Top Selling in Woodworking

The Handbuilt Home: 34 Simple Stylish and Budget-Friendly Woodworking Projects for Every Room

Ana White
Create a Beautiful, Modern Home with One-of-a-Kind DIY Furniture
Beds, organizers, Adirondack chairs, a play table, and more! It's easy to build inexpensive, quality furnishings with this indispensible collection of woodworking projects from Ana White, the popular blogger who has inspired millions of homemakers with her stylish furniture plans and DIY spirit. As a young mom on a tight budget, Ana learned to make her own well-designed pieces inspired by the styles in her favorite stores—saving thousands of dollars in the process.
Now, in this reference for woodworkers of all skill levels, Ana shares everything she has learned along the way. Inside The Handbuilt Home you'll find:
• Plans for 34 versatile furniture projects for every room in your house—from beginner-friendly home accessories to sturdy tables, a media center, kids’ items, and storage solutions
• Comprehensive information on using off-the-shelf lumber and basic equipment—almost every project can be made with a drill, a saw, and some hand tools
• Easy-to-follow instructions, costs, and time estimates to guide even the most amateur of carpenters through any project
You don’t need to be physically tough or superstrong to make your own furniture, and it’s okay if you don’t know that a 2x4 doesn’t actually measure 2 by 4 inches. All you need is the determination to create a better home for yourself or your family and the confidence to say, “I can build that.”
 

Also available as an eBook
 

Build Your Own Kitchen Cabinets: Edition 2

Danny Proulx
Build your own kitchen cabinets!

You don't need a showroom full of equipment or expertise in calculus to build your own kitchen cabinets. In fact, Danny Proulx's concise, easy-to-follow instructions enable you to create incredible kitchens with just a few power tools—a table saw, circular saw, router and drill.

Completely revised and updated, Build Your Own Kitchen Cabinets, Second Edition, provides start-to-finish guidelines for crafting upper and lower cabinets, plus practical information on kitchen design, material selection and tool shortcuts.

Proulx's instruction is practical, easy to understand and time-tested, refined in his own shop, and taught by him in countless seminars and workshops. You'll learn how to plan, design, construct and install your own complete handmade kitchen, from simple cabinets and over-the-sink cupboards to lazy-Susan shelving, stemware, storage and more:

  • Combine the beauty of traditional face-frame cabinetry with the strength and simplicity of European cabinetry and hardware
  • Build drawers, pull-outs and flip-outs to maximize storage space
  • Use European hinges, adjustable legs and other specialized hardware to take the guesswork out of construction and installation
  • Use simple butt joints to build strong cabinets quickly
  • Customize your cabinets' looks with a variety of door styles, countertops and finishes
Page after page, Danny Proulx proves that you can build your own beautiful kitchen cabinets.

Workbenches: From Design And Theory To Construction And Use

Christopher Schwarz
Two Centuries of Workbench Wisdom in One Book!

With this book, your very first workbench will do everything you need it to do—possibly for the rest of your woodworking career!

Encompassing years of historical research and real-world trials, Christopher Schwarz boils down centuries of the history and engineering of workbenches into basic ideas that all woodworkers can use.

  • Learn how to design your own world-class workbench
  • Learn the fundamental rules of good workbench design that have been largely forgotten
  • Learn how to build an inexpensive and practical bench that hasn't been in widespread use for over 100 years
  • Learn how to properly use any workbench
These old-school benches are simpler than modern benches, easier to build and perfect for both power and hand tools.

Beginning woodworkers can build either of these benches. The technical drawings are clear and show every detail. Using the step-by-step instructions, you will be amazed at how easily these workbenches can be constructed.

I Can Do That! Woodworking Projects: 17 quality furniture projects that require minimal tools and experience

David Thiel
You can do that, quickly, easily and save money!

Beginning woodworkers (or experienced woodworkers that are in a hurry) can build these top-quality projects quickly and efficiently.

  • Each project requires a minimum of tools (only hand and portable power tools) and a minimum of woodworking experience.

  • These projects need only inexpensive materials that are easily found at your local home center stores, saving you time and money.

  • This book includes a training manual for using each tool, making it perfect for the beginning woodworker.
The projects are not the typical napkin holders. They are tasteful and useful, making this book a good choice for the experienced woodworker in a hurry!

The Woodworker's Bible: A Complete Guide to Woodworking

Percy Blandford
Woodworking is Timeless

Things change, to be sure, and woodworking is no exception. New tools come on the market, older tools are upgraded and a number of new, finely made hand tools are now available. Regardless of the subtle changes, the basic principles used by woodworkers have remained constant.

The novice woodworker can produce satisfactory work following these unchanging woodworking traditions and using just some basic tools. Once these lessons are learned, all woodworking tasks are only a short step away. Power tools can take much of the drudgery out of woodworking, hand tools bring you closer to your work to teach you the characteristics of wood and how to make the most of the material.

This book offers all the knowledge needed to get started in woodworking. All of the joints, jigs, methods, techniques and processes that have stood the test of time are included (along with a number of basic projects to practice the techniques). Woodworking offers enough variety to satisfy the widest range of tastes and inclinations. Let this book be your guide for whatever direction you want your work to take.

The New Traditional Woodworker: From Tool Set to Skill Set to Mind Set

Jim Tolpin
Working Wood, Not Machining It

If you're more interested in working with wood rather than machining it, you will be relieved to learn that expensive powered machinery isn't required to build furniture. You can also forget the dust masks, face shields and hearing protection since many of the safety concerns related to woodworking—the use of power tools—are eliminated. In this book, you'll learn to set up a hand-tool woodworking shop, then discover the toolset, practice the skillset, and understand the mindset—effectively completing a comprehensive course in hand-tool woodworking.

Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Cabinets & Countertops: How to Customize Your Home with Cabinetry

Editors of Cool Springs Press

 

DIVA skillbuilding and confidence-creating introduction to working with cabinets and countertops, The Complete Guide to Cabinets & Countertops contains comprehensive information on the tools, materials, and techniques you’ll need to create kitchen cabinets and countertops, bathroom cabinets and vanities, and even sturdy utility cabinets for the basement, garage, or home workshop. This book is packed with valuable information on selecting and ordering stock cabinets, including tips for assessing quality and suggestions for combining stock cabinets in innovative ways. It also has full, step-by-step instructions for building your own custom cabinets from sheetgoods and hardwood. Traditional joinery methods are shown, as well as how to use newer, knockdown hardware and modern fasteners. Techniques for making custom doors and drawers are shown in full detail, with helpful plan drawings and clear step-by-step photos. Finishing, customizing, and upgrading material is also included in the book. In the countertops section, you will find complete instructions for making and installing every popular countertop type, including post-form, custom laminate, ceramic tile, granite tile, poured concrete, and butcher block. You’ll even find projects for working with solid-surfacing countertop material. Backsplash options are shown as well, along with instructions for drilling and cutting granite and marble materials and mounting all types of sinks and faucets./div

 

Simply-Built Furniture

Danny Proulx
Keep it simple, keep it basic, keep it fun!

Simply-Built Furniture is part of Danny Proulx's legacy to the woodworking world. He showed us that furniture doesn't have to be ornate or highly decorated to achieve a "timeless" status. Sometimes simple is best. Simple lines and simple joinery.

This collection brings together special projects from Proulx's 16 books—most of which are now out of print—with pieces such as a rustic pine chest of drawers, a bed with built-in storage, a window seat, a contemporary display cabinet, a tall bookcase, an armoire work center, a writing desk, a memorabilia sideboard, and more.

Both beginning and experienced woodworkers will appreciate Proulx's no-nonsense approach to woodworking and his easy style of teaching, as well as the minimal time and materials needed to create these beautiful projects that are more than a just another piece of furniture for your homes.

The projects in this book will fit in almost any design setting and won't become passe after a few years. And best of all, you can build this furniture with basic woodworking tools and easy-to-find materials. It's really very simple.

The Weekend Woodworker's Project Collection: 40 Projects for the Time-Challenged Craftsman

Editors of Popular Woodworking
Pick a Project, Finish It in a Weekend

Do you have time only during weekends to immerse yourself in your woodworking? If so, then The Weekend Woodworker's Project Collection is for you. This book has 40 projects from which to choose and, depending on the level of your woodworking skills, any of them can be completed in one or two weekends.

Projects include:
  • a game box
  • a jewelry box
  • several styles of bookcases and shelves
  • 5 mirror/picture frames
  • and more

And, you can choose from Arts and Crafts, Chippendale, Shaker, Federal, Contemporary, Greene & Greene or American Country furniture styles.

So, pick a project and get started—time's a wastin'!

The Workbench Design Book: The Art & Philosophy of Building Better Benches

Christopher Schwarz

The follow-up book to Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use

Complete plans, expert instruction and rationale for building nine workbench formsInstruction on improving existing workbenches for better workholding and an improved woodworking shop.

The Workbench Design Book not only shows how to design a workbench—it also discusses and presents nine specific designs plus critiques of 10 additional workbenches, with suggestions for making any bench work most effectively for the kind of work the user does. The 9 workbench plans have a range suitable for all workshop needs, from handwork to power tools. A discussion of workbench design rules teach what's effective and why in a multitude of workshop situations. Additional workholding options—from shop-made jigs and commercial bench dogs to vise hardware—are also provided.

Joinery Tips & Techniques

Editors of Popular Woodworking
From Dados to Dovetails - It's All Here!

From the lowly butt joint to the vaunted dovetail, joinery makes a woodworking project stronger, attractive and durable. Learn how to make the most common woodworking joints using hand tools and power tools, with tips to speed and improve your work. Also included are plans for jigs to make your work easier and more precise, advice on building frame-and-panel doors and step-by-step instructions for lots of dovetails, including sliding dovetails. If you're just starting out in woodworking, or if you're looking for a way to just improve, we've got the joint for you!

Wood Finishing 101: The Step-by-Step Guide

Bob Flexner

Wood finishing doesn't have to be complicated or confusing. It can be "boiled down" to simple step-by-step instructions. And that's what this book offers; no science, no art, just easily-to-follow directions with lots of pictures to show you every step of the process.

Inside, you'll find specific instructions on how to finish common woods using widely-available finishing materials—the kind of wood, stains and finish coats every home center, paint store or hardware store carries. Just match the wood to the final color and result you want. Then follow the step-by-step instructions and eliminate the guesswork.

Wood Finishing 101 is by Bob Flexner, who has been writing about and teaching wood finishing to hobbyists and professionals for over 20 years. Let Bob's years of experience guide you to beautiful results using his easy to understand directions.

Measure Twice, Cut Once: Simple Steps to Measure, Scale, Draw and Make the Perfect Cut-Every Time., Edition 3

Jim Tolpin
The First Book a Woodworker Needs! Professional woodworker Jim Tolpin offers solid instruction on the principles of measurement and proportion, walking you through every step of the woodworking process. From design and layout to developing a cutting list, his easy-to-follow style introduces a variety of tools (new and old) used to transfer measurements accurately to the wood. You'll learn the best cutting techniques, how to prevent mistakes before they happen, and for those unavoidable mistakes, you'll learn how to fix them so no one will know!

I Can Do That! Woodworking Projects - Updated and Expanded: Edition 2

Editors of Popular Woodworking
Updated and Expanded!

Beginning woodworkers are constantly stymied by the apparent need for thousands of pounds worth of tools to start their hobby. Once they have the tool, they face a learning curve to understand how to use the tool. The next problem is finding wood to build the projects. Not everyone has a lumberyard nearby.

This book shows you how to build quality furniture projects that can be completed by any woodworker with a modest (but decent) kit of tools in less than two days of shop time, and using raw materials that are available at any home center. The enclosed tool manual explains all the tools and shows you how to perform the basic operations in a step-by-step format.

Easy-to-Build Outdoor Projects: 29 Projects for Your Yard and Garden

Editors of Popular Woodworking Magazine
Build Your Own Backyard Getaway!

From Adirondack chairs and porch swings, to birdhouses and potting benches, Easy-to-Build Outdoor Projects is filled with the types of practical and attractive projects woodworkers love to build. The plans are simple - many only require a handful of tools - and every project comes with step-by-step instructions. Also, the expert woodworkers who created the projects paid special attention to proper material selection and durable finishes to help defeat damage caused by sun, wind and rain. The result: You'll end up with beautiful pieces that will look great for years.

The Woodworker's Guide to Pricing Your Work

Dan Ramsey
You're thinking about selling your woodworking projects, but what should you charge for them? How can you set a price that's too good to pass up without selling your work short? Dan Ramsey answers these questions and more in this newly revised edition of his woodworking standard. Using updated advice and information, he shows you how other woodworkers set their prices and sell their products, including crafts, carvings, folk art, turnings, clocks, furniture and cabinetry. Turn your hobby into a profit center as you learn how to: Estimate your average materials cost per project Determine the value of your woodworking skills Increase your income without sacrificing your work's quality - or your enjoyment Sell customers on the value of your work - not the price Negotiate for fun and profit Build repeat and referral business Develop the right business image and marketing plan Manage your budget and cash flow Market your work at craft fairs and through retailers Ramsey also includes a wide variety of business forms and planning sheets you can copy for your own use. So what's the bottom line? Including this book in your woodworking library will add the art and craft of pricing to your woodworking skills, and money to your bank account!

The Perfect Edge: The Ultimate Guide to Sharpening for Woodworkers

Ron Hock
Sharp Tools Work Better!

If you've never experienced the pleasure of using a really sharp tool, you're missing one of the real pleasures of woodworking. In The Perfect Edge, the mystery of the elusive sharp edge is solved by long-time sharpening expert and tool maker Ron Hock. You'll soon find how easy and safe hand tools are to use.

This book covers all the different sharpening methods so you can either improve your sharpening techniques using your existing set-up, or determine which one will best suit you needs and budget. Ron shows you the tricks and offers expert advice to sharpen all your woodworking tools, plus a few around-the-house tools that also deserve a perfect edge.

Danny Proulx's 50 Shop-Made Jigs & Fixtures: Jigs & Fixtures For Every Tool in Your Shop

Danny Proulx
Any savvy woodworker knows that the right jigs and fixtures can greatly expand your capabilities and creativity in the shop. In fact, they'll allow you to perform many tasks that a basic table saw, router, drill press, band saw, or other machine simply can't do alone. In this book, woodworking expert Danny Proulx presents a superb collection of woodworking jigs and fixtures that you can make yourself. They'll help you with everything from sawing panels, tenons, and tapers to routing dadoes, arcs, and circles. You'll discover jigs for making better frame-and-panel doors on the router table, and fixtures that will make gluing up miters and other difficult-to-clamp joints a breeze. Among other things, you'll find plans for a band saw fence that adjusts for blade drift, and a jig for quickly aligning your table saw fence. All of these invaluable shop helpers are easy to build from commonly available materials and supplies. You make these jigs, and they'll make you a better woodworker. Count on it.

The Table Book: 35 Classic to Contemporary Projects

Editors of Popular Woodworking
Build a table of any style for any occasion

Need a table? The Table Book is just what you need. It contains 35 projects to choose from, each with complete plans, cutting lists and detailed step-by-step instructions. You can learn new woodworking techniques or improve or update your skills. Here are some of the table styles you can choose to build:

  • Shaker candle stand
  • Greene & Greene table
  • Stickley poppy table
  • Porringer side table
  • Prairie-style coffee table
  • Maloof table
  • Creole table
  • Queen Anne side table
  • Modern occasional table
  • Nakashima-inspired table
  • and 25 more!

The Backyard Lumberjack: The Ultimate Guide to Felling, Bucking, Splitting & Stacking

Frank Philbrick
"The Philbricks offer buying advice based on the quantity of wood to be cut and the amount of time to be spent on the job. Diagrams of chainsaw parts, functions, and maintenance requirements; tables and charts of saw specifications and firewood volume; and personal cautionary tales of on-the-job injuries arm potential lumberjacks with the necessary tools to make informed choices ... move on to detailed instructions on managing a woodlot, felling and bucking, splitting and stacking, and even include fun facts on burning. For every lumberjack chore they offer advice on equipment (chaps, helmets, felling wedges, hatchets, mauls, peeves), careful procedural instruction, safety and efficiency strategies, and always their humorous anecdotes and tales of tree adventure."--Publisher description.

Box by Box: 21 Projects for Developing Your Woodworking Skills

Jim Stack
Hone Your Woodworking Skills One Box at a Time

When it comes to great woodworking projects, it's hard to beat boxes. Using a minimal amount of materials, you can craft wonderful gifts or items for sale. And it's a great opportunity to use those pieces of special wood you've been hoarding.

The real trick to successful box-making is coming up with the right designs. If you've been looking for attractive box projects that suit your particular tools and abilities, you've picked the right book. In these pages, you'll find plans for 21 delightful boxes along with step-by-step instructions for making them. They include lovely, simple creations that a novice can make with just a few hand tools, all the way through designs with drawers and dovetail joinery that will provide experienced woodworkers with an exciting challenge.

Regardless of your woodworking experience, building these boxes provides a world of fun and the opportunity to develop new skills. In the process, you'll become a better woodworker—bit by bit, and box by box.

Puzzle Boxes: Fun and Intriguing Bandsaw Projects

Jeff Vollmer
Unlocking the Secrets of the Puzzle Box

Have you ever thought inside the box? These band-sawn boxes could be the most intriguing and fun projects you've ever made.

Author Jeff Vollmer describes his boxes as key-and-slide–cut a dovetail key, cut a slider piece, cut another key, cut another slider. That's the puzzle or "combination" you use to get to the chamber or heart of the box.

Then you cut out the guts of the box to create a chamber. But wait, there's more! Then you cut another box from the guts, then another box or drawer from those pieces, then another and maybe another until things get too small to handle safely.

Any type wood can be used to make these boxes–wood with holes, cracks, splits, insect and wormholes, spalting and burls. Jeff calls these flaws "opportunities" to become creative.

Please note that the digital version of this book does not include the accompanying DVD.

PlyDesign: 73 Distinctive DIY Projects in Plywood (and other sheet goods)

Philip Schmidt
PlyDesign presents 73 ideas for sleek, smart home furnishings that you can make from off-the-shelf sheet materials using only basic hand and power tools. With designs contributed by more than 50 creative builders across North America, the projects include tables, stools, workstations, benches, laptop stands, shelves, art panels, organizers, headboards, doghouses, dollhouses, and more. A photo of each finished project is accompanied by a list of needed tools and materials, cutting and assembly diagrams, and clear step-by-step instructions.

Hand Tool Essentials: Refine Your Power Tool Projects with Hand Tool Techniques

Popular Woodworking Editors
Hand and Power Tools Work Best Together

In today's world of more-power-is-better, it's easy to overlook the value of hand tools. What most woodworker's don't realize is that combining both hand and power tool worlds is the best way to produce the highest quality woodworking.

In Hand Tool Essentials you'll learn how to choose and use hand tools for chopping, cutting, paring, sawing, marking, drilling and more. Many of the tools are familiar, but others will surprise you with their usefulness. Though they've been around for hundreds (or thousands) of years, these tools have gotten lost in the rush of the industrial revolution. Rediscovering the value of these tools in your woodworking will also give you a better understanding of how your power tools work.

But this book is more than about how to use hand tools. It's about using hand tools in balance with power tools to save you time, provide a more pleasant woodworking experience and ultimately give you a better woodworking project.

How To Build Shaker Furniture: The Complete Updated & Improved Classic

Tom Moser

The Shakers produced many incredible furniture objects that we continue to venerate today. For the woodworker the fascination is often rooted in the essential simplicity of the work. Interest in Shaker design is as strong today as it was when the first edition of this book was published in 1977, possibly stronger. This ongoing interest is the direct result of the inherent beauty of Shaker design—beauty that stems not only from form, but from superb workmanship, a commitment to utility and a total understanding of material.

Bill Hylton's Frame & Panel Magic

Bill Hylton
Build Cabinets That Exceed Every Expectation

Whether you're a first-time woodworker or a seasoned pro, Bill Hylton's Frame & Panel Magic will immediately (and magically) transform the way you build absolutely everything. Frame-and-panel doors and cabinet sides are your ticket to building projects that are stronger, more attractive and impervious to the seasonal expansion and contraction of solid wood.

Mastering this tricky skill normally requires years of practice - until now. Woodworking wizard Bill Hylton has developed amazing yet simple methods that allow woodworkers to make any frame-and-panel door or cabinet side they desire.

With ground-breaking techniques and simple templates you'll learn how to make:
  • Simple Shaker-style doors with flat panels that will last hundreds of years
  • Traditional period-furniture doors that will please the most finicky customer (or family member)
  • An entire kitchen of detailed doors in just one day
  • Custom veneered doors with breathtaking curved profiles
  • Glass-front doors with as many perfectly fitted panes as you desire
  • Seemingly impossible cathedral doors that you can churn out with ease
  • And more

Building Doors and Drawers: A Complete Guide to Design and Construction - Dovetailed Drawers, Utility Drawers, Cabinet Doors, Special Doors, Hardware

Andy Rae

No matter what kind of cabinet you're building, it's the doors that get most of the attention.

Everyone can see the doors -- so you want them to be attractive. And everyone will interact with them, too -- so you want them to be sturdy and functional.

In this new DVD on Building Doors, master woodworker Andy Rae shows you how to build all kinds of doors -- each with its own unique style and functionality -- depending on how you plan to use a particular cabinet.

Because each type of door is built for its own specific application, it requires slightly different skills, techniques and procedures. And they're all demonstrated here -- with clear, close-up shots of every detail, step-by-step instructions and lots of inside tips from a real pro.

Here are some of the topics you'll learn about in this comprehensive DVD.

  • Design variations
  • First build the cabinet
  • Sizing the doors to the case
  • Creating door joints
  • Making breadboard doors, frame-and-panel doors, cope-and-stick doors, and simple glass doors
  • Smoothing a door
  • Choosing hinges
  • Hanging a door
  • Handles, pulls, latches, catches and stops

Whether you're a trim carpenter or a weekend woodworker interested in building your skills, this valuable DVD will give you all the advice you need to create any kind of cabinet door.

A Gathering of Spoons: The Design Gallery of the World's Most Stunning Wooden Art Spoons

Norman D. Stevens
"Featuring over 200 hand-carved art spoons, "A Gathering of Spoons" is the definitive photographic record of the world's most brilliant and beautiful examples of art spoon design. Spoonmaking has been a respected craft and art form in many cultures for centuries, providing not just utilitarian tools but also revered and powerful ceremonial and symbolic objects. Artists and craftspeople from many walks of life are exploring this ancient tool of daily life and creating designs that hark back to centuries of tradition but also speak to contemporary life. "A Gathering of Spoons" celebrates the resurgence of spooncarving in recent years. Presenting a dazzling variety of forms, materials, and carving techniques, "A Gathering of Spoons" presents the finest work in spoonmaking from around the world. Each piece is beautifully photographed to present its unique visual appeal, making "A Gathering of Spoons" a fascinating visual record of great art in an unusual form"--

Building Cabinets, Bookcases & Shelves: 29 Step-by-Step Projects to Beautify Your Home

Editors of Popular Woodworking
A Place for Everything...

Whether you need storage for books, DVDs, games or clothes, you'll find attractive, custom options in this book. Open shelving? An enclosed cabinet? A classic bookcase? They're all here. Building Bookcases, Cabinets and Shelves offers 29 storage solutions in a variety of styles and sizes with both open and enclosed storage. Each project includes cutting lists, step-by-step instructions and tips and advice from professional woodworkers who have made each piece. Best of all, you can build them just as they are, or customize further to make each piece uniquely yours.

The Pocket Hole Drilling Jig Project Book

Danny Proulx
Building gorgeous furniture is easier than ever with the pocket hole jig

The pocket hole jig has revolutionized how joints are made. Not only does this innovative tool produce a strong, durable joint without special clamps or fasteners, but the pocket hole jig actually allows you to build stunning furniture without the use of expensive machinery.

The Pocket Hole Drilling Jig Project Book is the first book to teach the limitless applications of this time-saving joinery system. You'll learn its dozens of uses through 11 step-by-step projects, including a:

  • Bookcase
  • Quilt rack
  • Window bench
  • Chest of drawers
  • Display cabinet
  • Sofa table
In addition, you'll receive instructions for building your own jig. Construction notes and shop tips show you how to customize each project to your specific need. The pocket hole jig will soon be your favorite tool, and with this book, you'll master all of its uses.

How to Design and Build Your Ideal Woodshop

Bill Stankus
Turn your vision of the perfect woodshop into reality!

Picture your ideal woodshop: tools neatly stored within the reach, plenty of space for lumber and materials, ample ventilation, lighting and electrical outlets. Everything you need, exactly the way you want it.

Whether your woodshop is in the garage, basement, outbuilding, attic or even a closet, you can make the most of your space and bring your ideal woodshop to life. The invaluable advice, layouts and planning tips inside show you how.

From space management and tool setup to noise reduction and dust control, Bill Stankus covers every subject in detail. He takes a logical approach to woodshop organization, showing you dozens of ways to achieve optimum efficiency for less time and money. In this completely revised edition, you'll learn how to:

  • Plan your ideal woodshop--everything from lumber storage and ventilation to dust collection and lighting
  • Avoid potential mistakes and injuries with safety-first checklists
  • Make your woodshop environment comfortable and cozy
  • Maximize space with ideas for building mobile storage units and workstations
  • Create useful storage space and the perfect workbench
  • Customize your woodshop, while considering layout and budget issues
Seven examples of actual "ideal" workshops, with insights and ideas from the woodworkers who designed them, help illustrate every guideline and tip.

You can begin transforming the space you've got into the shop you dream about--quickly, practically and effectively.

Woodshop Storage Solutions: 16 Projects for Maximizing Your Workspace

Ralph Laughton
Projects for reinventing your woodshop

Are you constantly looking for better and more efficient ways of storing and using your tools? By the time you've collected your tools, gathered materials and started working on your woodworking projects, space can be at a premium. This book contains 16 ingenious projects that will make your woodshop totally efficient, extremely flexible and very safe.

Projects include:

  • Chisel rack
  • Sandpaper press
  • Small-items chest
  • Router-cutters-storage cabinet
  • Drill press cabinet
  • Tool tote and stool
  • Small offcuts storage trolley
  • Wall-hung tool cabinet
  • Downdraft table
  • Clamp rack
  • Mobile table saw stand
  • Outfeed table
  • Freestanding cabinet
  • Router trolley
  • Computer station
  • Router table

Simply Beautiful Boxes

Doug Stowe
Doug Stowe's boxes are more than functional; they're inspired objects of beauty. Now you can recreate the same elegance in your own workshop with these 15 gorgeous boxes.

Featuring a wide range of styles, these boxes embody the skill, artistry and innovation that has made Doug Stowe's work prized by collectors. From a simple ring box to an elaborate relief-carved jewelry box, you'll find, among others, these perfect pieces to suit your skills:

  • Inlaid Walnut Ring Box
  • Bracelet Box
  • Lathe-Turned Ring Box
  • Wedding Ring Music Box
  • Winter Woods Box
  • Triangle Ring Box
  • Pin Cabinet
  • Cherry Jewelry Chest
  • Tribute to American Linden
  • Reliquary & Reverence
To help you craft each unique project, this guide includes step-by-step instruction, drawings, corresponding cutting lists, full-color photos and sidebars that detail the most difficult steps. Stowe also encourages you make each box your own by customizing his designs and selecting alternative woods and finishes.

With Doug Stowe's guidance, you'll build more than boxes; you'll craft treasured heirlooms as precious as the objects you place inside of them. Take this guide and experience the satisfaction of creating simply beautiful boxes.

Woodworking FAQ: The Workshop Companion: Build Your Skills and Know-How for Making Great Projects

Spike Carlsen
Do you have questions about woodworking? Spike Carlsen has the answers! Woodworking FAQ has everything you want to know, whether you're a beginner planning your first project or an experienced crafter putting in cabinets or making furniture. This book is like a master carpenter standing at your elbow to answer questions as they arise, including: How do I make base molding 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? With its comprehensive information, friendly question-and-answer format, and convenient lay-flat binding, Woodworking FAQ will be the most important tool in your workshop.

 

Flexner on Finishing: Finally - Answers to Your Wood Finishing Fears & Frustrations

Bob Flexner
Everything You Need to Finish Your Woodworking Projects Like a Pro No more mystery. No more hype. Told as it is. Take control of finishing by learning how to use the many finishes available--and what those products actually are. In this book, his first since Understanding Wood Finishing, Bob Flexner delves deeper into many of the issues woodworkers struggle with and he does it with an authority that leave no doubt. Inside, you'll discover the truth about: - Wood Preparation - Choosing a Finish - Coloring Wood - Brushing & Spraying - Overcoming Finishing Problems - Finishing Myths - Repairing Finishes - And So Much More! BONUS CHAPTER on Furniture Repair!

The Complete Guide to Building Your Own Tree House: For Parents and Adults Who Are Kids at Heart

Charles Wesley Orton

As children, many people dreamed of having a tree house, a place where they could get away to play and relax. Today, more and more people are making this dream a reality for their children, especially in the United States, England, Germany, France, and Brazil but it does not have to be just for children. (In fact, Corbin Dunn, 31, took up a permanent residence in a tree house in Santa Cruz, California for five years.) The Complete Guide to Building Your Own Tree House will show you how to create one of these sky-high getaways, whether it is a child s play area or an adult hideaway.

The oldest documented tree house is located in England on the grounds of Pitchford Hall and dates back to the 17th century. This proves that a tree house can be a lasting investment, especially if you choose the right tree and the right materials. This book will show you how to select a tree, prepare the tree, purchase the best materials, use the right tools, and buy lumber. You will learn about the tree house basics and the anatomy of a stable tree house, including four corners, diagonal support, sturdy flooring, a reliable ladder and railing, and a leak-proof roof.

In this book you will also learn about waterproofing, safety precautions, and building regulations and restrictions. You will be provided with design, building, and decorating tips, as well as non-technical drawings to aid you in the building process. You will learn about supports, windows, skylights, and tree house designs, such as shingled, two trees and two posts, and perch. Also included is an additional section on all the accessories you can add on to your house, like a ladder hoist, a fireman’s pole, swings, a zip line, a pulley and basket, a crow’s nest, a rope bridge, slides, and a trap door.

Whether you are building a tree house for your child or for yourself, The Complete Guide to Building Your Own Tree House will provide you with dozens of helpful tips, tricks, and suggestions from people who have already undertaken this endeavor. With the help of this book, your treetop hideaway will quickly become a reality. The companion CD-ROM is included with the print version of this book; however is not available for download with the electronic version.  It may be obtained separately by contacting Atlantic Publishing Group at sales@atlantic-pub.com

Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president’s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice.  Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.

Crown Molding and Trim: Install It Like a Pro!

Wayne Drake
This unique book (printed in full color) contains all the information needed to cut and install crown molding and trim. Cathedral/vaulted ceilings are rarely attempted because of the many diverse compound miter joints necessary. With our easy to follow 3-Step Method, written for the novice do-it-yourself person and the professional alike, you will be amazed how easy it is. This 141-page "Crown Molding & Trim" book contains over 400 color photographs and illustrations with easy-to-understand instructions. Nowhere else will you find cutting and installing crown molding for horizontal or cathedral/vaulted ceilings made so quick and easy. The Crown Molding & Trim book also contains our proven easy-to-use Miter Table, Crown Molding Table, and Compound Miter Chart which contain over 24,000 saw settings. Create inexpensive decorative crown molding shelves, fireplace mantels, crown molding cornices, and shadow boxes. Create beautiful multi-sided birdhouses, gazebos and flowerpots. Master any compound miter angle. Guaranteed! This is the only book that you will find anywhere that actually tells the novice do-it-yourself person the exact miter and blade tilt settings to easily cut any compound miter joint. With the Crown Molding & Trim book and a set of 4 True Angle Tools, you will easily be able to cut and install all of the crown molding and trim in your home.

Building the Perfect Tool Chest

Jim Stack
Build the tool chest of your dreams! Why spend money on prepackaged tool boxes when you can make something better from scratch - a tool box tailored to your specific needs? In Building the Perfect Tool Chest, master craftsman Jim Stack provides complete materials lists, plans and step-by-step instructions for building 15 stylish, yet practical, designs. Perfect for hand tools and power tools alike, projects range from elegant rolling cabinets to utilitarian tote boxes - a selection that ensures something for every woodworker, no matter what your level of skill. It's all the guidance you need to craft the tool chest design you've been dreaming of - classic, contemporary or uniquely your own! Projects include: Handy box Small tool chest Tool caddy Ten-drawer chest Jim's toolbox Rolling tool cabinet Cabinetmaker's chest Journeyman's tote box Sliding-door cabinet Plane cabinet & case Pegboard-lover's cabinet Fly-tying box Southwestern chest Curved-front chest 21st-century tool cabinet

Popular Woodworking's Arts & Crafts Furniture: 25 Projects For Every Room In Your Home

Popular Woodworking Editors
Timeless Style and Simplicity

Simple and beautiful, Arts & Crafts furniture designs offer an excellent learning medium for furniture building. The Arts & Crafts style allows the craftsman to build a quality piece of furniture in a reasonable amount of time while providing a very successful and satisfying experience.

This book offers a collection of twenty-five Arts & Crafts furniture projects for every room in your home. Some of the projects are accurate reproductions of the original furniture pieces, while others are loving adaptations of the style. In addition to the projects in the book, we've included a Bonus CD-ROM with ten furniture projects and ten technique articles to provide even more information on construction and finishing.

This book represents a collection of projects that the Popular Woodworking staff considers to be some of the most visually appealing pieces of furniture ever created.

Building Woodshop Workstations

Danny Proulx
Transform your woodshop to suit your needs! Whether you want more workspace or just a more efficient setup, here are all the designs you need to build the workshop of your dreams. Danny Proulx provides detailed plans and easy-to-follow instructions for building self-contained units for every tool and related accessory. These 12 problem-solving projects are guaranteed to give your woodshop new life by maximizing space and increasing shop efficiency. Each design ensures that the wrenches, blades, jigs and attachments for all of your tools are within arm's reach. It's the perfect setup for working more effectively with your table saw, drill press, miter saw, sharpening stones and more. Includes these 12 problem-solving projects: Base- and Wall-Mounted Cabinets Practical Workbench Power Miter Saw Station Multifunction Power Tool Cabinet Power Tool Storage Station Mobile Table Saw Center Router Table Cabinet Drill Press Center Tool Sharpening and Maintenance Station Mobile Workbench and Tool Cabinet Saw Outfeed Table and Storage Cabinet Shop Made 12" Disc Sander

Arts & Crafts Furniture Anyone Can Make

David Thiel
Good Looking and Simple

Furniture doesn't have to be complicated to be good looking. By reducing classic Arts & Crafts furniture designs to their basics, then adding simple, screw-together joinery, anyone can build great-looking furniture. Using basic tools (jigsaw, miter saw or circular saw and a cordless drill) even as a first-time woodworker you can successfully create a piece of furniture in a weekend that you'll proudly display for years.

Each of the traditional (and some original) have designs in Arts & Crafts Furniture Anyone Can Make have been adjusted for size to accommodate the standard poplar, red oak or pine boards readily available at your local home center. The boards are sold cut to thickness and width, so with most of the projects all you need to do is cut the pieces to length and put them together. Even the finishes used are "off-she-shelf," relying on stains, paints and finish coats that are sold in any home center, and are easy to apply.

Pick up some supplies today and build one of these classic projects!

Popular Woodworking Practical Shop Math

Tom Begnal
Multiply your woodworking talents

There's no getting around it: woodworking involves math. If you don't know how to do basic calculations, you'll be at somewhat of a disadvantage as a woodworker. On the other hand, if you know how to work with fractions, decimals, angles, and geometric shapes, you'll expand your capabilities in the shop many times over.

Don't worry if you've struggled with shop math in the past. You hold the solutions in your hands. In these pages, you'll discover simple approaches for everything from adding fractions and decimals to laying out ellipses, octagons, and other shapes that will expand your design repertoire. You'll learn:

  • how to easily calculate the proper amount of wood and finishes you'll need for projects
  • how to convert a furniture photo into a dimensional drawing
  • how to adjust the speed of a machine by combining the correct sizes of pulleys, and lots more
Add it all up, and it makes for a great buy in a shop book.

David Thiel's Power Tool Maintenance: Peak Performance and Safety for Life

David Thiel
Get a Lifetime of Peak Performance from Your Woodworking Power Tools

Taking care of your tools is important. You want them to work and you want them to last. Both financially and emotionally, woodworkers make a significant

The Everything Woodworking Book: A Beginner's Guide To Creating Great Projects From Start To Finish

Jim Stack
The Everything Woodworking Book is an essential guide for tapping into the exciting world of woodcraft. Popular Woodworking's Jim Stack packs tons of practical information-from learning how to set up shop by selecting the right tools to understanding the fundamentals of basic woodworking joints and furniture design-into one comprehensive package. Filled with easy-to-follow techniques, two-color inserts, and dozens of clear black-and-white photographs, the reader is shown how to build more than a dozen essential shop and furniture projects, including:

  • A small table
  • An outdoor chair
  • A hanging pine cabinet
  • A set of kitchen cabinets

This handy beginner's guide is perfect for the casual hobbyist who has the tools but doesn't know how to get started using them.

Chairmaking Simplified: 24 Projects Using Shop-Made Jigs

Kerry Pierce
The fear of chairmaking is gone!

Worried that you don't have what it takes to create stunning and comfortable chairs? From getting the perfect angle to making sure the size is just right and that each chair is comfortable - chairmaking can be a daunting task for any woodworker. But, never fear! Author Kerry Pierce draws upon decades of professional chairmaking experience to provide a handful of simple jigs that take the fear out of chairmaking.

This book shows you how to make a variety of styles and types of chairs, from a ladder-back Shaker chair to a continuous-arm Windsor chair. You'll learn how to weave tape and rush seats, carve and shape wooden seats and much more.

Precision Trim Carpentry

Rick Williams
Do it yourself - and do it right! This invaluable book provides all the instruction you need to craft professional-level precision trim carpentry. Inside you'll find start-to-finish guidelines and step-by-step photos that make any project easy. Want to trim a door? Replace a window? Install wainscot panels? Whatever the job at hand, master carpenter Rick Williams makes sure you have the information you need to do it right. He'll show you how to create: Wood-cased window trim Wood-cased openings between rooms Closet bypass doors Closet bifold doors Baseboards Paint-grade wainscot Stain-grade wainscot Replacement doors Parquet flooring Interior house doors Farm-style door trim Crown moulding Closet organizers Built-in cabinets Doing these home repairs and projects yourself is a great way to save money, add to your woodworking skills and have fun - all at the same time!

Quick & Easy Jigs and Fixtures

Kerry Pierce
Simple, Astonishingly Effective Jigs You've Never Seen Anywhere Else

Add speed, accuracy and ease to almost every operation in your shop with this book of 16 ingenious jigs, clever workshop aids and amazing devices that you s

Bill Hylton's Ultimate Guide to the Router Table

Bill Hylton
The first operator's manual for the router table

If you don't have a router table in your shop yet, you should! The router table opens up a whole new world of using the router that simply can't be done using it any other way. Operations such as edge profiling, making mouldings, cutting lock-miter joints, box joints, rabbets, grooves, splined miters, using templates, pin routing and more can be done using a router table. Using this book, you'll learn basic router-table knowledge, safety issues, setup fundamentals, feed direction and workpiece control. Also, you'll learn about specific operations unique to the router table and how to do them safely.

Whittlin' Whistles: How to Make Music with Your Pocket Knife

Rick Wiebe
One of the signature projects whittlers enjoy working on is the whistle, and this book addresses each and every detail of successful whistle making. With a pocket knife and some readily available materials, most of which can be gathered from nature, beginning carvers will produce fun and attractive whistles that they can show off to their friends. Designed to be understandable to both younger readers and adult beginners, the book features numerous full-color instructional photos for each project and provides a strong emphasis on safety and tool care. Featured projects include the classic slip bark whistle, tube whistles, a kazoo, a vuvuzuela, and reed whistles.

Cutting-Edge Table Saw Tips & Tricks

Kenneth Burton
Get more out of your table saw! The table saw is the most versatile power tool in your shop. Unfortunately, many woodworkers don't realize it! Cutting-Edge Table Saw Tips & Tricks will make woodworking a lot easier no matter what your skill level. Kenneth Burton illustrates how important and efficient your table saw can be with dozens of tricks, techniques and jigs that cover everything from crafting precision joinery to accurately cutting and fitting angles. Each technique is easy, safe and certain to save you time and money. Get started today with any of the three bonus projects inside. You'll also find dozens of practical solutions to complex and "impossible" woodworking situations - helpful hints that make every minute in your woodshop more effective and fun.

The Village Carpenter: The Classic Memoir of the Life of a Victorian Craftsman

Walter Rose
First published in 1937, this woodworking classic reveals a fascinating look into the social structure of a 19th-century English town and a carpenter's place in it. Encapsulating a time prior to power tools and mass production, when woodworkers made virtually everything, Walter Rose writes eloquently on a number of topics, including running a country business; the carpenter's shop; working on a farm, new home, and windmill; undertaking; and furniture repairs. Manifesting the importance of skill and the attitudes of the craftsman to his tools and work, this book will be of great interest to any carpenter or woodworker with an appreciation for the history of their craft.

Acoustics of Wood

Voichita Bucur
The book 'Acoustics of Wood' is devoted to those aspects related to the development of acoustic methods as an effective means for examining physical properties of wood through an interdisciplinary approach. The main parts of the book are: environmental acoustics, material characterization and quality assessment. In the first part of the book a discussion of the physical phenomena associated with the propagation of acoustic waves in forests is presented. The behavior of wood and wood-based composites as materials used in architectural acoustics is also discussed. The second part was written in response to practical considerations about wood uses. This part provides an introductory understanding of basic aspects related to the theory of waves propagation in anisotropic solids, experimental methods for acoustics and mechanic characterization of wood, examination of wood anisotropy using ultrasonic parameters. In the third part wood quality assessment is discussed. Wood used for musical instruments has the most remarkable quality, with unique acoustic properties. In contrast with wood for musical instruments, free of defects, in common wood the defects are always present. Ultrasonic velocity method, acoustic emission method, acousto-ultrasonic techniques are used for the detection of defects in standing trees, solid wood and wood-based composites. High-energy ultrasonic treatment for wood processing such as drying, defibering, cutting and plasticizing are described in the last chapter.

Primary Wood Processing: Principles and Practice

J. C. F. Walker
This book is primarily a general text covering the whole sweep of the forest industries. The over-riding emphasis is on a clear, simple interpretation of the underlying science, demonstrating how such principles apply to processing operations. The book starts by considering the broad question 'what is wood?' by looking at the biology, chemistry and physics of wood structure (first 4 chapters). This sets the scene. Next key chapters examine 'wood quality' – explaining how and why wood quality can be so variable and implications for processing. Finally, in a series of chapters, various 'industrial processes' are reviewed and interpreted. The 2nd Edition is a total revision. A few chapters remain relatively unchanged (no change for the sake of change). Many have been totally rewritten. All chapters have been written by specialists, but the presentation targets a generalist audience.

Danny Proulx's Toolboxes & Workbenches: 13 Fast & Easy Projects

Danny Proulx
Build toolboxes and workbenches tailored to suit your needs!

Why spend countless hours and valuable dollars searching for storage solutions to fit your unique space, needs and wants? Now you can build the perfect toolbox and workbench to meet your specific requirements. Master craftsman Danny Proulx shows you how!

Inside Danny Proulx's Toolboxes & Workbenches, you'll find clear, concise instructions and step-by-step photos for creating 13 solid, inexpensive projects. Proulx also provides expert advice and tips on making your workspace safer and cleaner.

Make woodworking easier, more efficient and more fun with the toolboxes and workbenches of your dreams!

Includes 13 easy projects to fit a variety of spaces and uses:

  • Toolbox tote
  • Simple workbench
  • Fold-away work center
  • Rolling tool cabinet
  • Tall storage cabinets
  • Simple sawhorses
  • Rolling shop cart
  • Hand tool wall cabinet
  • Base cabinet work center
  • Carpenter's toolbox
  • Carver's tool chest
  • Mobile tool chest
  • Adjustable worktable

Making Wooden Mechanical Models: 15 Designs with Visible Wheels, Cranks, Pistons, Cogs, and Cams

Alan Bridgewater

There's something intriguing about a machine with well-crafted wooden parts . . . cogs and cams that fit together "just so" to perform a task. There's also precise challenge in building such a wooden wonder - and a special satisfaction in watching the excitement of those who turn the handle to see what happens.

Making Wooden Mechanical Models contains plans for fifteen good-looking and incredibly clever machines with visible wheels, cranks, pistons and other moving parts made of wood. Projects include the:

  • Oil pumping rig
  • Flywheel propeller machine
  • Rack & pinion machine
  • Harmonic oscillation punch machine
  • Reciprocating engine
  • Cam & fork machine
  • Combustion engine
  • Pendulum escapement machine
The plans call for a challenging variety of techniques and procedures - laminating, cutting cyma curves, tenon wedging, precision drilling, pegging, whittling and more.

By completing these projects, woodworkers will gain the know-how to build wooden models of their own design...machines that beg to be set into action, turning the simplest movements into marvelous feats.

Simply Built Cabinets

Danny Proulx
Yes, cabinets are those things that make up the storage in a kitchen. And they are the built-in storage spaces in your bathroom, den and other rooms. But cabinets are also free-standing storage units like bookcases. Building cabinets is really building boxes and there are simple techniques to create solid, quality cabinets that look great.

Learn easy steps for making doors and drawers for your cabinets; how to make counter tops, install hardware and more.

Building Real Furniture for Everyday Life

Chris Gleason
Functional, fashionable, fun-to-build furniture! Break down the barriers that stop you from building the furniture you need. Even if you're short on tools, time or money, you can make practical, sturdy and cool stuff with the help of Chris Gleason - a maverick professional cabinetmaker with a sharp eye for design and little patience for fussy, ornate period furniture. Armed with his revolutionary techniques, you'll learn how to build the sleek and modern furniture found in high-class furniture galleries. And you'll do it without a shop full of tools - or even a shop at all! All it takes are some inexpensive portable power tools and a place to work, like your garage or driveway. Build a curved-side armoire in one day for less than $20! Construct a blanket chest with a stylish angled base for only $40. Make expandable hanging shelves for DVDs and CDs in only an hour. Building Real Furniture for Everyday Life lets you sidestep intimidating traditional furniture techniques and build sensible furniture on a budget. All you need is a place to work, a place to put the finished pieces and the plans in this book.

The Best of Danny Proulx's Storage and Shelving

Danny Proulx
Build useful storage projects for every room in your home including the basement and garage! Who doesn't need more storage? With The Best of Danny Proulx's Storage and Shelving you will have the least cluttered, most organized house on the block. Whether you're an experienced woodworker or just beginning, you'll find advice and guidance for crafting sturdy, great-looking shelves and storage without spending a fortune on materials and expensive tools. Danny Proulx, master cabinetmaker, teacher and author of more than 10 woodworking books, has handpicked 15 of his best home storage and shelving projects for this one-of-a-kind book. He provides you with valuable insights on basic joinery and hardware applications that are the keys to a successful project. You'll also find clear project instructions and step-by-step photos for creating great furniture, including: Kitchen pantry Television armoire Child's storage bed Student's work center Low-cost storage shelving Closet storage And several more The Best of Danny Proulx's Storage and Shelving will get you started building today! With Danny's expert instruction, you'll be able to transform your cluttered space into the beautiful, organized home of your dreams!

Wood Structure and Environment

Fritz Hans Schweingruber
Dendrochronology and wood anatomy developed for decades as two independent scientific fields. It was only in the last decade that it was made clear that the dimension of time is the fourth dimension for both sciences and that it was demonstrated that wood anatomy and dendrochronology are perfect partners. The main aim of this book is to show the hidden ecological richness in stems and roots from trees, shrubs and herbs. It should encourage researchers to consider the anatomic microcosm of wood plants and use it as a retrospective source of information, solving problems related to ecophysiology, competition, site conditions, population biology, earth science, wood quality and even human history.

Building Simple Furniture: Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-06

Cathy Baker

                EASY-TO-BUILD PROJECTS FOR THE WEEKEND WOODWORKER!

Look over the variety of simple wood-working projects in the bulletin and you’ll quickly find something that deserves a place in your home.  A small table for the hallway, perhaps, or an Adirondack chair or picnic set for the deck or garden?

                The good news is that you don’t need to be a master carpenter with a basement full of power tools to craft these handsome and practical items.  With a few simple hand tools and Cathy Baker’s step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow illustrations and diagrams, you can build sturdy, durable, beautiful wooden furniture that you and your family will enjoy for years to come.

                Projects include:

·         Wall shelf

·         Small bench

·         Picnic table and benches

·         Adirondack chair

·         Pump lamp

·         Step stool

·         Storage box

·         Side table