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Star Trek Craft Book

The "Star Trek Craft Book" offers up projects for the crafty Trekkie. (Akron Beacon Journal/MCT)

Bead me up, Scotty. Gallery Books has released two titles that just might represent creative nerdvana: “The Star Trek Craft Book” and “Star Trek Cross-Stitch.”

What Trekkie hasn’t longed to whip up a faux-fur Tribble, a baby’s onesie embroidered with “The Next Generation” or a beaded portrait of Capt. Kirk?

The craft book contains instructions for 25 quirky projects including home decor items, toys, clothing and party decorations. The cross stitch book helps you render “Star Wars” quotations, images and even likenesses of characters in needlework.

“The Star Trek Craft Book” is written by Angie Pedersen and the “Star Trek Cross Stitch,” by John Lohman. Each is priced at $19.99 in softcover.



A Copley, Ohio, businesswoman has created a line of gardening tools designed for women’s hands.

Pat Taylor developed a love of gardening from her mother, who dug in the soil with tools that didn’t fit her small frame. To remedy that problem, Taylor called on knowledge she’d gained from her years as an employee and more recently co-owner of Barberton, Ohio’s Wright Tool Co. to start Patricia Ann Tools, a division of Wright.

The company makes a set comprising a trowel, cultivator, soil knife, weeder and pruner, along with a sun hat. All the tools have ergonomic grips and heavy-duty stainless steel blades or prongs. The set sells for $89.95.

A tool caddy that fits a 5-gallon bucket is also available for $29.95.

Patricia Ann Tools can be ordered at Shipping is extra.



Q: I have an antique four-drawer wooden dresser. Whenever I open or close the drawers, especially in humid weather, they tend to really stick. Is there anything I can do to make them slide more easily?

A: John Wilkie of Revere Refinishing in Norton, Ohio, said the sticking can be caused by a number of factors, including wood wearing or swelling.

He suggested trying first to rub candle wax or a similar lubricant on the bottom and sides of the drawers and the drawer glides. Some people suggest paraffin, bar soap or a product such as Slip It sliding compound from Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, which is designed to reduce friction where wood meets wood. Rockler also sells an anti-friction tape called Nylo-Tape that can be applied where the drawers stick.

If that doesn’t work, the drawers might need to be reglued or otherwise repaired, Wilkie said. He also advised against overloading the drawers to prevent them from racking, or losing their shape.


(Have a question about home maintenance, decorating or gardening? Contact Akron Beacon Journal home writer Mary Beth Breckenridge at 330-996-3756, or send email to Be sure to include your full name, your town and your phone number or email address.)


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