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Woodworker's Guide to Wood (Back to Basics): Straight Talk for Today's Woodworker
     

Woodworker's Guide to Wood (Back to Basics): Straight Talk for Today's Woodworker

by John Kelsey
 

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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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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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607650522
Publisher:
Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Series:
Back To Basics
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,115,428
File size:
36 MB
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Meet the Author

 John Kelsey is a journalist, an editor, and a writer specializing in woodworking and furniture making. He is a former editor in chief for Fine Woodworking magazine and a publisher of woodworking and homebuilding books at the Taunton Press. He is the author of several woodworking books, including Furniture Projects for the Deck and Lawn and Kid Crafts: Woodworking. He currently serves as the Editorial Director for Fox Chapel Publishing.

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