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The Essential Pine Book

The Essential Pine Book
by John McGuane &
   Megan Fitzpatrick

Popular Woodworking Books: 2004
paperback, 128 pp., $24.99
ISBN 1-55870-711-5

     Various species of pine top the list as some of the most readily available woods in North America. They are easily machined and versatile in many applications. In twelve different furniture projects, McGuane introduces simple utility shelving, a turned floor lamp, a box-jointed step stool, chests, tables, and a folding Franklin chair. He uses common biscuit joinery in several projects, and gives clear instruction on gluing up thick stock to use for tapered table legs, on how to rout a hinge mortise, and how to rip boards for a tabletop assembly.
     Mr. McGuane also has a useful section on varieties of pine, including twenty-four color thumbnail photos, mostly flatsawn, with their alternate names, properties and uses. His advice on finishing the pine projects is a little sketchy, as pine can be finicky to bring to a satisfactory, even finish. McGuane often uses gel stains with a polyurethane topcoat, but he mentions use of oil stains, linseed oil, shellac and varnish, also.
     The full color photos are large and clear to illustrate procedures in building these projects. The methods used require the standard shop setup of tablesaw, router table and biscuit joiner. These are simple, interesting projects. From an angled-front spice cabinet to an eight-foot long trestle table, there is plenty of useful woodworking represented, using one of our most plentiful and sustainable resources.

. . . Barb Siddiuqi