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PurpLev

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08-14-2009 04:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: book handbook engineering lumber wood milling characteristics bending strength color grain smell bugs fungus stain drying

Karson mentioned this handbook in a comment he posted on a bending machine someone had posted here, so I looked it up, and was amazed at the amount of information held in this book. from structural characteristics of different wood species, to milling, staining, deceases, infections, drying, and everything else that has to do with using wood for building things.

highly recommended!!!! I cannot stress this enough.

it’s a free download (about 14Mb) from the Dept. of Forestry:

Wood Handbook - Wood as an Engineering Material

Thanks Karson!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.


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#1 posted 08-14-2009 07:19 PM

Well, you know I’m going to enjoy this. Thanks for the link!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#2 posted 08-14-2009 07:22 PM

Got my copy, Thanks.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#3 posted 08-14-2009 07:29 PM

It’s a great reference book. I’ve got it stored on my computer and i reference it a few times.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#4 posted 08-14-2009 09:23 PM

thanks guys ,
also found this

http://www.connectedlines.com/

i am still in kindergarden playing with blocks ,
maybe some one further up the ladder
could do the blue thing with this ,
and make it easyer to get to .

it tells you EVERYTHING about
EVERY species of wood
around the world !

has some other things there too ,
that might be worth looking at ?

witch im about to do .

well what do you know ,
i managed to get it to go there ,
thanks martin !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 08-15-2009 02:44 AM

Thanks Guys, stored on my desktop for casual reading and referencing…Blkcherry

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#6 posted 08-15-2009 03:26 AM

you’re all welcome.

David – thats another great reference. now if it only was more accessible, and had pictures of the color/grain of each specie, and the smell (lol) that would be perfect.

there’s actually a wood-encyclopedia book (don’t know the actual name) that has the characteristics of each specie, with a photo of the actual lumber (color and grain pattern). but the characteristics mentioned there are rather limited compared to the “Wood Handbook” referenced above which is by far more extensive.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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patron

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#7 posted 08-15-2009 03:48 AM

yea purp ,
i found that book once ,
but being a novice ,
it disappeared when i went somewhere else .
maybe i can find it again and post .
i do have both off these locked in now however ,
for future reference ,
all off it is good !

by the way , your bench is coming along nicely .
its like one off those old cliifhanger movies ,
tune in next episode !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 08-16-2009 07:33 PM

great book – thanks

-- -erik & christy-

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Walnut_Weasel

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#9 posted 08-16-2009 08:01 PM

Great material. Thanks for posting it. I have a great book for identifying trees published by the National Audubon Society. Great color photos and information about the species. Well indexed and easy to use as well. If you like getting out in the wilderness this is a must have for your Christmas list. You can click on the picture of the book on Amazon to see inside the book.

-- James - www.walnutweasel.wordpress.com

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#10 posted 08-16-2009 08:57 PM

Thanks for the links Sharon and David

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#11 posted 08-16-2009 09:04 PM

you’re welcome!

James – that is also a nice book. definitely another layer of wisdom and knowledge to add to the overall woodworking experience. there is a similar book that I’ve seen at Barnes and Noble, but instead of the living tree – it shows the lumber (color and grain patterns). obviously it is aimed at woodworkers as opposed to outdoor people.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#12 posted 08-17-2009 01:41 AM

A real good find thanks Purplev. I might print out the topics pages of each section for faster reference.

-- Mike, Westport MA.

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