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  1. Understanding Wood: A Craftsman's Guide to Wood Technology
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Understanding Wood: A Craftsman's Guide to Wood Technology

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R. Bruce Hoadley
Kindle Edition
Revised ed.
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Taunton Press Inc
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I have both volumes of this series and find them to be superior to any other books on wood structure I have seen. I have recommended this book to a number of wood working friend and have received very positive "thank yous" from each of them. This book does what many others do not, and that is discuss the structure of wood from an anatomical point of view (pictures of wood cross sections are excellent) and an understanding of the botanical aspects of tree growth. It was a pleasure to sit down and read through both volumes like a novel and come away with a real appreciation for the (mostly) unseen world of wood structure - flaws and all. Highly recommend this if you are interested as a scientist or an amateur. This book can change the way you see trees and that is a good thing.
My husband is an intermediate craftsman and I bought him this book for Christmas. I thought it would be like an encyclopedia of the types of wood, which is what I wanted to get him, but turns out it is more like a wood textbook (as he says.) He is absolutely thrilled with it, it gives really detailed explanations about everything and anything one would want to know about wood. There is even a section on the psychological characteristics of wood. Terribly interesting, this is a great book. However, the wood identification section is not really large, so I will be purchasing him a wood encyclopedia also. This is not necessarily a flaw, it wasn't advertised to be such, just a misconception I had. Definitely a must have for a woodworker, very interesting and useful information!
This book takes you from qualitative to quantitative understanding by means of accurate, readable explanations and a minimum of fuss. For instance, after explaining why a house settles, Hoadley shows us clearly how to estimate how much it will settle and what a knowledgeable builder could do about it.
Or take this simple woodworking situation: you are building a towel rack from two side pieces of white pine drilled to accept a maple dowel. Exactly how much wider should the hole be than the dowel so that expansion and contraction due to moisture changes in the bathroom won't split the sides?
A little time spent with this book will give you the ability to answer questions like these, quickly, exactly, and with authority. No more guessing about the effects of moisture, temperature, finish, and loads on wood: just look up the data in the clear and handy tables and graphs Hoadley provides and do the simple calculations (it's multiplication and division, folks, with nothing... Read more
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