The Essential Wood Book: The Woodworker's Guide to Choosing and Using Lumber

The Essential Wood Book: The Woodworker's Guide to Choosing and Using Lumber


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The Essential Wood Book: The Woodworker's Guide to Choosing and Using Lumber by Tim Snyder

The Essential Wood Book is about making the basics of using and choosing wood easier to understand. While some wood books can be intimidating due to an overly scientific approach or an overflowing amount of exotic and hard-to-find woods you'll never use, this handy, accessible resource is perfect for anyone seeking information about the most essential materials needed to complete their next woodworking project. In addition to covering the top native American and exotic woods from Ash to Zebrawood, The Essential Wood Book also offers expert advice and know-how for working with wood, rough lumber and plywood, understanding wood movement and other characteristics, finding unique wood sources, and storing and drying lumber. With lots of photos and accessible, detailed information, The Essential Wood Book is the ideal resource for woodworkers, carpenters, crafters, or DIY enthusiasts seeking the fundamental knowledge needed to successfully work with wood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940611372
Publisher: Spring House Press
Publication date: 07/01/2016
Pages: 204
Sales rank: 164,414
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Tim Snyder has served as executive editor of American Woodworker and Fine Homebuilding magazines, as a book division editor at the Taunton Press, and as co-author with Norm Abrams of two New Yankee Workshop books. Recently named editor of Woodcraft magazine, Snyder previously built a reputation as a freelance writer for national home improvement and home repair franchises such as,, and He has also worked as a finish carpenter and completed major home renovation projects with his wife Barbara. The Snyders live in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Native American Woods
Ash, Beech, Birch, Boxelder, Cherry, American Chestnut, Cyprus, Elm, Hickory, Holly, Maple, Oak, Red Oak, White Oak, Osage Orange, White Pine, Yellow Poplar, Red Alder, Western Red Cedar, Redwood, Royal Paulownia, Sassafrass, Sycamore, Black Walnut

Chapter 2: Exotic Woods
Bamboo, Cedar, Ebony, Ipe, Koa, Lacewood, Mahogany, Black Palm, Purpleheart, Teak, Wenge, Yellowheart, Zebrawood

Chapter 3: Plywood
Man-Made Woodworking Materials
Sheet Goods for the Shop

Chapter 4: Unique Wood Sources
Get a Grip on Lumber Grades
Making Good with Salvaged Wood
Buyer’s Guide to Mills
Hardwood Lumber
Wood for Outdoor Projects
Hunting Backyard Exotics

Chapter 5: Wood Characteristics
Mixing and Matching Woods
Talking Figure
Taming Wild Wood
Their Two Scents’ Worth
Hardwood, Heartwood, and Hard Wood
Toxic Woods

Chapter 6: Working with Wood
Squaring Up Rough Lumber
Wood Movement

Chapter 7: Storage and Drying
Lumber and Sheet Storage Rack
How to Air Dry Lumber
Acclimating Wood
Stock Options: Air or Kiln Dried?

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