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WOODWORKING BOOKS BY SAM ALLEN

·Woodfinishing ·Cabinetmaking ·Joinery ·Planes ·Workbenches


Hi, I'm Sam Allen, I'd like to share the woodworking knowledge I've gained from over thirty years of experience. At the beginning of my career I apprenticed under old time woodworkers. I'll pass along to you the tips they taught me. Throughout my career I've researched new materials and techniques. I'll tell you about the latest trends in woodworking. I've always been interested in classical techniques used by woodworkers of previous centuries. I've compiled information that took me years to find into a convenient form for you. I have books for all skill levels, from beginner to advanced. I've teamed up with TOOL CRIB and AMAZON.COM to bring you one of the web's most complete selections of woodworking books and tools.

As a service to all of you on-line woodworkers, I've included the Finishing Characteristics of Common Cabinet Woods,and a Dictionary of Woodworking in my web site.


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BOOKS BY SAM ALLEN

"Sam Allen does not write many books on woodworking, which is a pity because he is one of the more reliable authors on the market" -- Jack Warner, Cox News Service

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-CABINETMAKING-


CABINETRY BASICS
Build beautiful cabinets right away, simply by following this incredibly simple method of frameless cabinetry. Amazingly basic modular system lets even beginners design, build and install built-ins for the kitchen and bathroom, freestanding cabinets, bookcases, entertainment centers, and wall units. 230-plus close-up photos and drawings show how to cut parts to size, make grooves, glue veneer, work with laminates, solid woods and chipboard, and more. "A good beginning for anyone wanting to try his or her hand at woodworking."--Woodwork. 128 pages, 232 b/w illus.
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MAKING CABINETS AND BUILT-INS
Make cabinets, built-ins, shelves, and modular units. Covers every step with over 400 photos and drawings, simple plans (and tips on making your own designs). "Everything you ever wanted to know about cabinetry can be found in this vast storehouse of knowledge." -- Country Almanac. "This has it. I recommend this book." -- Int'l Woodworking 384 pages, 400 b/w illus.
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MAKING KITCHEN CABINET ACCESSORIES
Double the storage and convenience of your current cabinets for just a few dollars. Stunning designs feature a dazzling variety of door racks, tilt-out trays, appliance garages, drawer organizers, storage bins, and more. Hundreds of drawings and close-up photos of every step. "New ideas along with specific instructions... Useful even to those homeowners who are planing to have their jobs done professionally." -- Booklist 192 pages, 214 b/w illus.
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REMODELLING & REPAIRING KITCHEN CABINETS
Add the most value to your home, easier and cheaper than ever. This photo-filled step-by-step handbook shows how to use ordinary tools, expert carpentry tips, and tricks of the trade to make dramatic changes in your kitchen. " This book is special...a definitely useful guide." -- Booklist. " Lots of ideas make this easy-to-read book a valuable resource." -- Home Mechanix. 128 pages, 166 b/w illus.
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FINISHING BASICS
Hundreds of photos and drawings explain every step for a variety of stains and varnishes, rubbed oil, low-luster and high gloss, plus a huge range of paints, lacquers, and even antique finishes. Everything is here, from the first steps of prepping or stripping to mastering the most effective application methods and the final stages of drying. "This is a solid introduction to the considerations of woodfinishing." --Library Journal 128 pages, 239 b/w illus.
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WOOD FINISHER'S HANDBOOK
This indispensable guide to the finest finishing techniques is now better than ever, with color photos, more illustrations to show additional stains, and an expanded text. And both newcomers and skilled woodworkers will discover a wealth of enlightening material. The large first section covers all the basics, leading those who have never before applied a finish through the entire process, from wood preparation right to the last coat. Experienced finishers eager to broaden their creative horizons will go straight to the advanced ideas. Many of these traditional techniques—including French polishing, wood graining, and chemical staining—have been largely forgotten during the past few years, but their effects are hard to duplicate by any other means. " Authoritative, throrough...a compelling addition." -- Chip Chats. "Our last excuse for imperfect finishing is gone!" --Whole Earth Review. 224 pages color illus.
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CLASSIC FINISHING TECHNIQUES
"Allen takes great pains in instructing woodworkers with some skill how to apply centuries-old finishes...So critical are the processes discovered many hundreds of years ago that the author both incorporates certain steps into his contemporary interpretation of techniques and writes down original formulas and equipment lists" -- Booklist.
"...demonstrates how to use French polish, varnishes, oil and wax finishes, natural and chemical stains, fumed finishes, and milk paint...to achieve classic finishes. Allen, an expert in the field, provides good directions and helpful color illustrations...His excellent text is appropriate for meeting special needs...Recommended..." -- Library Journal "Classic Finishing Techniques is a first-rate production, with clear photographs and an appeal design. It's a must for anyone interested in finishing or refinishing antiques and reproductions in an authentic manner." -- Jack Warner, Cox News Service
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-WORKBENCHES-


MAKING WORKBENCHES
No single workbench design is ideal for everyone. Some woodworkers need room to assemble large pieces of furniture, while others need special clamps to hold the parts of smaller projects. Based on the author's 25 years of experience, research, and trial and error, this informative handbook will help every woodworker choose or build a workbench that suits his or her purposes. Anyone with basic woodworking skills will be able to build a sturdy and versatile workbench and adapt it to their individual needs. 160 pages 339 b/w illus.
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JOINERY BASICS
"Allen, a master craftsman, offers this clear, profusely illustrated, and concise book on the basic techniques of joining wooden surfaces. Each joint is discussed in detail, and methods for their creation are laid out. Safety tips are discussed...The drawings and photographs are clear and relate well to the text on the page. This is a solid introduction to joinery for the beginner, and a good refresher for the intermediate." --Library Journal 128 pages, 272 b/w illus.
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WOODJOINER'S HANDBOOK
A master woodworker reveals exactly how to make perfect joints; rabbet joints, mortises and tenons, butt joints, dadoes and grooves, even decorative joints, butterflies and dovetails, inlays, plus Chinese and Japanese styles. "A vast number of useful joints for cabinetmaking, furniture making and architectural woodworking."--Woodshop News. "Interesting and helpful...a practical joinery guide."--Workbench. " and excellent choice for novice or intermediate woodworkers"--Fine Woodworking. 288 pages, 459 b/w illus.
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PLANE BASICS
Now even a beginner can start giving any project a professional surface finish. See how to create intricate mouldings and decorative edges and learn how to use a variety of bench planes. Covers holding the plane, grain direction, making adjustments, dressing rough lumber, jointing an edge, shooting boards, smoothing and finishing, and much more. Included are valuable tips on sharpening, grinding and tuning, as well as when and how to use rabbet, plow and dado planes, and specialty planes. "...an excellent book..."
--Carver's News. 128 pages, 345 b/w illus.
Contents: 1.Using Bench planes 2.Sharpening 3.Tuning 4.Rabbet, Plow, and Dado Planes 5.Specialty Planes 6. Universal Combination Planes (Record 045C, Stanley #45, Stanley #55) 7.Scrapers 8.A Planing Project (building a Shaker jelly cupboard)
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