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Simply Stairs is a 'how to' book which guides the reader through all aspects of the design and construction of a wide range of timber staircases, step-by-step. It provides anyone with a basic knowledge of woodwork with the know-how and confidence to build this most important of building elements - from start to finish! The author's philosophy of methodical working, checking and double-checking, avoiding pitfalls and mistakes, and reaping the rewards of producing strong, well-designed staircases which fit beautifully in their intended locations will be appealing to all readers. This is recounted in a relaxed and informal writing style which maintains the reader's interest. The book will be a valuable guide for students of carpentry and joinery, apprentices, lecturers and trades people and professionals as well as those involved with DIY and self-build projects
You've seen a few shows on TV, and working with wood looks like it could be quite entertaining and rewarding. After all, you get to create something that you can proudly display to your friends and family. But where and how do you begin to move from expressed interest to hands-on experience? "Woodworking For Dummies" shows you how your raw building materials stack up, with everything you would need to know about hardwood, softwood, plywood, veneer wood, plain-sawn wood, rift-cut wood, quarter-sawn wood, solid wood, man-made wood, and more. This down-to-earth guide gives you the goods on how boards are made from trees and the characteristics of hardwood and softwood species, plus all the buzz on; gearing up with the right tools; putting safety first in your workshop; using adhesives and glue; working with wood joints; smoothing it out by sanding and filling; adding color with stains and paints; and protecting your work with topcoats. Whether you want to put together a simple plywood bookcase or an incredible solid oak dining table, "Woodworking For Dummies" can help you get organized as you craft your plans for a piece that'll reflect your personal touch. You'll discover how to: measure and mark your wood; distinguish among saw designs; choose and use sharpening tools; hone in on hot melt glue; speed things up with modern frame joints; get down to the nitty-gritty on nails; and apply water-based polyurethanes. This handy reference packs in essential information for the novice woodworker and some advanced tips and tricks to jumpstart any woodworker's existing skills. Detailed illustrations, how-to photos, and a color insert defining the look of different woods and the effects of finishes are sure to inspire a sawdust storm in your busy workshop.
Collins Complete DIY Manual has sold over 3 million copies and is the most comprehensive and authoritative DIY manual ever produced. For novices, DIY enthusiasts or professionals, this essential book continues to be the most in-depth, up-to-date and user-friendly DIY book on the market, covering everything from decorating and repairs to electricity, plumbing and much more. This fully updated version features an even more accessible design to help you navigate easily through the info, and thousands of new photographs and illustrations to make sure you get your job done quickly and safely. There have been many changes to regulations in recent years, particularly in electricity (the new Part P legislation and changes to cable colours) - the Manual not only lists but also clearly explains these new regs and helps you work with them. And as we all become much more conscious of the environmental impact our homes have, new material on energy-saving DIY is essential reading for any householder - saving you money too in the process.
Get in touch with nature and find harmony working with your hands. Looking for a simple, 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?
Whether you've been woodburning for years or are picking up a pen for the first time, Pyrography provides endless inspiration for artists of every skill level! Featuring 25 step-by-step woodburning projects to build your skills, also included are technique lessons, advice and practice exercises for beginners, full-size pyrography patterns, artist profiles, product reviews, safety and cleaning tips, and so much more! With leading pyrography experts and artists as your guide - including Lora S. Irish, Jo Schwartz, Michele Y. Parsons, Simon Easton, and others - beginners will build a solid foundation to start on while more experienced woodburners will learn how to create realistic textures like a pro. From burning a dynamic steam engine train and personalized pet photos to making a dream catcher clock, realistic mountain lion portrait, castle cookie jar, and several other exciting projects, this jam-packed guide is sure to turn up the heat on your pyrography skillset!
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
A completely revised, redesigned and updated edition of the number one guide to home wiring and lighting, now in handy paperback format. Contains comprehensive and up-to-date information on the new electrical regulations. Whether you're changing a fuse, inserting a light fitting or rewiring an entire room, Collins Wiring and Lighting contains all the information you need to complete the job simply and safely. Now in paperback, this new edition includes information on all the new products, techniques and electrical regulations, allowing you to make home improvements cheaply and easily. With over 250 colour illustrations and photographs and clear, step-by-step instructions, this book will help you turn your good intentions into a job well done! contents include: * emergency repairs * uses and plugs * complete wiring * light fittings and fixtures * identifying faults and maintenance * safety tips * tools for the job
This guide takes one of the most important aspects of maintaining a successful workshop and breaks it down into all of the key areas in an easily accessible manner. Keeping tools sharp is one of the most fundamentally important disciplines to master to ensure top-quality results. This book will show the reader how. Aimed at both those new to woodworking as well as the experienced woodworker, the book is broken down into three main sections: sharpening by hand; machine sharpening; and putting the theory into practice. Traditional sharpening techniques and tools are covered as well as those using the latest innovations for both hand and machine sharpening. Areas covered include: sharpening with oilstones, waterstones and diamond stones; correct methods for holding tools; power grinders and grinding wheels; and using jigs and tool rests.
With this book in one hand and a brush in the other, you can learn how to transform everyday furniture into something special, all for the price of a pot of paint. Annie Sloan is a paint legend and one of the world's most popular experts in the field of decorative painting. In Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture and more, Annie presents 40 new projects and ideas, showing you the easy way to update tired furniture and transform your home. Working with her own range of chalk paints, Annie shows how to mix colours and how to achieve certain looks. Whether your taste is for colourful boho chic or restrained Swedish hues, cosy and comforting rustic shades, a modern and contemporary approach or an elegant French look, here you will find a project to suit you. Start off by mastering the simple art of colourwashing, and work your way up to transfer printing, gilding, stencilling and glazing. There are even instructions for dyeing fabric using paint. As well as painting furniture, the projects range from a staircase painted in a rainbow of colours to stencilled walls, transforming floors with a coat of paint to dyeing linen curtains and even painting a vintage chandelier. Throughout the book, Annie offers expert tips, techniques, shortcuts and guidance, showing you the easy way to create a stylish home.
There are other manuals on how to build cabins, but W. Ben Hunt's is the only one that shows you how to build and furnish an authentic pioneer cabin the easy way, natural, using only hand tools and the woods around you. Our ancestors used logs and hand tools to build durable, dry, windproof, and protective dwellings; and they fashioned chairs, beds, and tables out of half logs, twigs branches, and bushes. In this day of power saws, lumberyards, and high prices, it's good to know that you can build in the same way.
A hands-on, step-by-step guide to properly maintaining your home
Your home requires regular maintenance to operate safely and efficiently. The expert advice in this second edition of "Home Maintenance For Dummies" can help you save literally thousands of dollars each year by showing you how to perform home maintenance yourself
This new edition provides the latest tips on how to tune up your home and make repairs to every room of the house, from basement to attic. By combining step-by-step instructions and expert information, this practical guide gives you the skills to tackle everything from furnace tune-ups to leaky roofs. You'll also learn how to conduct routine inspections, keep major appliances running efficiently, and increase energy efficiency.Shows how to keep your home in tip-top shape, preserve its value, and avoid costly repairsCovers all rooms of the house, in addition to the roof, foundation, and exteriorExplains how to keep all home systems and major appliances running smoothlyIncludes a seasonal maintenance scheduleProvides the latest green maintenance options to help lower your utility bills
James Carey and Morris Carey have a radio show, a newspaper column, and a Web site, all called "On the House, " and appear regularly on "CBS News Saturday Morning." They are also the authors of "Home Remodeling For Dummies"
If you've always wanted to tackle home repairs like a pro, "Home Maintenance For Dummies, 2nd Edition" is your ideal resource
Crafts and Skills of the Mountain Man is a fascinating, practical guide to the skills that have made the mountain men famous worldwide as outdoorsmen and craftsmen. Readers can replicate outdoor living by trying a hand at making rafts and canoes, constructing tools, and living off the land. Learn key skills like: Building a strong fire. Learning to hunt and butcher your meals. Creating a safe and solid shelter. And much more! Whether you're an avid outdoorsman or a novice hiker, Crafts and Skills of the Mountain Man is your handbook to not only surviving outdoors, but flourishing. The style of the mountain man is unique and popular, especially among young people, historians, and those with a special interest in living off the land. The mountain man has been successful outdoors for ages, and now you can too with the skills, tips, and tricks included in this handy manual. Skyhorse Publishing is proud to publish a broad range of books for hunters and firearms enthusiasts. We publish books about shotguns, rifles, handguns, target shooting, gun collecting, self-defense, archery, ammunition, knives, gunsmithing, gun repair, and wilderness survival. We publish books on deer hunting, big game hunting, small game hunting, wing shooting, turkey hunting, deer stands, duck blinds, bowhunting, wing shooting, hunting dogs, and more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
Put your woodworking talent on display every day. If you've ever wanted your own custom knife to take along on that camping, hunting, or fishing trip, or to give to a family member or a friend as the perfect gift, Make Your Own Knife Handles has you covered. All you need is the knife blade of your choice, easily picked up at any woodworking store or knife shop, and Chris Gleason's new book, and you'll soon be customizing your own beautiful knife. With simple construction techniques, Make Your Own Knife Handles covers all the basics of selecting the wood, prepping it for your blade, and how to assemble the knife. The 16 projects cover all the styles you'll need, from a simple folding knife and kitchen paring knife to an Alaskan Ulu and hatchet. With a knife kit and a little bit of wood and time, you'll have a custom blade that will soon become your most trusted friend.
This one-of-a-kind book is an essential resource for beginning woodturners as well as people who have spent many hours at the lathe. It provides 70 patterns for a wide range of woodturning projects-from bottle stoppers, chopsticks and salad bowls to holiday ornaments, drawer knobs, tool handles, and candlesticks. Every pattern includes all the measurements you need to turn the piece, as well as a drawing to show you how the finished piece will look. The text also provides basic woodturning lessons and offers helpful tips on woods and finishes to use, advice on how to turn a piece successfully, and background on some legendary woodturners and other artisans whose work inspired several patterns.
Using simple techniques, Tuscany-based woodworkers Samina Langholz and Andrea Brugi teach you how to make 20 beautiful wood objects for the home. From an egg cup made from a reclaimed beam and broom handle to a chopping board featuring a hand-carved "butterfly" - an old trick for stabilising a crack - here are a wonderful selection of approachable carpentry projects that don't require complicated tools, and can be done easily in the home. Suitable for all levels of expertise - even the complete beginner - the simple and accessible step-by-step instructions are accompanied by stunning location photography. Inspired by the rustic lifestyle of rural Italy and the unspoiled views of olive groves that surround them, Samina and Andrea make beautiful carpentry pieces and this book will inspire you to recreate them in your own home.
In today's busy world, it's tough to keep things neat and tidy around the house. Not to worry; if you have a hook and some yarn, Nola Heidbreder and Linda Pietz have 30 stylish baskets you can crochet to calm your mind and bring some order to your home. With baskets of varying sizes and uses, creatively inspired by everything from goldfish and alligators to dragonflies and Tiffany Lamps, Crochet Baskets offers up a wide selection of baskets for both the beginner and advanced crocheter alike. With easy-to-follow instructions and beautiful photography to guide and inspire, each completed basket will be proudly put to work in your busy home or happily bestowed upon the loved ones on your gift list.
For speed and production, but not necessarily quality, power tools are the norm in many amateur workshops. However, thanks to the maker movement, there is renewed interest among crafters and woodworkers in using traditional handtools. The personal satisfaction, the pleasure of hands-on work, and the more leisurely, contemplative approach to woodworking is replacing the need for the speed and noise of power tools. In Traditional Woodworking Handtools, the second volume in his Illustrated Workshop Series, Graham Blackburn has assembled a virtual encyclopedia of traditional woodworking handtools, including holding tools, saws, planes, edge tools, setting-out tools, boring tools, and striking tools. Each tool is listed and includes a full description of what it does and how it's used. His engaging writing, which includes anecdotes from his four decades as a master woodworker, entertains as well as instructs. And the hundreds of line drawings of handtools are illuminating. While also a reference for anyone collecting or simply fascinated by handtools, Traditional Woodworking Handtools is a user's guide for the woodworker and crafter, designed to help reintroduce many of these tried-and-true tools into today's workshops.
Want to get into woodworking but don't know where to start? Then this is the book for you. Designer-maker-teacher Chris Tribe walks you through the processes step-by-step, answering all your questions along the way. What tools do you need? How do you use them? What wood should you use and where can you get it from? And how do you give it that professional finish? You will find out all about setting up a workshop, mastering the essential woodworking techniques and making and finishing some specially designed projects to put your new skills into practice. Chris's detailed instructions will show you how to use hand tools as well as portable power tools. And his 'troubleshooting' clinics that appear throughout the book will explain what to do if things don't turn out as expected and how to get your project back on track.
A Beautiful and Modern Handbook for Keeping Home the Natural Way Home is a haven, a place of refuge. But did you know it might be making you sick? If your home is cluttered, overwhelming, and full of chemicals, it's time to detox. The Organic Country Home helps you declutter and clean with natural, homemade products that are healthy for you and your family. You'll find information on why you should start going organic now and the best organic cleaning products and supplies, where to find them, and how to make them. Start with the basics and work your way into every corner of your home . . . from tile grout to shower mold, how to clean lampshades to how to clean water bottles. There are recipes for cleaning nearly every surface in your home from the carpet to stuffed animals. If you have questions about keeping an organic home, The Organic Country Home has answers. You'll also learn storage and organization secrets to keep your home clutter-free, how to manage your time and budget, and why some old-fashioned remedies are still the modern organic ways to keep home. Not only will you find your home cleaner and fresher than ever, it will be inviting, welcoming, and an altogether modern organic home. Now is the time to get started.
Raleigh Briggs, author of the popular Microcosm title Make Your Place, is back with another pamphlet on better, healthier living. This time around, she tackles soap-making basics, and teaches us how to create silky handmade soaps at home. How To Make Soap contains basic directions, recipes, a list of resources, and assorted tips and tricks to make your homemade soaps special. Raleigh takes a seemingly arduous task, and makes it breezy and fun, with her charming hand-drawn illustrations and easy to follow directions. How to Make Soap is a great guide (and gift ) for the beginning soapmaker, looking for a place to start.
Old houses are charming, but owning one can be a labor of love.
Expert carpenter and house "doctor" Christopher Evers equates old
homes with ailing patients, describing how you can successfully
"treat" your old house and make it good as new. With over 300
clear, line illustrations, Evers provides a practical guide to
repairing, renovating, and preserving your old house--basement to
attic--so you can enjoy it for years to come. Evers gives detailed
instructions on the "anatomy" of old homes as well as how to fix a
variety of problems, including:
This is a collection of 24 easy-to-build wood projects for your garden and backyard, each of which can be constructed in a single weekend. Outdoor Wood Projects features 24 projects for the backyard and garden that can be completed with basic DIY tooling, inexpensive materials and beginner skills, and that should take no more than a weekend to build. Projects are grouped into the following categories: planters, window boxes, trellises, and outdoor furniture. There is also a whole chapter devoted to projects built with bamboo. A number of the projects are constructed from reclaimed or recycled wood (such as an Adirondack chair made from wood pallets).
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