The former editor of England's biggest-selling woodworking magazine presents a comprehensive guide to all aspects of building with wood. Starting with a thorough introduction to the many different woodworking materials available today, from the common types of softwood, plywood, and chipboard found at most lumber suppliers, to dozens of rare and expensive hardwoods, Phil Davy goes on to offer detailed instructions on cutting and shaping wood with everything from classic hand tools to today's most sophisticated cordless and bench-mounted power tools. There is also complete coverage of glues, fasteners, hardware, and finishes. Each section includes vital tips and a "jargon buster" feature explaining special terminology. The result is an indispensable reference for everyone from the beginner to the experienced craftsperson.
About the Author
With a love of making things from wood going back to his childhood, on leaving school Phil studied musical instrument making at the London College of Furniture. After running a woodwork training workshop for school leavers, he taught carpentry and joinery at various colleges in the west of England and is a qualified wood machinist. He joined Good Woodworking magazine as Technical Editor when it was launched in 1992, going on to edit Britain's biggest-selling woodwork magazine for nine years.