-“Understanding Wood: a Craftsman’s Guide to Wood Technology”, by R Bruce Hoadley (2000, ISBN-13 978-1561583584)
Though the author is deadly scared of “being scientific”, he still manages to provide quite the insights to the properties of various kinds of woods stemming (sorry) from different tree species, with a focus on those found in North America. In addition, there are details on a lot of aspects in woodworking. Thus, there are chapters on humidity and dimensional changes, warping, and on glues.
I’ve had a lot of help in learning what the many terms used in woodworking actually stand for, in choosing wood, and what to look out for before working on it.
-“Illustrated Cabinet Making: How to Design and Construct Furniture that Works”, by Bill Hylton (2008, ISBN-13 978-1565233690)
By informing on joints (and their pecularities [e.g.: for half concealed mitred dovetails, it is advisable to start with the pins]), where they are useful, and what subassemblies are suitable for various types of furniture, this is the book I use the most.
There are drawings with associated technical terms, such as what characterises a twin mortice and tenon joint from a double one.
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