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Of all the things that Tom Wolfe carves, none is more popular among collectors and students than his canes and walking sticks. Following the success of his fancy cane book last season, Tom is sharing some of his techniques for creating a fancy walking stick. The difference is in the size and shape of the creature. A walking stick is usually longer to provide more support for the hiker, and has a knob at the top rather than a handle. This knob provides the carver with many possibilities. In this book Tom carves a woodsman's head. He takes the reader through the process from the beginning of the carving to the attachment of the head to the shaft and the decoration of the shaft. Each step is illustrated with a color photograph and a clear explanation. The gallery give other ideas for carving the knob, and patterns are provided for several of them. A great book for new carvers and old pros.
Build and craft a beautiful birdhouse or feeder to decorate your garden and attract a few feathered friends. Handmade Birdhouses and Feeders will teach you everything you need to know to create a safe haven for your feathery friends, with 35 different designs to choose from, and useful tips on how to make your handiwork as bird-friendly as possible. Michele McKee-Orsini will take you through basic woodworking skills and show you how to decorate your birdhouses using a range of techniques and materials. Split into five chapters entitled: "Rustic Birdhouses", "Modern Birdhouses", "Upcycled Birdhouses", "Novelty Birdhouses" and "Bird Feeders", Handmade Birdhouses and Feeders has something stylish and practical to suit any garden or outside space. Complete with easy to follow step-by-step instructions, clear artworks and stunning photography, Handmade Birdhouses and Feeders will have you woodworking and crafting in no time.
The ancient art of intarsia involves cutting and fitting naturally colored pieces of wood to form a design. In this book, learn how to create the American Bald Eagle with step-by-step instructions, guidance, special tips, safety advice, techniques, and over 380 photos and drawings. Buckland's intarsia eagles are a sight to behold. Using an assortment of domestic and exotic woods, he builds five eagles in a variety of styles. With various woodworking jigs, both the beginning and advanced woodworkers alike can create these magnificent creatures in a variety of natural settings, Among them is the Great Seal of the United States. Plans for each project are included.
Everything you need to use your handplanes! No woodworking tool is more satisfying, quick and precise to use than a handplane. Planes can process timber in its rough state, bring boards up to a glimmering smoothness, cut rabbets, dados, grooves and other joints, and trim wood with a precision that has yet to be matched by power tools. Yet many woodworkers--both beginners and professionals--are intimidated by handplanes. This book is here to set the record straight. Handplane Essentials contains everything you need to choose the right plane for your project (and for your budget), sharpen it and use it successfully. Compiled from more than 15 years of the author's writings on the subject of handplanes in magazines, trade journals and blogs, this book is an indispensable guide for woodworkers. This revised edition includes 14 new articles as well as new and updated tool reviews.
Everything in its place.... Whether woodworking is your hobby or your profession, you'll get more enjoyment and satisfaction from the craft when you have a practical and functional workspace. The Practical Workshop is your guide to setting up a sensible shop with an efficient workflow and everything you need to make the best use of your time. From workbenches to shop furniture to storage solutions, this book covers the essentials. You'll learn strategies for machine and fixture placement. You'll discover ways to streamline your operations and get plans for all the shop furniture you need to outfit your space. Get started with guidelines for putting together a basic toolkit and some quick sawhorses. Focus your shop around a central workbench--you'll find complete plans for two benches, a gallery of bench designs and ideas for personalizing your workbench for your specific needs. Get helpful advice for placing machinery and instructions for building shop furniture and fixtures. Woodworking can be a respite from the bustle of daily life, especially if your shop is well-organized and your tools are where they're supposed to be. This book can help you set up a great workspace, avoid clutter and get the most out of your woodworking.
If you do not own a milling machine (and even if you do) what you can achieve in your workshop is greatly enhanced if you own a spindle or two for use with your lathe. Spindles come in many shapes and sizes, ranging from 19mm (0.75 in) to 57 mm (2.25 in) in diameter, depending on the uses envisaged for them. This book describes the design, construction and use of a variety of spindles that will be of interest to the amateur engineer. Milling, grinding and drilling spindles are covered along with a unique light gear-cutting frame for clockmakers. The emphasis is on spindles that are easy to make and have as few parts as possible; all but one for example use sealed ball bearings (the exception uses tapered collar bearings and thus needs to have seals installed to protect the bearings.) The basic spindle described uses the same spindle nose as the Myford Super 7 lathe; this allows all chucks, plates, collets and closers designed for the lathe to be used with this spindle. It can also be modified for other lathe nose standards.
The definitive work on the use of the small (three and a half inch) lathe which has been the primer for every amateur, student and apprentice engineer, modelmaking hobbyist, small garage proprietor and light engineering operator since its original publication in 1948. The author has succeeded in giving a complete course of instruction, embracing almost every process that can be accomplished own the small lathe including information on tools, accessories and costs. The amateur's problems are tackled in a refreshingly practical manner, showing how the model engineer or small industrial user can perform a variety of operations normally requiring a whole workshop full of machinery. Photographs and drawings provide step-by-step instructions on a wide range of topics which will interest all engineers - from apprentices to retired hobbyists.
Outdoor Wood Works is a collection of ideas for improving the environment around our houses. From the fences that frame our homes to the walkways that lead to our front doors, this book explores ways in which wood can improve our little stake in the great outdoors. Hundreds of ideas are presented in full-color photographs. Permanent outdoor fixtures like benches and gazebos make the outdoors more comfortable while flower boxes, retaining walls, and other accents add beauty. There's something for everyone in this book, from play sets for the children to bird and doghouses. Ten complete project plans range from the simplest of constructions-a screen around a utility box, a mailbox stand with planter, and a bench-to more advanced projects including a chair, a picnic table, and an outdoor storage shed. Designers and homeowners alike will love this idea-filled compendium of outdoor plans and projects.
Service and maintenance procedures for walk behind mowers.
Intarsia is a craft of precision and artistry. A picture is created by cutting out and then fitting together many pieces of differently colored and textured woods, much like a jigsaw puzzle. These pieces are then rounded and shaped individually, to create realistic contours and lend a three-dimensional effect. When the pieces are varnished, fitted together, and glued onto a backboard, they make a beautifully polished, professional-looking piece. Step-by-step, this book shows you how to make an intarsia teddy bear wall hanging, perfect for a child's bedroom. The project is ideal for someone just starting to learn the art of intarsia, teaching basic techniques (from selecting your wood to hanging your finished piece) and showing how to deal with common difficulties and pitfalls. Also included are patterns for a girl teddy bear and a dinosaur.
The most ambitious carving Tom has ever presented in a book, this may also be the most charming. Tom leads the carver step-by-step through the process of constructing and carving a "kid's size" rocking horse. This is the perfect project for a Christmas present that will be cherished generation after generation. And even though it is ambitious, the instructions and illustrations will enable even the novice carver to complete a work of which they can be proud. The book covers every step from cutting the lumber through carving, assembling, and painting. Measured drawings are included as is a pattern for a smaller toy version of the rocking horse.
A guide to turning pens and pencils, a popular aspect of woodturning. Through step-by-step text and clear photography, the authors describe the history, techniques and projects, plus various ways of approaching the task, allowing the reader to select the best procedure for the equipment available and to work according to their desired scale of production. The projects were selected to show a wide variety of techniques used in making various types of writing instrument, including: a twist pen; a click pencil; a European style pen; an Americana twist pen; a tapered rollerball; and variations on basic pens.
French Polishing is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful ways to finish wood. This no-nonsense guide to the process of applying layers of shellac to create a rich, high-gloss surface includes all you need to know about French polishing, from choosing materials and setting up your workshop to preparing the surface and applying the finish. There is also a section on resolving common problems and a fully illustrated project showing, step-by-step, how to restore an existing finish.
On a farmlike compound near New Hope, Pennsylvania, George
Nakashima, his family, and fellow wood-workers create exquisite
furniture from richly grained, rare timber. Tables, desks, chairs,
and cabinets from this simple workshop grace the homes and mansions
and executive boardrooms of people who prize such excellence. In
this lavishly illustrated volume, George Nakashima allows us in
intimate look at his artistry, his philosophy, his life. It is the
portrait of an artisan who strives to find the ideal use for each
plank in order to create an object of utility to man and, if nature
smiles, an object of lasting beauty.
This second edition of Workshop Electrics has been completely revised and updated to bring it in line with the latest advances in technology and to fully conform with BS7671 (17th edition of wiring regulations). A quarter of the illustrations are also new. The book deals with electricity in the workshop and includes everything from fitting a 13amp plug to wiring up a new workshop building. Safety, a key issue is covered as well as inspection and testing. Starting with the planning necessary before electrical installation commences, the book then deals with the fusing, equipment, lighting, fixtures, fittings and wiring for 230-volt mains electricity. Further chapters cover outside workshops, three-phase supplies and a range of low-voltage equipment. Finally there is a glossary, a list of useful addresses and an index.
Written by respected builders, this all new edition collects all the latest deck-building articles from the pages of Fine Homebuilding magazine, covering every aspect of deck design and construction, including the pros and cons of the newest decking materials. All New Building Decks guides the reader through the entire process from first footings to final finishes, sharing insider secrets that only the pros know.
The shaper is a stationary woodworking machine used to produce decorative mouldings, edges, and joinery. Every production shop has always had a shaper, but now advanced home woodworkers are increasingly likely to own one of these versatile machines because they are affordable and because they greatly expand the capability of a shop. A shaper, however, is one of the trickiest woodworking machines to operate properly and safely. This handbook explains hundreds of shaper techniques and illustrates each with drawings and photos. Advice is offered about what to look for when buying a shaper, and maintenance, troubleshooting, and tune-up are also covered.
Every woodshop has a collection of offcuts that have been saved because they will come in handy one day. When you see the enticing projects presented in this book you will know that that day has come All the projects in this book can be made using pieces of wood from the scrap pile and can be tackled by woodworkers with a range of skill levels. Ranging from a simple serving platter to a beautiful bird box, there is a project to suit every level of expertise and every carefully saved piece of lumber you ve squirreled away. All projects are explained in a clear and straightforward way, with step-by-step photos. There is also a guide to the tools and materials you will need, plus the basic techniques."
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