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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Understanding wood: a craftsman's guide to wood technology

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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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Excellent book for any aspiring woodworker. Covers tons of basics on everything from obtaining your wood, drying it, and working it. A very good general informational type book that provides direction for where to find more detailed information should it be required. Read full review

Contents

Preface
3
PART
87
The Nature of Wood 6 Factors affecting strength properties
94
Sapwood and heartwood 11
102
Figure in Wood 24 Free water and bound water
112
Wood Identification 46
133
Drying Wood
148
Machining and Bending Wood
175
Finishing and Protecting Wood
202
Lumber
213
Veneer and Plywood
225
Composite Panels
235
Engineered Wood
241
Forests past and future
254
Finding the specific gravity of wood
260
Bibliography
272

Joining Wood
181
Adhesives and Gluing
193

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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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