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The Log Cabin Book

by Oliver Kemp Dover Publications (October 07, 2016)

This vintage guide from over a century ago offers timeless, practical advice on building log cabins. Plans and directions for simple structures are easy enough for amateurs to follow; time and inclination are...


Old-Time Gates and Fences and How to Build Them

by George A. Martin Dover Publications (November 26, 2013)

First published over a century ago, this practical guide shows how to add traditional fences, gates, and bridges to your house, farm, or garden. More than 300 illustrations accompany straightforward instructions....


Old-Time Camp Stoves and Fireplaces

by A. D. Taylor & Paul Dickson Dover Publications (August 05, 2013)

This Depression-era guide provided safe recreation for visitors to national parks. Finely crafted drawings and plans offer a window into a bygone era of handyman activity and plenty of still-useful information....


Sears Modern Homes, 1913

by Sears, Roebuck and Co. Dover Publications (September 25, 2012)

Reproduced from a rare edition, this book features 112 designs for homes of "comfort and refinement," with external views, floor plans, and other details. 400 illustrations.


The House Servant's Directory: An African American Butler's 1827 Guide

by Robert Roberts Dover Publications (August 24, 2012)

Classic survey of work, home life, and race relations in early America — written by an African-American — offers keen insight into the social milieu, hierarchy, and maintenance of the antebellum manor.


Old-Time Farm and Garden Devices and How to Make Them

by Rolfe Cobleigh Dover Publications (January 16, 2013)

Handy tips for building everything from a cheese press, hog house, and bicycle-powered washing machine to advice on the proper way to split wood, sharpen scissors, and paper a room. 200 black-and-white illustrations....


Easy-to-Make Arts and Crafts Lamps and Shades

by John D. Adams Dover Publications (December 26, 2012)

How to turn inexpensive materials into attractive, functional objects — from a dining room dome to an electric candle sconce.


Little Book of Log Cabins: How to Build and Furnish Them

by William S. Wicks Dover Publications (July 24, 2012)

Handy how-to manual, with instructions and illustrations for building cabins in the Adirondack style, fireplaces, stairways, furniture, beamed ceilings, and more. 102 line drawings.


Sears House Designs of the Thirties

by Sears, Roebuck and Co. Dover Publications (June 27, 2012)

68 Sears-designed homes display handsome exterior and interior views — with vestibules, breakfast alcoves, massive chimneys, unusual roof lines, and other attractive features. Over 200 black-and-white illustrations....


Wrought Iron and Its Decorative Use

by Maxwell Ayrton & Arnold Silcock Dover Publications (May 22, 2013)

Superb treasury presents an informative survey of wrought iron throughout England with illustrations of gates, railings, screens, and other elaborately rendered works. 239 black-and-white illustrations.


New Life for Old Houses: A Guide to Restoration and Repair

by George Stephen Dover Publications (February 21, 2013)

Easy-to-understand introduction to good design and rehabilitation explains everything from selecting an architect and choosing appropriate materials to restoring interiors from ceiling to floor. 300 illustrations....


Selecting and Renovating an Old House: A Complete Guide

by U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Dover Publications (August 17, 2012)

Clearly written manual tells how to appraise an older home, develop plans for remodeling the kitchen, add a bath, replace floors, roof, windows, doors, interior walls, kitchen cabinets, more.


Victorian Goods and Merchandise: 2,300 Illustrations

by Carol Belanger Grafton Dover Publications (August 02, 2012)

2,300 quaint images of vintage 19th-century items: fans, corsets, toiletry kits, sewing machine, meat grinder, typewriter, ice cream freezer, lantern — all arranged according to category.


Victorian City and Country Houses: Plans and Details

by Geo E. Woodward Dover Publications (June 05, 2012)

Detailed volume includes 100 front and side elevations, floor plans for five city houses, a country house with a French roof, a summer house, various cottages, more.


Engraving Glass: A Beginner's Guide

by Boyd Graham Dover Publications (May 05, 2014)

Step-by-step instructions for diamond burr engraving. Four complete projects plus expert advice on choosing glass, lighting and arranging finished pieces, much more. 117 illustrations. List of Supply Sources....


Wood-Frame House Construction

by Gerald E. Sherwood & Robert C. Stroh Dover Publications (May 14, 2012)

Completely revised, updated edition of popular U.S. Government manual. Expert advice on site selection, design, excavation, materials, framing, roofing, plumbing, insulation — every step of construction process....


Vacation Homes and Log Cabins

by U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Dover Publications (December 26, 2012)

Complete plans for 16 cabins, vacation homes, and other shelters.


Principles & Practice of Ornamental or Complex Turning

by John Jacob Holtzapffel Dover Publications (August 19, 2013)

First paperback edition of Great Victorian classic for special lathe, with coverage of frames and chucks, unbelievably complex projects, all with unmatched thoroughness and clarity. 600 illustrations.


Tools and Their Uses

by U.S. Bureau of Naval Personnel Dover Publications (December 21, 2012)

Teaches correct operation of all the basic hand and power tools, fasteners, and measuring devices you are likely to need. 329 illustrations.