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The definitive work on wood science. No woodworker should be without this book. It covers identification, strength of wood, water content and drying, machining and bending wood, joining, bending, lumber and veneer.  
 
The definitive work on wood science. No woodworker should be without this book. It covers identification, strength of wood, water content and drying, machining and bending wood, joining, bending, lumber and veneer.  
  
* Hoadley, R. B. (2000). Understanding Wood. Taunton Press, ISBN 978-1561583584
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* [http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Wood-Craftsmans-Guide-Technology/dp/1561583588/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1317889803&sr=8-1 Hoadley, R. B. (2000). Understanding Wood. Taunton Press, ISBN 978-1561583584]
  
  
 
An excellent article on buying wood from a real lumberyard, not Home Depot. Includes measurement (what “4/4” means), grading, different kinds of cuts, etc.  
 
An excellent article on buying wood from a real lumberyard, not Home Depot. Includes measurement (what “4/4” means), grading, different kinds of cuts, etc.  
  
* Scott, S. (2011, September). “The Language of the Lumberyard” Fine Woodworking, #221, 22-24.
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* [http://www.finewoodworking.com/SkillsAndTechniques/SkillsAndTechniquesPDF.aspx?id=34192 Scott, S. (2011, September). “The Language of the Lumberyard” Fine Woodworking, #221, 22-24.]
  
  
 
A primer on wood movement:
 
A primer on wood movement:
  
* Becksvoort, C. (2006, November). “Stop Guessing at Wood Movement” Fine Woodworking, #187, 78-83.
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* [http://www.finewoodworking.com/SkillsAndTechniques/SkillsAndTechniquesPDF.aspx?id=27129 Becksvoort, C. (2006, November). “Stop Guessing at Wood Movement” Fine Woodworking, #187, 78-83.]
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This is a very good video which is a tour of a small lumber mill. It will give you perspective on how trees get turned into lumber:
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* [http://www.finewoodworking.com/Materials/MaterialsArticle.aspx?id=29459 Rodriguez, M. and Spacht, D., "Tour a Boutique Lumbermill", Fine Woodworking]
  
  
 
This is a really excellent video on how wood is dried, what a wood drying kiln looks like, properly stickering wood to dry, etc.:
 
This is a really excellent video on how wood is dried, what a wood drying kiln looks like, properly stickering wood to dry, etc.:
  
[http://www.finewoodworking.com/Materials/MaterialsArticle.aspx?id=29500 Rodriguez, M. and Spacht, D., "How To Dry Lumber", Fine Woodworking]
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* [http://www.finewoodworking.com/Materials/MaterialsArticle.aspx?id=29500 Rodriguez, M. and Spacht, D., "How To Dry Lumber", Fine Woodworking]
  
  
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Resawing larger stock on a bandsaw is central to efficient core blank construction. The articles here are related to building core blanks and cutting your own veneer for top sheets. These include information on how to setup a bandsaw for this purpose, fences, blade drift, blade selection, etc.
 
Resawing larger stock on a bandsaw is central to efficient core blank construction. The articles here are related to building core blanks and cutting your own veneer for top sheets. These include information on how to setup a bandsaw for this purpose, fences, blade drift, blade selection, etc.
  
* Bird, L. (2007, January). “Resawing on the Bandsaw” Fine Woodworking, #189, 39-42.
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* [http://www.finewoodworking.com/SkillsAndTechniques/SkillsAndTechniquesPDF.aspx?id=27779 Bird, L. (2007, January). “Resawing on the Bandsaw” Fine Woodworking, #189, 39-42.]
* Volbrecht, R. (1997, January). “Resawing on the Bandsaw” Fine Woodworking, #122, 74-79.
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* [http://www.finewoodworking.com/SkillsAndTechniques/SkillsAndTechniquesPDF.aspx?id=2452 Volbrecht, R. (1997, January). “Resawing on the Bandsaw” Fine Woodworking, #122, 74-79.]
* Coleman, T. (2000, July). “Bandsaw Your Own Veneer” Fine Woodworking, #143, 44-49.
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* [http://www.finewoodworking.com/SkillsAndTechniques/SkillsAndTechniquesPDF.aspx?id=2653 Coleman, T. (2000, July). “Bandsaw Your Own Veneer” Fine Woodworking, #143, 44-49.]
  
  
 
A good article on why a step up in bandsaw size (i.e., larger than the average 14” model) is a good idea.
 
A good article on why a step up in bandsaw size (i.e., larger than the average 14” model) is a good idea.
  
* Johnson, R. (2011). “Step Up to a Serious Bandsaw” Fine Woodworking, #216, 37-41.
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* [http://www.finewoodworking.com/ToolGuide/ToolGuidePDF.aspx?id=33747 Johnson, R. (2011). “Step Up to a Serious Bandsaw” Fine Woodworking, #216, 37-41.]
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A fantastic illustration of [http://woodgears.ca/bandsaw/resaw.html the physics of bandsaw resawing] by Matthias Wandel at [http://woodgears.ca/ Woodgears.ca]. This is the best demonstration I’ve seen of the work the blade must do while resawing and the effect of blade width, tension, and teeth-per-inch.
  
 
== Glue and Clamping ==  
 
== Glue and Clamping ==  
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A good article on the strength of various glues. Includes a bit on their technique for testing which is food for thought for other kinds of testing we often do with ski and snowboard construction techniques.
 
A good article on the strength of various glues. Includes a bit on their technique for testing which is food for thought for other kinds of testing we often do with ski and snowboard construction techniques.
  
* Schofield, M. (2007, July). “How Strong Is Your Glue?” Fine Woodworking, #192, 36-40.
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* [http://www.finewoodworking.com/Materials/MaterialsPDF.aspx?id=28897 Schofield, M. (2007, July). “How Strong Is Your Glue?” Fine Woodworking, #192, 36-40.]
  
  
 
Clamping technique. Extremely applicable to a wide variety of core construction techniques. Include information on types of clamps, how to apply correct, even pressure, and joint failure.  
 
Clamping technique. Extremely applicable to a wide variety of core construction techniques. Include information on types of clamps, how to apply correct, even pressure, and joint failure.  
  
* Hendrik, V. (2010). “The Secret to Great Glue-Ups” Fine Woodworking, #218, 22-28.
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* [http://www.finewoodworking.com/SkillsAndTechniques/SkillsAndTechniquesPDF.aspx?id=33887 Hendrik, V. (2010). “The Secret to Great Glue-Ups” Fine Woodworking, #218, 22-28.]
* Rabiej, R. (2007, November). “Get Serious About Clamping” Fine Woodworking, #194, 37-41.
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* [http://www.finewoodworking.com/SkillsAndTechniques/SkillsAndTechniquesPDF.aspx?id=29561 Rabiej, R. (2007, November). “Get Serious About Clamping” Fine Woodworking, #194, 37-41.]
  
 
== Planers and Jointers ==  
 
== Planers and Jointers ==  
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Using planers and jointers. Includes using a planer as a jointer by using a planer sled, which is very similar to the planer sleds that many use to apply a thickness profile to a core.
 
Using planers and jointers. Includes using a planer as a jointer by using a planer sled, which is very similar to the planer sleds that many use to apply a thickness profile to a core.
  
* Rust, K. (2005, January). “Flatten Boards Without a Jointer” Fine Woodworking, #175, 58-61.
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* [http://www.finewoodworking.com/SkillsAndTechniques/SkillsAndTechniquesPDF.aspx?id=24118 Rust, K. (2005, January). “Flatten Boards Without a Jointer” Fine Woodworking, #175, 58-61.]
* Rogowski, G. (2002). “The Jointer and Planer Are a Team” Fine Woodworking, #160, 64-67.
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* [http://www.finewoodworking.com/ToolGuide/ToolGuideArticle.aspx?id=29511 Rogowski, G. (2002). “The Jointer and Planer Are a Team” Fine Woodworking, #160, 64-67.]
  
 
== To-do ==
 
== To-do ==

Latest revision as of 21:35, 5 June 2012

A lot of snowboard construction involves working with wood. If you want to build your own core blanks, or even finish a shaped core then you should get more familiar with much of woodworking in general. There are a bewildering number of woodworking resources out there, so this page collects some of my favorites which are particularly applicable to snowboard construction.

Many of these references are to articles from Fine Woodworking. This is an excellent magazine, and while it is focused on fine furniture construction there are many articles on machinery, basic technique, and materials that are invaluable for a snowboard builder. I highly recommend a membership to their online site, which is very reasonably priced. You can find all of these articles online in PDF format, and you can even download and keep them for future reference. Alternatively, I’m sure you can find these issues in your local library.

Wood and Wood Science

The definitive work on wood science. No woodworker should be without this book. It covers identification, strength of wood, water content and drying, machining and bending wood, joining, bending, lumber and veneer.


An excellent article on buying wood from a real lumberyard, not Home Depot. Includes measurement (what “4/4” means), grading, different kinds of cuts, etc.


A primer on wood movement:


This is a very good video which is a tour of a small lumber mill. It will give you perspective on how trees get turned into lumber:


This is a really excellent video on how wood is dried, what a wood drying kiln looks like, properly stickering wood to dry, etc.:


Bandsaws and Resawing

Resawing larger stock on a bandsaw is central to efficient core blank construction. The articles here are related to building core blanks and cutting your own veneer for top sheets. These include information on how to setup a bandsaw for this purpose, fences, blade drift, blade selection, etc.


A good article on why a step up in bandsaw size (i.e., larger than the average 14” model) is a good idea.


A fantastic illustration of the physics of bandsaw resawing by Matthias Wandel at Woodgears.ca. This is the best demonstration I’ve seen of the work the blade must do while resawing and the effect of blade width, tension, and teeth-per-inch.

Glue and Clamping

A good article on the strength of various glues. Includes a bit on their technique for testing which is food for thought for other kinds of testing we often do with ski and snowboard construction techniques.


Clamping technique. Extremely applicable to a wide variety of core construction techniques. Include information on types of clamps, how to apply correct, even pressure, and joint failure.

Planers and Jointers

Using planers and jointers. Includes using a planer as a jointer by using a planer sled, which is very similar to the planer sleds that many use to apply a thickness profile to a core.

To-do

Need to add links for the following topics:

  • Dust collection in a small shop.
  • More on the planer and jointer, including how to setup, avoiding snipe in both, forming square stock from rough lumber, etc.
  • Tablesaw, in particular safety.
  • Finishes, stains, HVLP sprayers for finishing, rubbing on standard finishes instead of spraying, etc.
  • Vacuum bagging as it applies to applying veneer only.