The aim of this book is to
provide in text form the essentials of woodwork as usually
taught in secondary schools.
Manifestly, in a book of this
size no one subject can be treated exhaustively. Nor
is such treatment necessary to fulfill the purpose of the
book, which is to provide the elements of subject-matter for
general experience in various lines of woodwork rather than
extended experience in some one line.
It is confidently
expected that the content will be found sufficiently
complete for the purpose intended.
Much of the subject-matter
should limitations of time or equipment prevents its use in
connection with specific shop experience, may be assigned
for reading and study from the purely "informational" point
Such assignments, if made so
that they shall have some connection with the shopwork, will
serve to broaden the pupil's "outlook," giving to the
specific shop experiences a "setting" calculated to greatly
increase the understanding of their meaning.
This text presupposes knowledge
of elementary tool processes, such as are to be found in
well organized grade school work, as described in
"Essentials of Woodworking," by the same author.
However, owing to the lack of
any general agreement as to the dividing line between grade
school and high school, there will be found included in this
text those parts of "Essentials of Woodworking" which
observation has shown are frequently not covered in grade
schools of good standing.
Such duplication makes possible
the meeting of diverse conditions now to be found in the
division of subject-matter between grade school and high
The use of woodworking
machines, with the exception of the lathe, by large classes
of freshmen is not recommended. The chapter on Woodworking
Machines is included in the text for the use of such classes
as can be organized with sufficiently small numbers to allow
the instructor to give close and continuous attention to the
Ira S. Griffith.