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Understanding Wood: A Craftsman's Guide to Wood Technology

by R Bruce Hoadley

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This book is an absolute necessity for anyone working with wood. The understandings that can be gained by reading and referring to this book will help anyone who has struggled to make things out of wood and found that it is just a bit more organic than it appears. ( )
  rmcdow | Oct 25, 2009 |
He covers many topics in this book, but does so with an amazing thoroughness. I was particularly impressed by the way he explains kiln drying. He did so in a fashion that was very readable, understandable & thorough. Much better than other papers & books I've read on the subject. Another chapter covers wood microscopy. It interested me enough that I bought another book he wrote on the subject. He's a professor, so he can & does use terms that I needed to look up, but he didn't overwhelm me with jargon. For a hard science text, it was extremely readable. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Sep 25, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0918804051, Hardcover)

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 is updated to include new information on composite materials, adhesives, and finishes developed in the past 20 years. R. Bruce Hoadley explores the nature of wood and its properties, the basics of wood technology, and the woodworker's raw materials. You'll learn the best ways to cut, season, machine, join, bend, fasten, and finish wood, and explore the crucial interaction of wood and moisture. You'll also find the latest on wood products and where to buy them."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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