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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must' for any who regularly tackle woodworking projects, September 5, 2005
This review is from: Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Working with Wood (Complete Illustrated Guides (Taunton)) (Hardcover)
Andy Rae's Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide To Working With Wood is a 'must' for any who regularly tackle woodworking projects. A step-by-step reference covers different techniques for working with the wood, packing in nearly a thousand photos and drawings to show how to buy lumber, dry it, store it, join it, and machine it. Andy Rae has his own woodworking business and designs his own furniture; his extensive background making furniture and teaching woodworking lends to a splendidly simple presentation outlining different wood qualities and how to work with them.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Update to a Classic Woodworking Text, September 6, 2005
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This review is from: Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Working with Wood (Complete Illustrated Guides (Taunton)) (Hardcover)
This book is an expanded and comprehensive update of the (out of print) classic "Working with Wood: The Basics of Craftsmanship" by Peter Korn. It also includes some of the wood structural information from "Understanding Wood: A Craftsman's Guide to Wood Technology" by Dr. R. Bruce Hoadley.

"Working with Wood" examines not only how to fell a tree, cut it up, sticker the wood, build a kiln, and when to use the lumber, but also how to construct furniture so it doesn't crack, or buckle due to changes in seasonal humidity. This book is well on its way to becoming a new classic.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you do woodworking you need this book! just get it!, August 3, 2008
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Dr. K. Manuelian (FLORIDA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Working with Wood (Complete Illustrated Guides (Taunton)) (Hardcover)
Between the covers of this impressive tome. lie an incredible depth, breath and detail relative to the topic of wood and wood working. Beautifully written. explained and photographed, this is the gold standard on this topic!

Ken Manuelian
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great wood book!, April 3, 2007
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This review is from: Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Working with Wood (Complete Illustrated Guides (Taunton)) (Hardcover)
This book is extremely comprehensive and full of great detailed pictures. Even better than the original. This would make a great companion to "The Encyclopedia of Wood" from the U.S. Department of Agriculture!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK - and you won't see this info on TV, October 24, 2009
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This book does a great job of understanding wood so that we can build projects and not have them self destruct when the weather changes. All sorts of information on how wood behaves and how to work it.
Main topics include; wood properties, identifying, cutting your own, drying, buying, storing. Sections on letting wood move, cutting it, bending it, even steam bending, repairs, moisture, veneering, smoothing, joinery, clamping and finishing.
How to glue, how to let the wood expand. How to select the right boards and identify the grain characteristics for what you want to do.
Build shelves that won't sag; which wood types, length and thickness. Wood characteristics by species - several charts to cover strength, shrink percentages, indoor vs outdoor etc.
Very well illustrated book.
If you are looking for wood plans and projects, this book does not have them. Other than how to build a panel door that will stay together, which was part of the wood movement section. This book is about wood characteristics and the techniques needed to work it.
A must have for anyone who want to get serious about woodworking.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, January 11, 2007
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Everything you need to know to work with wood illustrated by numerous beautifull pictures.

You will find informtation on how to cut, dry, and use wood to build furniture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Working with Wood from Amazon, October 19, 2012
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A good addition to the woodworker's library. Seems to be aimed primarily at the new to moderate experience woodworker. Would be especially valuable if there are youngsters in the family who are interested in woodworking.
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