Understanding Wood : A Craftsman's Guide to Wood Technology, Hardback

Understanding Wood : A Craftsman's Guide to Wood Technology Hardback

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Understanding Wood is the definitive reference on wood technology, and is a keystone of every woodworker's library.

The first edition (1980) sold over 128,000 copies: this new edition updates the classic text with new information on new materials: composite board, adhesives and finishes which have been developed since the original edition.

There are also 225 brand new colour photographs! Up-to-date and Comprehensive: revised and updated edition of a woodworking classic (Taunton Press, 1980; 1-918804-05-1) which continues to sell thousands of copies a year to this day.

New four colour photography is clearer and more informative.

Comprehensive: everything you know about wood and wood technology: the nature of wood and its properties, the basics of wookworking technology, using the woodworker's raw materials.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 272 pages, 325 colour photographs, 150 line drawings
  • Publisher: Taunton Press Inc
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  • Category: DIY: carpentry & woodworking
  • ISBN: 9781561583584



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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. He did so in a fashion that was very readable, understandable & thorough. Much better than other papers & books I've read on the subject. Another chapter covers wood microscopy. It interested me enough that I bought another book he wrote on the subject. He's a professor, so he can & does use terms that I needed to look up, but he didn't overwhelm me with jargon. For a hard science text, it was extremely readable.

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