Step-by-step photographs and clear, easy-to-follow instructions take you through all the basic and advanced woodworking techniques you need. There is advice on finishing wood, varnishing and French polishing, and professional tips on repairing chairs, tables, cabinets and chests. Guidance on essential home maintenance and DIY tasks is included, from rehanging and repairing doors and windows to fitting fixtures and shelves. Full-length practical projects include a quick-to-make magazine rack, an elegant low ash table, and a reclaimed wood picture frame. This is a complete home reference manual that you will refer to again and again. The ultimate guide to working with wood, from getting started to advanced levels. All the key applications are explained, such as sanding and laminating, making simple and advanced joints, staining, picture framing, carving, basic furniture repair and restoration, and home maintenance tasks. Features over 260 techniques and projects, including beautiful constructions shown step by step, such as a stylish bookcase, an elegant corner cabinet and a traditional storage chest, with simple and straightforward instructions to help you achieve great results.