Woodworking For Dummies

Woodworking For Dummies

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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 toolsPutting safety first in your workshopUsing adhesives and glueWorking with wood jointsSmoothing it out by sanding and fillingAdding color with stains and paintsProtecting 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 woodDistinguish among saw designsChoose and use sharpening toolsHone in on hot melt glueSpeed things up with modern frame jointsGet down to the nitty-gritty on nailsApply 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 187.96 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 589.67g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Hoboken, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0764539779
  • 9780764539770
  • 87,558

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"...this friendly guide gets you started in the basics...choose your step by step project and away you go..." ( Prizes Galore, February 2004)show more

Back cover copy

Features detailed illustrations and how-to photos Create beautiful furniture and decorative items the fun and easy way(R)! Want to work with wood? This friendly guide gets you started in the basics, from selecting the right type of wood and the best hand and power tools to the nuts and bolts of joining, sanding, and finishing wood. You'll make a simple bookcase and move on to create tables and cabinets that will last a lifetime. Discover how to: Get the hang of your tools and outfit a workshop Choose the right wood cut for you Work with wood joints and edging Set up a workshop and store your tools Apply adhesives, stains, paints, oils, and varnishes Protect yourself from injury The Dummies Way Explanations in plain English "Get in, get out" information Icons and other navigational aids Tear-out cheat sheet Top ten lists A dash of humor and funshow more

About Jeff Strong

Jeff Strong, of Lamy, New Mexico is not only an accomplished craftsman and woodworker, but is also author of Drums For Dummies and Home Recording For Dummies. Jeff began creating sawdust at a very early age while assisting his father, a master craftsman, build fine furniture. He has designed and build countless pieces of furniture and has recently completed the designs for a commercial line of furniture blending Arts and Crafts and Asian infuences which has already secured representation with a gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.show more

Table of contents

Introduction 1 Part I: What s All the Buzz about Woodworking 7 Chapter 1: Discovering the Basics of Woodworking 9 Chapter 2: Wood You Be Mine? Appreciating Wood for All It s Worth 15 Chapter 3: Putting Safety First in Your Workshop 37 Part II: Tool Time: Selecting and Setting Up Your Equipment 47 Chapter 4: Gearing Up: Choosing Tools That Are Right for You 49 Chapter 5: Getting a Handle on Hand Tools 57 Chapter 6: Peeking at Portable Power Tools 81 Chapter 7: Introducing the Big Guns: Stationary Power Tools 99 Chapter 8: Setting Up your workshop and Maximizing Your Tools 117 Part III: Together Forever: Basic Wood Joinery 137 Chapter 9: Stuck on You: Using Adhesives and Glues 139 Chapter 10: Working with Wood Joints 147 Chapter 11: Making the Most of Mechanical Fasteners 179 Part IV: getting Your Hands (and Shop) Dirty: Turning Raw Wood into Furniture 185 Chapter 12: Understanding the Building Process 187 Chapter 13: Banging Out Bookcases 201 Chapter 14: Tackling Tables 227 Chapter 15: Creating Cabinets 259 Part V: The Grand Finale: Sanding and Finishing Your Masterpiece 295 Chapter 16: Smoothin It Out by Sanding and Filling 297 Chapter 17: Adding Color: Stains and Paints 305 Chapter 18: Protecting Your Work with Topcoats 313 Part VI: The Part of Tens 323 Chapter 19: Ten Great Habits to Get Into 325 Chapter 20: Ten Common Woodworking Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them 329 Chapter 21: Ten Great Woodworking Resources 335 Index 339show more