Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Working with Wood

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by: Andy Rae

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This thorough guide features comprehensive techniques for handling the woodworker's most favored material. From felling a tree and milling lumber to finishing and joining, it covers every aspect of working with wood, with a special focus on how the unique properties of different species affect woodworking processes. Finishes, adhesives, joinery, design, and bending are covered, as well as working with highly figured material. Valuable information on how to process and store wood is also included.

Table of Contents:

PART ONE: Understanding Wood SECTION 1. The Properties of Wood Wood Structure Softwoods and Hardwoods Understanding Wood Movement Reaction Wood SECTION 2. Identifying Wood Identifying a Species Distinctive Wood Properties Tricks for Identifying Wood Understanding Grain Orientation PART TWO: Finding and Storing Wood SECTION 3. Cutting Your Own Wood Harvesting Trees Rough-Milling Lumber SECTION 4. Drying Lumber Drying Lumber SECTION 5. Buying Lumber Handling Sheet Goods Parts Storage SECTION 6. Storing Lumber Laying Out Measuring PART THREE: Designing with Wood SECTION 7. Dealing with Wood Movement Reading Moisture Letting Wood Move SECTION 8. Choosing Joints Designing a Joint Testing Your Joints Common Joints SECTION 9. Selecting Your Material Drawing Full-Scale Appearance and Strength PART FOUR: Cutting Wood SECTION 10. Dimensioning Wood Milling Solid Wood Sizing Plywood Cutting Shapes Cutting Veneer SECTION 11. Working Difficult Wood Getting Clean Cuts Making Repairs Flattening Veneer PART FIVE: Bending Wood SECTION 12. Bending Wood Green Bending Kerf-Bending Bent Lamination Steam-Bending PART SIX: Smoothing, Gluing, and Finishing SECTION 13. Smoothing and Preparing Wood Planing and Scraping Sanding Wood Making Repairs Preparing for a Finish SECTION 14. Gluing and Clamping Wood Gluing Oily Wood Clamping Up Gluing Veneer Removing Glue SECTION 15. Finishing Wood Coloring Wood Smoothing between Coats Applying a Finish Smoothing the Finish Sources Appendix Index


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