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The woodworkers complete shop reference
Churchill, J. (Jennifer), 1971-
First edition.
Publication Information:
Cincinnati, OH : Popular Woodworking Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
143 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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TT180 .C49 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Quick Answers, Solid Advice, Real Solutions. At last, it's all here in one book.

Make your shop complete with The Woodworker's Complete Shop Reference . It provides a comprehensive overview of woodworking - from selecting woods to finishing furniture - plus tips, guidelines and answers to all your most frequent questions.

It also addresses your #1 need - instant access to solutions for every woodworking dilemma. In fact, The Woodworker's Complete Shop Reference is the ultimate one-stop Q&A resource, no matter what your level of skill or experience. You'll find invaluable information on these topics and more:

Wood: the fundamental characteristics and properties of hardwoods, softwoods and imports at a glance Hardware: everything you need to know about fasteners, knobs and brackets, how to install them, and working with the 32mm (Euro) system Shop math: ideas, formulas and charts for making shop math easier, quicker and, yes, pain-free Dimensions: guidelines for measuring and replicating furniture styles Hand tools: all about hand tools - planes, chisels and files Power tools: what they are and what they do, from miter saws to planers Glues and adhesives: types of glues and their advantages and disadvantages Joints: close-up illustrations of all the most common (and some not-so-common) joints Sharpening: complete coverage of angles, stones and grinders Finishing: guidelines for applying common stains and top coats Safely setting up a shop: invaluable safety tips and set-up guidelines

Each section is jam-packed with illustrations and photos, plus dozens of listings for sources and supplies.

But that's not all. You'll also find page after page of information on the world's most intriguing woodworking people, places and history, from Habitat for Humanity to The Furniture City of Grand Rapids, Michigan. It's everything you could want from a shop reference and much, much more!

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 8
The Basics of Woodworkingp. 10
Chapter 1 Wood: species, uses and characteristicsp. 12
Types of wood availablep. 14
Lumber measurementsp. 15
Hardwoodsp. 16
Softwoodsp. 20
Importsp. 22
Plywoodp. 24
Chapter 2 Hardware: fasteners, knobs and bracketsp. 28
Fastenersp. 30
Hingesp. 32
The euro or 32mm systemp. 34
Moulding stylesp. 36
Installing hardwarep. 39
Chapter 3 Shop math: circles, squares and measurementsp. 44
The basicsp. 46
Plane geometryp. 46
Trigonometryp. 46
Designing furniturep. 47
Golden sectionp. 48
Chapter 4 Dimensions: furniture design and measuring devicesp. 54
Furniture stylesp. 56
Measuring devicesp. 58
Standard guidelines for furniturep. 59
Standard guidelines for shelvingp. 60
Standard guidelines for tables and chairsp. 62
Door and drawer constructionp. 63
Chapter 5 Hand tools: planes, chisels and filesp. 66
Using your handsp. 68
Planes and sawsp. 68
Scraping and smoothing toolsp. 69
Chiselsp. 69
Rasps, files and spokeshavesp. 69
Clampsp. 69
Chapter 6 Power tools: saws, routers, sanders and morep. 72
What's out therep. 74
Table saws, band saws and miter sawsp. 74
Jigsaws, drills and routersp. 75
Biscuit joiners and drill pressesp. 75
Jointers and planersp. 75
Lathesp. 75
Sanders, dust collection and circular sawsp. 76
Chapter 7 Glues and adhesives: what to usep. 78
Making it stickp. 80
Animal and vegetable gluesp. 80
Synthetic gluesp. 80
Working with wood and gluep. 84
Chapter 8 Joints: when to use which and what they look likep. 88
Form and functionp. 90
What the joints look likep. 91
Japanese jointsp. 94
Chapter 9 Sharpening: angles and stonesp. 96
Power grinding optionsp. 98
Sharpening stonesp. 99
Sharpening: plane irons and chiselsp. 102
Chapter 10 Finishing: sandpaper and finish typesp. 108
Sandpaperp. 110
Hardwood finishing basicsp. 111
Dyes and stainsp. 111
Fillers, sealers and glazesp. 112
Top coatsp. 113
Exterior finishesp. 113
Preservativesp. 114
Chapter 11 Safely setting up a shopp. 120
Think firstp. 122
Shop layout and considerationsp. 122
Safe and soundp. 124
Electricity and fire codesp. 124
Fire safety and first aid kitsp. 125
Hand tool and power tool safetyp. 126
Dust collection and ventilationp. 128
Sources and Suppliesp. 130
Glossary of Woodworking Words and Phrasesp. 136
Indexp. 141