principal aim of this Volume is to provide a woodworker with
full information as to the use and clear practical
directions as to the making, of every joint he may at any
time be likely to encounter.
Those of us whose occupation or
recreation is woodworking are familiar with numerous joints
which we make and use in our own way.
It is possible,
however, that there are many
which we do not make well, not because we lack skill or
care, but because we are unfamiliar with some simple rule
which governs either the setting out or the method of using
the tool; whilst probably there are many others which might
suit our purpose better, but which we neglect because their
existence has never occurred to us.
And it is just here that the present Volume will
help, not alone the beginner who wishes preliminary
instruction, but also the expert who desires guidance over
ground hitherto unexplored by him.
The Table of Contents - and
more particularly the exhaustive Index at the end of Volume
- will show that practically every joint in cabinet work and
ordinary joinery is dealt with.
In the case of the Bridle
Joint, the Halved Joint, the Mortise and Tenon Joint, and
the Dovetail Joint, the actual tool operations - setting
out, gauging, marking, sawing, chiseling, paring, etc. - are
The fact that nearly sixty
illustrations are devoted to the subject of Dovetailing is
but one indication of the care which has been taken in
making the directions clear and complete.
As the methods of working are
almost similar in the case of other joints, it has not of
course been deemed necessary to repeat these detailed
instructions in every chapter. In the preparation of the
Volume the Publishers have secured the services of Mr.
William Fairham, by whom most of the chapters have been
written and illustrated.
Although intended for the practical
man, and not professing to be a graded course of
"educational woodwork," the Volume is one which Manual
Training Instructors will find of the greatest value in
conducting woodwork classes.
No book hitherto published
contains such a variety of illustrations of joints, almost
all of which will form suitable exercises of practical
educational importance in a Manual Training course.