Originally published in 1948, this handbook concerns the varieties of wood, and the tools, materials, operations, and processes that are familiar to the woodworker. It is a book written to hit the nail on the head for the amateur, with full directions for all jobs from fixing a tight window sash to making a door or a screen.
Chapter 1 is a fairly comprehensive treatise on the common woods and their uses. Various types of wood are described, and information is given regarding their use, price, and the common practice in ordering. The last two sections of this chapter deal with various manufactured wood products and wood substitutes.
Chapter 2 describes the ordinary woodworking tools and their uses, in considerable detail. The objective is to describe all the tools which might be used by the home craftsman, including the power tools adaptable to the requirements of the home workshop.
Chapter 3 describes the various materials commonly used by the woodworker. The materials discussed are available, in ordinary times, in the average hardware store, and thus should be familiar to the home craftsman.
Chapter 4 gives information, which has been prepared for the needs of the beginner, on the various basic operations and processes of woodworking. Hints are given on the proper care of tools and materials. The common joints, and their construction are described.
Chapter 5 is devoted to wood turning, since the wood lathe is a power tool frequently found in the home workshop. The correct methods of preparing and setting up work on the lathe are discussed, as well as detailed explanations of the various kinds of cuts. Instructions are given also for drilling, boring, sanding, and carrying out other operations on the lathe.
In Chapter 6, the most important elements of inside and outside carpentry are discussed. The projects described are well within the ability of the average individual. The tools needed are those described in Chapter 2. In the last third of the chapter, twelve typical projects are outlined, and are used to explain how the home craftsman can plan his work.
178 illustrations throughout the book.
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