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Spheres within spheres, stars within cubes, delicate lattices with no apparent means of support - wood turners over the centuries have developed a whole range of extraordinary structures which seem at first sight to be quite impossible. In fact, all of these items can be made by anyone with basic wood turning skills, an ordinary lathe and simple hand tools - and this book shows you how. Topics included are: arrow through a bottle, lattice-lidded boxes, lattice pomander, Singapore ball, spiked star in sphere or cube, captive cube in sphere, pierced sphere, lidded box in sphere, Chinese balls and rings, and interlocking spheres. A best-seller when first published in 1993, the book has been thoroughly revised for this new edition, with colour photography throughout. It features stunning new 3-D illustrations showing cutaway views of the work in progress, making the instructions even easier to follow than before. The introductory chapters describe the equipment required - much of which you can make yourself - and give advice on wood selection, setting out the work, and workshop health and safety.
- Revised and expanded, with new full-color photographs - Steps for planning and locating a fence, setting posts, creating infill, and attaching gates - Techniques for building the fence you want - Advice on tools, materials, foundations, and special features - Easy-to-use patterns - Foldout of full-size pickets - 130 designs included
Create charming holiday decorations that double as small toys with this easy-to-follow guidebook. Full-size patterns and step-by-step instructions are provided for 14 working wooden toy ornaments. From tugboats and tractors to windmills and wagons, these nostalgic moving toys make great Christmas ornaments as well as keepsake gifts for family and friends. And these simple projects don't take a lot of time, wood, or tools to make. They're a great way to reuse and repurpose scrap wood, and require only minimal painting. All you need is a scroll saw, a drill, and some glue to create memorable family heirlooms. You can create them assembly-line style and fill a tree--or make a lot of gifts--with just an afternoon's work. Better yet, get a youngster or two involved in the cutting, painting, and assembling.
This comprehensive, fully illustrated book, written by a team of specialists, shows you exactly how to tackle a variety of home decorating tasks. Whether you are painting, wallpapering or tiling, it guides you step-by-step through every stage in the process, from initial preparation to the finishing touches, helping to ensure attractive and long-lasting results.
What do you do when you need furniture for a specific space or purpose in your home and nothing you find fits the bill? Build your own!
This book is comprised of 20 furniture projects based on the popular I Can Do That method presented in Popular Woodworking's ICDT video series hosted by Chad Stanton. These projects look good, are well made, yet at the same time achievable for even a beginner with an inexpensive (but decent) set of tools. You'll find clear instructions with complete step-by-step photos, illustrations and cutting lists to help you every step of the way.
This is a handy reference packed with clear how-to information from an experienced carpenter. All home carpentry projects are covered with clear, step-by-step photos and detailed instructions. This is the nuts and bolts of carpentry, all in one handy volume. Carpenter and author Andy Engel provides homeowners with a comprehensive and easy-to-use reference covering all home carpentry projects from the most basic to the most advanced. Full of authoritative and reliable information, "Carpentry Complete" is designed to help any homeowner or DIYer tackle projects with confidence. Organized so that information can be accessed quickly, this highly visual book makes it easy for readers to find the step-by-step advice they're looking for. With 850 photos and 50 illustrations, it's a must-have reference for any homeowner.
**** New edition fully revised and updated, including new material on the most popular questions and household problems **** Master Basic DIY explains all the basic tasks and gives you all the information you need to undertake essential decorating and maintenance in an informed and sensible manner. It offers insight into complex options and methods, and is full of practical information and indispensable tips to enable you to quickly see the results reflected in your DIY projects. Master Basic DIY includes: Part one - The basics Chapter 1: Tools Chapter 2: Top ten DIY jobs for homeowners Chapter 3: Sequence of work Chapter 4: From foundations to the ground floor slab Chapter 5: Brickwork and blockwork Chapter 6: Roofs, roof coverings and loft conversions Chapter 7: Home electrics Chapter 8: Plumbing, central heating and drainage Chapter 9: Plastering, plasterboard and partition walls Part two - Projects Chapter 10: Basics Chapter 11: Outside Chapter 12: Inside Chapter 13: Electrical Chapter 14: Plumbing Chapter 15: Decorating
This title includes full-sized plans for 8 canoe designs, most of which are the author's own adaptations. The step-by-step directions are accompanied by more than 100 photographs and illustrations. Covering everything from safety in the boat to shop repairs, Gil Gilpatrick thoroughly explains the whys and shortcuts learned from his experience in the shop and on the water. A Maine guide, he uses his own canoes and tests their performance on the challenging Allagash River every summer. It includes full-sized plans for 8 well-proven canoe designs, most of which are the author's own adaptations. Step-by-step directions for building a canoe from start to finish are accompanied by more than 100 photographs and illustrations.
This book is a celebration of reclaimed wood and the beautiful range of possibilities that exists for its creative use. Through technique discussions, ideas for sourcing wood, coverage of safety concerns, detailed photographs and helpful case studies, this guide helps you plan and execute your own reclaimed wood projects. Whether you're interested in sourcing reclaimed wood for environmentally-conscious reasons or tapping into the history or story behind the wood, this guide will walk you though every aspect of using this wonderful material.
Find fast answers to woodworking questions! From fasteners to finishing, angles to adhesives, this portable guide is packed with helpful charts, lists and illustrations to move your woodworking projects along. Need to compute an odd joint angle, select appropriate hardware, or pick the right finish for a project? You can consult this book for solutions to those dilemmas and many more. It's the ideal size to stash in a toolbox or bench top, where you will refer to it again and again.
- Dozens of charts and lists providing key woodworking facts, figures and formulas at a glance
- Clear, quick-reference illustrations of angles, joints, mouldings, fasteners and more
- Demystifies woodworking math, including conversions and geometry
- Portable, durable format perfect for hands-on use in the shop
A comprehensive, visual handbook for welding in the farm, home workshop, school workshop, blacksmith shop, or auto shop. Almost anyone can weld, cut, or shape metal. That's the starting point for this supremely practical book which helps the beginner to improve and the intermediate operator to broaden their technique. Its 10 sections describe all the major types of welds before progressing into trickier methods. With this comprehensive guide, you'll understand everything you need to know, from arc, TIG, MIG, and gas welding to plasma cutting, soldering, welding plastics, and more. Beyond welding metals and plastics, advice extends into the wider workshop with chapters on drills, cutting threads, and basic blacksmithing. Filled with helpful visuals and photography, detailed explanations, expert suggestions, and step-by-step directions, author and experienced welding instructor Andrew Pearce also lays out common pitfalls and mistakes, and how to avoid or correct them.
Detailed instructions, illustrations for carving animals, flowers, figures, more. Tips on tools, techniques, painting, finishing, exhibiting.
E-Myth \ 'e-,'mith\ n 1: the entrepreneurial myth: the myth that most people who start small businesses are entrepreneurs 2: the fatal assumption that an individual who understands the technical work of a business can successfully run a business that does that technical work
In The E-Myth Contractor, bestselling author Michael Gerber reveals a radical mind-set that will free contractors from the tyranny of the unprofitable, unproductive, and perpetual routine -- doing everything that needs to get done, themselves.
The E-Myth Contractor will teach you how to:
Drawing on thirty years of experience working with tens of thousands of small-business owners, Gerber provides revolutionary, practical, and enlightening insights on how to produce the best real-world results on the job, in the field, and in a contractor's life.
This book demonstrates how to design and make built-in cabinets for a variety of rooms. It includes instructions for cutting, joining, finishing and installing, plus advice for working with different materials. It includes a colourful 16-page idea gallery. Demonstrating how woodworkers can approach the complex job of designing and making built-in cabinets for kitchens, family rooms, and home offices, this technical handbook provides meticulously detailed shop drawings, instructions, and hundreds of professional tips for saving time, materials, unnecessary aggravation, and money. Bob Lang offers practical, hands-on guidance for building traditional face-frame cabinets as well as constructing contemporary frameless cabinets. Woodworkers will learn how to measure rooms and design fitting cabinetry that considers both function and aesthetics, how to develop working shop drawings and cutting lists, and how to work with materials as varied as solid wood and plastic laminate. Technical instructions for cutting and joining the basic box, as well as for fitting it to drawers, sinks, corners, appliances, and islands, are also included, as are detailed steps for sanding, finishing and installing each piece. This revised edition also offers a colourful new 16-page idea gallery with photographs of finished cabinets.
A kitchen or bathroom renovation raises the value of a home, and kitchen cabinets (and bathroom vanities) are a large part of the cost. Yet cabinets and vanities are surprisingly straightforward to build. Strong, attractive and durable cabinets can be built for a fraction of what they cost to buy. In this heavily illustrated guide, Steve Cory shows how to build sturdy face-frame cabinets in a variety of styles (Shaker, slab, cottage) and also includes a chapter on building bathroom vanities. Steve takes readers through each step of the project clearly explaining step-by-step how a less skilled builder with basic tools can build each component. Then he takes the reader through more complicated construction techniques, making this book both accessible to the novice but also interesting and informative for more skilled builders.
This is the most essential information from the first six volumes of "Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide" series. Now in paperback, this step-by-step shop reference, culled from the first six volumes of "Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guides", covers all of the fundamental techniques every woodworker needs to know. Organised for quick access, this book makes it easy to find the information you are looking for. Over 1,200 photos and drawings illustrate how to accomplish essential woodworking tasks from setting up a shop to finishing. This book helps woodworkers of all levels choose the right method and tools to bring great results, pleasure and satisfaction to working with wood.
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.
This inspiring compendium of beautifully designed and crafted fences and gates will inspire homeowners and handymen to get right to work. This is a rich resource of dozens of beautifully crafted fences, any one of which could be the envy of your neighborhood. A how-to section helps you plan, plot, and execute a fence project. Included are ideas for privacy fences, fence/planter combinations, built-in seating, and arbor gates. Styles represented include fences influenced by the Arts & Crafts movement and Asian and traditional European designs. There are great ideas for providing privacy for a deck, patio, pool, or hot tub, and great gates to frame impressive entryways.
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