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