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vintagecraftsman

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08-09-2017 03:37 AM

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Hello again everyone. I recently have been fortunate enough to meet someone who is selling off numerous boards of lumber that previously belonged to her father for ridiculously reasonable prices. Half of the entire formal living room in the house is stacked from floor to ceiling from one end to the other with lumber.

I wish I was in the position to just purchase it all, however I am not. I have made a few trips and made a few purchases. I have managed to figure out what some of it was, but hate to admit some of it I have no idea what I bought. It simply looked pretty so I said I will take it. It has become very apparent that my knowledge on different types of lumber is not as vast as I thought. There are numerous types of woods that I do not recognize and in many cases her knowledge is limited to “they are exotic.”

I understand that there are some good books out there that can help me identify much of this. Some of the books that I am considering are…..1) The Woodbook; The Complete Plates by Romeyn Beck Hough. 2) Wood: Identification and Use….by Terry Porter. 3) The Real Wood Bible: The Complete Illustrated Guide…..

Is anyone familiar with any of these and can you give me your thoughts and/or recommend others that you think may be more beneficial? I am a visual guy so pictures help, lol. One of these is supposed to have actual samples in it and I heard is pretty good. I really want to learn what I am looking at.

-- Vintage Craftsman


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 08-09-2017 03:56 AM

The one that I like is simply called, Wood Identifying and Using Hundreds Woods Worldwide by Eric Meier. Published in 2016 so it is pretty up to date.

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#2 posted 08-09-2017 05:06 AM

I have a number of books on wood species, but my go-to resource these days is the Wood Database.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#3 posted 08-09-2017 05:14 AM

^ yup got the app on my phone and shortcut on the desktop.
Or I just go to my “Wood Guy” and ask for what I want:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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