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THE COMPLETE CABINETMAKER'S REFERENCE, by Jeffrey Piontkowski, is an indispensable resource for cabinetmakers. No matter what size the job, this handy, comprehensive guide does the homework for the reader with: complete cutting lists for all standard-sized cabinets for the kitchen, bathroom, den and bedroom, along with a list of types and quantities of materials needed; step-by-step instructions and photographs; and plenty of tips and suggestions for building cabinets. The book is presented in a spiral binder, which allows readers to easily pull out or photocopy the pages. It also presents information for building custom cabinets. The 256-page spiral-bound hardcover sells for $29.99. Contact: Popular Woodworking Books, F&W Publications Inc., 4700 E. Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236. Tel: 800-448-0915.

TAUNTON'S COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO CHOOSING & INSTALLING HARDWARE, by Robert J. Settich, is a step-by-step pictorial reference that covers just about all the types of hardware used in woodworking and cabinetmaking. Organized for quick access, the book features over 700 photos and drawings, illustrating the methods of installation of simple butt hinges to table extension slides. Of particular interest is the section on technology hardware, which discusses innovative wiring and mounting solutions for home office applications. It also provides instruction for installing European and specialty hinges; lid supports and stays; catches, latches and locks; table, chair and leg hardware; assembly, knockdown and mounting hardware; drawer slides; knobs, handles and pulls; glass and panel hardware; and shelf and bed hardware. The 218-page softcover sells for $29.95. Contact: Taunton Press, P.O. Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470-5506. Tel: 800-888-8286.

VENEERING: A FOUNDATION COURSE, by Mike Burton, is a revised version of a classic guide, which includes a brand-new section on marquetry that covers materials, tools and techniques. Other highlights include detailed instruction covering substrates and bonding; preparing the wood; cutting, coloring and strengthening the veneer; and various methods of finishing and polishing. There's also a project section for making a blanket chest, kidney-shaped desk, round dining table and several boxes. The 240-page softcover sells for $14.95. Contact: Sterling Publishing Co., 387 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10016-8810. Tel: 212-532-7160.

EXERCISE WORKBOOK FOR BEGINNING AUTOCAD, by Cheryl R. Shrock, has been totally updated for AutoCAD 2008 and 2008 LT design software. Ideal for classroom instruction or as a self-study tutorial, it provides only what you need without all of the jargon. It also includes 30 lessons with step-by-step instructions followed by exercises designed for practicing the commands learned within the lesson. Shrock is a professor and chairperson of Computer Aided Design at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif., who has written a dozen workbooks on AutoCAD. The 400-page softcover comes with a 30-day trial version of AutoCAD 2008 and sells for $36.95. Contact: Industrial Press Inc., 200 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016. Tel: 888-528-7852.

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