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Super book filled with plans & tips!

Super book filled with plans & tips!

959 days ago by MsDebbieP | 2 comments »

This book review is from the December 2011 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMagFox Chapel Publishing is donating another book for a free draw! (See below for details) http://www.foxchapelpublishing.com/product_p/5953.htm How to Make Workbenches & Shop Storage SolutionsAmerican Woodworker We all know that better tools make it easier to create better projects – and the same goes for our work spaces. If they are organized, convenient, and help us with our woodworking tasks then ...

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Let The Music Play

Let The Music Play

776 days ago by MsDebbieP | 3 comments »

This book review is from the June 2012 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMag Fox Chapel Publishing is donating another book for a free draw! (See below for details)Make Your Own Ukulele And.. a bonus: Learn to Play The Ukulele (photos from the Fox Chapel Website) First of all – this is a “how to” to make your own musical instrument and that is cool! Next, the first several pages are picture after picture of unique ukuleles, including my favourite, “Kitten’s Uke...

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The Ultimate DIY Guide

The Ultimate DIY Guide

713 days ago by MsDebbieP | 2 comments »

This book review is from the August 2012 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMag Fox Chapel Publishing is donating another book for a free draw! (See below for details)Cigar Box Guitars by David Sutton “Cigar Box Guitars”, according to the cover is “The Ultimate DIY Guide for Makers and Players of the Handmade Music Revolution”. My first thought was, “Ultimate? Uh-huh.” ... and then I looked inside! It didn’t take long before my initial scan turned into ...

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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!

1819 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 Toy Building

Good Resource for Toy Building

1704 days ago by MsDebbieP | 5 comments »

(this review was first posted in the August 2009 eMag) When I first picked up this book I was immediately inspired to make some toys. Each of the 15 projects are now on my “to do” list and I think I can make them all. The step-by-step directions and photos make the process easy to follow and do-able! Although there are almost a dozen pages dedicated to tools and jigs, this book is not about teaching how to use the lathe. It’s about creating vintage toys. Each project i...

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Good Resource for Country Furniture Building

Good Resource for Country Furniture Building

1704 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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Good Resource for Toy Building

Good Resource for Toy Building

1704 days ago by MsDebbieP | 5 comments »

(this review was first posted in October 2009 eMag) Who doesn’t love a good ol’ wooden toy to play with? Norm Marshall’s book, Great Book of Wooden Toys, provides a variety of plans for a number of vehicles for the air, land, and sea. Also included in the projects are some cute little animals that can be linked together. What I especially enjoyed with this book is the extensive amount of information in the Preface regarding wood selection, safety issue (for the childre...

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An amazing book on Bird Carving

An amazing book on Bird Carving

1667 days ago by David Craig | 2 comments »

I am rather new to wood carving and power carving in particular. I have a few new dremels and a variety of bits but didn’t really have a good resource for using them. My mother and I share a passion for birds. I have a couple feeders out in my yard and nothing beats the winter doldrums like watching a couple bright red cardinals eating seeds out of them. Learning how to carve them would bring me some joy. I have made a few attempts in the past but one thing that always seem to throw a c...

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A Great "Carving" How-to

A Great "Carving" How-to

1660 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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Anything you wanted to know about chucks and more

Anything you wanted to know about chucks and more

1169 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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