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.
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.
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 339