carved Engraving Finishing Using Wood Finding and Using Wood Sources of Supply About the Author: Wille Sundqvist learned to carve from his father and grandfather while still a boy. He was one of Sweden's Provincial Handcrafts Consultants and has written extensively on the art of wood carving.
The router, for its simple design, is one of the most versatile tools you can own. You can shape decorative profiles, cut grooves, flush-trim, raise panels, and cut almost any joint. In the Complete Illustrated Guide to Routers, youll learn how to unleash this versatility by choosing the appropriate bit, and guiding the cut in the proper manner. Youll also learn that while a multitude of bits are available, a few essential bits will enable you to accomplish many of your routing tasks. More than 800 photo and drawings show you how to use and care for your router and how to get the most from it. In addition to mastering the use of your router, youll also learn about router tables, and how to make one that works perfectly in your shop. 240 pages. Contents: Section 1: Choosing Routers and Accessories Making a Custom Baseplate Making a Straight-Sided Baseplate Constructing an Edge Guide Router Maintenance Section 2: All About Bits Changing Bits Changing Bearings Adjusting a Stacking Bit Section 3: Router Tables A Simple Fence A Jointing Fence An L Fence Zero-Clearance Fence Support Stand A Two-Dollar Top Making a Sled Section 4: Common Cuts Plunge Cut with Edge Guide Internal Cut with Guide Bushing Baseplate as Guide Bearing as Guide Making Stop-Cuts Shaping Edges Shaping Narrow Ends Using a Starting Pin Cove Cut on the Router Table Routing Small Parts Section 5: Routing Edging and Molding Bullnose in Two Cuts Edge Bead Edge with Fence Beveling Curved Edges Molding on Face Complex Molding Complex Molding II Built-Up Molding Arched Molding Face Arched Molding Edge Section 6: Flush-Trimming Flush-Trimming Face Frames Flush-Trimming a Curve Flush-Trimming Interior Section 7: Router Joinery Stopped Groove Panel Groove Two-Pass Groove Tongue and Groove Rabbet with Straight Bit Dedicated Rabbet Bit Lap Joint Freehand Routing Dovetails Shopmade Dovetail Jig Sliding Dovetail Half-Blind Dovetails with Porter Cable Omni Jig Through Dovetails with Katie Jig Half-Blind Dovetails with the Akeda Jig Glue Joint Mortise Tenon with Jig Tenon on the Router Table Lock Miter Splined Miter Birds Mouth Box Joint Section 8: Doors and Drawers Door Bit Set Reversible Door Bit Adjustable Door Bit Set Coped Mortise and Tenon Arched Door with Cope and Stile Bits Sash Door Arched Light Sash Door Raised Panel Raised Curved Panel Lipped Door Edge Lock Mortise Sliding Dovetail Drawers Section 9: Routing with Templates Internal Cut Curve with Template Flush-Trimming Tight Curves Internal Rabbet with Template Corner Shelf Scalloped Top Section 10: Special Shaping Operations Fluting Pilaster with Handheld Router Small Stock on Router Table Fluted Quarter Columns Dishing Routing a Dished Tabletop About the Author: Lonnie Bird is a master woodworker and teacher who has written numerous furniture making and woodworking books for The Taunton Press. He has also been a a contributing editor for Fine Woodworking Magazine and American Woodworker.
Strong, appropriate, and well-fitting joints are one of the hallmarks of the skilled woodworker. Making them properly requires intelligent planning, accurate layout, and a sufficient degree of care in cutting, fitting, and final assembly. That's the approach author John Bullar pursues in this essential guide. He walks readers through choosing the appropriate joint for its intended purpose and continues methodically through constructing and finally assembling the finished pieces. He also covers lumber selection, tools, and adhesives, and offers recommendations for the working methods and habits that are needed to achieve consistently good results. 176 pages. About the Author: John Bullar designs and makes bespoke furniture to commission from his workshop in Cheshire, in northwest England. His unique style is a combination of the Arts and Crafts methods handed down to him by his grandfather and his own contemporary re-interpretation of it. John is a prolific contributor to many woodworking magazines and the author of Cabinetmaking: A Foundation Course.
In this contemporary look at the world of workbenches, Lon Schleining takes us on a guided tour of a wide variety of classic, modern, and specialty benches and offers hundreds of options for choosing or building that perfect bench and its accessories. This is a fresh look at the classic subject with a focus on helping readers find the right bench and accessories for their needs. The object is to guide the reader through making critical choices, including whether to buy it or build it. With nearly 300 photos and drawings, this book provides in-depth information along with the inspiration to fulfill workshop dreams. 208 pages. Contents: Introduction 1. The Perfect Bench What Kind of Woodworking Do You Do? Locating the Bench Bench Size Weight Height A Comfortable Bench Area Designing Your Bench 2. Workbench Tops Benchtop Dimensions Top Configuration Tool Trays Materials for Tops Keeping the Top Flat Flattening a Benchtop Fastening the Top to the Base Finishing the Top 3. A Solid Foundation Base Configuration Frame Bases Base Joinery Options Strengthening the Base Legs Made from Metal Enclosed Bases Leveling the Bench Electrical Power 4. Getting a Grip Locating Vises Types of Vises Screw Mechanisms Manufactured Vises Shop-Built Vises 5. Holding Your Work Bench Dogs Stops Holdfasts and Hold-Downs Board Jacks Bench Hooks Fixtures and Auxillary Tables 6. Bench in a Box Bench Components Manufactured Benches of the Past Contemporary Bench Makers 7. No-Frills Benches Getting Down to Basics Sam Maloofs Bench Building the Bench Niall Barretts Bench Building the Bench 8. Tradition Meets the Twenty-First Century English-Style Workbenches Building the Bench European Traditions Building the Bench The Best of Old and New Building the Bench Shaker with a Twist 9. Innovative Workbenches A Different Kind of Benchtop The Torsion Box Storing Large Worktables Thinking Outside the Box 10. Benches for Special Tasks Assembly and Finishing Portable Workbenches Benches for Working on Irregular Parts Other Woodworking Specialties Dedicated Task Benches Resources Index About the Author: Lon Schleining, a stairbuilder, woodworking instructor, and licensed contractor, is a frequent contributor to Fine Woodworking magazine. He lives in Long Beach, California.
Finishing is one of the most popular and challenging woodworking topics. This very accessible book by finishing pro Michael Dresdner uses a Q&A format to address the most commonly asked finishing questions in a logical way. You'll find this book is long on solutions, not theory, so it wont take hours to digest. You'll want to keep this essential guide on hand throughout the finishing process, from sanding to final polish. 144 pages. Discover answers to questions like these: What finish should I use for a front door?Do I need to sand between each coat when I'm finishing?Can I lighten a stain that looks too dark?How do I fix a dent that's too deep to sand out?What finish is best for items that come in contact with food?Can I use a foam brush to apply varnish and polyurethane?How can I avoid drips and runs when I spray finish?How do I get a uniform stain color on different colored woods? Contents: Introduction1. The Right Finish2. Preparing to Finish3. Application Tools and Methods4. Using Solvents and Strippers5. Achieving the Right Color and Sheen6. Repairing Finishing Disasters7. Maintaining and Caring for Finishes About the Author: Michael Dresdner is a nationally known finishing expert with over 20 years of experience in the field. He is the author of The Woodfinishing Book, The New Woodfinishing Book, and Build Like a Pro: Painting and Finishing.