Synopses & Reviews
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.
"You'll want one for yourself and several to give to your handy friends (or those who just want to learn). Even know-it-all woodworkers are bound to pick up a technique or two, and newcomers will be itching to power up the power tools and get to work."
"A mentor-on-paper, offering tips and guidance that can benefit woodworkers of all skill levels."
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. Presenting comprehensive information in a friendly question-and-answer format, Woodworking FAQ is like a master carpenter standing at your elbow ready to help whenever the need arises."
Build It Right
For the problems and questions that arise as you work through new projects, count on finding the answers in Spike Carlsen's Q&A collection. He offers the know-how and experience to ease you through the trickiest woodworking situations. Answers to common questions, handy tricks of the trade, charts loaded with information, and simple instructions for quick projects will help you improve your woodworking and building skills.
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