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

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

by Spike Carlsen

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Whether you’re a beginner building your first shelf or an experienced craftsman designing a new gazebo, Spike Carlson has the answers to all of your woodworking questions. You’ll find expert advice on setting up your work area, choosing appropriate tools, working with different types of wood, and building furniture, as well as tips on joinery techniques, custom finishes, and much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603428316
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 04/23/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 995,031
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Spike Carlsen built a tree house at the age of 8 and has been swinging a hammer ever since. He worked as a carpenter and contractor for 15 years, then as an editor with The Family Handyman — the world’s leading DIY magazine — for another 15. He’s the author of the award-winning A Splintered History of Wood, Woodworking FAQ, and The Backyard Homestead of Building Projects. He’s written for Men’s Health, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, American Woodworker, and other publications and has appeared on HGTV, Modern Marvels, and CBS’s The Early Show. He and his wife, Kat, divide their time between their home in Stillwater, Minnesota, and their cabin on Lake Superior.

Table of Contents


1 Setting Up Shop
Your Workspace * Workbenches and Tool Storage * Storing and Handling Lumber * Dust Collection * Electrical, Lighting, and Heating Systems * Safety Gear * First Aid * Project: The 4-hour, 2x4 Workbench

2 Wood & Plywood
Lumber Basics * Movement in Wood * From Log to Board * Wood Selection: Grain and Figure * Plywood Grades, Types, and Cuts * Composite Panels * Moldings * Project: Two Simple Plywood Storage Racks

3 Hand Tools
Some Basics * Measuring and Marking Tools * Squares, Levels, Curves, and Angles * Planes, Chisels, and Scrapers * Sharpening * Hammers * Handsaws * Screwdrivers and Wrenches * Clamps and Clamping * Files and Rasps * Project: Roomy Pegboard Tool Cabinet

4 Portable Power Tools
Drills * Sanders and Portable Power Planers * Jigsaws * Circular Saws * Routers * Tool Care and Maintenance * Project: Router Perch

5 Stationary Power Tools
Table Saws and Radial Arm Saws * Jointers * Thickness Planers and Sanders * Miter Saws * Scrollsaws * Bandsaws * Lathes * Drill Presses * Shapers and Router Tables * Project: Simple Shop Cart

6 Glues & Fasteners
Screws * Nails * Glues and Adhesives * Dowels * Biscuit Joinery * Pocket Screw Joints * Loose Tenon Systems

7 Joints & Special Techniques
Edge-Gluing Boards * Mortise-and-Tenon Joints * Dadoes and Rabbets * Dovetail and Box Joints * Bending and Curving Wood * Veneering, Banding, and Inlays * Carving

8 Building Furniture
Planning * Tables and Desks * Chairs and Stools * Bookcases and Entertainment Centers * Other Types of Furniture * Project: Continuous-Grain Box

9 Cabinets & Countertops
Design Considerations * Cabinets: Doors and Hardware * Drawers * Installing Cabinets * Countertops

10 Windows, Doors & Moldings
Windows and Doors * Base Molding * Crown Molding * Wainscot and Paneling * Project: Extraordinary Wainscoting Using Ordinary Materials * Stairs, Railings, and Columns

11 Other Projects, Inside & Out
Flooring * Remodeling Basics * Storage and Shelving * Picture Frames and Accessories * Toys * Decks, Porches, and Gazebos * Yard and Garden

12 Sanding & Finishing
Sanding * Project: Sandpaper Cutting and Storage Station * Brushes and Spray Equipment * Fillers, Sealers, and Putties * Stains and Dyes * Clear Finishes * Paints and Painting

13 Furniture Refinishing & Repairs
Basic Furniture Repairs * Stripping Furniture * Furniture Refinishing and Touch-Ups


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