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Woodworking For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Strong
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Book Description

You've seen a few shows on TV, and working with wood looks like it could be quite entertaining and rewarding. After all, you get to create something that you can proudly display to your friends and family. But where and how do you begin to move from expressed interest to hands-on experience?

Woodworking For Dummies shows you how your raw building materials stack up, with everything you wood need to know about hardwood, softwood, plywood, veneer wood, plain-sawn wood, rift-cut wood, quarter-sawn wood, solid wood, man-made wood, and more. This down-to-earth guide gives you the goods on how boards are made from trees and the characteristics of hardwood and softwood species, plus all the buzz on

  • Gearing up with the right tools
  • Putting safety first in your workshop
  • Using adhesives and glue
  • Working with wood joints
  • Smoothing it out by sanding and filling
  • Adding color with stains and paints
  • Protecting your work with topcoats

Whether you want to put together a simple plywood bookcase or an incredible solid oak dining table, Woodworking For Dummies can help you get organized as you craft your plans for a piece that'll reflect your personal touch. You'll discover how to

  • Measure and mark your wood
  • Distinguish among saw designs
  • Choose and use sharpening tools
  • Hone in on hot melt glue
  • Speed things up with modern frame joints
  • Get down to the nitty-gritty on nails
  • Apply water-based polyurethanes

This handy reference packs in essential information for the novice woodworker and some advanced tips and tricks to jumpstart any woodworker's existing skills. Includes detailed illustrations and  how-to photos.

Editorial Reviews


"...this friendly guide gets you started in the basics...choose your step by step project and away you go..." (Prizes Galore, February 2004)

From the Back Cover

Features detailed illustrations and how-to photos

Create beautiful furniture and decorative items the fun and easy way®!

Want to work with wood? This friendly guide gets you started in the basics, from selecting the right type of wood and the best hand and power tools to the nuts and bolts of joining, sanding, and finishing wood. You’ll make a simple bookcase and move on to create tables and cabinets that will last a lifetime.

Discover how to:

  • Get the hang of your tools and outfit a workshop
  • Choose the right wood cut for you
  • Work with wood joints and edging
  • Set up a workshop and store your tools
  • Apply adhesives, stains, paints, oils, and varnishes
  • Protect yourself from injury

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

Product Details

  • File Size: 14343 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (March 8, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004S82RUG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,011 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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83 of 88 people found the following review helpful
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I think the Dummies series really dropped the ball on this one. Woodworking for Dummies is written by a guy that tells you that he wants to start from scratch; later in the introduction he refers to himself as a tool collector and a gear junkie. That might be ok, I thought; surely he'll start from the bottom and explain the basic techniques before he gets into using the specialized equipment - the Dummies books are good at that sort of thing. Right?

Wrong. Although there's a whole mini-chapter listing his assumptions - among which he tells you that he assumes that you want to learn woodworking from scratch - he never tells you that the entire book depends entirely on your already having a basement or garage workshop full of power tools. He assumes at every step that you have a table saw, a router, a router table, a compound miter saw, a drill press, a jointer, and a 12' planer.

Not once does he mention the simple, traditional way of doing things with handheld tools, except to snidely deride it and say he does it "the faster, easier way." Everything in this book is written for an audience that has already accreted ten thousand dollars worth of power machinery. But here's the catch: how many people do you know that buy that many specialized power tools before knowing how to cut a straight line on a table saw? As far as I'm concerned this book is fairly worthless. Dummies, my faith in you is shaken - I'm returning this book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And all 10 fingers intact November 4, 2008
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Great for the starter or occasional woodworker and a resource for the rest of us. As with all "Dummies" books, it is clearly written and gets right to the point of using tools, design, and choosing what wood and joints to use.

This is a good book to get into the hobby, but then join a woodworking group in your area to really learn. Worth the money in my opinion.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good addition to my Dummies library May 12, 2007
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Being a late in life beginning woodworker, I needed something that didn't assume I knew all there was to know about the tools I had and how to bend the wood to my will in order to end up with items I could be proud of. This book helped a lot in that regard. While I won't always use some of the shortcuts and techniques the author recommends, knowing that you can get from point A to point B professionally was a big help. This is a valuable addition to my woodworking reference library and I will refer to it often.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK book, few pictures, intro to basic skill level March 28, 2010
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This book is an OK start. Not a lot of pictures of the projects. The colored panels of the wood species is OK, but not very useful.

This guy *REALLY* likes his biscuit joints. It like he's a cheer leader for them. Got tiring after a while.

The table saw section is poor, misses a lot of information on the most important machine in your shop (zero clearance inserts, what makes a good fence.. etc).

Does not really cover finishes that much.. touches on them but the most important part of any project after construction is the finish and again, very limited, basic information is given.

Not a terribly bad book, but not a great one. Good buy used for abut $8-10.

One SMALL nit pick - on the cover, there are many errors with regard to safety: long sleeves, wearing jewelry... even if all you are doing is gluing joints that stuff should come off at the door.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only for the most novice of woodworkers December 19, 2009
By Ryan P.
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I've only been woodworking for a few months and am still very much a novice. I bought this book hoping to learn some creative, but easy methods or time saving tips, but as my title implys, this book contains only the most basic of techniques. However, this book is very good for understanding basic terminology. This was my first "for dummies" book so maybe I was expecting too much. A few episodes of the New Yankee Workshop and/or a few hours of browsing the internet and you can learn the majority of what this book covers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not such a dummy anymore. February 18, 2009
A great guide for a novice woodworker. Tons of information about types and grades of wood, glues and sealers, finishes, different joints and how to use the tools you have to create them. It also includes a few project plans designed to give the reader the experience they need applicable to the lessons learned. Well written and enjoyable to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars useful August 28, 2009
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I bought this for my fiance and he is just starting to be interested in woodworking. He found this to be very helpful for a person new to the topic of wood and all it's details. It explains what the different tools are and how the work. It explained the different kinds of wood and what they are most useful for. It was a very useful beginner book for someone looking into woodworking from a novice point of view. I would recommend it and definatly give it as a gift.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Book September 15, 2008
This was the perfect book for me as a complete amateur in any type of woodworking. All the basic information I needed and direction to a lot more information if I wanted. Written in an easy-to-read style with a little humour - great book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read for anyone wanting to start woodworking as a ...
A great read for anyone wanting to start woodworking as a hobby, or the beginner looking to step up some. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Extremely helpful
Published 1 month ago by william Snyder
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
ok, not what i expected
Published 2 months ago by Mark Helm
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very informative, as well as intuitive...
Published 3 months ago by Vincent G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Well Written & Very Good for Woodworking Dummies
Been reading this book so that we can build furniture for our house and it gives so much good information and insight that I have no doubt once we've finished buying all the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Stephanie Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the Basics
As a woodworker, I like to go back and read/study the basics to reinforce my knowledge foundation. Even if you are an expert at something, it's good to make sure you aren't... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dale Creitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for us beginners.
This book gets right into the important things needed for those of us just starting to get into woodworking. Read more
Published 8 months ago by David Aleshire
4.0 out of 5 stars Who knows?
Don't laugh - we gave a copy to each of our sons as gifts. Haven't heard a thing about it since then. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Good book, full of great advice. This was definitely "For Dummies" as it covered more of the basic points of woodworking.
Published 9 months ago by QRIV
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Titled!
Great book to dip your toe before you invest several hundred or thousand dollars in tools and equipment. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ghost
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More About the Author

Jeff Strong is Director of the Strong Institute - a MusicMedicine research organization - and creator of Brain Shift Radio (BSR) - an interactive brain stimulation music site.

Jeff is a percussionist, composer, recording engineer, researcher, and adult living with ADHD. He graduated from the Musician's Institute in 1983 and has recorded over 30 CDs and thousands of music tracks for BSR since then.

Jeff has written 9 books and published dozens of scholarly and research articles about music and the brain, particularly as it applies to autism and ADHD.

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