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fun romp goes from wood science to wood craft

fun romp goes from wood science to wood craft

01-06-2010 07:59 PM by KDL | 5 comments »

A Splintered History of Wood: Belt Sander Races, Blind Woodworkers, and Baseball Bats by Spike Carlsen This is an easy, entertaining read, with a nice mix of humor, facts, and real-world knowledge. The book gets you started with a quick schooling in wood biology, then launches into a historical tour of wood, woodworking, and wood workers. He covers the silly and the serious from the perspective of both an interviewer and a carpenter. This isn’t an encyclopedia, it won’t repl...

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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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Another Oldie ... Technical Info on Mitres

Another Oldie ... Technical Info on Mitres

01-19-2012 12:54 PM by MsDebbieP | 1 comment »

This review is from the January 2012 issue of our LJ eMag. Toolemera.com is donating another book for a free draw! (See below for details)The Art of Mitering “The Art of Mitering” is written by Owen Maginnis in 1892. I think the introduction by Gary Robers says it all: ”While major texts on architecture, carpentry, joinery and cabinet-making had offered some instructions to the artisan in laying out and forming of the mitre joint, none had offered an explanatio...

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flushed cash

flushed cash

04-08-2011 10:08 PM 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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An amazing book on Bird Carving

An amazing book on Bird Carving

01-06-2010 09:10 PM 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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Good Resource for Toy Building

Good Resource for Toy Building

11-30-2009 08:38 PM 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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"Joinery" The Complete Illustrated Guide To Joinery by Gary Rowgoski

"Joinery" The Complete Illustrated Guide To Joinery by Gary Rowgoski

10-03-2014 11:16 PM by a1Jim | 13 comments »

I have enjoyed Gary’s articles in” Fine Woodworking” for years and had admired his workmanship and know how,so when I found he had a book on joinery I jumped at a chance to purchase one.I have owned this book for a number of years and have found it an invaluable tool for teaching my woodworking class and general use in my shop. This book is laid out very well with photos an names of the joints as and index and then at the beginning of chapters .This makes finding any particu...

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Good Resource for Country Furniture Building

Good Resource for Country Furniture Building

11-30-2009 08:34 PM 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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From Noah's Ark - oh the possibilities

From Noah's Ark - oh the possibilities

09-19-2011 01:17 PM by MsDebbieP | 0 comments »

This book review is from the September 2011 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMag Fox Chapel Publishing is donating another book for a free draw! (See below for details)Woodcarving Noah's Ark by Shawn Cipa. The song, “If I were a carpenter”, keeps running through my head, except with a little editing of the words… .”If I were a woodcarver” – oh what a great book to have!! Not only does the book provide detailed instructions (including wonderful photos) to...

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Great guide for LJs looking to harvest and for general all around good knowledge

Great guide for LJs looking to harvest and for general all around good knowledge

02-11-2014 01:35 AM by woodenwarrior | 5 comments »

My daughter and I love to go for walks in the woods near our house. When we do, I point out and explain to her all of the trees I know and how to identify them. However, my knowledge is limited and in the winter its much harder with a lack of foliage. My wife purchased this guide for me to take with us on our walks. It includes cut outs on the top of each fan of the index that displays the leaf and bark of the tree. Included is information concerning the range of the tree, average size...

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