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BUILDING DOORS & DRAWERS: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION, by Andy Rae, presents a wide variety of styles and designs of doors and drawers for kitchens, baths, built-ins and stand-alone furniture. The book is divided into two sections. Part one is all about drawer making, covering the various styles, the types of cabinets they'll fit, the types of joints used to construct them, and how to assemble, fit and finish them. Part two covers door construction in a similar fashion. Additional chapters cover hardware installation and specialty doors, such as pocket and divided-light doors. The book features more than 300 color photos and drawings, combined with thorough step-by-step instructions. Rae has worked with George Nakashima and Frank Klausz, and currently makes furniture in Asheville, N.C. The 192-page softcover sells for $24.95. Contact: Taunton Press, P.O. Box 5506, Newtown, CT06470-5506. Tel: 800-888-8286.

A GUIDE TO MORE USEFUL WOODS OF THE WORLD, edited by James H. Flynn Jr., is a continuation of "A Guide to Useful Woods of the World" that features an additional 71 species, bringing the total of published Wood Data Sheets to 350. For each species, information is presented on the scientific name, family name, common name, distribution, the tree and timber, seasoning, durability, workability uses and supplies. Also featured are informative articles written by highly respected professionals in wood-related matters, including Simple Wood Microtomy by Ernie Ives; Forests and Trees of Mexico's YucatanPeninsula by Alan B. Curtis; and Fluorescent Woods of the World by Regis B. Miller. The 376-page softcover sells for $34.95. Contact: Forest Products Society, 2801 Marshall Court, Madison, WI53705. Tel: 608-231-1361.

FURNITURE DESIGN, by Jim Postell, is a one-stop resource about furniture design. It explores fundamental design ideas including function and social use, spatial organization, structural integrity and composition. It also covers the design process, materials and fabrication and marketing practices, along with a historical overview of furniture design up to the 21st century. A highlight of the book includes case studies of 21 furniture designs, including a 700-400 B.C. Greek Klismos chair, the classic Chippendale arm chair, and several contemporary works. Postell is an associate professor in the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. He has taught design studio and seminar courses for 23 years and maintains an active design practice. The 366-page hardcover sells for $65. Contact: John Wiley and Sons, Inc. Publishing, 10475 Crosspoint Blvd., Indianapolis, IN46256. Tel: 877-762-2974.

WORKING WITH POWER TOOLS, edited by Paul Anthony, takes a careful measured look at every power tool found in the modern woodworking shop. Featuring a combination of articles collected from Fine Woodworking magazine, along with original content provided by Anthony, each tool is concisely broken down by features and value so readers can make sound purchase choices. Key techniques, from basic to advanced, are shown in step-by-step photos and instructions, such as resawing on the band saw and tuning up a table saw. Chapters also cover portable and benchtop machines, the drill press, shaper, jointer and mortiser. Contributing authors include Paul Schürch, Garrett Hack, Gary Rogowski, Kelley Mehler, Brian Boggs and Steve Latta. The 288-page softcover sells for $21.95. Contact: Taunton Press, P.O. Box 5506, Newtown, CT06470-5506. Tel: 800-888-8286.

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