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Illustrated Cabinetmaking How to Design and Construct Furniture That Works By Bill Hylton Fox Chapel

Illustrated Cabinetmaking How to Design and Construct Furniture That Works By Bill Hylton Fox Chapel

03-22-2014 03:40 PM by Paul Maurer | 8 comments »

Illustrated Cabinetmaking How to Design and Construct Furniture That WorksBy Bill Hylton Fox Chapel Publishing ISBN: 978-1-56523-369-0 “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 illustrations and text really do an excellent job of communicating how a particular joint or aspect of furniture work. I...

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Wacky ... and Awesome!

Wacky ... and Awesome!

01-19-2012 12:50 PM 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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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

07-23-2008 02:28 AM 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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Good Resource for Bowl Turners

Good Resource for Bowl Turners

11-30-2009 08:42 PM by MsDebbieP | 7 comments »

(this review was first posted in the November 2009 eMag) When I picked this book for the book review this month I wasn’t sure what I was going find. I don’t do much on a lathe (pens and mice, actually) and I have never attempted to make a bowl. I wasn’t 100% sure that this was going to be a great book for me. What a pleasant surprise I received! Right from the start the author had my interest – and I mean from the start! The foreword, the behind the book story, w...

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Good Resource for Creative Box Makers

Good Resource for Creative Box Makers

11-30-2009 10:42 PM by MsDebbieP | 6 comments »

Nov 30/09 If you’ve ever thought, “If you’ve seen one box, you’ve seen them all”, then think again! This book takes boxes to a whole new level. On one hand you have some extraordinary pieces of art in for the form of boxes (and more) and on the other hand it begins by taking you on a journey of man’s evolution and the search for enlightenment. It is said that what makes us human is the ability to envision the possibilities. The craftsmen behind the...

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Puzzles, Puzzles, and More Puzzles!

Puzzles, Puzzles, and More Puzzles!

12-09-2009 06:48 PM by MsDebbieP | 6 comments »

(this review was first published in the December 2009 LumberJocks’ eMag) Wooden Puzzles by the editors of Scroll Saw Woodworking & CraftsDo our LumberJocks’ scrollwork projects inspire and intimidate you? Are you puzzled by scroll saw work? The book “Wooden Puzzles” takes “puzzled” to a whole new level! In “Wooden Puzzles” there are thirty-one projects that are divided into beginner, intermediate and master categories. There are puzz...

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one of my favourite books!

one of my favourite books!

02-14-2011 04:53 PM 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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Tables, chairs and more

Tables, chairs and more

04-14-2011 12:13 PM 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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A Short & Sweet Resource

A Short & Sweet Resource

07-14-2011 12:06 PM by MsDebbieP | 8 comments »

This book review is from the July 2011 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMag. Fox Chapel Publishing is donating another book for a free draw: The Missing Shop Manual “Bench Planes” by Ernie Conover. At first, I thought about rating this little booklet as a 4-star because I don’t use planes. But, as I started watching the enclosed video and re-looked at the contents, I realized that it definitely had to be a 5-star. If I had a plane I might just have put it to work after being in...

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So you think your a handplane expert

So you think your a handplane expert

10-05-2011 01:24 AM by WayneC | 11 comments »

This is a review of the DVD Bench planes by Jim Kingshott. Jim is a lifelong woodworker who comes from a line of wood workers going back many generations. This video is full of knowledge about how to use hand planes for bench work. The video starts out with Jim fetteling a modern #8 Bailey pattern plane. He explains the operation and adjustment of the plane in detail and sharpens the blade. He then moves on to a wooden jack plane and finally to a Norris Infil plane. He uses the va...

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