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Author's Note And some bonus content: Finishes Brewing up your own custom wood finishes is the closest woodworking equivalent of coding in assembly language, short of plantin' an acorn, waiting 70 years, then cutting the now proud oak and milling it into 1" x 8"s. It's the quintessential display of a craftsman's personal commitment to his artistic mission statement. A homebrew hand-blended finish lovingly applied to a piece, then hand rubbed to a soft warm glow fairly shrieks "This is hand freakin' crafted, suckahs." Instant street cred, ya know whut I'm sayin? Mixing up finishes in the comfort of your own kitchen is also easy, economical, relatively environmentally friendly, and surprisingly fun. Of course it also has the potential to be shockingly messy if you're prone to sudden outbreaks of clumsy. We just won't think about that, okay? Rein in your inner klutz and show the world that you can mix more than just cocktails. ZOMG EASTER EGGS!! Well, sorta. Scattered throughout the book are a bunch of quick 'n' easy DIYs that'll augment your workshop and/or your knowledge base. I call 'em the nano projects. Consider it time well spent to do a casual cover-to-cover browse to excavate and take advantage of these lagniappes before embarking on any specific major projects. These are all things I personally consider to be essential during the course of day-to-day makin': underappreciated tools, needful accessories, cunning bodges and worthy lore . . . stuff that makes for a better Maker. They're on the house. Help yourself. Contacting Us We have a web page for this book, where we list errata, examples, bonus additional information and comprehensive 1:1 scale cutting diagrams for the projects. You can access this page at: To comment or ask technical questions about this book, send email to: Please address comments and questions concerning this book to the publisher: O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. 1005 Gravenstein Highway North Sebastopol, CA 95472 (800) 998-9938 (in the United States or Canada) (707) 829-0515 (international or local) (707) 829-0104 (fax) For more information about our books, conferences, Resource Centers, and the O'Reilly Network, see our website at: To engage the author of this book in a ribald and (quite likely) surreally non-Euclidean exchange regarding the philosophy of improvisational fabrication, advanced scrap-fu technique, or any other topic covered in this or any other book, send email to Acknowledgements Thanks to: · My wife, Kaia "the Sourceress" Howe, Rebuilder of lives, and my infinite muse · Augustus Fernando Harris, Gerald Robert Harris, and Terran Michael Harris · Phil Watson and the crew & clients of NorthStar Recycling, 1170 Powell St., Vancouver · John Young and Doug "The Tall Guy" Hawes, YMCA New Ventures · Joe Turato: Technology, material and motivational resource Übermensch · Tom Sgouros, editor guy and surrealist banjo phenom · Cory Doctorow · Paul Spinrad · Villy and Jim, H.A.M.C. White Rock · Pierre Moerlen and Pip Pyle · ...and Mark Fraunfelder, to whom I owe several internal organs. ix