Woodshop Library

COMPOUND MITER: THE BEVEL AND MITER ANSWER BOOK, by Eddie Pinto, provides numeric formulas to calculate the figuration for any miter cut. The formulas are based on 360 inside and outside corner angles in increments of 1 degree. In chart format, the formula structure takes the spring angle of inside or outside corners at given degrees, with both the miter and bevel angle settings listed directly below. All pages have quick tabs for locating either inside or outside corners, fractions  and roof pitches. The 280-page softcover sells for $24.95. Contact: Trafford Publishing, Suite 6E - 2333 Government St., Victoria, BC, Canada V8T 4P4. Tel: 250-383-6864. Tel: 888-232-4444. www.trafford.com

TAUNTON'S COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO WOODWORKING, by Lonnie Bird, Jeff Jewitt, Thomas Lie-Nielsen, Andy Rae and Gary Rogowski, is culled from the fist six volumes of Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guides. Organized for quick reference, the book's 1,200 photos and drawings illustrate how to accomplish essential woodworking tasks from setting up a shop to finishing. It thoroughly covers basic fundamental techniques such as dimensioning and shaping wood, case joinery, frame joinery and sharpening. The case joinery section gives a handful of options for the creating the most common joints, such as butt joints, biscuit joints, dowel joints, rabbets, groves, dados, miter joints and dovetails. The authors' combined professional woodworking experience includes making professional furniture, teaching workshops, finishing and manufacturing hand tools. The 311-page hardcover sells for $29.99. Contact: The Taunton Press, 63 S. Main St., P.O. Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470-5506. Tel: 800-888-8286. www.taunton.com

WOODTURNING WIZARDRY, by David Springett, offers nearly a dozen complex-looking woodturning projects, including spheres within spheres, stars within cubes, and delicate lattices with no apparent means of support. The author claims they are not as hard to make as they look. Introductory chapters describe the equipment required, and give advice on wood selection, laying out the work, and basic tips for turning shapes. Projects described in detail include: arrow through bottle, lattice-lidded boxes, lattice pomander, Singapore ball, spiked star in sphere or cube, captive cube in sphere, Chinese balls and rings, pierced sphere and interlocking spheres. Springett is a former woodworking teacher, and has been a professional turner for more than 20 years. The 187-page softcover sells for $27.95. Contact: Fox Chapel Publishing Co. Inc., 1970 Broad St., East Petersburg, PA 17520. Tel: 800-457-9112. www.fox chapelpublishing.com

A PRICE GUIDE TO ANTIQUE TOOLS - 4th EDITION, by Herbert Kean, has more than 12,000 price combinations for antique tools, averaged from recent live and electronic auctions. Estimated values cover top-of-the-line treasures to common flea market pieces. The "Planemaker's Directory for American Wooden Planes" features more than 400 makers. Using his background in restoration and antique tool collecting, Kean has contributed to more than 100 articles in various publications on the subject, and has appeared on the History Channel's documentary on antique tools. The 160-page softcover sells for $17.95. Contact: Astragal Press, 5 Cold Hill Rd., Suite No. 12, P.O. Box 239, Mendham, NJ 07945. Tel: 866-543-3044. www.astragalpress.com

— Jennifer Hicks