This comprehensive and up-to-date illustrated book on woodworking begins with the raw material, revealing the characteristics of every major softwood and hardwood, its stunning colour photographs even detailing the effect of a clear finish on the colour of each species.
The book takes you through every process of three-dimensional design. Actual designers' sketches illustrate the basic principles of chair, table and storage-unit construction - and provide a plunder-chest of ideas for selecting everything from the best joint for the job to the most efficient order of assembly. There also is an illustrated survey of every type of tool - from the bench plane to the power router, and a Japanese saw to a universal machine, and each is comprehensively described to help the novice, inform the tool buyer and assist the experienced woodworker to plan and stock a safe machine shop.
Whether it is woodcarving, veneering and marquetry, bending or finishing wood, the book provides detailed coverage of those crafts that are so appealing to every woodworker. There is even advice on using such materials as metal, glass, marble and leather in combination with wood. Add to this a comprehensive range of fixings and fittings - form the latest in adhesives to locks and handles - and you have everything you need to complete the job.