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This is a practical guide to tools: how to choose and use them, shown in 220 photographs. It is a simple and accessible guide to do-it-yourself tools for a wide range of jobs, including tiling, painting, flooring, woodwork and general repairs in the home. It includes photographs for easy identification of the tools. It shows you how to use planes, chisels, saws, drills, hammers, screwdrivers, pliers, sanders and many more. It includes instructions on making the best use of each tool, with hints and tips on selecting the right types. It offers guidelines that show you what to wear, how to handle tools with care, and how to tackle jobs safely to avoid accidents. For any task around the home, tools will be needed. Knowing how to use them efficiently is vital if you want a good result. This book discusses preparation, the right tools to use for a particular job, and how to use them safely and effectively. Useful tips point the way to improving your skills to get the most out of your tools.
Enjoy outdoor living to the fullest with these functional and decorative furniture projects for deck, patio, yard and garden. From Adirondack chairs, patio bars and picnic tables to showcase Victorian trellises and planters, the experts at American Woodworker provide complete plans and instructions for building great-looking pieces that will beautify your outdoor space. Expert advice on finishing and varnishing ensures that your durable wooden furniture will stand up to the elements for years to come. How to Make Outdoor & Garden Furniture offers 23 do-it-yourself projects for both novice and experienced woodworkers. Superb step-by-step photographs and excellent working drawings help ensure success for both amateur and experienced builders. Each project takes from just a few hours to a weekend to complete, making this book an ideal resource for transforming your outdoor decor.
As the line between indoor and outdoor living spaces continues
to blur, creating greater fluidity and a feeling of openness,
homeowners are eager to tap into the projects that will enrich
their lives and beautify their homes. With over 300 fresh ideas
covering a range of patio and walkway styles and sizes, plus
top-notch design advice, "Patio & Walkway Ideas that Work "is
the most complete and up-to-date patio and walkway design
sourcebook. From pergolas to grilling islands, poolside patios to
front paths that make a grand statement, readers will delight in
having instant access to all the essentials of designing and
installing a new patio or walk, as well as accessorizing an
existing patio. "Patio & Walkway Ideas that Work "creates a
path to affordable, smart home improvement whether undertaking a
project yourself or hiring a contractor.
"Patio & Walkway Ideas that Work "is the latest book in the
popular IDEAS THAT WORK series, which includes "Outdoor Kitchen
Ideas that Work, Bathroom Ideas that Work, Deck Ideas that Work,
Kitchen Ideas that Work," and others.
Make authentic reproductions of handsome, functional, durable furniture: tables, chairs, wall cabinets, desks, hall tree, more. Construction plans with drawings, schematics, dimensions, lumber specs reprinted from 1900s The Craftsman magazine.
". . . readers will count on Popular Mechanics' advice." --Booklist (starred review) For any home repair, big or small, homeowners can turn to this practical and portable reference. Got a squeaky floor or a rattling door? Is your grout a color you don't recognize anymore? From quick fixes like linking broken chains and patching drywall to more involved projects like replacing a fuel line and bleeding your brakes, Popular Mechanics How to Fix Anything is the handy and reliable go-to guide for the most common household problems offering a primer on plumbing, unexpected hacks like using a golf tee to fill a stripped screw hole, instructions for tuning up the garage door, and so much more. Throughout the book Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics' senior home editor, answers questions about the trickiest fix-its, including how to deal with a recurring ceiling cracks or get rid of that stench from the kitchen sink.. And because it's organized room by room, from basement to bathroom to bedroom, it's simple to find the solution you need--so you won't have to hire someone else to do the job.
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
The versatile and inexpensive mini-lathe has become the
best-selling item of machinery in the hobby engineering market, and
is often purchased as a first step by beginners. These miniature
versions of industrial metalworking lathes are a good choice for
model engineers or anyone else who is interested in metalworking
and has a need to fabricate small precision parts.
This is an essential tool for the home workshop, in an easy-reference format with a lay-flat binding. It's like having a master carpenter at your elbow to answer whatever question arises, including: What's the difference between hardwood and softwood? How do I make base moulding fit tightly on the inside corners? How do I prevent splintering on the end of a board when I rout it? How do I taper cut a table leg? Is there any way to take the wobble out of a chair without taking the whole thing apart? And many more intriguing and useful questions. It is suitable for all skill levels. For beginners, this book answers the most fundamental questions: Which wood should I use for this bookcase? Why do I need three different grits of sandpaper? Intermediate and advanced woodworkers will find plenty of useful, sometimes surprising, information in the answers, tips, charts, and projects.
Parties with pizzazz -- parties that everyone talks about -- happen when some creative person gets things rolling! Twenty-three absolutely unforgettable party themes for all seasons and occasions are included -- a "TGIF (Thank God It's Friday) Party, " a "Murder We Wrote (whodunit participation) Party, " a "Kidnapping Caper (for teens only) Party" -- these and many more. Each party plan tells how to do it, gives food suggestions with recipes, reproducible party game papers, checklists and lots more, plus "do-it-yourself" invitations professionally designed! Just add the specifics and photocopy them. Everything made easy. Success assured -- these ideas have all been party-tested. We know they're good! Enough parties here for a year or two of fun. Guaranteed to make you the most celebrated party people in town!
For more than twenty years, Roy Underhill has taught the techniques of traditional woodcraft with muscle-powered tools. With his four previous books and his popular PBS series, The Woodwright's Shop, now in its sixteenth season, Roy has inspired millions to take up chisel and plane. The master woodwright returns here with instructions for handcrafting an appealing selection of projects from the American woodworking tradition. The Woodwright's Apprentice begins with directions for building a workbench. Each successive project builds new skills for the apprentice woodworker--from frame construction to dovetailing, turning, steam-bending, and carving. Among the twenty items featured are an African chair, a telescoping music stand, a walking-stick chair, a fireplace bellows, and a revolving Windsor chair. Designed both for woodworking novices and for more seasoned woodworkers looking for enjoyable projects, the book includes step-by-step directions, complete with easy-to-follow photographs and measured drawings, and an illustrated glossary of tools and terms. All of the pieces presented here are based on projects featured in past and upcoming seasons of The Woodwright's Shop television show. |Amidst the violent racism prevalent at the turn of the 20th century, African American cultural elites, struggling to articulate a positive black identity, developed a middle-class ideology of racial uplift. Insisting that they were truly representative of the race's potential, black elites espoused an ethos of self-help and service to the black masses and distinguished themselves from the black majority as agents of civilization; hence the phrase 'uplifting the race.' A central assumption of racial uplift ideology was that African Americans' material and moral progress would diminish white racism. But Kevin Gaines argues that, in its emphasis on class distinctions and patriarchal authority, racial uplift ideology was tied to pejorative notions of racial pathology and thus was limited as a force against white prejudice.
Putting pen (or pencil) to paper is one thing. Crafting either from scratch is another. Turners looking for professional guidance and new ideas will embrace "Complete Guide to Turning Pens & Pencils." This comprehensive book includes 15 projects (12 pens/3 pencils), ranging from basic to intermediate and advanced. Attractive to turners is that many of the projects can be made in a short time utilizing just a standing lathe or even a small, portable model. In these pages, equipment and materials are clearly presented, including types of mechanism kits available. Techniques from blank preparation to sanding, polishing, and finishing are explained in easy-to-follow step-by-step photographs. Also included is a range of casing styles to suit all tastes, from fine timbers, sustainable woods, and acrylics to polymer clay. An added bonus is an extensive gallery of actual-size pens and pencils for inspiration. Putting pen to paper never looked so good
Publisher's Note: Products purchased from Third Party sellers are not guaranteed by the publisher for quality, authenticity, or access to any online entitlements included with the product. Here's all the information you need to build a well or septic system yourself - and save a lot of time, money, and frustration. S. Blackwell Duncan has thoroughly revised and updated this second edition of Wells and Septic Systems to conform to current codes and requirements. He also has expanded this national bestseller to include new material on well and septic installation, water storage and distribution, water treatment, ecological considerations, and septic systems for problem building sites.
Best-Seller! This book contains 95 of the most useful business forms and contracts for builders including: Sales and marketing forms; Contracts and agreements; Trade contractor specifications and checklists; Orientation and quality control documents and much more. These forms will help you systemise your business, work more productively, and manage more effectively. You can browse the book for the contracts and forms you need, download the documents from the CD, and customise them to meet your business needs, with your address, logo, local specifications, and more! Benefit from the experience of successful builders across the country and increase your business success in: Sales & Marketing: Work successfully with prospective home buyers, salespeople, and real estate agents; Contract & Agreements: Solidify your business and legal relationships and keep your business on track; Trade Contractors: Ensure quality and keep your production schedules moving; Construction Management: Define the standards you use to build quality homes and deliver them on time and at the right price; Quality Control & Warranty: Manage your final quality control checks and warranty work. You will save hours of work -- and that can mean saving hundreds of dollars with every form you use! The CD contains Microsoft Word files and text files. Windows Vista/Office 2007 compatible.
Live large by building small! Do you daydream about downsizing your living space? Or perhaps you long for a more eco-friendly and sustainable way of life. The tiny house movement continues to gain popularity as more and more people look to simplify their lives and reconnect with nature. Building Small is your key to joining the tiny house revolution with designs for homes as well as a range of backyard buildings including workspaces and sheds. There's tons of practical how-to construction advice including best practices, common pitfalls and tips for the do-it-yourself carpenter. Within these pages you'll find: Complete plans for seven tiny houses Strategies for outfitting your tiny house with lighting, water, heating and waste removal Ideas for floor layout and interior design Success stories and inspirational photos of tiny homes Whether you're considering a timber-framed cottage or a modular cube-style home, Building Small offers a wide range of approaches for planning and building your small structure.
The first-ever comprehensive guide to creating wooden jewelry, learn and practice several woodworking skills - including jointing, turning, steaming, polishing, staining, painting, beveling, inlaying, and more - to discover a brand new art perspective! Combining wood with other media, from silver to silicon, you'll learn 10 techniques and create 14 beautiful and accessible jewelry projects that are fresh and modern, going beyond metal. Author and renowned artist jeweler Sarah King works with materials, form, and structure to make sculptural, contemporary, and feminine jewelry. Her work has been sold in department stores, design stores, boutiques, and galleries, including Barney's, Liberty of London, The Conran Shop, and more. She has won many awards, such as the Association of Contemporary Jewelry Prize, and is one of only 50 international contemporary jewelers invited to show at the LOOT exhibition at the New York Museum of Arts and Design. With Creating Wooden Jewelry, you'll learn from one of the best to understand everything you need to know to create stunning wooden jewelry, as well as a rotating cast of talented project guests, such as Inni Parnanen, Terhi Tolvanen, Beppe Kessler, and Lina Peterson.
Low cost tools which can be made and repaired by carpenters using locally available materials make it possible for artisans to practice their trade without buying or replacing expensive imported equipment. The tool designs described deliberately reduce the metal component so that the tools can be made more easily by carpenters with no metalworking expertise.Squares, gauges, clamps and planes are among the tools whose construction is described and illustrated in detail in this book; tools which are equally suitable for use in large training institutions or in smaller workshops. There is useful guidance on maintenance and repair.This edition includes further modifications and improvements, additional repair techniques, as well as new tool designs. This is an invaluable addition to any workshop.
This is a practical and useful guide to laying floors for any room in the house, using a variety of different materials. It includes practical tips for laying floorboards, wood panels, woodstrip, parquet, mosaics, vinyl, lino, cork and carpet. It is a useful guide to choosing the right flooring tools and materials for different rooms in the house. It includes preparation techniques for every surface. It shows how to remove old floor coverings, and how to sand, paint and varnish wooden floorboards. It highlights common flooring problems, such as cracks, uneven surfaces and damp, and how to solve them. It includes decorative variations, such as distressed floorboards, rubber flooring and chequerboard effects. It shows techniques such as fitting around corners. The right design and style of flooring can dramatically change the appearance of any room. This book will help you choose appropriate materials for your floors that will harmonize with other furnishings, as well as advise on preparation, the equipment you will need and the technique to lay your particular floor. Clear step-by-step photographs show you the way.
An easy-to-access, comprehensive step-by-step reference on home plumbing offering authoritative, reliable information that enables the reader to tackle any DIY plumbing project with confidence. This volume is a comprehensive, authoritative, and easy to use reference for homeowners covering all home plumbing situations from the most basic to advanced. The only projects not covered are those that should be left to professionals. This highly visual book focuses on real world situations faced by homeowners and offers real world advice, including how to deal with the inevitable things that can go wrong. What is unique about this plumbing guide is that it is easy to find the project and the information on how to tackle it. Intuitive finding devices and visual tables of contents make it easy to identify the material in the book relevant to the readers situation.
Known internationally as "the Bible of canoe building," Canoecraft is back, and it's bigger and better than ever. The best-selling how-to guide has been completely revised and expanded, and master canoe builder Ted Moores again infuses the pages with the experience and wisdom acquired over almost three decades. His step-by-step instructions, generously illustrated with new photographs and diagrams and incorporated into an accessible fresh design, will allow even the beginner to create a reasonably priced classic. North America's leading builder of woodstrip/epoxy canoes, Moores is a longtime teacher of wooden-boat construction as well. With students who have ranged in age from 11 to 87, Moores has discovered that all have been motivated by the same dream: to build something beautiful and functional.
Canoecraft is the road map to that dream. In it, Moores offers comprehensive instructions for the first-time builder and, with the second-time builder in mind, includes a larger variety of canoe plans -- five of which are brand-new. In this edition, each plan is presented as a traditional table of offsets. Moores has also added a series of builder's tips and new techniques and an entire chapter on carving a paddle, the perfect accompaniment to your handcrafted canoe. His message is straightforward: When good materials are used and simple steps performed with care, professional results are sure to follow.
Whether your goal is to build a general-purpose recreational canoe, an efficient modern tripping canoe or a full-decked fast-cruising canoe with walnut veneer, Canoecraft can help you make it happen.
Tiling Complete is a highly visual book focusing on real-world situations faced by homeowners and offers real-world advice, including how to deal with the inevitable issues that can arise during a project. In this second edition, the book has been updated with the latest information on new types of tile--including large-format tiles and wood-plank tiles includes details on project preparation and setting materials. 125 new photos have been added, for a total of 875 photos Tiling Complete is a comprehensive, authoritative, and easy-to-use reference for homeowners, covering all tiling projects from the most basic to advanced.
Smart projects that give new life to old lumber. The Reclaimed Woodworker provides inspiration and easy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction for beginning and intermediate woodworkers who want to make well-built, stylish furniture and furnishings from reclaimed lumber. Featuring 21 projects ranging from the ever-popular sliding barn door to modern desks to chairs with vintage charm, each project is designed to use upcycled materials without sacrificing style. They are modern and fresh, but based on tried and true craftsmanship and technique. Through the use of beautiful photographs, inspired designs, and accessible building instructions, The Reclaimed Woodworker is a comprehensive guidebook to sourcing recycled lumber and using it to build your own furniture and furnishings. Because there is more to finding and using recycled lumber than tearing apart old pallets, you'll learn how to source environmentally conscious wood in unexpected places. The icing on the cake? Once you know how to find them, these materials often provide a cost savings over traditionally-sourced lumber. The Reclaimed Woodworker is a how-to book, but it's also a celebration of the creativity in reclaiming lumber and discovering the possibilities for using it in your home.
You don't need to call a plumber...or an electrician for that matter. Even if you can afford their high charges - you just don't have to do it! Got a dripping tap? Replace the washer. It'll take you 10 minutes! Blown the electricity? Replace the fuse. It'll take you 2 minute! The everyday things we use at home are simple and straightforward. It's not rocket science - any of it. All you have to learn is where and how to turn off your incoming water and where the fuse box lives. We tell you how to find them and what to do! Just take this book home and use it to locate what little you need to turn off incoming utilities. Then when a crisis strikes you can fix it yourself. It's that easy. Now you can sort out a washing machine or tumble drier; mend a kettle or toaster; get the vacuum sucking again; and, unblock a drain or limit the damage of a burst pipe. Cold radiators, lavatory cisterns, everything. Your life-raft through the troubles of life.
This is a comprehensive guide to plumbing for DIY homeowners and home improvers. It features numerous photographs, illustrations, practical advice and examples. Clear and concise instructions make this accessible to all, from beginners to experienced home improvers. The modern home requires a complex system of water supply, drainage and waste disposal. An understanding of these is vital for any DIY homeowner and really expands the horizons of the home improver. This comprehensively illustrated, authoritative book is written in a clear, accessible style, comprehensively explaining each aspect of domestic plumbing installation, fittings and equipment. Beginners will find it demystifies the subject and more experienced home improvers will value it as a resource and reference.
Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of when Dick Proenneke first broke ground and made his mark in the Alaskan wilds in 1968, this bestselling memoir features an all-new foreword by Nick Offerman plus color photographs not seen in print for over 20 years. To live in a pristine land unchanged by man...to roam a wilderness through which few other humans have passed...to choose an idyllic site, cut trees, and build a log cabin...to be a self-sufficient craftsman, making what is needed from materials available...to be not at odds with the world, but content with one's own thoughts and company... Thousands have had such dreams, but Dick Proenneke lived them. He found a place, built a cabin, and stayed to become part of the country. One Man's Wilderness is a simple account of the day-to-day explorations and activities he carried out alone, and the constant chain of nature's events that kept him company. From Dick's journals, and with firsthand knowledge of his subject and the setting, Sam Keith has woven a tribute to a man who carved his masterpiece out of the beyond.
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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