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How-to Book of Birdhouses and Feeders by Paul Meisel (Fox Chapel Publishing Company) Woodworkers will enjoy the 30 fascinating and clever birdhouse projects provided in this book. Each project is a comical, amusing example of the fun to be had in creating a birdhouse. Plans are included for an outhouse birdhouse, a gazebo birdhouse, a log cabin birdhouse, a motorhome birdhouse, and even a white house–themed birdhouse. In addition, a thorough guide helps bird enthusiasts and woodworkers attract specific species of birds to their yards and create for them a handsome, sturdy home. Each project employs common woodworking tools and techniques, and tips are provided for squirrel control, distributing birdseed, and creating the proper dimensions and alignment of holes and perches to ensure the right birds are attracted. 

The New Best of Fine Woodworking Set, Volume 1 by Fine Woodworking (Taunton's Best of Fine Woodworking Series: The Taunton Press) (Slipcase edition) Organized by topic and fully indexed, The New Best of Fine Woodworking includes Building Small Projects, Designing and Building Cabinets, Traditional Finishing Techniques, Designing Furniture, Small Woodworking Shops, and Working with Routers. This fabulous slipcase set offers easy access to the best woodworking information straight from the dream team of woodworking professionals. The six authoritative, step-by-step books provide ultimate visual references covering major topics essential for woodworkers of every skill level.

  • Building Small Projects offers ways to build skills by completing useful items. From the editors of Fine Woodworking-the dream team of woodworking professionals-this is the ultimate visual reference for woodworkers of every skill level.
  • Designing and Building Cabinets contains articles that present the basics of design and construction in easy-to-understand, accessible terms. From the editors of Fine Woodworking-the dream team of woodworking professionals-this is a fully indexed, ultimate visual reference for woodworkers.
  • Traditional Finishing Techniques offers a variety of ways to complete this critical step, including surface preparation. From the editors of Fine Woodworking-the dream team of woodworking professionals-this is the ultimate visual reference for woodworkers of every skill level.
  • Designing Furniture covers every step in the design process from inspiration to construction strategy, including learning from established styles, creating plans for unique furniture, and choosing among construction options. The practical, process-oriented approach makes the subject accessible to woodworkers with no formal design training.
  • Small Woodworking Shops contains years of Fine Woodworking authors' knowledge and expertise on how to make the best of a small space, often with materials woodworkers already have at their disposal. Projects for modifying garages, basements, or specially built shops to fit various needs are included.
  • Working with Routers shows how to get the best from the most versatile tool in the shop - making moldings and edge treatments, cutting joinery, milling wood, and a host of other practical shop applications. The book also shows how to save time by using templates to make the same parts consistently.


Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide Slipcase Set, Vol. 2 by Taunton Press (Complete Illustrated Guide Series: The Taunton Press) (Slipcase Edition) Like its predecessor, Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Woodworking-containing Finishing, Sharpening, and Using Woodworking Tools-is a broad, general reference for shop practices and proven know-how. With over 2,400 photographs, it is a complete resource that will appeal to all woodworkers.

With scores of color photos showing in medias res finishing work and dozens of carefully composed illustrations showing angles, strokes`and tools, this latest entry in Taunton’s guide series should give even the most amateur aspirant a shot at sophisticated wood finishing effects. Jewitt, a Cleveland-based refinisher who runs his own business, is the veteran of two previous books, Hand-Applied Finishes and Great Wood Finishes. Here, he uses his expertise to introduce would-be home finishers to everything from the right brushes and spray guns ("conventional" v. "HVLP," or High Volume Low Pressure), to the proper techniques for sanding molded edges by hand, to the difference between glazing and toning. The book is intelligently laid out: no page is ever too busy, but each spread contains enough information to take readers through a full step of a process so that they don’t have to drop whatever tools are in hand to flip a page. Well paced and comprehensive, Jewitt’s book is a valuable resource for neophytes and pros alike.
A reference on sharpening methods, techniques, and devices in woodworking, for professionals and hobbyists. Explains basic metallurgy, abrasiveness, and the physics of cutting, and shows how I to sharpen all types of woodworking tools, from chisels to tweezers. Includes sidebars on the history of woodworking tools, b&w photos and diagrams, a glossary, and appendices on chip classification and international grit standards.

The author of The Shaper Book, The Band Saw Book, and The Complete Illustrated Guide to Shaping Wood, Lonnie Bird now brings us Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Using Woodworking Tools. Here the reader is given a step-by-step guide that covers the essential techniques for using hand and power tools. Along with over 900 color photographs and illustrations, a correct set-up, safe use of machines, and skillful use of hand tools is also included. 

The Art of Ian Norbury: Sculptures In Wood by Ian Norbury (Fox Chapel Publishing Company) This gallery of carvings features the work of Ian Norbury, one of the world's leading sculptors, whose innovative style incorporates materials including mixed timber, colored wood, metals, stones, shells, and gems. Photographs richly illustrate his art, which is inspired by masters such as Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, and Mexican surrealist Remedios Varro. The repetition of human errors is a theme explored in Norbury's sculptures, which are steeped in European cultural history yet are inspired by subjects as diverse as African folklore, literature, and mythology. This book will appeal both to woodcarvers and to anyone interested in fine arts sculpture.

Ian Norbury is the author of Carving Facial Expressions, Fundamentals of Figure Carving, and Techniques of Creative Woodcarving. He has taught sculpture in the United States, England, Iceland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, and Germany. His sculptures are displayed at the White Knight Gallery in Cheltenham, England. His work includes commissions for Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London.

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