Woodworking For Dummies
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.
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.