Free Wood Handbook


A free Wood Handbook published by the USDA Forest Service Laboratory is avail for download (PDF 14.3 MB)..... It's a very large file.
Wood as an engineering material. General Technical Report 113. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 463 p.
http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/documnts/fplgtr/fplgtr113/fplgtr113.htm
Instead of printing on my printer, I went to my local library, downloaded a chapter or two each visit and printed using their laser jet printers. Bring your own ream of paper to save even more money. After 13 visits, I binded the printed matter and Viola! a nice, in depth, engineering handbook.
Or of course, you could purchase a copy via the government webiste or Lee Valley Tools.
Thought I share this little free hidden gem on the Internet.
Mike
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Mike wrote:

Lee Valley has repaginated the book, and added hard covers. Overall, those two changes make it much easier to use. Oh, yes. They've also re-indexed it to fit the new pagination. The quality of the repro pick-up is also outstanding.
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Thanks Mike, I downloaded the whole book (all 486 pages of it) and it took a minute with my cable connection and will take about 30 minutes on my laser printer. Reading it will take much longer.
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