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November 18, 2014 at 10:40 AM #1046

Alex Botkin

If you have read a book or seen a video from our library that you liked (or hated) please write a short review here, as a reply to this posting. It will be added to the catalog as well. Give the title and author as the first line.

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November 19, 2014 at 9:40 AM #1048

Alex Botkin

Woodcarver’s Problem Solver, G. Bull, Bar Code 100351
A good book for a total novice, but the content has no relation to the title. It is a Wikipedia for carving. Pretty much any term or concept in woodcarving is described and illustrated. If you want to get up to speed before other books or videos, this is the right book.

January 3, 2015 at 8:33 PM #1077

Western Pennsylvania Woodworkers

Adventures In Wood Finishing, George Frank, 100392
An interesting book that gives many unusual finishing techniques that have varying degrees of practicality. One that I’ve used is darkening cherry with lye and there is discussion of fuming white oak. It is not a comprehensive book on finishing and uses a narrative for the “Adventures”. It broadens your perspective on the possibilities of wood finishing.

January 3, 2015 at 8:44 PM #1078

Western Pennsylvania Woodworkers

Chairmaking & design, Miller, Jeff, 100327
A very detailed book covering the basic chair construction types and many details related to design. This is not a book on Windsor chair making but the ergonomic discussion would apply to any chair type. There is a companion DVD that adds insight on the construction sections.

January 3, 2015 at 9:17 PM #1079

Western Pennsylvania Woodworkers

Table Saw Techniques, Roger W. Cliffe, 100581
Covers many different ways of using a table saw with complete descriptions and pictures. There is coverage of the machines themselves and a few good pages on blade types but the focus is on using a table saw. This is the most complete table saw book I have seen.

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