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DECORATIVE ROUTING: JIGS & TECHNIQUES, by Jack Cox, offers dozens of ideas for producing decorative work with routers. Projects include inlay mirror frames, jewelry boxes, clock faces and more. Instructions are included on making jigs and fixtures designed by the author, including his recently invented pivot frame jig and pivot frame ellipse jig. Several project ideas are based on the circle and ellipse complete with detailed drawings and techniques. Some black-and-white photos are shown as well. Cox has won numerous gold medals and other awards at routing and turning exhibitions. The 190-page softcover sells for $25.95. Contact: Linden Publishing, Inc., 2006 S. Mary, Fresno, CA 93721. Tel: 800-345-4447.

WOOD: IDENTIFICATION AND USE, by Terry Porter, has been revised with 17 additional species and updated information on the health hazards of working with certain woods. More than 200 species from around the world are described in detail, while less information is provided for another 200 species. The information includes the species' working properties, seasoning requirements, typical uses and safety considerations, along with examples of finished work incorporating the woods. Porter has a longtime interest in wood, works as a freelance writer and is a regular contributor to woodworking magazines. The 288-page hardcover sells for $29.95. Contact: Sterling Publishing Co., 387 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10016-8810. Tel: 212-532-7160.

THE BEST OF WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL: CRAFTSMAN FURNITURE PROJECTS, from the editors of Woodworker's Journal, offers a collection of 17 classic designs inspired by the Arts & Craft, Mission, Greene & Greene and Stickley styles. Using ordinary tools and simple techniques, the book provides step-by-step instruction and color illustrations for building projects like a Craftsman slatted bookcase, a Greene & Greene end table, and an Arts & Crafts wine cupboard. All projects are accompanied by detailed plans, materials lists and "expert" tips. The book also includes a history of Craftsman-style furniture. The 160-page softcover sells for $17.95. Contact: Fox Chapel Publishing Co. Inc., 1970 Broad St., East Petersburg, PA 17520. Tel: 800-457-9112.

MAKING DECOYS: THE CENTURY OLD WAY, by Grayson C. Chesser and Curtis J. Badger, is a practical guide written for woodworking and duck hunting enthusiasts on making wooden waterfowl decoys. From carving stock to painting, the guide includes 50 patterns, step-by-step instructions and color illustrations for creating 11 species of geese and ducks. Basic carving tools and a band saw are needed to complete each project. Otherwise, the authors note that power tools can help speed up projects but are not necessary. Chesser is a Virginia folk artist who makes a living teaching carving classes and running Holden Creek Gun Club in Jenkins Bridge, Va. Badger is the author of more than 30 books on wildlife art and the natural history of the Atlantic coast. The 160-page softcover sells for $24.95. Contact: Tidewater Publishers, P.O. Box 456, Centreville, MD 21617. Tel: 800-638-7641.

— Jennifer Hicks

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