DIY & Home Improvement Books

  • Farrow & Ball How to Decorate - Hardback - 9781784720872 - Farrow & Ball
    FBHD
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    Published to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Farrow & Ball, this guide shows you how to use paint and paper to transform your home and the best ways of embracing the joys of home decoration.

    Highly practical, this book has tips and projects that are suitable for any home - whether big or small or situated in the city or the country.

    Among the advice Joa Studholme and the team offer is help on deciding which colours work best in a north-facing room and how you can create accents with paint.
  • The Tool Book - Hardback - 9780241302118 - Phil Davy
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    This big book from DK will help you always choose the right tool for the job. It comes with a foreword from Ron Swanson himself - woodworker and tool fan Nick Offerman.

    The information in this book will help you understand, look after and use tools effectively. It contains over 800 photographs and illustrations of tools and pays homage to centuries of craftsmanship and know-how. Looking at tools from every angle, it will help you understand the structure and manufacturing-up of so many different pieces of hardware.

    From hammers and spades to chisels, this has step-by-step photography that will help you use tools like a pro.
  • HDYW
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    This is a great gift book for anyone who wants to learn all the ins and outs of woodworking. It provides simple explanations for the techniques you'll need and suggestions for all the tools that are needed.

    The inspirational projects to make include a frame, a wine rack and a bookcase while there is also advice on preparing wood, making different kinds of joints, veneering, finishing techniques and working safely.

    There are also photographs of the tools you need and suggestions of how to use them and take care of them.
  • HBYD
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    Happy By Design is a hardback book that shows how you can improve your health and well-being by designing your living space in a simple and practical manner.

    From the happiest paint colour to the science behind getting a good night's sleep, this book is packed with affordable and easy design ideas - inspired by everyone from NASA scientists to colour gurus.

    It contains fun and easy ideas for every room to make you feel happy and will help you put well-being at the heart of your home. It can even help you tidy your way to happiness!
  • ALKON
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    This is a step-by-step photographic guide. Whether you want to build your own bed or put a bookshelf together, find out how to tackle your chosen woodwork task with confidence, using this step-by-step guide. Learn how to master the key woodwork techniques, from simple skills to intricate carving, following clear instructions and photographs. Find out how to use hand, power and machine tools and discover the strengths of over 100 different woods. Packed with inspirational and practical craft projects that are easy-to-follow, this is the only book to give you a complete illustrated woodworking course. It is perfect for enthusiasts who want to develop their skills and ideal for the beginner, intermediate and advanced woodworkers alike.
  • AGCCB
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    It is a practical, illustrated guide to all the basic woodworking tasks, in step-by-step pictures. How to fit shelves and architraves, replace skirting boards and picture rails, fix cladding, hang doors, replace doors and drawers, and install door locks and security locks on windows. It offers practical information about different types of wood, boards, joints, hinges, fixtures and fittings. A guide to the hand tools, power tools and safety equipment you will need for working with wood. It offers basic steps on how to prepare and finish wood surfaces with stain, wax or paint, including helpful tips on staining and varnishing. Useful techniques include boxing-in pipes, tongue-and-grooved boarding, fixing cladding and replacing picture rails and dado rails. Most homes contain a large proportion of wood, either in the fabric of the building or as part of the internal fittings such as floors, skirting boards, window frames and shelves. This book will give you the information and confidence to tackle some of the repairs and maintenance that are always needed around the home. Do-it-yourself renovations can be satisfying, and will save you money.
  • AKYDQ
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    This title features 25 practical projects from world renowned woodturning expert. It will appeal to novice and intermediate turners. It includes all the knowledge needed to get started, along with step-by-step instructions and detailed drawings. Build your woodturning skills and confidence with this variety of projects that take between a couple of hours and a couple of days to complete. All of the 25 projects can be undertaken using a limited amount of tools and equipment. Making use of the six basic tools - spindle roughing gouge, spindle gouge, parting tool, bowl gouge, skew chisel and scrapers - the book will introduce a couple of carving tools and a boring tool and explain why and how to use them. Each project will have a list of tools and materials required, drawings with dimensions and a panel on the wood used. Sections on safety and seasoning wood are also included. Projects include: napkin rings, rolling pin, pastry press, meat tenderizer, wall clock, and bud vase
  • ACJQU
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    This is an 'everything but the kitchen sink' guide to building kitchen cabinets and making simple, but impressive kitchen upgrades from the experts at American Woodworker. It helps readers learn how to make cabinets from plywood, how to make many styles of cabinet door including popular cathedral doors, how to build and install drawers, which hardware to choose, how to make and edge laminate countertops and how to install the completed results. All the information is reader-tested, authoritative and current with contemporary workshop practices. It includes small projects such as simple kitchen upgrades, plus an appliance garage, a kitchen stool and a freestanding pantry, taken from 35 articles that have appeared in the magazine.
  • AMJBW
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    This is a new addition to the popular Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide series, covering the essential techniques for using hand and power tools. It includes sections on safety and correct set-up. The author of 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 colour photographs and illustrations, sections are included on correct set-up, safe use of machines, and skilful use of hand tools.
  • ADTYD
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    More than 200 timber species are described in this lavishly illustrated, compact edition of U.K. author Terry Porter's best-selling book. There are handsome colour photographs of each species, and reliable data on working properties, seasoning requirements and typical uses. A further 200 species are listed in brief, and there is a comprehensive index. Aimed squarely at the individual or small-scale user, whether professional or amateur, the book includes woods used in cabinetmaking, joinery, carpentry, turning and carving.
  • BPOKD
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    California Modern showcases the work of distinguished architect Grant Kirkpatrick, who shares his passion for life in Southern California. He is a native son, and California's imprint is seen thoroughly in his work and the houses he designs, as well as his commitment to modern architecture. Through hundreds of evocative photographs, Grant reminds readers that a studied blend of craft, landscape and interior design can create a sense of place with a distinct physical and emotional presence. More than "houses," these homes are both personal sanctuaries for their residents as well as individual interpretations of the California Dream. His work has attracted a celebrity clientele including Matt Damon and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
  • BRXST
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    From the author who taught us that junk in not a four-letter word, and drawing on her years of experience as a passionate thrifter and collector, Carter highlights her favourite junking moments, revels in the thrill of the hunt and imparts many personal tips for finding treasures in flea markets, yard sales, estate sales, shops, on the web, or wherever you may find yourself. With her passion for self-expression and her personal approach to decor, Carter speaks to our desire to surround ourselves with belongings that bring beauty and meaning to our lives. Along the way, Carter interviews other designers and high-profile collectors such as Ralph Lauren, Bunny Williams, and Mike Wolfe from American Pickers revealing their favourite treasure hunts and showing us how they live with their collections. Inspiring and liberating, The Joy of Junk shows how we can integrate our passions and histories to live creatively and happily with the special and quirky objects that give our homes soul.
  • AULCC
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    Architectural remodels that involve extensions and additions expand the usable size of a home and boost its value. An undersized home and the need for upgrading non-functional amenities are motivating factors aimed at transforming a home into a perfect fit for one's lifestyle, taste and budget. The combination of additional space and the implementation of interesting architectural details that use the new alongside the old often appears as a compelling alternative to the seamless home where lines between original structure and addition - or expansion - are impossible to discern.
  • BDGKQ
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    Dale Mulfinger is widely acknowledged as the foremost expert on cabins in North America. His first book, The Cabin: Inspiration for the Classic American Getaway, has sold over 160,000 copies and has consistently been the leading book in the category since it was published in 2001. In this new collection of 37 cabins, Mulfinger rekindles his love for this treasured American icon with fresh insight and seasoned strategies for the logic, utility and beauty of cabin design. Cabins speak of modesty, shared spaces for the camaraderie of family and friends and an open, relaxed atmosphere. Many of the cabins showcased in Back to the Cabin capture this iconic spirit, where life is simple, the mudroom is entry enough for all and burning wood is for more than just charm. There are also some surprises along the way, with cabins that come packaged as kits, cabins built from recycled materials and other whimsical examples designed 'just for the fun of it.'
  • BMWJR
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    After getting his start years ago on HGTV, Orlando Soria has made his way to the upper strata of the blogosphere with Hommemaker, his blog about home decor, art, style, and life. His distinctive voice-funny, confessional, and honest-has made him the Dan Savage of millennial homemaking. Now he brings together his most original, endearing, and irreverent advice in one gorgeous book that will help readers out of all kinds of tight spots-whether it's throwing a dinner party when you're broke, hanging art like a gallery owner, or preparing your home for an unwanted guest. In sections on interior style, design, "Homme Life," DIY, and general life lessons, Orlando offers advice on topics such as "How to Make Non-Garbagey Flower Arrangements" and "How to Deal with a Soul-Sucking Breakup." He helps readers problem solve, avoid rookie mistakes, and choose a wall color that won't make them puke. Photographer Zeke Ruelas's stunning images accompany Orlando's tips on designing for dudes, making your own coffee table, and decorating a kid's room. Whether you're short on cash or have money to burn, Orlando's unique and highly contagious take on life will inspire, comfort, and reassure you that anyone can Get It Together!
  • AHYVF
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    Woodworker Tom Fidgen is very well known in the online woodworking community and his first book, Made by Hand, was critically acclaimed. In his second book, Fidgen presents more hand-tool woodworking projects for the home and workshop. The projects have a distinctive retro look, recycling designs from our not-so-distant past: His gentleman's valet is an elegant clothing stand with a profile that harks back to the days of high style and quality wares. Fidgen also discusses the benefits of working in an unplugged woodshop, considers the sources of design inspiration, offers advice on glues and finishes, and even explains how to make hand tools using only hand tools.
  • AIIEK
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    Absolutely no experience needed! Make your home smarter, safer, and more fun-and save money, too! Home automation is finally practical, useful, and easy! Now, you can control your home exactly the way you want to, without paying monthly fees. This book shows how to do it all yourself, with today's simpler, more reliable, less expensive technologies. Dennis C. Brewer first makes sure you're comfortable with wiring basics and safety, and then guides you through installing, setting up, and using today's best home automation software. Next, he walks you through several great DIY projects you can complete in just hours. Before you know it, you'll be controlling appliances, lighting, devices, home security, energy consumption, heating/cooling, and even your home entertainment center. Brewer covers phone interfaces, opportunities to expand, and even offerings from your phone and Internet service providers. When it comes to home automation, the future is here-and it works! * Pick the right products and services, without overspending * Control your home from anywhere, with Android, iPhone, iPad, or your computer * Go green, save energy, all year long * Make your home safer, more secure, and more comfortable * Overcome personal mobility challenges * Get more fun out of your TV and music system
  • BTHJE
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    A woodland craftsman's workshop should bring immense pleasure and the tools and devices that furnish it are unique to woodland work and have formed the heritage of woodland crafts that we have today. Following on from his successful book Woodland Craft, woodsman Ben Law explains what makes a good workshop, outlines the key tools needed, gives information on how to sharpen them and shows us how to make an array of fascinating devices from scratch. Projects include: peeling jig, pole lathe, woodsman's grip, cleaving brake 16 step-by-step woodland device projects Beautiful photography and illustrations A foundation book for every green woodworker to use as reference Coupled with interesting titbits of historical and practical information, this is an invaluable guide for every green woodworker.
  • ANGAZ
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    Many of Britain's four million Victorian and Edwardian houses were shoddily built and often require 'essential repairs'. Problems such as rising damp, timber decay, bowed roofs and subsidence are well-known, but at what point do these common problems become major defects? Forget 'makeovers': this easy-to-use manual shows where to look for danger signs, what's normal and what isn't, and how to fix common defects. Equipped with this book, you can talk the same language as builders and property professionals, and this new edition includes updated rules and regulations as well as guidance on the latest environmental issues.
  • ANDXS
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    Ever since Gabrielle Stanley Blair became a parent, she's believed that a thoughtfully designed home is one of the greatest gifts we can give our families, and that the objects and decor we choose to surround ourselves with tell our family's story. In this, her first book, Blair offers a room-by-room guide to keeping things sane, organized, creative, and stylish. She provides advice on getting the most out of even the smallest spaces; simple fixes that make it easy for little ones to help out around the house; ingenious storage solutions for the never-ending stream of kid stuff; rainy-day DIY projects; and much, much more.
  • BBUGF
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    This is the latest in the popular Complete Illustrated Guides series, providing comprehensive instruction for sharpening tools. It covers a range of equipment from hand to power tools. It includes over 700 colour photographs for reference. As a toolmaker, Tom Lie-Nielsen brings a special perspective to the subject of sharpening. In this must-have reference, the author covers all types of sharpening equipment and methods of sharpening hand tools. Over 700 colour photographs and illustrations are included, along with information on sharpening power tool blades and bits.
  • BBUBL
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    This is a new addition to the popular Complete Illustrated Guide series, covering all there is to know about jigs and fixtures. It is an essential and popular element of woodworking. It includes over 800 photographs and 50 illustrations. This book, in the Complete Illustrated Guide format covers jigs and fixtures, a subject of perennial interest to woodworkers. Jigs, simply put, are devices, sometimes shop-made but now often available commercially to enable woodworkers to do something more than once. For example, some jigs are fences that ensure straight cuts or templates capable of guiding tools to create a certain shape time after time. Woodworkers love jigs and fixtures for the same reason they are drawn to woodworking: designing them is about figuring out how to do something. All woodworkers are secretly engineers and inventors, and jig design and construction is a way to indulge that need. Simple or elaborate, jigs are an essential part of woodworking. This book, authored by prominent woodworking author Sandor Nagyszalanczy, is organized according to function. This approach allows woodworkers to either build the jig exactly as shown or modify it to suit a wide variety of purposes.
  • AWFAH
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    Build furniture the way your ancestors did! Do you enjoy the satisfaction of creating things entirely by hand? Immerse yourself in the world of traditional woodworking as period furniture expert Zachary Dillinger walks you through the hand-tool-only construction of six pieces of classic American furniture. From preparing stock by hand to period-correct joinery methods, you'll learn how our forefathers built furniture--and why they did things the way they did. Within these pages you'll find: * An overview of the historical development of major furniture styles from the 1960s through to the mid-19th century--and the European influences from which they evolved.* Instruction for period-correct woodworking techniques.* Six detailed furniture projects covering popular period styles.* Traditional approaches to finishing touches including insights into upholstering by renowned teacher Michael Mascelli and advice from Nancy Cogger of Londonderry Brasses for choosing period-accurate hardware.With Saw, Plane & Chisel shows you how period furniture was made, explains how furniture styles developed and in turn helps you build excellent, realistic heirloom pieces.
  • BPOIP
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    Many people are looking at ways to extend their homes rather than move house, but `getting the builders in' can be a recipe for disaster unless you really know what you are doing. Whether you plan to employ a building contractor or tackle some of the works yourself, this best-selling manual will show you how to stay firmly in control, resulting in a high-quality extension, completed on time and within budget. This new edition will include all the up-do-date information on complying with the latest Building Regs and Planning requirements, CAD design, energy-efficiency, under floor heating, bi-folds, liquid screeds, woodburning stoves and renewable energy.