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Blog entry by FreeRangeWoodworker posted 12-27-2018 02:26 AM 551 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yo. I am looking for a book or website (preferably a book) that can help me understand the engineering of furniture. For example,

1. If my table top is a certain size and weighs so much, what kind of base or legs do I need to make?

2. If I am building something out of plywood and using butt joints with glue and screws, how many screws do I need?

Stuff like that.


-- Life is what you make of it.

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#1 posted 12-27-2018 03:17 AM

Try looking at periodicals, Woodsmith, Fine Woodworking, ect. I remember a book years ago explaining wood joints, their uses and how to cut them. The old craftsman would uses dovetail joints and mortise and tenon joints.

-- Eric, Upstate South Carolina

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#2 posted 12-27-2018 04:44 AM

This book, Wood as an Engineering Material is very complete. It has a lot of what you’re talking about in terms of how strong various types of wood are and how to design to its strengths and weaknesses.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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#3 posted 12-27-2018 05:35 AM

Furniture Design by Jerzy Smardzewski.

Be prepared though. Unless you have college level calculus, it’s going to be over your head. Here is a sample page:

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#4 posted 12-31-2018 05:10 AM

Thanks guys.

-- Life is what you make of it.

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