Now that everyone seems to be getting poorer, growing your own vegetables, making your own clothes and refinishing your own furniture are all increasingly popular activities. That rickety chair that collapsed under Aunt Clara is probably salvageable and Carrell will explain just what kind of glue, clamps, adhesives, nails, etc., you, will need. The instructions on lacquer, shellac, and varnish application are clear step-by-step with easy to follow diagrams. For the more ambitious Carrell provides instructions for recaning, customizing and reupholstery. And there is much miscellaneous sensible advice on taking care of marble or plastic laminated table tops, on ""kidproofing"" a room and, if you want to get fancy about it, you can turn a leftover table or chair leg into a decorative lamp. Probably the most valuable part of this how-to is the meticulous discussion of tools and hardware. A chest of drawers may have butt, rabbet or dovetail joints and each must be differently treated. And if for some reason, your restoration project falls. . .well, call the Salvation Army.