The processing of wood and wood materials has to reflect the heterogeneity of these materials. The grain direction of the fibers determines the way tools are used, their shape, advance feed and cutting speed. This is the main difference between woodworking and working with other materials. A possible exception is wood materials with homogenous characteristics due to their composition and manufacturing process.
Wood is a natural, reproductive, raw material and one of the first materials processed by human beings. Its special properties _ easy workability, high strength, low weight and decorative appearance _ make wood a material with the same high development potential as stone, metal and plastic. Structure, properties, veneers and materials are all covered in this must-read article.
A carpenter is only as good as his scribing tool and scribing is an important part of any installation job; one that requires precision. After being frustrated with inconsistent results from using a standard compass and pencil, I felt it was possible to make a better scribing tool and I believe I did - here's how.
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