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A Great "Carving" How-to

A Great "Carving" How-to

01-13-2010 10:21 PM 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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A book about the business aspects of Furniture Making

A book about the business aspects of Furniture Making

01-23-2011 10:46 PM by travisowenfurniture | 3 comments »

I loved this book. Though some of the specifics in this book aren’t up to date (written in 1984) and doesn’t even apply to the US (written in the UK), I found this book to be incredibly insightful and informative. Alan Peters apprenticed under Edward Barnsley, the son of one of the founders of the Arts & Crafts movement. He gives a concise history of the movement as it started in the rural countryside of Britain, catered to a public which could actually afford the work, and...

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Inspiring Aspirations

Inspiring Aspirations

07-17-2011 11:45 PM by lysdexic | 3 comments »

I just finished “A Cabinetmaker’s Notebook” by James Krenov. This was his first book and published 35 years ago in 1976. I chose to read it because many of the reviews consider it a classic, he is well known personality in woodworking, and I like his understated but elegant style. Other than seeing Krenov style hand planes and his quotes as lumberjock signatures, I really didn’t know much about him. Well, his tome was quite enjoyable but it is a departure from the o...

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Complete Plans!

Complete Plans!

01-19-2012 12:57 PM by MsDebbieP | 3 comments »

This review is from the January 2012 issue of our LJ eMag. “Consulting Woodworker” is donating another book for a free draw! (See below for details) Frontier Logs Playset “Frontier Logs Playset” is a booklet providing in-depth plans for making a log homestead. Ralph has done all the experimentation for us and shares the version (dimensions, notches etc.) that he has found to work the best. Also, what I really like about the plans, is that he explains why y...

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Creative, Beautiful, and Practical!

Creative, Beautiful, and Practical!

02-16-2012 10:09 AM by MsDebbieP | 3 comments »

This review is from the February 2012 issue of our LJ eMag Fox Chapel Publishing is donating another book for a free draw! (See below for details)Creative Wooden Boxes from the Scroll Saw This book is up in the top 10 of my favourite woodworking books!! The projects are so, well, creative!! Imagine a box that looks like a pie, yes, a good ol’ apple pie! And not only is it cute as “pie” but useful too, it is a box, remember. AND if you are handy with the scroll saw ...

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More Wisdom From The Past

More Wisdom From The Past

02-16-2012 10:08 AM by MsDebbieP | 3 comments »

This book review is from the February 2012 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMag Toolemera (Gary Roberts) is donating another book for a free draw! (See below for details)Woodwork Tools and how to use them This book, another one by William Fairham, is, in my opinion, another great book for woodworkers interested in learning all about hand tools, although there is some information about power tools in the book. Information includes the parts of the tools, how to use the tool, when to use the...

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The Pocket Hole Drilling Jig Project Book

The Pocket Hole Drilling Jig Project Book

05-29-2012 07:01 PM by Daris | 3 comments »

I don’t believe in reviewing or giving opinions on woodworking books unless you can legitimately say you’ve built at least a couple of items from the book.  I’ve completed the end tables in this book, and currently I’m working on the framed mirror project.  Now that I have presented my only credentials, and gotten that out-of-the-way; I have to say that I really enjoyed this book!  If you’re newer to the Kreg Jig you’ll definitely enjoy it! Danny Pro...

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Let The Music Play

Let The Music Play

06-15-2012 09:31 AM 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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Review of "How to Make Wooden Farm Toys" By Kurtis Foote

Review of "How to Make Wooden Farm Toys" By Kurtis Foote

09-27-2012 03:57 AM by grace123 | 3 comments »

I used the plans created by Kurtis Foote to make the combine. The plans are very simple to use. The diagrams are accurate. The instructions are clear. I had no trouble making the combine with two different heads. One is a bean cutter head and the other is a corn chopper head. I highly recommend these plans for anyone desiring to make a set of our farm toys. The skid loader, tractor and disc attachment are realistic

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The Wood Wright's Eclectic Workshop

The Wood Wright's Eclectic Workshop

01-09-2013 06:54 PM by A Slice of Wood Workshop | 3 comments »

The following review is copied from my website, A Slice of Wood Workshop. The Wood Wright’s Eclectic Workshop, by Roy Underhill, was more than I expected. On the cover it says “How to start with a tree and an axe and make one thing after another until you have a house and everything in it.” I figured that it would show you how to make furniture for the house. It was much more. Open the cover and look at the table of contents and you will get a slight glimpse of what to expect. The first...

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