Strom and Rankin ( Building Garden Furniture , LJ 5/1/93) force the reader to consider many of the common items in the kitchen that have the potential to beautify and increase the functionality of the area. They offer a plethora of projects of varying difficulty, from simple stands and boxes to a butcher block table. It is possible to start with the small projects and progress as one's skill level increases. The requisite items are all here: safety cautions, brief tool introductions, and straightforward, step-by-step plans. There are precise materials lists, as well as touches of humor and encouragement. Illustrations are bright, exact, and numerous. For woodworking collections.-- Alex Hartmann, Bloomsburg Univ. Lib., Pa.