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The Essential Wood Book

The Woodworker's Guide to Choosing and Using Lumber

Tim Snyder (Editor)


List Price: 27.95*
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The Essential Wood Book is about making the basics of using and choosing wood easier to understand.

While some wood books can be intimidating due to an overly scientific approach or an overflowing amount of exotic and hard-to-find woods you'll never use, this handy, accessible resource is perfect for anyone seeking information about the most essential materials needed to complete their next woodworking project. In addition to covering the top native American and exotic woods from Ash to Zebrawood, The Essential Wood Book also offers expert advice and know-how for working with wood, rough lumber and plywood, understanding wood movement and other characteristics, finding unique wood sources, and storing and drying lumber.

With lots of photos and accessible, detailed information, The Essential Wood Book is the ideal resource for woodworkers, carpenters, crafters, or DIY enthusiasts seeking the fundamental knowledge needed to successfully work with wood.

Cedar Lane Press, 9781950934393, 216pp.

Publication Date: March 24, 2020

About the Author

Tim Snyder has served as executive editor of American Woodworker and Fine Homebuilding magazines, as a book division editor at the Taunton Press, and as co-author with Norm Abrams of two New Yankee Workshop books. Recently named editor of Woodcraft magazine, Snyder previously built a reputation as a freelance writer for national home improvement and home repair franchises such as,, and He has also worked as a finish carpenter and completed major home renovation projects with his wife Barbara. The Snyders live in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.