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10th Jun 2015, 03:34 PM
Australian Rainforest Woods: characteristics, uses and identification

Lake, Morris

CSIRO Publishing, 2015.
Quarto, laminated boards, 208 pp. colour photographs.


Describes 140 of the most significant Australian rainforest trees and their wood. . The main section examines the species and their wood with photographs, botanical descriptions and a summary of the characteristics of the wood.
Avaiable from Andrew Isles (http://www.andrewisles.com/all-stock/publication/35361)

14th Aug 2015, 03:48 PM
Has anyone bought a copy of this book yet? Although I'm sure there's lots to learn in there I'd love to know how useful it is from a woodworker's perspective.

17th Aug 2016, 05:05 PM
I had a flip through a copy at the ANBG bookstore last week; it's interesting but probably a little OTT for woodworkers - I've found everything I need to know about the timbers I work with on my supplier's website: Furniture Timber Gallery (http://www.monarotimber.com.au/timber_gallery_furniture.htm)

22nd Aug 2016, 09:05 AM
I found a copy at my local library and have started leafing through it.
So far my only criticism is that the plates of the boards seem to all be a bit yellow/brown and a bit 'muddy'. So they don't show off the differences enough.
Aside from that the info seems accurate and is clearly presented. I particularly like the fact that the author gives density (kg per cubic metre) at 12percent moisture for each timber and its radial and tangential shrinkage percentage. These can be very useful to know.
I suspect that I won't be shelling out $70 for the hard copy, but I might buy the kindle version for about $45.

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