By way of preface it seems unnecessary to say much beyond
stating that the intention is to supply amateurs and young
professional cabinet-makers with a reliable guide to the
construction of cabinet furniture. No attempt has been made to
teach the thoroughly experienced artisan, and no new fads are
advocated either in style or processes.
The ordinary reliable methods of the workshop and nothing more
are explained, and on this account the book will, no doubt, be
of greater use to those for whom it is intended than if new
theories, of construction as it ought to be/ according to many
of those who presume to teach the skilled mechanic, had been
It will, no doubt, have been observed by those who
are interested in the subject that cabinet-making as
distinguished from joinery has received scant attention, as with
scarcely an exception the books professedly treating of the
former only, have included much that pertains to the latter.
Those who are practically acquainted with the manufacture of
furniture will understand the reasons, which, however, it is
unnecessary to explain here.
Those who may wish to have a further acquaintance with the
construction of furniture, other than cabinet work, may be
interested to know that it is in contemplation to treat of
upholstery, fret-sawing, marquetry cutting, French and other
polishing, &c., in other volumes.
It merely remains to explain that the chapter on brass-work has
been, if I may so call it, edited by my friend, Mr. W. H.
Bridge, who is well known in Birmingham and in furniture trade
circles as an authority on the subject, and to thank him, as
well as Mr. J. Thompson, for the kindly interest they, among
others, have taken in this book, which has had the advantage of
their criticism while in progress.
Thanks are also due to Messrs. Wm. Marples & Sons, Sheffield,
for having kindly furnished illustrations of tools, which it
will be noticed show their familiar trade mark, the shamrock.
The Hibernia brand is sufficient guarantee as to the quality of
any tools bearing it.