Originally published in 1919, Design and Construction in Wood by William Noyes (4th Edition) is a companion volume to Handwork in Wood by the same author. This book is full of charm and distinction and the first to give due consideration to the aesthetic side of woodworking. It is intended to give to beginners practice in designing simple projects in wood, and an opportunity to acquire skill in handling tools. The book illustrates a series of projects and gives suggestions for other similar projects, together with information regarding tools and processes for making. A pleasing volume abundantly and beautifully illustrated.
It will be noted that the course here outlined is so planned that:
- A variety of woods is employed, each appropriate for its particular project. They are: cypress, whitewood, maple, white pine, mahogany, chestnut, hickory, sweet gum, oak, and black walnut.
- In general, the technical processes involved increase in difficulty through the series, but aesthetic considerations are not sacrificed to this formula.
- Several types of construction are employed, involving such joints as: end-lap, rubbed, miter, middle cross-lap, doweled butt, and ledge.
- A few simple processes in copper working are included because their employment considerably extends the range of useful and ornamental projects available.
- A variety of finishes is suggested, including several methods of staining, as well as the use of such polishes as oil, wax, and shellac.
In this series all but two of the projects, the picture-frame-clamp and the mallet, are such as to invite the worker to create his own designs. To this end a considerable number of suggestive illustrations are introduced. Design may begin with pure imitation, but it never ends there. It is the author's hope, therefore, that as the student worker proceeds through the series, he will more and more freely design good things. Some general suggestions for help in designing will be found in Chapter II, and these are supplemented in each succeeding chapter by concrete application of the general principles to the project in hand.
- Wood, A Medium of Artistic Expression
- A Scrap-Basket
- The Mitered Picture-Frame
- The Candlestick
- Rolling Blotter-Holder
- Small Boxes
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