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Woodworking for dummies
Strong, Jeff.
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Hoboken, NJ : Wiley Pub., [2004]

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xxii, 356 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
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Includes index.
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You've seen a few shows on TV, and working with wood looks like it could be quite entertaining and rewarding. After all, you get to create something that you can proudly display to your friends and family. But where and how do you begin to move from expressed interest to hands-on experience?

Woodworking For Dummies shows you how your raw building materials stack up, with everything you wood need to know about hardwood, softwood, plywood, veneer wood, plain-sawn wood, rift-cut wood, quarter-sawn wood, solid wood, man-made wood, and more. This down-to-earth guide gives you the goods on how boards are made from trees and the characteristics of hardwood and softwood species, plus all the buzz on

Gearing up with the right tools Putting safety first in your workshop Using adhesives and glue Working with wood joints Smoothing it out by sanding and filling Adding color with stains and paints Protecting your work with topcoats

Whether you want to put together a simple plywood bookcase or an incredible solid oak dining table, Woodworking For Dummies can help you get organized as you craft your plans for a piece that'll reflect your personal touch. You'll discover how to

Measure and mark your wood Distinguish among saw designs Choose and use sharpening tools Hone in on hot melt glue Speed things up with modern frame joints Get down to the nitty-gritty on nails Apply water-based polyurethanes

This handy reference packs in essential information for the novice woodworker and some advanced tips and tricks to jumpstart any woodworker's existing skills. Includes detailed illustrations and how-to photos.

Author Notes

Jeff Strong is a professional furniture designer and craftsman whose designs blend Arts and Crafts, Southwestern, and Asian styles

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
About This Bookp. 1
How to Use This Bookp. 2
Conventions Used in This Bookp. 2
Not So Foolish Assumptionsp. 2
How This Book Is Organizedp. 3
Icons Used in This Bookp. 5
Where to Go from Herep. 6
Part I What's All the Buzz about Woodworking?p. 7
Chapter 1 Discovering the Basics of Woodworkingp. 9
Getting the Lowdown on Woodp. 9
Setting Up Shopp. 10
Working with Woodsp. 11
Chapter 2 Wood You Be Mine? Appreciating Wood for All It's Worthp. 15
Board Basics: Knowing What to Look Forp. 16
Sorting Through the Types of Solid Woodp. 25
Looking Beneath the Surface of Veneersp. 28
Playing with Plywood (and Other Manufactured Boards)p. 29
Searching for Wood in All the Right Placesp. 33
Buying Woodp. 34
Chapter 3 Putting Safety First in Your Workshopp. 37
Protecting Yourself from Injuryp. 37
Where's Mr. Clean When You Need Him? Keeping Your Shop in Ship-Shapep. 39
Taking Care with Bits and Blades: Basic Tool Safetyp. 44
Part II Tool Time: Selecting and Setting Up Your Equipmentp. 47
Chapter 4 Gearing Up: Choosing Tools That Are Right for Youp. 49
Figuring Out Your Work Stylep. 49
Determining How Much to Spendp. 50
Chapter 5 Getting a Handle on Hand Toolsp. 57
Measuring and Marking Your Woodp. 57
Using Saws: More Than One Way to Cut a Boardp. 65
Using Planes: Smoothing the Old-Fashioned Wayp. 68
Charging into Chiselsp. 71
Choosing and Using Sharpening Stonesp. 73
Hammers and Malletsp. 75
Diving into Driversp. 77
Holding It All Together: Clampsp. 77
Chapter 6 Peeking at Portable Power Toolsp. 81
To Cord or Not to Cord: The Pros and Cons of Cordless Toolsp. 81
Sizing Up Sawsp. 82
Rallying around the Routerp. 87
Getting the Skinny on Sandersp. 91
Detailing Drillsp. 95
Banking on Biscuit Joinersp. 96
Chapter 7 Introducing the Big Guns: Stationary Power Toolsp. 99
Tuning In to the Table Sawp. 99
Joining the Jointerp. 104
Cutting Curves with the Band Sawp. 106
Making a Case for the Miter Sawp. 109
Partying with the Planerp. 111
Detailing the Drill Pressp. 114
Chapter 8 Setting Up Your Workshop and Maximizing Your Toolsp. 117
Considering Core Issuesp. 117
Sampling Some Shop Setupsp. 123
Tackling Tool Set-upsp. 126
Journeying into Jigsp. 127
Part III Together Forever: Basic Wood Joineryp. 137
Chapter 9 Stuck on You: Using Adhesives and Gluesp. 139
Cluing into Gluing: Understanding the Essential Role of Gluep. 139
Working with Carpenter's Gluep. 140
Handling Hide Gluep. 141
Choosing Contact Cementp. 142
Relying On Resin Gluesp. 143
Honing In on Hot Melt Gluep. 144
Chapter 10 Working with Wood Jointsp. 147
Choosing the Right Joint for the Jobp. 147
Easing into Edge-to-Edge Jointsp. 148
Constructing Carcass Jointsp. 154
Figuring Out Frame Jointsp. 166
Chapter 11 Making the Most of Mechanical Fastenersp. 179
Understanding the Role of Mechanical Fastenersp. 179
Securing with Screwsp. 180
Getting Down to the Nitty-Gritty of Nailsp. 182
Getting What You Need: Stocking Up on Your Screw and Nail Selectionp. 184
Part IV Getting Your Hands (and Shop) Dirty: Turning Raw Wood into Furniturep. 185
Chapter 12 Understanding the Building Processp. 187
Following Plans: Making Sense of Diagrams, Dimensions, and Proceduresp. 187
Creating a Cut Listp. 192
Preparing the Board for Millingp. 194
Making the Cutp. 195
Putting It All Togetherp. 195
Chapter 13 Banging Out Bookcasesp. 201
Parts Is Parts: Breaking Down Bookcasesp. 201
Making Your Own Simple Bookcasep. 202
Creating a Contemporary Style Bookcasep. 213
Crafting a Craftsman Style Bookcasep. 217
Fashioning a Shaker Style Bookcasep. 223
Making Your Mark: Designing Your Own Bookcases and Storage Unitsp. 225
Chapter 14 Tackling Tablesp. 227
Introducing the Parts of a Tablep. 227
Digging In to Building a Dining Tablep. 228
Crafting a Shaker Style Tablep. 239
Creating a Craftsman Style Tablep. 244
Tackling a Trestle Tablep. 249
When You Want to Get Creative: Designing Your Own Tablesp. 257
Chapter 15 Creating Cabinetsp. 259
Introducing the Parts of a Cabinetp. 259
Making Your Own Storage/Work Cabinetp. 260
Building a Four-Drawer Dresserp. 275
Crafting a Shaker Entertainment Centerp. 284
Bucking Tradition: Designing Your Own Cabinetsp. 293
Part V The Grand Finale: Sanding and Finishing Your Masterpiecep. 295
Chapter 16 Smoothin' It Out by Sanding and Fillingp. 297
Filling Holes and Cracksp. 297
Smoothing Out Your Woodp. 300
Chapter 17 Adding Color: Stains and Paintsp. 305
Understanding Types of Stainsp. 305
Picking Up on Paintsp. 310
Chapter 18 Protecting Your Work with Topcoatsp. 313
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly about Various Topcoatsp. 313
Shining It Up with Shellacp. 314
Opting for Oilp. 317
Working with Waxp. 318
Employing Varnish and Oil-Based Polyurethanep. 320
Using Water-Based Polyurethanep. 321
Part VI The Part of Tensp. 323
Chapter 19 Ten Great Habits to Get Intop. 325
Slowing Downp. 325
Standing Guardp. 325
Wearing Protectionp. 326
Staying Freshp. 326
Being Preparedp. 326
Checking Up on Key Equipmentp. 326
Staying Soberp. 327
Lighting Upp. 327
Keeping Clearp. 327
Staying Sharpp. 328
Chapter 20 Ten Common Woodworking Pitfalls and How to Avoid Themp. 329
Going Too Fastp. 329
A Blotchy Finishp. 330
Drawers/Doors Don't Fitp. 330
A Table Rocksp. 330
Stain Doesn't Takep. 331
Sanding Makes the Wood Fuzzyp. 331
Joints Don't Fit Togetherp. 332
Tabletops Aren't Flatp. 332
Wood Splits When Cuttingp. 333
Joints Too Loosep. 333
Chapter 21 Ten Great Woodworking Resourcesp. 335
Online Forumsp. 335
Magazinesp. 336
Woodworking Guildsp. 336
Community Colleges/University Extensionp. 336
Books and Videosp. 337
Online Instructionp. 337
Plansp. 337
Local Woodworkersp. 338
Local Woodworking Storesp. 338
Woodworking Shows/Conventionsp. 338
Indexp. 339