FURNITURE MOULDINGS, by E.J. Warne, features more than 140 full-size line drawing templates for creating detailed moldings on English furniture dating from 1574 to 1820. This is a practical presentation of English furniture enhancements that shows the care, pride and integrity of past craftsmen of the woodworking trade. The drawings were produced by the author after many years spent studying, designing and preparing similar drawings for early 20th century furniture manufacturing. The templates presented contain more than 500 detailed molding treatments and are grouped into types, including bedsteads, cabinets, bureaus, shelves, chests of drawers, clock cases and mirror frames. An index of subjects by title is provided for ease of use. The 142-page softcover sells for $16.95. Contact: Linden Publishing Inc., 2006 S. Mary, Fresno, CA 93721. Tel: 800-345-4447. www.woodworkerslibrary.com
WORKSHOP PROJECTS: FIXTURES & TOOLS FOR A SUCCESSFUL SHOP, from the editors of Woodworker’s Journal, features 29 projects for setting up an efficient shop. Projects include a rolling lumber cart, easy-access storage bins, battery charger cabinet, simple veneer press, handcrafted joiner’s mallet, tabletop downdraft jig, downdraft workbench, all-purpose shop table, accessories cart, mobile clamping cart, sanding disc caddy, portable lathe station and more. Each project is accompanied by a material list, step-by-step instructions and detailed drawings. The 152-page softcover sells for $19.95. Contact: Fox Chapel Publishing Co. Inc., 1970 Broad St., East Petersburg, PA 17520. Tel: 800-457-9112. www.foxchapelpublishing.com
TRIM: STEP-BY-STEP PROJECTS is an instructional guide from the Creative Homeowner SmartGuide series featuring more than 260 full-color illustrations and more than 25 color photographs. It covers the installation of base, chair rail and crown molding; how to apply picture and corner molding; how to attach window and door casing; and how to brush on a beautiful finish. Of particular interest is the section on cutting trim, which explains how to make intricate crosscuts, cope cuts and miter cuts, as well as cuts for butt joints, miter joints and coped joints. The 80-page softcover sells for $8.95. Contact: Creative Homeowner, 24 Park Way, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. Tel: 800-631-7795. www.creativehomeowner.com
MAKING FURNITURE & DOLLHOUSES, by Dennis Simmons, is a project book that offers economical plans for building a dollhouse and furniture for American Girl and other 18-inch dolls. With the complete instructions and plans found inside, woodworkers, as well as proud parents and grandparents, can easily make their own furniture and a gorgeous dollhouse with tiny shingles, clapboard and delicate shutters. The book presents more than 25 projects, including how to make a hope chest, fairy-tale canopy bed, Victorian school desk, grandfather clock and Adirondack chair. The 192-page softcover sells for $24.95. Contact: Fox Chapel Publishing Co. Inc., 1970 Broad St., East Petersburg, PA 17520. Tel: 800-457-9112. www.foxchapelpublishing.com
This article originally appeared in the July 2009 issue.