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Tables, chairs and more

Tables, chairs and more

1185 days ago by MsDebbieP | 5 comments »

This review was first posted in the April, 2011 issue of the LumberJocks’ eMag   Fox Chapel Publishing recently sent me another book to review and offer for a free draw: Outdoor Furniture by the Editors at Skills Institute Press. With the books’ chapters including chairs, benches, tables, swings and gliders and garden projects, Outdoor Furniture pretty much has everything covered for outdoor furnishings. Besides the projects themselves the book focuses on how to build furn...

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Anything you wanted to know about chucks and more

Anything you wanted to know about chucks and more

1150 days ago by MsDebbieP | 5 comments »

This book review is from the May-June 2011 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMag Fox Chapel Publishing is donating another book for a free draw! Fixtures and Chucks for Woodturning by Doc Green   The tagline for the book “Fixtures and Chucks for Woodturning” says, “Everything you need to know to secure wood on your lathe” and I don’t think that is an exaggeration. What more can there be when you have section headings of: Drive Centers and Live ...

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Whittlers and Carvers - Great book!

Whittlers and Carvers - Great book!

1116 days ago by MsDebbieP | 5 comments »

This book review is from the June-July 2011 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMag Fox Chapel Publishing is donating another book for a free draw!Whittling Little Folk by Harley Refsal In the informative yet humorous opening to this great little book, the author discusses the difference between whittling and carving. I would interpret his distinction as “a rose by any other name is still a rose”: it’s all about cutting away pieces of wood. The book, “Whittling Little ...

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Excellent Resource . . . a fun read . . . a source of appreciation for craftsmen of the past

Excellent Resource . . . a fun read . . . a source of appreciation for craftsmen of the past

2180 days ago by JohnR | 4 comments »

Over the years, when I have looked at a “framing square”, I have been put in mind of going to the beach and seeing a guy wearing a tiny, lime green Speedo. The connection may not seem apparent at first, but as to the inadequately clothed male, I shake my head and think, “There are 11 men in America who might qualify to look right in that miniscule patch of lycra or spandex . . . . unfortunately, he is not one of them.” When I have looked at a framing square with al...

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A great Reference and a good read and must have whilst using Sketchup!

A great Reference and a good read and must have whilst using Sketchup!

1799 days ago by Mark Shymanski | 4 comments »

Title: Illustrated Cabinetmaking How to Design and Construct Furniture That WorksAuthor: Bill HyltonPublisher: Fox Chapel Publishing ISBN: 978-1-56523-369-0Vendor: Lee Valley Review: This book is divided into 4 sections: Fundamentals, Joints, Subassemblies and Furniture. Each section clearly explains and illustrates the section topic well with easily understood terms or readily supplied definitions for new terms. The ilustrations and text really do an excellent job of communicatin...

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Good Resource for Country Furniture Building

Good Resource for Country Furniture Building

1685 days ago by MsDebbieP | 4 comments »

(The projects in this book are from the workshops of David T. Smith and the book is written by Nick Engler and Mary Jane Favorite.) This second of the set of books provided by Fox Chapel Publishing is quite interesting. Not only do you get 50 plans but also a little history on American country furniture, as well as tips regarding wood, hardware and finishing techniques. I really enjoyed reading the information provided about the wood selection and design elements that are used to c...

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one of my favourite books!

one of my favourite books!

1244 days ago by MsDebbieP | 4 comments »

(This review was first posted in the February, 2011 issue of the LumberJocks’ eMag) Fox Chapel Publishing recently sent me another book to review and offer for a free draw: Simply Wood by Roshaan Ganief. At first glance, my thought was, “Wow, this looks like a great book – right up my alley”. The 40 projects included in the book appear to be relatively easy to complete, if only because of the clear directions and photos of the “how to” process. The d...

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Wacky ... and Awesome!

Wacky ... and Awesome!

905 days ago by MsDebbieP | 4 comments »

This review is from the January 2012 issue of our LJ eMag. Fox Chapel Publishing is donating another book for a free draw! (See below for details) Wild & Wacky Birdhouses and Feeders Wild and wacky is for sure!!! When I first got the book I immediately started picking out the birdhouses that I would like Rick to build this year. But, before I knew it I think I had every birdhouse checked. There is a cute “piano” feeder that will be a perfect draw prize at my brot...

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Fun and Quizzical

Fun and Quizzical

725 days ago by MsDebbieP | 4 comments »

This book review is from the July 2012 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMag Fox Chapel Publishing is donating another book for a free draw! (See below for details)Woodcarving Magic by Bjarne Jespersen This book has me scratching my head. Woodcarving Magic – while I think all woodworking projects are magical in themselves, this book focuses on creating those items that have free floating pieces inside of other pieces. There are the interlocking chains, of course, but what about a dode...

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A Great "Carving" How-to

A Great "Carving" How-to

1640 days ago by MsDebbieP | 3 comments »

this review was first posted in our LJ eMag, January 2010 Have you been inspired by the carvers’ projects here at LumberJocks.com, such as the work by Jordan, Mikelknot, and Mark Decou , to name a few? Is “carving a face” on your list of woodworking projects but you just don’t know where to start? Here is a great place to begin—the resource book: “Carving The Human Face”. With over 250 steps, broken down into eight working sections, the author ...

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