Woodshop library

USING A HAND PLANE, with Ian Kirby, is a DVD that covers tuning, setting the blade, and various planning techniques. It provides an introduction to using a hand plane, describes the parts of a plane, and how to get optimum performance. Mostly, it focuses on the steps required to make stock flat and square. Kirby, who has more than 50 years of hands-on experience in the workshop, also demonstrates several techniques, such as using the plane against a bench stop, cross grain planning, and edge and end planning. He also demonstrates how to make a kitchen cutting board. It’s obviously intended for the beginning woodworker, but for those who have relied on machines, this instruction might inspire you to try a more traditional approach. The 68-minute DVD sells for $21.95. Contact: Linden Publishing, Inc., 2006 S. Mary, Fresno, CA 93721. Tel: 800-345-4447. www.woodworkerslibrary.com

SECRETS OF 5-AXIS MACHINING, by Karlo Apro, explains 5-axis CNC machining in simple terms, which woodworkers and other manufacturing industry professionals will appreciate and quickly understand. Whether you are new to multi-axis work and feel overwhelmed, or are already using multi-axis tool paths and need more knowledge, this book presents information gathered during the author’s 30 years of hands-on experience in the manufacturing industry. Chapters cover common misconceptions regarding CNC machining, cutting strategies, indexing work, choosing the right CAD/CAM system for your application and more. Each chapter features full-color illustrations to help explain the theories and principles. The 176-page softcover includes a tutorial CD and sells for $54.95. Contact: Industrial Press Inc., 989 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10018. Tel: 888-528-7852. www.industrialpress.com

CREATING A FINE ART ENTRY TABLE, by Robert Ortiz, presents all the steps necessary to create a stunning entry table that blends the clean lines and aesthetics of Shaker and Japanese furniture to make a distinctive eye-catching form. With more than 220 color photos and concise text, the book covers the entire designing and building process. Chapters cover all specific applications in details, such as cutting the through tenons, making the lower arched stretchers to the legs, curving the inside of the legs and more. Of interest are the unique breakout boxes where Ortiz shares tips he’s learned in his 20 years of designing and making furniture. The 144-page softcover sells for $24.99. Contact: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310. Tel: 610-593-1777. www.schifferbooks.com

DOC FIZZIX MOUSETRAP RACERS, by Alden J. Balmer, has almost nothing to do with woodworking, but just might produce a future woodworker. The book teaches children how to build race cars from ordinary contraptions, such as a mousetrap. It not only gives them the basic construction secrets to design and build a vehicle, but also unearths the science behind how they work, in a language easy enough for a seventh-grader to understand. Using clear instructions, color photography, diagrams and numerous illustrations, Doc Fizzix, and his Jetson-like team of robots, walk children through four complete projects for building different vehicles. Hey, it’s not always about making sawdust. The 144-page softcover sells for $14.95. Fox Chapel Publishing Co. Inc., 1970 Broad St., East Petersburg, PA 17520. Tel: 800-457-9112. www.foxchapelpublishing.com