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1001 TIPS FOR WOODWORKERS, by Percy Blandford, is the work of a veteran magazine contributor who estimates he has contributed about 2,000 tips over more than 70 years. While most of the tips will appeal to the amateur craftsman, many would also be of value to a professional woodworker. They cover preparation and layout, bench work, hand tool and machine use, general workshop techniques, joinery, clamping, routing, lathe work, finishing and sharpening. The book's simplistic organization is its most appealing feature — all the tips are brief and most include a small diagram to illustrate what is being discussed. Blandford is a well-known craft writer who has authored more than 100 books. The 376-page softcover sells for $21.95. Contact: Linden Publishing Inc., 2006 S. Mary, Fresno, CA93721. Tel: 800-345-4447.

BOXES, CLOCKS, LAMPS & SMALL PROJECTS, from the editors of Woodworker's Journal, contains 22 easy-to-follow projects, including a hall mirror, cigar humidor, Irish parlor clock and bombé jewelry box. Projects are accompanied by detailed plans, instructions and helpful tips. Contributing authors include John English, Rick White, Michael McGlynn, J. Petrovich and Craig Lossing. While the projects are aimed at hobbyists — and designed not to consume vast quantities of time and materials — they are of sufficient quality to inspire those who design and build for a living. The 160-page softcover sells for $17.95. Contact: Fox Chapel Publishing Co. Inc, 1970 Broad St., East Petersburg, PA17520. Tel: 800-457-9112.

ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO THE STEEL SQUARE, by Ken Horner, is a valuable reference for woodworkers, carpenters and builders who want to learn how to use the steel square, and offers hundreds of charts, illustrations and step-by-step exercises. The easy-to-understand guide illustrates how the steel square is used as a calculator to quickly solve hundreds of mathematical problems that builders, carpenters, roof rafters and woodworkers are faced with each day. Examples include determining board feet, figuring the bracing for post and beam construction, or changing hundredths of an inch to fractions. With clear illustrations, diagrams, skill-building exercises, and simple rules of thumb, this handy reference will show readers how indispensable the steel square can be in building stairs, roof, rafters and more. The 192-page softcover sells for $19.95. Contact: Fox Chapel Publishing Co. Inc., 1970 Broad St., East Petersburg, PA17520. Tel: 800-457-9112.

MAKING A PEPPERMILL, with Ted Sokolowski, is a DVD for turners looking for a fun challenge. The video features a complete course that teaches advance techniques on making a peppermill and matching salt shaker or salt mill. As a woodturner with a visual arts background, Sokolowski's unique perspective gives insight into design aspects that can be translated into all projects on the lathe. It covers template design and construction, shaping, sanding and finishing. Chapters also cover the steps to boring the cavities and making a jam chuck. The DVD includes a PDF scale drawing of a grinding mechanism and other bonus features. The DVD, which runs for an hour and 50 minutes, sells for $29.99. Contact: Ted Sokolowski at Sokolowski Studios, 111 Mid Valley Rd., Lake Ariel, PA18436. Tel: 570-937-4527.

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