Old Ways of Working Wood

Old Ways of Working Wood

by Alex W. Bealer


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A revised edition of a classic guide to woodworking methods that have been refined and developed over thousands of years. It teaches and preserves techniques and historical information that were lost when modern woodworking technology, dedicated to mass production, displaced the craftsman. Every woodworking operation-chopping, splitting, using the workbench, sawing, hewing, boring, chiseling, shaping, planing, turning-is described in detail. There is also information on the role of various tools in the evolution of wood products, the types and characteristics of wood, the preparation and maintenance of tools, collective tools of antique value, and instruction on the subtleties of the craft, from rabbeting to molding. The professional woodworker, the hobbyist, the collector, the antiques dealer, and the craft enthusiast will discover valuable information in this definitive work. It is reference, guide, and history all in one volume.This book contains over 200 line drawings by the author to illustrate age-old, yet fascinating, ways of working with wood. With chapters that describe the ways to fell a tree, methods for splitting wood, and more, along with a complete appendix and index, this is a great reference for anyone interested in the ways of wood working.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780785807100
Publisher: Castle Books
Publication date: 05/15/2004
Edition description: REV
Pages: 255
Sales rank: 198,766
Product dimensions: 6.54(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

Alex W. Bealer was an advertising executive in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a collector of old tools, an expert on old crafts, and a skilled woodworker and blacksmith. He is the author of The Art of Blacksmithing, Only the Names Remain, The Picture-Skin Story,and The Successful Craftsman.

Table of Contents

Chapter IThe Ways of Felling a Tree21
Chapter IISplitting48
Chapter IIIThe Workbench69
Chapter IVSawing81
Chapter VHewing110
Chapter VIBoring122
Chapter VIIChiseling140
Chapter VIIIShaping155
Chapter IXPlaning165
Chapter XTurning193
Chapter XIMiscellany203
Appendix 1225
Appendix 2233

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