Understanding Wood: A Craftsman's Guide to Wood Technology

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Taunton Press, 2000 - Crafts & Hobbies - 280 pages
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In this essential reference for woodworkers, R. Bruce Hoadley explains everything from how trees grow to how best to cut, season, machine, join, bend, and finish wood. Why do miters open and glue joints loosen? How do you get a really sharp edge? Examples of problems and solutions help woodworkers puzzle through their own projects, while full-color photos and helpful tables illustrate key points.

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Wood is a complex, dynamic material that can only be used successfully if the craftsperson understands it. It reacts to changes in humidity, and the various species have widely different working and ... Read full review

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When I retired after 40 years in the funiture upholstery business I wanted to try my hand at log furniture I started reading other peoples advice What most would say is cut your logs (sticks) let them dry for 2 years Well foot fire I may not be hear 2 years from now I thought,I want to make something now And so i did I cut a wild chery tree one day and made a rocking chair out of it the next We talking green After the chair was put togather I sooked it in a mix 1/2 to 1/2 mineral spirts and linseed oil That was 4 years ago and as I sit heer looking at it now it is still strong with no loose joyents
What is this crap about working with green wood I tell you it is the easey way
No wonder no more people get into the craf And also if you cut boards, stand them on end till you are ready to use them Those people who law them down just don't know enty better My shop is made with GRE EN pine boards standing up Three years,no splits no warps Come on folks get real

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About the author (2000)

R. Bruce Hoadley is professor of wood science and technology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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