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Woodworking For Dummies


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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

About the Author

Jeff Strong is a professional furniture designer and craftsman whose designs blend Arts and Crafts, Southwestern, and Asian styles. He is the author of Drums For Dummies and Home Recording For Dummies.


"...this friendly guide gets you started in the basics...choose your step by step project and away you go..." (Prizes Galore, February 2004)

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