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Bruce Hoadley. Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Understanding Wood by R. Understanding Wood by R. In this essential reference for woodworkers, R. Bruce Hoadley explains everything from how trees grow to how best to cut, season, machine, join, bend, and finish wood.
Why do miters open and glue joints loosen? How do you get a really sharp edge? Examples of problems and solutions help woodworkers puzzle through their own projects, while full-color photos and helpful table In this essential reference for woodworkers, R.
Examples of problems and solutions help woodworkers puzzle through their own projects, while full-color photos and helpful tables illustrate key points. Get A Copy. Hardcover , Revised , pages. Published October 1st by Taunton Press first published November 1st More Details Original Title. Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Understanding Wood , please sign up.
Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Understanding Wood. Jan 03, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: 2non-fiction , 3reference , 1paper , woodworking , science. He covers many topics in this book, but does so with an amazing thoroughness.
I was particularly impressed by the way he explains kiln drying. Another chapter covers wood microscopy. It interested me enough that I bought another book he wrote on the subject.
For a hard science text, it was extremely readable. Jul 19, Koen Crolla rated it it was amazing Shelves: woodworking. Surprisingly thorough and surprisingly rigorous. Hoadley covers more ground than you thought needed covering and dispels many, many common myths mostly, of course, surrounding wood movement.
It's clear he's a scientist first and a woodworker a distant second, though, and particularly the chapter on finishes is somewhat disappointing, but even that is only disappointing relative to the great wealth of information in all of the other ones.
Required reading for anyone who works wood, owns a thing Surprisingly thorough and surprisingly rigorous. Required reading for anyone who works wood, owns a thing made of wood, or has been within view of a tree.
Feb 15, Bob Shadel rated it it was amazing. A great in depth understanding of wood. If one thought out all the vicissitudes of wood -- it's nature, characters, varieties, movement long after it's cut down from a tree, moisture content, it's strengths and weaknesses, one could never make a piece of furniture.
I guess I've been more than lucky for 20 years having as few failures in wood working -- primarily going blindly along. Now I am able to at least try to select better wood and work better with the wood I get Jan 05, Emanuele rated it really liked it Shelves: libri Sono presi in considerazione tutti gli aspetti della lavorazione del legno, a partire dalla crescita della pianta passando per la stagionatura, fino alla finitura dei manufatti. Molto preciso e accurato, consigliatissimo a chiunque voglia accrescere la propria conoscenza del legno!
May 12, Morgan rated it it was amazing. Excellent book for any aspiring woodworker. Covers tons of basics on everything from obtaining your wood, drying it, and working it. A very good general informational type book that provides direction for where to find more detailed information should it be required. View 1 comment. Aug 16, Darko rated it it was amazing Shelves: wood.
Easy to read, but offers deep knowledge on what is wood, why it behaves in certain ways and how to use it for different purposes. How to use and what to use to build stuff that will be strong and last for a long time. May 16, Jason Sanford rated it really liked it Shelves: to-buy , woodworking. Really good book on wood.
I need to read it again and again. May 24, Sophie rated it it was amazing. Oct 12, David rated it it was amazing. A good book if you want to understand wood and things associated with it.
Feb 18, Ryan rated it it was amazing. Sees wood for the trees. Nov 16, Jay McNair rated it it was amazing Shelves: woodworking. A long-standing project. Jan 11, Sean Harry rated it liked it Shelves: woodworking. A bit technical for me. Feb 21, Mike rated it it was amazing Shelves: woodworking-buy. Everything you'd ever want to know and more about your lumber.
An excellent textbook on the subject. Nov 30, Terence rated it it was amazing. Covers both the qualitative aspects and quantitative aspects well. Belongs to the library of any good woodworker. Jason rated it it was amazing May 16, Palves rated it really liked it Jul 22, Stephen rated it really liked it Jul 24, Jeff Wisniewski rated it really liked it Mar 20, Lewis Ward rated it it was amazing Jun 13, Dan rated it it was amazing Mar 20, Philip Kromer rated it liked it Jul 29, Robbie rated it really liked it Feb 04, Mr R Nieuwenhuijs rated it it was amazing Apr 01, Brian rated it really liked it Dec 03, Joel rated it really liked it Apr 10, Trey Howard rated it really liked it Sep 18, Regan Warmus rated it really liked it Feb 22, Fedupforone rated it liked it Feb 18, Shannon Rogers rated it really liked it Jun 10,
The first edition of Understanding Wood was published in and has since sold more than , copies. It is widely held as a definitive reference work and the cornerstone of every woodworker's library. Now, Bruce Hoadley's comprehensive guide to wood technology has been revised and updated in this 20th-anniversary edition of a classic. New information on composite materials, adhesives, and finishes brings this book into the 21st century, while more than photographs bring important visual information to life. This edition covers the nature of wood and its properties, the basics of wood technology, and the woodworker's raw materials. Understanding Wood was written for woodworkers by a scientist with a love of woodworking.
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