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Woodworker's Guide to Wood: Straight Talk for Today's Woodworker
     

Woodworker's Guide to Wood: Straight Talk for Today's Woodworker

by Skills Institute Press
 

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Get Back to Basics with the core information every woodworker needs. This book will give you a clear roadmap of wood knowledge, from assessing the lumber you find to discovering the elegant tradition of green woodworking.

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Get Back to Basics with the core information every woodworker needs. This book will give you a clear roadmap of wood knowledge, from assessing the lumber you find to discovering the elegant tradition of green woodworking.

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GordGraff.com

Having an intimate knowledge of the material we as woodworkers work with is extremely useful and this book gives us just that. Understanding the theory of wood movement is just the start to this insightful and resourceful book. Flat sawn, rift saw and quarter sawn methods and what those methods mean to woodworkers is also included in this book. Understanding lumber grades, how to build a solar kiln, portable sawmill cutting, estimating wood movement, storage racks, a wood directory that provides useful information on commonly used lumber and working with man made materials and veneers are also covered. This 156 page book is the bare facts, no nonsense book on the unique properties of wood and how to work within the limitations of those properties. Know the material you work with intimately and you’ll become a better woodworker…………………GordGraff.com

— Gord Graff

ToolReviews.ca

Back to Basics Series

While the subtitle, ''Straight Talk for Today''s Woodworker'', for the ''Back to Basics'' series might imply that these books are designed for all woodworkers, they are, in my view, particularly relevant for novice woodworkers.

The authors rely largely on illustrations, and these are, in general, quite good. Almost every topic is accompanied by at least one illustration. The authors clearly have a good grasp of their respective subjects and know how to explain both simple and complex concepts clearly...these books contain a lot of reliable information that any novice woodworker will benefit from.


Woodworker's Guide to Wood
Overall I found this book covered the topic well. Topics include the anatomy of wood, properties of wood, how to select, store and prepare lumber, estimating wood movement, sheet stock, and a fairly lengthy section on working green wood. I would have liked to see more on techniques for dealing with wood movement, and the role of various finishes on wood movement.
At the back of the book is a wood directory that provides useful information on a range of commonly used timbers. The authors identify those timbers that are endangered. I would like to have seen those that are sustainable harvested identified as well. As woodworkers we have an obligation to refrain from using timbers that are rare or endangered, and where possible to use sustainably harvested woods.
- ToolReviews.ca

— Carl Duguay

From the Publisher
Having an intimate knowledge of the material we as woodworkers work with is extremely useful and this book gives us just that. Understanding the theory of wood movement is just the start to this insightful and resourceful book. Flat sawn, rift saw and quarter sawn methods and what those methods mean to woodworkers is also included in this book. Understanding lumber grades, how to build a solar kiln, portable sawmill cutting, estimating wood movement, storage racks, a wood directory that provides useful information on commonly used lumber and working with man made materials and veneers are also covered. This 156 page book is the bare facts, no nonsense book on the unique properties of wood and how to work within the limitations of those properties. Know the material you work with intimately and you'll become a better woodworker ..

I was once told that a tree is nothing but an overgrown weed! As a long time woodworker I have much more respect for them and certainly appreciate the length of time it takes to grow a hardwood tree. The authors have done an excellent job of encapsulating volumes in this 158 page reference book. They cover the wood from tree to finished project with a list of both hard and soft woods, moisture content, shrinkage, portable sawmill cutting (to save waste), veneers and man-made materials.

This whole series is beautifully put together and my hat is off to Skills Institute Press and Fox Chapel Publishing

The cover says it all, (almost), there is a beautiful cross section of a log with its various components. The chapter 'From Log to Lumber' will enlighten most woodworkers that think wood just grows on trees. From the felling of a tree to a 2x4 is covered in great depth and some of the information will surprise even the woodworking veteran. The selection and the grading of lumber is covered as is the amount of shrinkage of the various species.

If you have ever wondered how they make veneer, wonder no more. There is a very interesting chapter on how the various veneers are shaved off a log and the Guide shows you how you can produce smaller pieces of veneer. There is a chapter on drying and storing wood as well as one on plywood. Want to work with green wood? This book shows you how and illustrates many of the tools that will make the work easier.

The final chapter deals with and beautifully illustrates a wide selection of conventional and exotic wood species with their various characteristics. An excellent book to have around.

Every woodworker should own at least one book about wood and this would be a good one to have in your shop. Woodworker's Guide to Wood: Straight Talk for Today's Woodworker (Back To Basics) provides basic information about the properties of wood and how to identify them and includes a good looking wood directory complete with photos. There are also sections about veneer, selecting and storing lumber, and even a chapter about working with green lumber. For such a little book there is a good amount of information about a favorite topic of all woodworkers: wood.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565234642
Publisher:
Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Series:
Back To Basics Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

John Kelsey is a journalist and editor specializing in woodworking and furniture making. He has a degree in woodworking and furniture design from the School for American Craft at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is a former editor in chief of Fine Woodworking magazine and a publisher of woodworking and home building books at the Taunton Press. He is the author of Furniture Projects for the Deck and Lawn. He lives in Newtown, Connecticut.

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