Wood Handbook: Wood as an Engineering Material

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The Wood Handbook is an essential resource for woodworkers. It cover almost everything you need to know about wood and woodworking materials -- types of wood, their botanical sources, physical properties, mechanical properties, common uses, how they're harvested, prepared, and graded, how easy they are to cut, glue, and finish. And it doesn't stop there. The book also covers plywood, particleboard, fiberboard and the whole spectrum of building materials made from wood. It is published by the United States Forest Products Laboratory, an organization unlike any other in the world, as a FREE service for those who rely upon wood and wood products for their livelihood and well-being. This is the Centennial Edition, celebrating the first century (1910-2010) that the Forest Products Laboratory has been in operation. 509 pages in PDF format.