Q: Now that I'm retired, I want to fulfill my longtime desire by furnishing our home with country furniture that I can make by hand. Where can I obtain information or instructional plans on how to do so, and where can I get the proper hardware and other materials needed to create such pieces?
A: You'll find everything you need to know about building this furniture (including instructions, plans, detailed drawings, finishing techniques to give pieces an antique look and photographs of how the finished pieces look, plus a list of sources for hard-to-find materials, hardware, wood, tools, finishes and supplies) in "American Country Furniture -- Projects from the Workshops of David T. Smith," by Nick Engler and Mary Jane Favorite. The hardcover edition is $29.95 plus $4.50 shipping from the Workshops of David T. Smith, Marketing Dept., 3600 Shawhan Road, Morrow, Ohio 45152.
Mr. Smith makes a wide variety of cupboards. His craftsmanship has made his pieces collectible in their own right. For further information phone him at (513) 932-2472, or send $3 for a catalog from which pieces can be ordered.
Q: How can I learn to identify rare coins?
A: "Best Buys in Rare Coins -- What Expert Dealers and Collectors Advise," by Donn Perlman, is available for $10.95 postpaid from Bonus Books, 160 E. Illinois St., Chicago, Ill. 60611; phone (312) 467-0580. The book also lists coin-related magazines, newsletters, clubs and sources, including those for tokens, medals, bank notes, coppers, currency and ancient coins.
Q: Would an old non-working radio have any value? Who would buy it? I found it in the alley and took it home only to find that it doesn't play.
A: Send a photo or description of the radio, including any wording or numbers it may have, to Barry A. Janov, a collector and buyer of old radios, at 2454 Dempster St., Suite 416, Des Plaines, Ill. 60016. Include an addressed, stamped envelope for a reply, free appraisal or offer. Or phone Mr. Janov, who buys old radios and radio-related items in any condition, at (708) 827-9100.
Q: I am interested in collecting refrigerator magnets representing various states I have visited. Is there a company or catalog that sells such magnets?
A: A 35-page catalog listing magnets, pins, ornaments, cookie cutters, puzzles and miniatures comes from the Baggage Car, 513 Elm St., Box 65485, West Des Moines, Iowa 50265. Send $4 for the catalog, or phone Meredith De Good at (515) 255-3070.
Anita Gold can be reached by writing Anita Gold, Maryland Living, The Sun, Baltimore 21278. Selected questions will appear in her column. The volume of mail makes individual replies impossible. When writing sources listed in this column, enclose an addressed, stamped envelope for replies.