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Woodworking For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-05329-4
384 pages
March 2011
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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

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