“Cassell’s Woodworking” is a
practical work on practical handicraft in wood, and it is
published in the confident belief that it is by far the most
exhaustive book on the subject hitherto produced.
The book is intended for all those
who would handle tools, and who, by the use of them, wish to
furnish the home and to profit their pockets.
adopted throughout is simple and practical, and there has been a
consistent endeavour to combine accurate information with clear
and definite instruction, anything that did not further this
object having been excluded.
The amateur's restricted
requirements have been carefully studied; still the contents
make a direct appeal to the professional craftsman in carpentry,
joinery, and cabinet work, to whom this book will be invaluable
for ready reference, containing as it does a large and varied
collection of workmanlike designs for a multitude of articles of
use in the homestead, garden, workshop, office, and house.
This book will be found especially
useful to colonists and persons in out of-the-way places, as it
teems with practical hints and details that must be of the
utmost worth to those whose very existence often depends on
their ability to use woodworking tools.
The seven chapters on tools are in themselves a
comprehensive treatise in which the shape, construction,
manipulation, care and maintenance of all hand tools
used in woodworking are discussed,
described and clearly illustrated.
The processes explained include all
the more general operations of setting out work, cutting,
planing, sawing, boring, jointing, etc., as well as some that
are more special in character, such as turning and veneering,
and in every case the process is explained step by step, plain
instruction being rendered the more explicit by the lavish use
Mere amateurism and faddishness
have been avoided, and the tools and processes described are
those found in daily use in the workshop; however, the expert
and well-informed reader will make due allowance for the great
variations of trade practice in different localities.