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French Polishing. Finishing and restoring using traditional techniques. By Derek Jones

French Polishing. Finishing and restoring using traditional techniques. By Derek Jones

428 days ago by Jorge G. | 3 comments »

While I have done French polishing in the past, I would like to become more accomplished with it. I thought this book, given it’s name would be the one that would gain me that knowledge. Sadly this is not the case, if you are considering this book, do not waste your money! There are more in depth, better explained sources in the internet. I should have bought a Charles Neil book instead of this one. First, I do not know if it is because this is written by a British person, but the te...

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Ready to carve a dragon?

Ready to carve a dragon?

169 days ago by KTMM (Krunkthemadman) aka. Lucas Crenshaw | 3 comments »

I want to start out by thanking Tom for writing the books he has written. This is one of two books from Tom Wolfe that I own, the other being Tom Wolfe carves Wizards, imagine that. Tom has written over 50 books, and from what I’ve read and seen in the two I have, I’ll be buying more in the future. If any of you out there know Mr. Wolfe personally, tell him I said thanks.Part of what got me interested in this book is that I love fantasy creatures. Dragons, Wizards, Elves, etc....

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Wooden Boxes by Dennis Zongker

Wooden Boxes by Dennis Zongker

142 days ago by BritBoxmaker | 3 comments »

A nicely varied choice of boxes, with a thorough and detailed explanation of construction techniques and excellent presentation make this one of those best buys amongst books on the subject of boxmaking. Easy to follow and not in the slightest verbose. You could do worse than treat it as a reference book for the many useful techniques it describes. Pound for pound it is one of the most valuable books on box making in my collection. Well done sir.

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Book: Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work

Book: Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work

1848 days ago by Jim | 2 comments »

Well, I’m not as good a writer as Publisher’s Weekly so I’m going to defer to them for this description of this book. Also there’s a review of it in the June 22, 2009 issue of the New Yorker magazine. “Philosopher and motorcycle repair-shop owner Crawford extols the value of making and fixing things in this masterful paean to what he calls “manual competence,” the ability to work with one’s hands. According to the author, our alienation from how our possessio...

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A box book first, an inlay book second. Either way, well worth a look.

A box book first, an inlay book second. Either way, well worth a look.

1844 days ago by Durnik150 | 2 comments »

Price $16.49 via Amazon. Amazon also sells used copies through its affiliates and Half.com may have it for even less. Doug Stowe definitely knows his boxes. He’s built thousands of them over the years. Anytime an expert like this decides to share his secrets I try to pay attention. The focus on “Inlay” is a fuzzy one at best. Stowe talks in detail about how to make inlay strips and panels and for that information alone this book is worth its price. A true artist should...

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An amazing book on Bird Carving

An amazing book on Bird Carving

1660 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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The complete dovetail

The complete dovetail

1402 days ago by mafe | 2 comments »

The complete dovetail.Handmade furniture’s signature joint.By: Ian Kirby 1999 ISBN-13: 978-0-941936-67-5ISBN-10: 0-941936-67-8 This book is a wonderful source of dovetail making.All the different dovetails are illustrated, and you are with black and white drawings and photos guided through the process.It includes:Theory behind the making and using.The tools use and guide.And much more. I have never made a dovetail in my life, but this book explain it all so well, that after reading ...

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The best resource for tree biology / history

The best resource for tree biology / history

1254 days ago by EPJartisan | 2 comments »

“The Tree: a natural history of what trees are, how they live, and why they matter” HANDS DOWN the best resource for anyone who wants to learn the full biology of the “tree” part of the plant kingdom. Also includes shrubs, vines, bananas (because they aren’t really trees… it’s in the book) It will give you the full low down on the cell structure and the evolution of those cells from ancient Ginkgo fern trees to complex new species of Angiosperm. Includes why the tre...

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flushed cash

flushed cash

1203 days ago by Routerisstillmyname | 2 comments »

Well, once again I have to get to the nitty gritty and give this book a 1 star for color pics. The information with regard to angle calculations and charts-tables and derived numbers are based on a True angle protractor that you have to purchase either as a kit or separately. What this means is that if you don’t have the tool he’s trying to sell you, you will be wondering why is that angle in picture or description 270. How did he get that when it looks more like closer to 90 or so? I sho...

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Get The Scroll Saws Ready!

Get The Scroll Saws Ready!

1074 days ago by MsDebbieP | 2 comments »

This review is from the August 2011 issue of the LJ eMag. Fox Chapel Publishing is donating another book for a free draw! (See below for details)The Big Book of Intarsia Woodworking I am giving this book on Intarsia a “4” rating not because it isn’t a great book but because most of the patterns I have seen before in scroll saw magazines. (My sunflower fairy door is one example) Filled with over 30 projects, if you aren’t a regular purchaser of magazines then t...

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