Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide To Woodworking

Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide To Woodworking

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Improve your skills with the essential information that every woodworker needs to know

Lonnie Bird
Jeff Jewitt
Thomas Lie-Nielsen
Andy Rae
Gary Robowski


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  • Product # 071315
  • Type Paperback
  • ISBN 978-1-60085-302-9
  • Published Date 2009
  • Dimensions 9 3/16 x 10 7/8
  • Pages 320
  • Photos 1187
  • Drawings 48
This step-by-step shop reference, culled from the first six volumes of Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guides, covers all of the fundamental techniques every woodworker needs to know. Organized for quick access, this book makes it easy to find the information you are looking for. Over 1,200 photos and drawings illustrate how to accomplish essential woodworking tasks from setting up a shop to finishing.

About the Authors
Lonnie Bird, a professional woodworker specializing in period furniture, runs a woodworking school in Dandridge, Tennessee.

Jeff Jewitt is a professional finisher and refinisher in Cleveland, Ohio and a contributing editor to Fine Woodworking.

Thomas Lie-Nielsen is the founder and owner of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks which manufactures high quality handtools. He lives in Warren, Maine.

Andy Rae, from Asheville, North Carolina, is a professional woodworker who writes frequently for woodworking magazines and teaches woodworking.

Gary Rogowski, a contributing to Fine Woodworking, operates his own school, the Northwest Furniture Studio, in Portland Oregon.
Table of Contents
The Workshop
    Shop Space and Fixtures
    Mobilize Your Workshop

Outfitting the Shop
    Holding the Work
    Edge Tools
    Measuring and Marking Tools
    Hammers and Striking Tools
    Sharpening Equipment
    Portable Power Tools
    Miter Saw
    Stationary Machines
    Blades, Bits, and Cutters
    Dust Collection

Working Wood
    Buying and Preparing Solid Wood
    Flattening a Board by Hand
    Working with the Grain
    Smoothing with Edge Tools
    Good Sanding Techniques
    Keeping Parts Flat
    Plywood and Other Manmade Boards
    Mixing Materials
    Laying Out and Cutting Plywood
    Using Cutting Lists
    Making Your Mark
    Choosing and Using Glue

Dimensioning Wood
    Jointing and Planing
    Cutting Sheet Goods

Case Joinery
    Butt joints
    Biscuit Joints
    Dowel Joints
    Drawer Lock Joints
    Tongue and Groove
    Miter Joints
    Finger Joints

Frame Joinery
    Butt Joints
    Dowel Joints
    Biscuit Joints
    Miter Joints
    Lap Joints
    Bridle Joints
    Scarf Joints
    Splice Joints
    Through Mortises

Shaping Wood
    Tapers and Octagons
    Arcs, Circles, and Ellipses
    Shaped Edges
    Turning Shapes

    Case Construction
    Locks and Catches


    Surface Preparation
    Fixing Defects
    Coloring Wood
    Applying Finish
    Rubbing out Finishes

Part of the appeal of woodworking is the wide range of tasks that go into making even a simple piece of furniture. We begin by milling wood square and then dimension it to make parts. To make a piece that will endure the stresses of seasonal wood movement, we cut joints to hold the parts together. Along the way we set up, use, and sharpen tools. Finally, we apply a finish to protect the wood and bring out its beauty. And thats just the beginning. To add interest to a piece, we shape wood by adding curves, moldings, and edge treatments. And moving beyond the basic project, requires a knowledge of the architecture of furniture and cabinets. Woodworking is a craft that has evolved over millenia. It has many methods to accomplish all these tasks, from the low tech approach of handtools to the speed and efficiency of sophisticated machines. Choosing the right method depends on many factors including your skill level, the tools in your shop, and whether you need to work quickly or can take the time to savor the process. The process is the purpose, isnt it? Its the pleasure and satisfaction of working wood, whatever technique you choose.

This book collects in one volume the essential information that every woodworker needs to know. Its taken from the subject-specific books in The Complete Illustrated Guides series: Joinery, Furniture and Cabinet Construction, Shaping Wood, Finishing, Sharpening, Using Woodworking Tools, and Working Wood. The selections included here are my own, based on teaching woodworking classes and editing woodworking books for the last dozen years. If you dont find your pet technique, please accept my apologies. A single concise shop reference must have, by definition, limits. If you own the volumes that comprise The Complete Illustrated Guides, this book is a manual you can leave in the shop as a basic reference. If youre just starting out in woodworking, it can be your guide to the skills and techniques youll need to master to become a woodworker. Wherever you are in your woodworking path, I hope The Complete Guide to Woodworking gives you a taste of the rich variety of ways to work wood and keeps you coming back to the shop to learn more.

Helen Albert, Executive Editor
Taunton Books

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