Guide (Collins Good Wood) (Good wood guides)

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9780004129976: Guide (Collins Good Wood) (Good wood guides)

An authoritative reference on choosing, using and working with wood.

The raw material, Woods of the World, Softwoods of the World, Hardwoods of the World, Wood veneers, Man-made boards, Wood finishes
Tree species

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Review for Collins Good Wood Routers, a previous book in the series:

“There are so many good things about this book I’m not even going to begin to list them, you can discover them for yourself, because this book is indispensable.”
Woodworker Magazine

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A comprehensive guide to selecting the right wood for the job – including softwoods, hardwoods, veneers and man-made boards. Invaluable reference for every woodworker.

'COLLINS GOOD WOOD GUIDE' contains:
• 74 individually photographed hardwoods and softwoods, with easy-reference chart information on characteristics, common uses and workability
• an introduction to wood and wood production, with advice on logging, milling and seasoning
• tips and techniques on steam bending, laminating and veneering
• a guide to selecting and using man-made boards and decorative veneers
• up-to-date information on conservation, with key symbols highlighting endangered species

Even the most experienced woodworker would find it difficult to identify every species of timber,and for fraught with confusion and frustration. And choosing the right wood for a project invilves a lot more than knowing what it looks like. Does it work easily with hand tools or machinery? Can I glue it? Will it take a polish satisfactorily? Is it likely to be too heavy for the job in hand? These and other questions are answered in this handy book that includes a wide selection of commercial softwoods and hardwoods. And if solid wood is unsuitable, a choice of man-made boards and veneers affers yet more solutions.

Each wood is presented in full colour as a large sample to show both side and end grain. Comparative charts illustrate every tree species featured in the book, and include photographs of each wood in its natural and finished states.

This easy-to-use guide is a convenient yet comprehensive source of reference, giving useful and practical advice on wood production, grading and selection, plus up-to-date information on forest conservation and endangered species.

• COLLINS COMPLETE WOODWORKER'S MANUAL
• COLLINS COMPLETE DIY MANUAL
• COLLINS GOOD WOOD HANDBOOK
• COLLINS CARE AND REPAIR OF FURNITURE
• COLLINS COMPLETE HOME RESTORATION MANUAL

Their many television appearances include two series of their own on furniture making and restoration. Simon Jennings, the book's designer, has worked as a graphic designer for international companies, and as a lecturer specializing in book design. With Jackson and Day, he is a partner in Inklink, a company unique in publishing, where highly visual and practical books are conceived, written, edited, illustrated and designed by the same small team.

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