I'm considering to write a book on woodworking. The intended book will be about the wood itself (mechanical properties, types of finishes, some botanic info to identify the trees, variety of usage, etc).
The reason why I'm interested in writing this book is because I've never found any book that have all this together with a reasonable amount of info. Basically this book would be a blend from "Understanding wood from Bruce Hoadley, Woodworker's Guide to Wood from Rick Peters, and some other books like the botanic stuff (for identifying wood) + finishing.
If I attain my objectives, my book would provide all the information necessary about identifying a tree, harvest it and dry it for woodworking usage. You would also have all the mechanical info about wood properties (shrinkage, resistance, spans, etc). You would also get sample pictures with all those species with various finishes and stains. At last, you would have pictures of furniture or objects made by each specie.
My questions to you wreckers:
1. Do you see a significant value in such a book?
2. Would you suggest additional chapters on other subjects?
3. What are the pitfalls with publishers?
Thanks for any useful information!