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The Complete Manual of Woodworking Paperback – December 3, 1996
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The book begins with a very strong section on the properties of wood, discussing 20 distinct types of softwoods, 56 types of hardwoods, as well as veneers, plywoods, particle boards and fiberboards. Each type is discussed with comments on sources, characteristics, workability, weight, and common uses. After a brief section on furniture design, it proceeds to three sections on tools. These take up the bulk of the book. There are few recommendations on which tools to buy first, or which to put off until later. The authors don't tell us much about what to look for when choosing a tool. Each tool is recommended just as highly as all the others, with sections on typical uses and how to perform them. On the other hand, the coverage of techniques is incredibly thorough in the handful of pages devoted to each tool. There are also a number of techniques here specifically aimed at those of us who have a less than complete collection of tools.
The authors follow this with a brief section on setting up the home workshop, and then a chapter on joinery.Read more ›
** Touches on nearly all aspects of woodworking.
** Tells you about the material that you are working with ... WOOD.
** Detailed dimensions of the average "good feeling" piece of furniture. EX: Counter top height of kitchen base cabinet is generally 36"
** If you are the type of person who likes project books, this has none.
I will guarantee that this is an investment - a fully illustrated (in colour) reference book - a complete manual.
I consider this book a great investment.
Perhaps it is a little to strong to say this is a mile-wide and inch deep, but it really is more for the person who knows absolutely nothing. One thing that I especially like is the list of different wood species -- it gives a good comprehensive list.
Otherwise, it spends most it's time going over every tool known to God giving a short blurb on each one. If you don't know your tools, this is a great place to start.
Anyway, if you were to buy one book, I would recommend the other one mentioned above, but this is still good for a beginner.
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I absolutely love this book. It's not so much a project book as a broad overview of virtually all elements of woodworking. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Ben
Very good, great background of the wood itself, to give the craftsman a better understanding of the materials they use. Still refer back to it regularly.Published 26 days ago by joeseph Zatarain