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UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Woodworker's Guide to Wood from Fox Chapel Woodworking

comments (33) April 17th, 2011 in blogs

BetsyE Betsy Engel, contributor
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Woodworker's Guide to Wood: Straight Talk for Today's Woodworker (Back To Basics)
Fox Chapel Publishing, 2010.
$19.95; 160 pp.

Every woodworker should own at least one book about wood and this would be a good one to have in your shop. Woodworker's Guide to Wood: Straight Talk for Today's Woodworker (Back To Basics) provides basic information about the properties of wood and how to identify them and includes a good looking wood directory complete with photos. There are also sections about veneer, selecting and storing lumber, and even a chapter about working with green lumber. For such a little book there is a good amount of information about a favorite topic of all woodworkers: wood.

Lucky gsuing is the winner. His comment was chosen at random

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Comments (33)

JBourgeois JBourgeois writes: I have one of those basic books about wood, and it is one of my most useful books. However, it was written in France, and although French is my first language, things on the other side of the Atlantic are quite different and a lot of stuff is meaningless to me.

I would gladly complement it with a book that deals with the types of woods and cuts we have around here.
Posted: 10:09 am on April 22nd

Thesauri Thesauri writes: You mean I'm supposed to know what I'm working with rather than just take whatever samples the guy in the orange or blue apron hands me?!

Posted: 10:45 pm on April 19th

JLockard JLockard writes: This would look fantastic on my workbench, opened up. It would also look fantastic on my bookshelf, when not in use.
Posted: 3:23 pm on April 19th

Lori K Lori K writes: This would be another good addition to my WW library. Thank you.
Posted: 11:44 pm on April 18th

rsgrandinetti rsgrandinetti writes: Would love to have a copy of this.
Posted: 10:41 pm on April 18th

teachersteve teachersteve writes: Wow! This looks helpful. Thanks for the contest/offer
Posted: 10:17 pm on April 18th

Jerryki Jerryki writes: It would be great as i plan to build a houseful of furniture for my fiancee.
Posted: 6:24 pm on April 18th

Larrythewoodguy Larrythewoodguy writes: Im in thanks
Posted: 3:03 pm on April 18th

Dean7 Dean7 writes: I need a book like that. Hopefully I'll be the "chosen" one.
Posted: 1:51 pm on April 18th

hydroelectricguy hydroelectricguy writes: I'm just getting in to drying my own wood. This book would be most helpful.
Posted: 11:55 am on April 18th

sandmark sandmark writes: I am always facinated by the variety of woods. This would be a great book to learn more about them.
Posted: 11:21 am on April 18th

stephaniesuesansmith stephaniesuesansmith writes: I would love this book. I have trouble telling some kinds of wood apart and this would help.
Posted: 11:13 am on April 18th

pjpryor pjpryor writes: I guess when it comes to working with wood I have been guilty of putting the cart before the horse so to speak... I focus so much on technique and tools but really lack knowledge of the materials I work with. This would add quality to my work. Thanks.
Posted: 10:35 am on April 18th

twi11 twi11 writes: Nice book, thanks for the contest!
Posted: 9:40 am on April 18th

JaredEgg JaredEgg writes: A nice complement to Hoadley's classic. Thanks.
Posted: 8:50 am on April 18th

LBF LBF writes: Would love it
Posted: 7:35 am on April 18th

ravinheart ravinheart writes: Looks like an good resource to have in the shop ...
Posted: 2:29 am on April 18th

cahudson42 cahudson42 writes: Put me in!
Posted: 1:22 am on April 18th

KenHANGITALL KenHANGITALL writes: I would love to win this book . A perfect addition to any woodworkers bookshelf. There is always more to learn about the materials of our craft.
Posted: 10:37 pm on April 17th

woodeye1 woodeye1 writes: Wish me luck!
Posted: 9:58 pm on April 17th

mrfixitnow mrfixitnow writes: A fine book for Fine Woodworking projects.
Posted: 9:27 pm on April 17th

patrickthenoble patrickthenoble writes: After working wood for twenty years I ought to have a book like this one.
Posted: 9:03 pm on April 17th

Irritable_Badger Irritable_Badger writes: Reference books are always great. When I'm too broke to buy wood for my "next project", learning more about my favorite material is my favorite way to spend time.
Posted: 6:20 pm on April 17th

Lukesh Lukesh writes: Looks like a good book!
Posted: 3:58 pm on April 17th

Lukesh Lukesh writes: Looks like a good book!
Posted: 3:58 pm on April 17th

Vinny7 Vinny7 writes: Looking forward to winning this great book!
Posted: 2:52 pm on April 17th

hpinnell hpinnell writes: i need a more scientific approach to my projects.
Posted: 2:39 pm on April 17th

casaheil casaheil writes: This looks like a great refrence book on the basics of wood.
Posted: 2:33 pm on April 17th

Bob_Ottawa Bob_Ottawa writes: I think this book would help me understand the science of wood which will lead to better quality projects.
Posted: 2:13 pm on April 17th

jpat jpat writes: This wood be a great addition to a wood workers library, no matter what his or her skill levels are.
Posted: 1:29 pm on April 17th

gsuing gsuing writes: Learning about wood
Is a great way to improve
My woodworking skills
Posted: 1:00 pm on April 17th

willhelm willhelm writes: Wood will make or break your project. Wrong species means wrong color, grain, movement, etc. Gots to know the wood!
Posted: 12:13 pm on April 17th

woodangel woodangel writes: This would be a good book to use in determining which wood to use in projects.
Posted: 11:05 am on April 17th

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