Build Stuff with Wood is a true beginner's guide to woodworking, aimed at anyone who is interested in the craft but has only a few tools and no real idea where to start. The idea behind the book is to begin with a basic toolset (a circular saw, chopsaw, cordless drill, jigsaw, and a few hand tools) and then add tools as you go. Step-by-step projects are presented showing what you can build with that tool (plus the basic toolset). For example, adding a router to your tool arsenal allows you to gracefully round edges on tables and shelves; buying a simple doweling jig opens up the world of joinery. As well as power tools, hand tools are also introduced. In all, 14 fun projects will be presented, all built with just a few woodworking tools and off-the-shelf lumber.
How to Build Anything with 3 Tools, 3 Boards, 3 Steps Building a wood project usually starts with finding a set of woodworking plans. Unfortunately, most plans assume too much from beginners-leaving out critical steps in the building process that experienced woodworkers no longer need. How to Build Anything fills in the missing pieces that woodworking plans and blueprints leave out, including: Which tools to buy - and how to use them. How to buy lumber - and get the best boards for the money. How to measure accurately - and avoid costly mistakes. Which fasteners to use - for making easy wood joints. How to build a box - the foundation of all furniture. PLUS: Cut-out templates and tool guides for making your next wood project quick, easy, and fun A Closer Look Inside: Chapter 1: Start Building with 3 Tools Of all the power tools you might be tempted to buy, only three are really necessary for building simple wood projects. Find out which tools to buy, and how to use the controls and adjustments that are often ignored. Chapter 2: Start Building with 3 Boards I'll uncover which boards are best suited for small projects, how to sort the good from the bad, and the best way to get boards off the shelf and home safely. Chapter 3: Start Building in 3 Easy Steps I've narrowed down the tricky process of building wood projects into three, bite-sized chunks of construction know-how: Measure & Mark, Clamp & Cut, and Assembly. Chapter 4: How to Build a Box Discover how the inner structure of nearly all wood projects is based on just three basic forms-a solid wood box, a carcass, and a frame. Chapter 5: Drilling & Driving Fasteners Stop fighting woodscrews In this section I'll explore the most common problems people have driving screws-and my favorite solutions. Chapter 6: How to Finish Pine Getting a nice finish on pine can be a challenge, but with the right preparation, pine can take on a beautiful, high-quality finish that will last for generations. Chapter 7: How to Build a Circular Saw Cutting Guide Most builders agree that the best way to cut plywood is with a circular saw. You can buy a commercial cutting guide for several hundred dollars-or build your own for less than 20 bucks. Chapter 8: EZ Pilot Hole Guides If a pilot hole is not in the right place, you can easily ruin a project by splitting the fragile edges of the boards you're trying to join. My EZ Pilot Hole Guides are the perfect solution. Chapter 9: EZ-Match Shop Charts No more guessing about which size drill bit and fastener to use My EZ-Match shop charts show you how to match bits and fasteners (shown actual size) to several sizes of boards. Includes charts for nails, woodscrews, and pocket holes.
With complete instructions for 22 stylish and useful projects, this lets makers of all skill levels explore new materials and modes--concrete, leather, wood, digital tools, welding, casting, and printing--and gain the confidence to dive in deeper.
Like Girl on the Train and Gone Girl, Remember Mia is a riveting psychological suspense, exploring what happens when a young mother’s worst nightmare becomes devastatingly real… First I remember the darkness. Then I remember the blood. I don’t know where my daughter is. Estelle Paradise wakes up in a hospital after being found near dead at the bottom of a ravine with a fragmented memory and a vague sense of loss. Then a terrifying reality sets in: her daughter is missing. Days earlier, Estelle discovered her baby’s crib empty in their Brooklyn apartment. There was no sign of a break-in, but all traces of seven-month-old Mia had disappeared. Her diapers, her clothes, her bottles—all gone. Frustrated and unable to explain her daughter’s disappearance, Estelle begins a desperate search. But when the lack of evidence casts doubt on her story, Estelle becomes the number one suspect in the eyes of the police and the media. As hope of reuniting with Mia becomes all she has left, Estelle will do anything to find answers: What has she done to her baby? And what has someone else done to her?
We live in a world filled with chaos. From terrorism abroad to anger and violence in our streets. From corruption in government and leadership to evil and wickedness in our own backyards, it’s no wonder why so many people live gripped with fear. The good news? God has the solution, and He’s seen this before. In Build Your Ark, author Bob Genisot casts a modern light on the familiar story of Noah, a bold adventurer who overcame impossible odds and defied the world’s logic to become God’s chosen instrument in rescuing humanity. Learn how bold obedience in the storm can rescue you from the storm.
After years of futon passion, Hemingway discussions, and three-mile runs, Jill Talbot’s relationship with a man carved in her doubts so deep she wrote to ignore them. And even though he was as unwilling to commit to a place or a job as Talbot was to marrying him, he insisted that she keep the baby when a pregnancy surprised them during their fourth year together. As it turned out, Kenny wasn't able to commit to a child either, so when the court ordered visitation and support for their four-month-old daughter, he vanished. His disappearing act was the catalyst for Talbot’s own, as she moved her daughter through nine states in as many years—running from the memory of their failed relationship and the hope of an impossible reunion, all the while raising a daughter on her own. Then, one day while packing boxes, she found a photograph that changed everything. In this memoir-in-essays, Talbot attempts to set the record straight, even as she argues that our shared histories are merely competing stories we choose to tell ourselves. A bold look at the challenges of love and the struggles of a single mother in America today, The Way We Weren't tells a complex, unforgettable story of loss and leaving, and of how Talbot learned that writing can't bring anything back, but that because of it, nothing is ever really lost.
I am 39 years old now and I began writing this book in 2008. I have an honor’s degree in Childhood and Youth Studies from Exeter University and over ten years’ experience working with young people in schools and within the care system in the UK. My story is about my life growing up in the care system and then trying to build a good life for myself. I hope it might help young people living a similar situation to remain hopeful for their futures. I hope that adults working with young people will find my book insightful and hopefully it will guide them in their working practice as well as change the way they view the young people they work with and their families. I have been very lucky in that I have gone on to do some good things and build a loving family of my own, although I won’t pretend this was easy. Having to unlearn the things I had learned as a child and not just replicate them was hard work but worth every bit of sweat and every tear. I live in a small Somerset village in the UK with my family. I work with the Somerset Youth Offending Team and with children who have emotional and behavioral difficulties, many of whom are in or have been in residential care at some point. I have written this book for many reasons but mainly because growing up I didn’t believe that I could have a good life. I honestly thought that good things weren’t meant for the likes of me. I was wrong, and I want to give every child the chance to read about how I discovered this. I did manage to break the cycle and I believe that we can all have a good life. It just might not come knocking at your door. I want those that work with young people to believe in them, every child and young person needs to believe that life is what we make it, not what others have predicted for us.