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.
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.