More than 200 timber species from around the world are described in detail in this lavishly illustrated, compact edition of Terry Porter's best-selling book. In this indispensable guide to one of the world's most valuable natural resources there are handsome colour photographs of each species, and reliable data on working properties, seasoning requirements, typical uses and safety considerations. Inspirational examples of finished work are also shown. A further 200 species are listed in brief, and there is a comprehensive index. Aimed squarely at the individual or small-scale user, whether professional or amateur, the book includes woods used in cabinetmaking, joinery, carpentry, turning, carving and a host of more specialist applications. It covers most species in widespread use, and many less familiar ones which deserve to be better known. This new compact edition of a best-selling reference work, includes the 20 important species added to the revised and expanded edition and a section illustrating the variety of decorative figuring which can be found in many species. There is also valuable information on wood defects and potential health hazards. Specially commissioned drawings of living trees, including details of their leaves, fruit and flowers, add a new dimension to the book and serve to enhance our appreciation of the raw material of woodwork.
Author: Albert J. Constantine, Jr.
Publisher: Lyons Press
Release Date: 2005-05-15
KNOW YOUR WOODS traces different kinds of lumber from the forest to the sawmill to the craftsman's workshop. Every person interested in the broad subject of woods—their identification, characteristics, and uses—will find this book a revelation. The information is presented in clear, nontechnical style. It describes over 300 principal woods—indicating the common and scientific names of each—shows how to recognize a tree by its leaf, bark, or berry, and how to identify its wood by grain, color, and texture. Chapters include: A Tree Lives -Identification of Woods -How a Tree is Named-Knowing-Trees by Name . Out of the Forest into Logs and Lumber-From Logs to-Veneers-The Physical Appearance of Wood-Woods of the Bible . Planting-Trees around the World . State Trees-Drugs from Trees . Collecting Woods of the World as a Hobby-And more The author spent more than forty years in the trade before writing this book, and as such, it contains much information that appears nowhere else. There is also information on worldwide forestation programs, logging and sawmill operations, lumber and veneer manufacturing methods, and other related subjects. Completely revised, this edition features more than 150 illustrations of trees and wood grains. KNOW YOUR WOODS is a unique reference guide that neither the craftsman nor the tree lover should be without.
The New Wood Book is the about making the basics of using and choosing wood easier to understand. While some wood books can be intimidating due to an overly scientific approach or overloaded with exotic or hard to find woods, this handy, user-friendly resource is the perfect starting point for anyone seeking information about the most essential materials needed to complete their next woodworking project. In addition to covering the top native American and exotic woods from Ash to Zebrawood, The New Wood Book also offers expert advice and know-how for working with wood, rough lumber and plywood, understanding wood movement and other characteristics, finding unique wood sources, and storing and drying lumber. With lots of photos and accessible, detailed information, The New Wood Book is the ideal resource for woodworkers, carpenters, crafters, or DIY enthusiasts seeking the fundamental knowledge needed to successfully work with wood.
This comprehensive reference includes details on selecting and using more than 200 species of wood from around the world. Richly illustrated with more than 400 photos and 200 drawings, each species gets full attention with its own photo, plus in-depth information on the wood's working properties, seasoning requirements, typical uses, and safety considerations.
The "Handbook's" 23 chapters contain the most current information on physical and mechanical properties of wood, most effective methods of drying, fastening, finishing and preserving wood, new advances in wood products and more. 210 Illustrations.
Christophe Pourny learned the art of furniture restoration in his father’s atelier in the South of France. In this, his first book, he teaches readers everything they need to know about the provenance and history of furniture, as well as how to restore, update, and care for their furniture—from antiques to midcentury pieces, family heirlooms or funky flea-market finds. The heart of the book is an overview of Pourny’s favorite techniques—ceruse, vernis anglais,and water gilding, among many others—with full-color step-by-step photographs to ensure that readers can easily replicate each refinishing technique at home. Pourny brings these techniques to life with a chapter devoted to real-world refinishing projects, from a veneered table to an ebonized desk, a gilt frame to a painted northern European hutch. Rounding out this comprehensive guide is care and maintenance information, including how to properly clean leather, polish hardware, fix a broken leg, and replace felt pads, as well as recipes to make your own wax, shellac, varnish, stain, and more.
This volume presents descriptions of over 100 trees and bushes from all parts of the globe and their utility as a material. We have drawn on many sources in compiling tables of the physical and mechanical properties of the featured woods into a useful reference guide. The unique physical properties of each type of wood determines its suitability for different uses. These properties, including bending strength, density, hardness, stiffness and shrinkage rate must be considered to use wood to its best advantage. For instance, some species are suitable for boat building because they are durable and resistant to decay, while other species are extensively used in building construction because of their structural strengths.