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Selecting and Drying Wood

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This book collects the best articles from recent issues of "Fine Woodworking" on the subject of finding and working with wood. Wood is the one thing that woodworkers have in common and there is endless fascination with the working properties of various species, how to select and season wood and how to store it. Wood has a way of behaving as if it's still alive, moving with seasonal changes in temperature and humidity. Learning to work with it ...

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Overview

This book collects the best articles from recent issues of "Fine Woodworking" on the subject of finding and working with wood. Wood is the one thing that woodworkers have in common and there is endless fascination with the working properties of various species, how to select and season wood and how to store it. Wood has a way of behaving as if it's still alive, moving with seasonal changes in temperature and humidity. Learning to work with it rather than against wood movement is critical to successful woodworking.
Table of Contents
Section 1: Buying and Harvesting
Section 2: Selecting Wood
Section 3: Drying Wood
Section 4: Working with Wood
Section 5: Transporting and Storing

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561588305
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/21/2006
  • Series: New Best of Fine Woodworking Series
  • Pages: 154
  • Sales rank: 470,391
  • Product dimensions: 8.58 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Fine Woodworking has been publishing the best woodworking information for small shop woodworkers since 1975.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 2
Buying Lumber 4
Take an Inspection Kit When Buying Lumber 14
Lumberyard Sleuth 18
Finding Figured Woods: Desirable Defects and Irregularities 24
When Run-of-the-Mill Won't Do 32
Lumber from Your Own Backyard 40
Alternative Sources for Wood 47
The Right Wood for the Job 51
The Right Board in the Right Place 55
Wood Against Weather 63
Choosing Tropical Hardwoods 71
Using Unfamiliar Tropical Woods 74
Seasoned Wood: What You Need to Know 82
A Dehumidification Kiln 88
A Solar Kiln for Drying Wood 97
Air-Drying Lumber 104
Moisture-Meter Survey 110
Working Highly Figured Woods 118
Wood Moves 127
A Guide to the Wayward Ways of Wood Grain 130
What Woodworkers Need to Know about Light 133
When Wood Fights Back 137
Tying Down Lumber 142
Three Ways to Rack Lumber 146
Credits 150
Index 152
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