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      11.

      NORTHWEST GREEN HOME PRIMER

      K. O'Brien/K. Smith
      Paperback

      Price: $24.95

      Everyone can make green home decisions on a budget with this inspiring, information-packed guide. Whether you are building, remodeling, buying, or just curious, here are real-world strategies for gett…

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      Everyone can make green home decisions on a budget with this inspiring, information-packed guide. Whether you are building, remodeling, buying, or just curious, here are real-world strategies for getting the greenest results from your budget, with hundreds of ideas for a home that is built to last, comfortable and healthy, money- and time-saving in the long term, and kind to the planet.

      What shade of green is right for you, your resources, schedule, and setting, and how can you achieve it? What questions should you ask? What approaches and resources are best for the Northwest? From your home's exterior to its operating systems within, from siting to interior design, this is the basic training that has given many the confidence to proceed.

      Award-winning sustainable design and building consultant and teacher Kathleen O'Brien and architectural designer and sustainability consultant Kathleen Smith offer their "top picks" for each phase. Their perspective is both down-to-earth and cutting edge. They've also each faced their own green home challenges in a single family house and a duplex, and other case studies show affordable energy-efficient green homes both old and new.

      Brimming with ideas, clear and logical, with tips, checklists, and resources for green home planning, construction, remodeling, and maintenance, extensively illustrated with photos and diagrams, this is the essential green home manual for novice and professional alike.

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      WOODWORKING FAQ

      Spike Carlsen
      Paperback

      Price: $16.95

      Do you have questions about woodworking? Spike Carlsen has the answers! Woodworking FAQ has everything you want to know, whether you're a beginner planning your first project or an experienced crafter…

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      Do you have questions about woodworking? Spike Carlsen has the answers! Woodworking FAQ has everything you want to know, whether you're a beginner planning your first project or an experienced crafter putting in cabinets or making furniture. This book is like a master carpenter standing at your elbow to answer questions as they arise, including: How do I make base molding fit tightly on the inside corners? How do I prevent splintering on the end of a board when I rout it? How do I taper cut a table leg? Is there any way to take the wobble out of a chair without taking the whole thing apart? With its comprehensive information, friendly question-and-answer format, and convenient lay-flat binding, Woodworking FAQ will be the most important tool in your workshop.

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      ROUTERS AND ROUTER TABLES

      Randy Johnson
      Paperback

      Price: $19.95

      Routers can do an amazing variety of tasks in the workshop, from shaping molding to cutting joinery, but which type is the best investment: trim router, plunge router, multi-base router?

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      Routers can do an amazing variety of tasks in the workshop, from shaping molding to cutting joinery, but which type is the best investment: trim router, plunge router, multi-base router?

      Along with shop-tested buying advice, Routers and Router Tables includes complete plans for four complete router tables and routing workstations, a spiffy router lift, plus several more auxiliary fences for special operations such as raising panels and jointing edges. Also included are dozens of proven shop tips and router table add-ons, illustrated with photos. A special section features amazing sliding dovetail joints, which can only be made on the router table.

      As part of the Tool Smarts Series from American Woodworker, Routers and Router Tables is a must-have book for all woodworkers, regardless of skill level. It covers everything a woodworker needs to know about these important tools.

      Want to read more? Preview this book: 8 Great Reasons to Own a Plunge Router.

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      MAKING BETTER BUILDINGS

      Chris Magwood
      Paperback

      Price: $39.95

      From foundation to finish, a wealth of information is available on sustainable construction methods. Entire volumes have been published on individual green and natural building techniques! But with so…

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      From foundation to finish, a wealth of information is available on sustainable construction methods. Entire volumes have been published on individual green and natural building techniques! But with so many different ideas from which to choose, there is no single resource that allows an owner or builder to quickly and objectively compare the merits of each system for their particular project.

      Making Better Buildings cuts through the hype and provides the unvarnished facts about the upsides and downsides of the most widely discussed materials and technologies. Drawing on the real-world experiences of designer/builders, this comparative guide systematically and comprehensively examines each approach in terms of:

      • Cost, sourcing, labor intensity, and ease of construction
      • Energy efficiency, embodied energy and environmental impacts
      • Availability/accessibility
      • Viable applications and future potential
      Each chapter is rounded out by a chart that summarizes the material in a quick and accessible manner.

      Whether you are an owner preparing to build a green or natural home, or a conventional contractor determined to integrate sustainable alternatives into your existing construction practices, this up-to-the minute resource will help you make the best decisions for your project, while meeting your energy, efficiency, budgetary and site-specific needs.

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      EARTHEN FLOORS

      S. Reay Crimmel & J. Thomson
      Paperback

      Price: $29.95

      For most of human history, people have lived in durable, comfortable buildings made from natural materials such as soil, sand, rocks and fiber. All over the globe, these ancient traditions persist; a …

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      For most of human history, people have lived in durable, comfortable buildings made from natural materials such as soil, sand, rocks and fiber. All over the globe, these ancient traditions persist; a quarter to a third of the world's population today lives in houses built partially or entirely of earth. Conventional Western building techniques using industrial materials may save time and create efficiencies, but these perceived savings come at considerable financial and environmental cost.

      As well as boasting a unique and beautiful aesthetic, natural building techniques are accessible, affordable and nontoxic. Earthen Floors: A Modern Approach to an Ancient Practice is the first comprehensive, fully illustrated manual covering the history, use and maintenance of this attractive, practical flooring option. This detailed, fully illustrated guide explains every part of the process, including:

      • Sourcing and harvesting materials
      • Preparing the subfloor
      • Pouring, finishing and sealing the floor
      • Living with and maintaining your earthen floor

      Because information on creating quality earthen floors was not previously widely available, there have been some negative experiences. Drawing on the combined knowledge of the most qualified earthen floor practitioners, as well their own substantial experience, the authors deliver the definitive resource for this exciting technique, perfect for everyone from the novice to veteran builder.

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