Somebody forgot that wood always moves
Synopsis: Tage Frid reviews several textbooks about wood and woodworking for beginners and finds that mistakes are very common. He seeks to correct a few here, first by discussing a few facts about the material itself. Then he focuses on errors the books advise, which he says suggest methods that are in some cases more difficult, more work, and sometimes create a time bomb that guarantees the wood will eventually split. Frid highlights drying and shrinkage, gluing and dowels, among many others. Drawings of right and wrong executions illustrate most points he makes.
Looking through several textbooks about wood and woodworking, I have found that, especially for the beginning craftsman, there is quite a bit of misguidance or, in my opinion, mistakes that are very common. It seems as though someone wrote a book once who forgot that wood always moves, and all those who followed continued with the same…