Synopses & Reviews
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.
Easy projects show how to get started with an increasingly popular hobby
More than 18 million Americans have discovered how satisfying it is to build their own furniture. Packed with detailed illustrations and photographs, this book offers an easy-to-understand introduction to all aspects of woodworking selecting hand and power tools, setting up a workspace, working with various types of wood, creating edges, joins, applying finishes, and more. Best of all, it includes lots of step-by-step woodworking projects for dressers, book cases, tables, cabinets, and more to help people dive right in and start playing in the sawdust.
Jeff Strong (Lamy, NM) is a veteran For Dummies author as well as an accomplished wood-worker and furniture-maker who recently completed designs for a commercial line of furniture.
"Woodworking for Dummies" covers the basics of one of this popular hobby. The book provides a solid introduction into the process of woodworking, including step-by-step instructions for creating beautiful pieces of furniture and decorative items.
Features detailed illustrations and how-to photos
Create beautiful furniture and decorative items the fun and easy way®!
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. Youll 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 fun
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
Part I: What’s All the Buzz about Woodworking?
Chapter 1: Discovering the Basics of Woodworking.
Chapter 2: Wood You Be Mine? Appreciating Wood for All It’s Worth.
Chapter 3: Putting Safety First in Your Workshop.
Part II: Tool Time: Selecting and Setting Up Your Equipment.
Chapter 4: Gearing Up: Choosing Tools That Are Right for You.
Chapter 5: Getting a Handle on Hand Tools.
Chapter 6: Peeking at Portable Power Tools.
Chapter 7: Introducing the Big Guns: Stationary Power Tools.
Chapter 8: Setting Up Your Workshop and Maximizing Your Tools.
Part III: Together Forever: Basic Wood Joinery.
Chapter 9: Stuck on You: Using Adhesives and Glues.
Chapter 10: Working with Wood Joints.
Chapter 11: Making the Most of Mechanical Fasteners.
Part IV: Getting Your Hands (and Shop) Dirty: Turning Raw Wood into Furniture.
Chapter 12: Understanding the Building Process.
Chapter 13: Banging Out Bookcases.
Chapter 14: Tackling Tables.
Chapter 15: Creating Cabinets.
Part V: The Grand Finale: Sanding and Finishing Your Masterpiece.
Chapter 16: Smoothin’ It Out by Sanding and Filling.
Chapter 17: Adding Color: Stains and Paints.
Chapter 18: Protecting Your Work with Topcoats.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 19: Ten Great Habits to Get Into.
Chapter 20: Ten Common Woodworking Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them.
Chapter 21: Ten Great Woodworking Resources.