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Get The Scroll Saws Ready!

Get The Scroll Saws Ready!

08-16-2011 11:43 AM 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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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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Great on instruction - short on plans

Great on instruction - short on plans

11-16-2009 06:04 AM by epp_dog | 1 comment »

I have several of these books and like them all. I decided to try making a version of one of the boxes in this book. The instruction about “how to build a box” is great but there are no real “plans” or measured drawings. Not all the parts are listed nor all the dimensions. If you are careful to read the instructions and “build the box in your head” first you will probably work through most issues. Great book for learning – NOT a book for plans....

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All-in-One Resource - Plus Plans!

All-in-One Resource - Plus Plans!

11-09-2012 01:52 PM by MsDebbieP | 0 comments »

This book review is from the November 2012 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMag Fox Chapel Publishing is donating another book for a free draw! (See below for details)Routers and Router Tables You’re thinking about getting a router—is it worth the investment? What type should you get? What else will you need? What are the techniques involved? How can you put a router to use? What about a router table? All good questions and all talked about in this book. Of course, most (if not...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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