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Carpentry & Woodworking

  • Yard and Garden Furniture, 2nd Edition

    Bill Hylton

    Product Code: CCZGM
    Paperback
    Looking to spruce up your outdoor space with creative DIY furniture? Yard and Garden Furniture will provide you with 20 creative and useful outdoor projects, from simple to sophisticated. With step-by-step instructions, coordinating photography, supply lists, cutting plans, and assembly views, you'll be equipped with inspiration and guidance to complete a wide variety of yard and garden furniture pieces, from a basic garden bench to a more challenging porch rocker. Perfect for both beginners and more experienced woodworkers, projects range in skill level and difficulty so there's something for everyone to learn, create, and accomplish!
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  • The Forest Woodworker

    Sjors van der Meer

    Product Code: BYGZP
    Hardback
    Immerse yourself in the ancient craft of working with fresh, green wood. Expert authors Sjors van der Meer and Job Suijker introduce you to the traditional skills of green woodworking. Learn about the qualities of wood; how to cut and shape it; how to craft your own tools such as a shaving horse, wooden club, chopping block and saw horse, and then how to use them to make spoons, spatulas, stools and chairs. As well as teaching you new skills, this inspiring book will show you how working in natural surroundings, with natural materials, can create an overwhelming sense of well-being and enhance your awareness of the environment. This stunning, inspirational book has forewords written by Mike Abbott and Otto Koedijk.
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  • The Danish Art of Whittling

    Frank Egholm

    Product Code: BSBGW
    Hardback
    A delightfully Danish guide to whittling for the home, crammed with projects for all ages and abilities. Our interest in the simple but satisfying art of whittling has never been higher. Our Danish-inspired book on whittling (snitte in Danish) has a range of wonderful simple whittling projects for the home. The beautiful Scandinavian projects range from simple wooden toys for children, including a bird whistle, ring catcher, animal figures and a wooden sword to practical items like door hooks, butter knives and then to decorative pieces such as a wooden necklace, buttons, delicate carved flowers and a chess set. All the projects are amazingly simple, and with the visual step-by-step technique section at the front of the book, even a beginner could take on these projects. The art of whittling has never been more accessible and these beautiful but simple projects capture the spirit of the Scandinavian love of craft and nature. Author and Danish craftsman Frank Egholm shares not only his considerable knowledge but also his passion for simple wooden carving.
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  • Easy Wood Carving for Children

    Frank Egholm

    Product Code: BRJMI
    Paperback
    Looking for an outdoor hobby to engage your children and encourage them to be crafty and creative? Wood carving is not only easy to learn and fun to do, but almost everything you need to get started can be found for free -- right outside your door! Together you can craft a tumbling tower game, a racing car toy, a dolphin necklace or even a handy coat hook! With more than fifty activities at levels for beginners and up, children can create something useful, beautiful or fun (often all three!) out of wood. Learning wood carving not only helps to improve children's concentration, creativity and dexterity, it's also invaluable in teaching them how to handle knives safely. Adventurous children will be thrilled to learn woodland skills, while nature-loving parents will enjoy rediscovering the lost art of whittling with their kids.
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  • Woodworking with the Router

    Bill Hylton

    Product Code: BHHSG
    Paperback
    Still the undisputed champion of router how-to books, all that and more is covered in this expanded, thoroughly revised and updated edition. Hundreds of large, clear photos and drawings - now in full colour - show you everything you need to know about using a router productively and safely. The information is specific, tested and accurate, making this crackerjack manual almost as indispensable as the router itself! More than 10 years after its original publication, "Woodworking With the Router" remains the most highly regarded - and best-selling - router manual available.
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  • How to Build a Shed

    Coulthard Sally

    Product Code: BRXUI
    Hardback
    Ever dreamed of having your very own garden retreat? Off-the-shelf sheds aren't always the answer - the cheap ones are badly made and freezing cold, and the better quality ones are really expensive. But what if you could build your own shed from scratch? How to Build a Shed is the ultimate practical guide. With its clear, easy-to-follow instructions, expert advice and specially commissioned illustrations, you'll be able to source the materials, choose the right tools and build your dream shed on a budget - even if you've never used a hammer.
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  • The Art of Woodburning

    Daniel Wright

    Product Code: BQGCX
    Paperback
    The art of fire-writing is a returning trend, and there is no better way to learn the technique and inspire yourself than through this up-to-date edition of Daniel Wright's ultimate introduction to pyrography. Daniel Wright's enthusiasm for his subject is beautifully captured in a sequence of clear, easy-to-follow step-by-step photographs and unique projects. Taking his inspiration from pen-and-ink, engraving and watercolour techniques, he demonstrates many exciting methods and traditional ways of woodburning to create myriad patterns, pictures and motifs including landscapes, trees, flowers, animals and buildings. Information is included on the types of wood to use, how to prepare surfaces, working with the grain and enhancing designs. He goes on to illustrate shading and faux marquetry, and there's a section on using photographs and sketches to produce your own designs. With each new technique, a project is introduced by Daniel to help you learn and explore your new skill - from burning your own chessboard to a stunning fairytale stool design for your little one's bedroom. Finally, advice and demonstrations are provided on decorating old wooden objects, revitalizing much-loved pieces by working patterns into their worn, textured surfaces. This book will inspire, entertain and instruct you, whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced pyrographer.
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  • Puzzles in Wood

    Edwin Mather Wyatt

    Product Code: BJYNT
    Paperback
    Originally published in 1928, this classic reference presents more than 40 unique puzzles to challenge the woodworker's hands and mind. Projects include bewitching cubes, caged balls, intricate banks, locked links and perplexing burrs. Secret drawers and hidden locks will provide hours of entertainment for adults and children alike. Skills such as squaring stock, mortising and are developed through projects of various skill levels, each of which includes a detailed diagram to simplify the process of turning scrap lumber into a fun novelty puzzle.
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  • Snitte: The Danish Art of Whittling: Birds

    Frank Egholm

    Product Code: BGLFW
    Hardback
    Create simple but stunning bird sculptures with snitte, the Danish art of wood whittling--even if you're a beginner! Master the art and craftsmanship of snitte, Denmark's traditional whittling technique. With its step-by-step demonstrations, this gorgeous book makes it easy even for beginners to grasp the basics. Learn how to whittle a bird shape, delicately paint the sculpture to bring out its beauty, and elegantly mount the finished product. A dozen templates for European species feature robins, blue tits, chaffinches, woodpeckers, and more.
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  • Hardening, Tempering and Heat Treatment

    Tubal Cain

    Product Code: ATMKG
    Paperback
    In this valuable book Tubal Cain takes the reader beyond the superficial or the simply practical with explanations of the composition of steel, its additives, and the effects of different temperatures on its constituents. With a grasp of what changes are actually taking place in the metal the care needed in following the practical processes described becomes understandable and will lead to better and more consistent results. Flame, salt bath and furnace heating are detailed, with information on accurate measurement or recognition of temperature levels. For the average small workshop operative or model engineer the discourses on tool material, hardening and tempering will be of most use, and in this connection this book replaced the author's earlier Hardening and Tempering Engineers' Tools, providing a broader-based, more detailed and up to date examination of the subject.
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  • Wood, Craft, Love!

    Peg Couch

    Product Code: AMMWD
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    This title offers 20 fresh ideas for transforming ordinary wood blanks into totally chic home decor. It is in line with the fashionable and economical upcycling trend. It promotes a hot new technique: chalk-finish paint. When you think of woodcrafts, you may picture rustic creations that would look better in a backcountry lodge than in a modern stylish home. Think again! Wood is a beautiful, versatile material that is constantly being reinvented by today's imaginative crafters. Get inspired to create your own contemporary woodcrafting masterpieces with Wood, Craft, Love! Inside you'll find 20 easy home decor projects that you can make in just one weekend or less, using inexpensive wood products from your local craft and hobby store. Step-by-step instructions and inspiring colour photos make it easy. The authors show how to make chic and sophisticated storage units, device holders, wall art, ornaments, candlesticks and more. Discover how to use paints and stencils to bring out the beauty of unfinished picture frames, boxes, trays and birdhouses. Wood, Craft, Love! is a must-have for every DIY home decorator.
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  • Country Tools & How to Use Them

    Percy W Blandford

    Product Code: CDHTE
    Paperback
    AUTHORITATIVELY WRITTEN DETAILS OF EARLY TOOLS AND FUNCTIONS . 70 DRAWINGS AND PHOTOS OF CHOPPING AND SPLITTING, CHISELS AND GOUGES, SAWS PLANES AND DRILLS, VICES AND CLAMPS, HOLE MAKING TOOLS ETC. INVALUABLE RESOURCE FOR HOBBYISTS COLLECTORS ,AND MUSEUM CURATORS.
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  • Simply Wood

    Linda Suster

    Product Code: CCZXQ
    Paperback
    Home accents made with beautiful natural wood are hugely popular and add impact to any room of the house. But the simple elegance of a birch table lamp or a driftwood sculpture can carry an eye-watering price tag. Simply Wood shows you how to make beautiful and practical objects using found wood that doesn't cost the earth. All you need are basic skills such as measuring, sawing, drilling and gluing to achieve each of the 20 projects. Choose from lighting and shelving to wreaths and wall hangings, and simply follow the clear, step-by-step instructions to make your chosen item. Whether you are drawn to delicate twigs, graceful branches, sturdy logs, silvered driftwood or weathered boards, there is a project for you - be inspired, get creative and bring the beauty of nature into your home.
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  • The Way of the Woodshop

    Aleksandra Zee

    Product Code: CBGFX
    Hardback
    In this beautifully illustrated instructional guide, celebrated woodworker Aleksandra Zee offers a masterclass in creating beautiful, unique natural objects, and decorating with wood. "There's just something about wood. It's an imperfect material with cracks, knots, and irregularities. As an imperfect being, I find that by working with wood and all its inconsistencies, I can also tackle my own." -Aleksandra Zee Roll up your sleeves and get ready to master the basics of woodworking in Aleksandra Zee's cozy Bay Area studio. The Way of the Woodshop is a meditative guidebook and a feast for the eyes, an illustrated journey through the joys of working, decorating, and crafting with wood. Packed with gorgeous photography and do-it-yourself projects ranging from easy to advanced, The Way of the Woodshop takes you step by step through the process of creating nesting cutting boards, a blanket ladder, a daybed, a table and bench, and more. Zee covers the basics, from choosing the right lumber, to understanding different wood types and grains, to curating a tool collection, along with tips on decorating with wood and curating a space that you love. Along the way, she encourages you to tap into your creativity and relish the joys of working with your hands, and she shares lessons from her own empowering journey, as a woman carving out her space in a stereotypically male profession. Whether you want to decorate your home, create personal gifts, or just love handmade objects, The Way of the Woodshop will inspire you to grab a sander and discover the joy of making!
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  • Reclaimed Wood:A Field Guide

    Armster Klaas

    Product Code: CAWCV
    Hardback
    The first handbook on reclaimed wood, combining useful information, rich history, and design ideas Wood reclaimed from old houses, factories, barns, water tanks, and boardwalks has become a valuable commodity, treasured for the patina that gives witness to its history. Our ancestors built well, using locally sourced lumber that expressed the culture and natural history of their region: oak and pine in the Northeast; hickory and cypress in the South; Douglas fir and redwood in the West. Reclaimed Wood: A Field Guide is the first complete visual handbook to this popular resource, covering history, culture, salvage, sources, contemporary uses (in buildings and furniture), and practical advice.
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  • Shedonism

    Ben Williams

    Product Code: BZABC
    Hardback
    Find yourself, in your shed. Turn your she-shed or man cave into your own private escape with 101 simple, practical ideas. Take some well-deserved alone time and learn to preserve lemons and chillies, whittle a butter knife, tie your own fishing flies, keep chickens, plant a roof garden or make a camera obscura. Why not transform your shed itself? This book is full of inspiration for anyone who has dreamed of having an observatory, a sauna, a pub - or just a bit of peace and quiet at the bottom of the garden. The perfect gift for anyone who would rather be in their shed.
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  • Frame Carpentry

    Fine Homebuilding

    Product Code: BXXGY
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    Frame Carpentry from the editors of Fine Homebuilding provides the best field-tested information on framing efficiently, safely, and the right way the first time. No source of knowledge on framing is better respected or more widely followed than that provided by the authors of Fine Homebuilding magazine. At 240 pages with more than 350 illustrative on-the-job photos and drawings, Frame Carpentry distills centuries of hands-on builder-tested methods and techniques as the finest builders in the country pass on their hard-won trade secrets for better construction. You'll learn how to: frame a gable wall build a hybrid timber-frame floor lay out and cut roof rafters choose the right header for a wall work with pressure-treated lumber The book covers the basics of framing, as well as more advnced techniqes on framing for energy efficienty, wind-resistant framing, and framing with double-stud walls. There is also up-to-date information on the latest framing tools and materials. Frame Carpentry will serve as your definitive guide to framing.
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  • Workshops

    Fine Woodworking

    Product Code: BXVQF
    Paperback
    For years, woodworkers have turned to Fine Woodworking magazine, in particular the popular annual "Tools & Shops" issue, for advice about setting up their woodworking shop. This book is a collection of the best of those workshop articles from the last 10 years. It covers all aspects of setting up a shop from choosing a location and adding heating and cooling, through accessories and storage options to how to use the shop safely and comfortably. Also included is advice on workbenches, jigs and fixtures, and dust collection. With such a wide range of topics and shops represented, this book will appeal to all woodworkers from newbies just setting up a shop to veterans who want to make better use of the shop they already have. You'll learn how to: build a small, sturdy workbench heat and cool your shop work at the right height set up a dust collection system outfit your shop with an essential clamp kit transform a prefab
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  • Wood Craft

    Barnaby the Spoon

    Product Code: BXMKU
    Hardback
    Looking for a simpler, more natural way of working with wood? Create beautiful wooden objects from fresh green wood by becoming skilled in the crafts of whittling, axe-based furniture making, and turning. With green woodworking there's no need for costly materials and machinery. All you need to begin crafting is a log, an axe, and a hand knife. Starting with the selection and splitting of your very first log, let Wood Craft show you all the techniques of green woodworking and guide you step by step through a series of rewarding projects. Learn to carve your own spoons, bowls, shrink pots, and other objects; construct simple pieces of furniture, such as a frame stool and side table; discover how to turn wood on a pole lathe in order to construct a full chair with turned legs and back rest. Wood Craft brings up-to-date a newly resurgent folk craft and makes it truly accessible to all - no workshop required. So what are you waiting for? Get in touch with nature and find harmony working with your hands.
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  • Woodworking

    Tom Carpenter

    Product Code: BUOKX
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    Get the expert guidance you need to become a master woodworker! With 448 pages, more than 1,000 lavish full-color illustrations, easy-to-follow diagrams, and step-by-step instructions to walk you through each and every phase of the process, Woodworking outstrips all competitors in affordability, accessibility, and comprehensiveness. From setting up a workshop to the principles of good design, how to use tools and essential techniques, it's the only reference that aspiring craftsmen need to start creating fantastic woodworking projects right away. This big book covers choosing wood, measuring, marking and layout, cutting, joinery, drilling, shaping, clamping, gluing, fastening, finishing and more. But where a lot of woodworking books only show you some skills, this giant woodworking compendium goes on to give you 41 complete home furnishing project plans so you can put your skills to use.
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  • my cool treehouse

    Jane Field-Lewis

    Product Code: BVMJB
    Hardback
    Treehouses have always been a symbol of imagination and adventure, but despite the traditional stereotype, treehouses are not just for children and children's stories. Well built and in the right spot, they can add real value to your home and lifestyle. Beloved for centuries as ramshackle palaces of backyard escape and fun, the modern-day treehouse has evolved from more traditional structures, in the process morphing and expanding its agenda to capture the heart and soul of a new breed of acolytes. Versatile and endlessly adapting, it gives us a unique opportunity for creative expression and an individualistic challenge. It enables us to build on `unbuildable' plots, create unusual business models and even use it as a form for art installations. Using high-end interiors, landscape and lifestyle photography and styling in the specially commissioned images (photographed in all seasons and weather conditions), the book includes 35 treehouses with different budgets and styles, from the rustic that seem to disappear into the foliage to the futuristic made out of contemporary materials. Embracing a world-wide approach, the seeds of inspiration in this book come from far and wide: from contemporary minimalist treehouses, recycled urban structures in backyards, bespoke Welsh hideaways and glass walls in the African wilderness to cabins perched on trees in the scented lavender fields of southern Italy. Creativity and vision definitely anchor each and every one of them firmly to the ground. The accompanying narrative for each of these projects will give information about the location, the owners and their inspiration as well as style notes. Word count: 25,000
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  • Wood & Steam

    Charlie Whinney

    Product Code: BUROO
    Hardback
    In this beautifully compiled book, Charlie Whinney, the UK's leading expert on the topic, shares the secrets of the unique and magical craft of steam-bending. Although his creations look quite impossible, the reader will soon discover that wood can be made to behave in remarkable ways with the application of a little heat and steam. Charlie guides you through the ecological sourcing of wood for your projects and then, with practical instructions, reveals how to create your own steam-bent masterpieces. Form a wooden coathanger in the embers of a campfire, create perfectly round wooden hoops using just a saucepan and a mug, or use the steam from a kettle to shape a beautiful fruit bowl. With step-by-step instructions and inspiring photography from Charlie's workshop in the Lake District, this will make the perfect gift for anyone interested in developing a new skill.
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  • Woodworking for the Garden

    Alan Bridgewater

    Product Code: BULRW
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    16 stylish outdoor projects, from trellises and planters to decking, fences, chairs, benches, tables, sheds, pergolas and more. Each project includes easy to follow step-by-step instructions, colour photographs, clear construction diagrams, and materials lists. Wood is the ideal material for creating fabulous garden features. Whatever the size or style of your garden, this book will provide a wealth of inspiring ideas for enhancing your outdoor space. Authors and renowned DIY experts Alan and Gill Bridgewater also provide comprehensive advice on cutting and preparing wood, fixing joints, finishing and maintaining outdoor wooden structures.
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  • The Craft of Veneering

    Craig Thibodeau

    Product Code: BTKLU
    Paperback
    Veneer can be incorporated in a variety of ways into furniture construction and other woodworking projects and encompasses a whole range of technical complexity. Everything about using veneer--from how it's made, why to use it, how to use it, and how to combine various techniques to create exciting new work--is explained and lavishly illustrated. The Craft of Veneering starts with a simple panel made from a single piece of veneer and progresses through more complex veneer assemblies like bookmatching, bent laminations, and veneering curved panels, edging, and crossbanding. At each step, all the information needed to complete the included sample projects using each of the difference methods is provided. Introduces the novice or professional woodworker to a range of veneering techniques from simple to complex that can be used to produce stunning patterns that would be impossible to achieve with solid wood. Outlines all the tools and techniques you'll need to work with veneer (including vacuum bagging and using clamps and cauls). Includes chapters on the fascinating arts of marquetry and parquetry. An illustrated appendix presents enlarged photos of 37 species of wood veneer.
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